Zenk, Eddy Lead Men's Water Polo at Princeton Invitational
Colonials post four victories in five contests to improve to 6-3 on the season
Sept. 11, 2005
PRINCETON, NJ - Led offensively by sophomore Nick Eddy (La Jolla, CA) and freshman David Zenk (St. Louis, MO), the George Washington men's water polo team won four-of-five matches at the 2005 Princeton Invitational this past weekend at the Tigers' DeNunzio Pool. In five games, Eddy scored 14 goals while Zenk continued the strong start to his collegiate career with 13 goals as the Colonials improved their overall record to 6-3.
GW opened the Invitational on Friday, Sept. 9, with a 16-6 triumph over Queens College. The Colonials jumped out to an early 10-3 advantage by halftime and cruised the rest of the way. Offensively, Eddy led the way with four goals, while senior captain Anthony Guadagni (Visalia, CA) and junior John Hornberger (Houston, TX) netted three apiece.
On Saturday, the Colonials posted a 13-5 win over Gannon, before notching a convincing 18-8 victory over Mercyhurst in their afternoon contest. Against Gannon, GW once again mounted a sizable lead at intermission with a six-goal advantage at 10-4. The Colonials' defense tightened in the second half as they allowed just one goal over the final two quarters to secure the victory. Zenk was the top goal scorer with four, while Guadagni and Eddy each added a pair.
The Colonials turned in their top offensive output of the weekend against Mercyhurst with 18 goals and once again the game was virtually decided by halftime as GW held a 10-3 lead. A 6-1 advantage in the fourth quarter put the match out of reach as the Colonials posted their fifth win in their last six contests. Eddy notched a game-high five goals to lead the way, while Hornberger scored three followed by Zenk, Guadagni, sophomore John Jennings (Coral Gables, FL) and freshman Gustavo Canto (San Juan, Puerto Rico) netting two each.
Host and 10th-ranked Princeton snapped GW's three-game winning streak Sunday morning with a hard-fought 8-5 victory. The match was tied 4-4 at halftime with each squad netting two goals apiece in the first two periods. The Tigers surged ahead in the third quarter by outscoring the Colonials 2-0 to take a 6-4 lead. GW would only manage one goal in the fourth and fell for just the third time this season, all against nationally-ranked opponents. Eddy paced GW offensively with two goals.
In its fifth and final match Sunday afternoon, GW bounced back and topped Fordham, 15-6. The Colonials scored three goals in the opening quarter, then followed with four goals each in the final three periods to coast to their sixth victory of the season. Zenk was the leading goal scorer once again with five, while Jennings and Guadagni each scored three.
GW, off to one of its best starts at 6-3 to open a season, returns to the pool when it travels to Salem, WV, on Saturday, Sept. 17, to take on 10th-ranked Princeton at 2 p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. contest against Salem International.
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