Colonials Lose Home-Opener to No. 12 Navy, 13-6
Navy Sinks GW with Five Third-Quarter Goals
Sept. 15, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - WASHINGTON, DC - The 12th-ranked Navy Midshipmen used a 5-0 run in the third quarter to pull away from the George Washington men's water polo team (1-5, 0-2 CWPA Eastern Region) and defeated the Colonials, 13-6, in the team's 2004 home-opener.
With the score 7-4 at the intermission, five different Midshipmen scored, and Navy's defense held the Colonials without a tally to blow open what was a competitive game through the first half.
For the second straight match, freshman goalie Chris Whittam established a new career high in saves. Whittam made 14 saves versus Navy, bettering his previous high of 11 stops against Princeton on Sunday, September 12.
Navy (3-5, 1-1 CWPA Eastern Region) jumped out to an early lead first-quarter lead, 2-0, but GW battled back. Sophomore John Hornberger scored the Colonials' first goal with 3:47 left in the first period and senior co-captain Srdan Randic knotted the match, 2-2, when he converted a four-meter chance with 2:56 left in the opening frame. Navy used a three-goal run, capped off by a tally from Alex Ratcliffe, to take a 5-2 advantage after one quarter of play.
The Midshipmen reeled off two more goals to begin the second quarter, extending Navy's margin to 7-2. After a timeout by GW Head Coach Scott Reed, senior co-captain Nick Koenemann fed Hornberger for a goal, and Konenemann found the back of the net at the 1:14 mark of the second period to make the score, 7-4, at the half.
After Navy's five-goal rally, freshman John Jennings rattled off back-to-back goals 21 seconds apart to cut the Midshipmen's lead to six, 12-6, but Navy's Todd Carlson scored on breakaway with 1:02 left to play in the contest to produce the winning margin.
Hornberger and Jennings each finished with two goals to lead the Colonials. Randic also contributed an assist to goal along with his first-period goal, and senior Greg Abate also recorded an assist in the match.
Ratcliffe finished with five goals for Navy, while Joe Snelgrove contributed three. Goalkeeper Patrick McCreary made nine saves for the Midshipmen.
The Colonials return to the water on Saturday, September 18 when they square off against CWPA Eastern Region rivals Bucknell and Johns Hopkins. GW will play Bucknell at 12:00 p.m. followed by a showdown with Johns Hopkins at 4:00 p.m.
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