Men's Water Polo Drops Pair on the Road
Colonials fall to 10th-ranked Princeton, 9-4, before losing close match to Salem International, 11-7
Sept. 19, 2005
SALEM, WV - The George Washington men's water polo team dropped both its matches this past weekend, falling to 10th-ranked Princeton, 9-4, followed by a narrow defeat against Salem International, 11-7, on Saturday, Sept. 17 at SIU. Junior John Hornberger (Houston, TX) led the Colonials offensively with four goals in the two matches.
In its first match on Saturday afternoon, GW had a good first half against the nationally-ranked Tigers trailing just 3-1 after the first period and 5-3 at intermission. But, Princeton opened the third quarter with three unanswered goals and went on to outscore the Colonials 4-1 overall in the period to take control of the contest. Both squads were held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Hornberger led the way with a pair of scores, while sophomore Chris Whittam (Hillsborough, CA) recorded five saves in goal.
Against host Salem International, the Colonials were all square with the Tigers at 2-2 after the first period. SIU would put the match out of reach in the second quarter as it opened the frame with seven unanswered goals to take an 8-3 lead into halftime. GW mounted a rally in the third and outscored the Tigers 3-0, but would not get any closer than a two-goal deficit of Salem the rest of the way. Hornberger and senior co-captain Anthony Guadagni (Visalia, CA) both scored two goals, while senior co-captain Tom Mills (Los Altos, CA) notched 12 saves in the net to highlight play for the Colonials.
GW (6-5) returns to action when it travels to Annapolis, MD, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, to take on Navy at 7 p.m.
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