Men's Water Polo Edged by Harvard, Fordham at Princeton Invite

Sept. 12, 2009

PRINCETON, NJ - The George Washington men's water polo team had opportunities for victories against Harvard and Fordham on Day 1 of the Princeton Invitational Saturday, but failed to capitalize in a 12-7 loss to the Crimson and 10-9 overtime loss to the Rams.

GW (2-5) converted just 3-of-13 man-advantage chances as Harvard pulled away in the second half of Saturday's opening game. The Colonials trailed, 6-3, at halftime, but the Crimson used a 4-1 third quarter to open up a six-goal cushion en route to the 12-7 final. Sophomore Cray Rogers finished with a hat trick, followed by goals from seniors John-Claude Wright and Rick Rogers and freshmen Guy Helman and John-Paul Bezerra. Rookie goalkeeper Cameron Illes made seven saves.

In Saturday's late game, the Colonials grabbed a one-goal lead with three seconds remaining on Cray Rogers' third goal of the game. However, Fordham managed to net a skip shot as time expired to force overtime and scored the game-winning goal in overtime to stun GW, 10-9. The Colonials held a 5-3 lead at halftime and a 7-6 edge through three quarters.

Cray Rogers added six steals along with his three goals, while Wright contributed a hat trick and five field blocks. Wright now ranks second all-time at GW with 22 career field blocks, trailing only David Zenk's 35 from 2005-08. Helman chipped in two goals and senior Nick Archambault scored one. Illes finished with eight saves.

GW rounds out play at the Princeton Invitational Sunday against MIT at 11:45 am and No. 16 Santa Clara at 4:45 pm.



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