Men's Water Polo Falls to MIT, Places Eighth at ECAC's

Sept. 20, 2009

PRINCETON, NJ - Freshman goalkeeper Cameron Illes tied the school record with 19 saves, but the George Washington men's water polo team's offense couldn't get going in a 6-5 loss to MIT in the seventh-place game of the ECAC Championship Sunday morning.

Illes' 19 saves matched previous record-highs of Stephen Nadherny ('92) and Chris Whittam ('07), but GW (4-10) couldn't capitalize offensively and trailed the entire contest en route to an eighth-place finish at the event. MIT netted the first two goals of the game and maintained its lead despite GW cutting the deficit to one, 4-3, entering the fourth quarter.

The Colonials had a pair of late possessions to tie the game, but turned the ball over on a one-on-none counterattack and failed to get a quality shot on the attempts.

Senior John-Claude Wright scored twice and finished the tournament as GW's leading scorer with 11 goals. Seniors Rick Rogers and Marshall Freedman and sophomore Cray Rogers provided the Colonials' other tallies.

GW begins CWPA Southern Division play Saturday at Bucknell at 1:30 pm.



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