Men's Water Polo Drops 11-9 Decision to No. 19 Princeton

Sept. 28, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's water polo team evened the score at 9-9 with less than five minutes remaining, but No. 19 Princeton scored two late goals to deal the Colonials an 11-9 loss in CWPA Southern Division action at Smith Center Pool Sunday afternoon.

GW (6-9, 1-2 CWPA Southern Division) junior John-Claude Wright's second goal of the game tied the score at 9-9 with 4:57 to play, but Princeton's (6-4, 3-0) Matt Hale scored the go-ahead goal 1:01 later and Douglas Wigley added an insurance goal with 2:03 left to keep the Tigers atop the CWPA Southern Division standings.

The Colonials never led, but managed to pull even with the Tigers five times throughout the contest. GW trailed 4-3 after the first quarter and fell behind by two goals twice in the second quarter, but responded with consecutive goals each time to tie the game. Junior Rick Rogers' long-range strike with nine seconds left in the first half pulled GW even, 9-9, heading into intermission.

Princeton's Mark Zalewski scored two of his game-high four goals in the third quarter for a 9-8 advantage and the Tigers pulled away in the fourth behind goals from Hale and Wigley.

Wright, seniors David Zenk and Nick Eddy, and sophomore Nick Yeager each scored two goals to lead the Colonials. Zenk added three assists, while Wright pitched in two assists. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Sotolongo made six saves.

GW begins its annual trip to the West Coast Thursday at No. 17 California Baptist. The Colonials then play four games in two days at the Claremont Convergence, including a Friday meeting with No. 20 Air Force.



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