GW Earns First Conference Triumph

Oct. 5, 2004

WASHINGTON, DC - Senior co-captain Nick Koenemann tallied four goals as the George Washington men's water polo team (3-10, 1-5 CWPA Southern) recorded its first league victory, beating Johns Hopkins, 9-8, on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the Smith Center Pool.

Koenemann scored once in each quarter, including the Colonials final goal with 1:59 left to play, to put GW ahead, 9-7. The Blue Jays' Billy Irvine tallied the match's final goal with two seconds left to produce the final score.

The Colonials trailed 3-1 following the first stanza, but freshman Nick Eddy, Koenemann, and sophomore John Hornberger each found the back of the cage to put GW in front, 4-3, at the 1:56 mark of the second period. A goal by Hopkins' James Singleton tied the match, but Eddy scored his second goal of the contest with 48 seconds left in the frame to give the Colonials a 5-4 halftime edge.

In the second half, Johns Hopkins (9-9, 2-4 CWPA Southern) answered every GW goal with a tally of its own and tied the match, 7-7, on a score by Brian Mead with 4:27 left in regulation. Freshman John Jennings put GW in front, 8-7, with 3:24 left to play and Koenemann secured the victory with his fourth marker of the match.

Koenemann's four scores gives him 24 goals for the campaign and Eddy's two tallies increased his scoring total to 16 on the season.

Singleton paced the Blue Jays with three goals in the contest.

Junior Tom Mills made seven saves for the second consecutive game, while Mitch Williams recorded one save for the Blue Jays.

GW heads west to square off against Chapman in Riverside, CA on Thursday, Oct. 7. The Colonials will also compete at the 12th annual Claremont Convergence Tournament on Oct. 8-9 in Claremont, CA. GW will open the competition against Occidental and La Verne on Friday.



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