Men's Water Polo to Play for Seventh at ECAC Championship

Sept. 19, 2009

PRINCETON, NJ - The George Washington men's water polo team posted a 1-2 record Saturday, rolling past Connecticut College 17-7, and will play against MIT for seventh place at the ECAC Championship at DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, NJ, Sunday.

Eighth-seeded GW (4-9) opened the second day of ECAC competition with an 18-3 loss to top-seeded No. 13 Navy before bouncing back with the 10-goal triumph over 10th-seed Connecticut College. GW rounded out Saturday play with a 15-7 loss to CWPA Southern Division rival No. 4-seed Bucknell, 15-7, to set up Sunday's seventh-place game against sixth-seeded MIT. The Colonials will seek to avenge a 10-7 loss to the Engineers at the Princeton Invitational Sept. 13.

Freshman Ross Kirkbaumer scored twice and senior Marshall Freedman tallied a goal, but GW finished just 3-of-27 shooting in its 18-3 loss to 13th-ranked Navy Saturday morning. Rookie goalkeeper Cameron Illes stopped five shots for the Colonails.

Roughly four hours later, GW used a 12-2 run over the second and third quarters to pull away from Connecticut College, 17-7. Seniors Nick Archambault and John-Claude Wright provided an offensive spark with Archambault scoring a career-high five goals and Wright amassing a career-best eight points on four goals and four assists. Freedman, Kirkbaumer and John Paul Bezerra had two goals apiece, followed by one each from junior Peter Thomas and rookie Nolan Lozinski. Illes totaled eight first-half saves and freshman Sean Joyce made three second-half stops.



In Saturday's final game, Wright totaled a team-high three goals, but the Colonials couldn't keep up with the fresher Bison, who were playing in just their second game of the day, in a 15-7 loss. GW closed to within 7-5 at halftime, but Bucknell used a 5-0 third-quarter run to pull ahead. Bezerra added two goals, followed by one from Kirkbaumer and sophomore Cray Rogers. Illes (five saves) and Joyce (two) combined for seven stops.

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