Two-Quarter Drought Sends Men's Water Polo to 15-4 Loss to No. 13 UC San Diego

Sept. 11, 2009

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The George Washington men's water polo team hung with 13th-ranked UC-San Diego during the first and fourth quarters, but the Tritons used an 11-goal run through the middle periods to deal the Colonials a 15-4 loss in Annapolis, MD, Friday afternoon.

GW falls to 2-3 overall on the season and now faces four games over the next two days at the Princeton Invitational. The Colonials battle a trio of CWPA non-conference foes Harvard and Fordham on Saturday and MIT on Sunday morning - before rounding out the event with 16th-ranked Santa Clara late Sunday.

The Colonials took an early 2-0 lead, but the Tritons evened the game at 2-2 by the close of the first quarter. UC San Diego (2-3) took control with 11 goals over the next 16 minutes to take a commanding 13-2 lead entering the fourth quarter. GW managed to play even, 2-2, in the final period for the 11-goal final margin.

Senior John-Claude Wright scored two goals to increase his team lead to 11 on the season. Sophomore Cray Rogers and freshman Guy Helman also netted goals for the Colonials.

Reigning CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Week Cameron Illes made five saves in three quarters of action, while fellow rookie Sean Joyce turned away one shot over the final eight minutes.



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