Men's Water Polo Falls to No. 18 Cal Baptist, 12-8, in West Coast Opener
Colonials Close to Within Two Goals in Fourth Quarter
Oct. 2, 2008
RIVERSIDE, CA - George Washington redshirt senior Nick Eddy scored a team-high four goals, but No. 18 California Baptist raced to a four-goal first half lead and held on to defeat the Colonials, 12-8, in the first game of their annual West Coast trip Thursday afternoon.
GW (6-9) allowed three straight goals to open the game, but managed to claw to within 4-3 behind a pair of goals from Eddy to close the first quarter. However, nationally ranked California Baptist (17-6) rattled off another three unanswered goals to start the second quarter and led 8-4 at halftime.
Freshman Cray Rogers and CBU's Aaron Steiger, the nation's leading goal scorer, traded goals to give the Lancers a 9-5 edge after three quarters.
Trailing by four with less than four minutes to play, Eddy and senior Sergei Shev netted goals to pull the Colonials within 10-8 with 3:21 remaining. Shev finished with two goals in the contest.
Steiger responded with his team-leading fourth goal of the game and nation-leading 53rd goal of the season just 17 seconds later to halt GW's rally.
Freshman Alex Sotolongo, this week's CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Week, made nine saves for GW, which converted just 2-of-7 man-up opportunities.
GW begins play in the Claremont Convergence Friday against Fresno Pacific at 9:00 am PT. The Colonials finish their first day at the event against No. 20 Air Force at 12:45 pm PT.