Wright Scores Six to Help Men's Water Polo Beat Bucknell, 11-9
Colonials Defense Limits Bison's Leading Scorer Richie Hyden Without a Goal
Sept. 27, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington men's water polo junior John-Claude Wright scored a career-high six goals and the Colonials' defense held Bucknell's top scorer without a goal in an 11-9 victory in CWPA Southern Division action at Smith Center Pool Saturday evening.
The victory snapped a 10-game conference skid for GW (6-7, 1-1 CWPA Southern Division), which hosts 19th-ranked Princeton in another CWPA contest at Smith Center Pool Sunday at 12:00 pm.
Wright scored twice in the first quarter to spark the Colonials to a 4-3 lead, but the Bison quickly tied the game in the second quarter and took two-goal advantages twice during the period. Redshirt senior Nick Eddy's second goal of the game pulled GW to within a goal, 7-6, entering halftime.
Both teams started slowly to begin the second half, but GW broke through with two goals in a span of 24 seconds midway through the period and never trailed again. Junior Marshall Freedman deftly touched home a lob pass from senior David Zenk to even the score 7-7 with 4:59 left in the quarter. On the ensuing possession, Wright came away with a steal and finished his breakaway for a 9-8 edge with 4:35 to go in the period.
Bucknell's (8-6, 1-1) Andrew Nelson responded with a goal just five seconds out of his team's timeout, but sophomore Nick Yeager scored just over a minute later to give the Colonials the lead for good.
Wright added two more goals in the fourth quarter, with the second giving GW its largest lead at 11-8 with 4:43 to play. Bucknell's Howie Kalter's man-up goal sliced the margin to two, 11-9, but senior Connor Lynagh stymied a man-up shot which would have cut GW's lead in half and the Bison missed a trio of shots in the final two minutes to close out the victory.
Zenk finished with four assists and five steals, while Wright added four steals to his career-high scoring effort. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Sotolongo made 10 saves in the win.
The GW defense held Richie Hyden, who entered the game as Bucknell's leading scorer with 36 goals, without a goal.
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