Men's Water Polo Wraps West Coast Trip With Pair of Losses

Oct. 3, 2009

CLAREMONT, CA - After winning its first two contests Friday, the George Washington men's water polo team suffered a disappointing end to its annual West Coast trip at the Claremont Convergence Saturday, falling to No. 20 California Baptist, 10-1, and Chapman, 12-9.

GW (7-14) will now turn its attention to CWPA Southern Division play and its first contest in newly renovated Charles E. Smith Center Pool this Thursday, Oct. 8, against Bucknell at 7:30 pm.

The Colonials held the 20th-ranked California Baptist Lancers to just two goals after two periods, but allowed eight second-half goals and couldn't get an offensive rhythm in a 10-1 loss.

Senior Nick Archambault tallied the team's lone goal in the third quarter as GW struggled with a 0-for-6 effort in man-up opportunities. Freshman Cameron Illes made five first-half saves, while sophomore Alex Sotolongo made six stops the final 16 minutes.

In its West Coast finale, GW battled back from a three-goal deficit to pull within 5-4 in the third quarter, but a 5-1 run by Chapman put the game out-of-reach in a 12-9 loss.

Senior John-Claude Wright led the offense with four goals to up his team-leading total to 48 this season and move into ninth all-time at GW with 180 career goals. Senior Rick Rogers added a hat trick, followed by goals from Archambault and freshman John Paul Bezerra. Illes finished with 10 saves in cage.



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