Men's Water Polo Falls at Nationally Ranked Navy, 11-9
Colonials' late rally in the fourth quarter falls short; Hornberger leads the way offensively
Sept. 22, 2005
ANNAPOLIS, MD - Despite tying the game at 9-9 late in the fourth quarter, a pair of costly turnovers prevented the George Washington men's water polo team from overtaking 11th-ranked Navy Wednesday evening as it fell 11-9 at the Midshipmen's LeJeune Hall. Junior John Hornberger (Houston, TX) once again led the way offensively for the Colonials with four goals.
With the loss, GW falls to 6-6 on the season, while Navy improves its record to 9-4 overall.
In what would prove to be a very intense, back-and-forth contest, the Colonials took their only lead of the game on their first possession courtesy of a goal by freshman Gustavo Canto (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Navy countered by rattling off four straight goals, but GW bounced back to make it 4-3 after the first period.
Both squads traded goals in the second quarter and the Midshipmen would take a slim, 7-6, advantage into intermission. The third quarter saw each team score just one goal apiece, and with Navy leading, 8-7, heading into the fourth, an early goal in the final period gave the Midshipmen a two-goal cushion. GW once again was able to fight back and tied the game at 9-9 with 2:39 remaining, but a pair of big turnovers opened the door for Navy which resulted in two quick scores for the Mids and the eventual 11-9 victory.
Aside from Hornberger's offensive prowess, Canto registered two goals while freshman David Zenk (St. Louis, MO) scored his team-leading 25th and 26th goals of the season. Senior co-captain Anthony Guadagni (Visalia, CA) also chipped in with his 17th goal of the year. Sophomore Chris Whittam (Hillsborough, CA), meanwhile, recorded seven saves in goal.
The Colonials (6-6) are back in action when they travel to Baltimore, MD, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, to take on Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m.
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