Men's Water Polo Upsets No. 18 Bucknell to Open Princeton Invitational

Sept. 13, 2008

PRINCETON, NJ - George Washington redshirt senior Nick Eddy recorded a hat trick and freshman goalkeeper Alex Sotolongo made nine saves to lead the Colonials men's water polo team to a 10-8 upset of 18th-ranked Bucknell in both teams' opener at the Princeton Invitational Saturday.

GW (3-3) split its two games Saturday, falling to No. 9 UC-San Diego, 18-4, in the day's late game.

Eddy led a balanced attack and the Colonials' defense allowed only two first-half goals to build a lead they wouldn't relinquish versus the Bison. After falling behind 1-0 in the first quarter, GW drew even to close the period and blanked Bucknell in the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead at the half. The Colonials maintained their two-goal cushion after three quarters and extended the lead to three in the fourth en route to their second consecutive victory over a ranked Bison team. GW knocked off No. 17 Bucknell on its way to third place at last year's CWPA Southern Division Championship.

Sophomore Nick Yeager added two goals against the Bison, followed by one each from seniors David Zenk and Sergei Shev, juniors Rick Rogers and John-Claude Wright and freshman Cray Rogers.

GW trailed UC-San Diego by one, 3-2, after the first quarter, but the No. 9 Tritons shut out the Colonials in the second period and rolled to an 8-2 halftime lead and 18-4 triumph. Senior Connor Lynagh, junior Nick Archambault and sophomores Brett Gall and Peter Thomas found the net for GW.

 

 

The Colonials play No. 15 Santa Clara and Iona in their final games of the Princeton Invite on Sunday.

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