Price, Whittam Lead Men's Water Polo Past Claremont Mudd Scripps, 9-6

Oct. 6, 2005

CLAREMONT, CA - The George Washington University men's water polo team defeated Claremont Mudd Scripps College, 9-6, Wednesday evening at the Stags' Axelrood Pool in non-conference action. In what was a very physical game, the Colonials were led on the offensive end by junior Julian Price (Honolulu, HI) and defensively, sophomore goalie Chris Whittam (Hillsborough, CA) came up with two key saves in the final period to preserve the victory and help GW snap its seven-game slide.

With the win, GW improves to 7-10 overall on the season.

In the first quarter, Price was able to get GW on the board with two goals, while the Stags countered with two goals of their own to even the score at 2-2. The second period proved to be the pivotal quarter for the Colonials as they put up three goals, while not allowing the Stags a single scoring opportunity to take a 5-2 lead into halftime.

Both squads notched four goals each in the second half over the final two periods, but it was the Colonials' defense led by Whittam, who made nine saves in the cage, that halted any comeback attempt by Claremont. In the final period, he blocked two penalty shots to maintain GW's three-goal advantage and help the squad earn a win in the first match of its weekend California trip.

Price finished the game with three goals, while freshman David Zenk (St. Louis, MO) and senior co-captian Anthony Guadagni (Visalia, CA) each scored two. Junior John Hornberger (Houston, TX) and sophomore Nick Eddy (La Jolla, CA) also chipped in with a goal apiece.

The Colonials (7-10) are back in action when they compete in the Claremont Convergence Tournament over the weekend. GW faces Chapman (12:00 pm EST) and Cal Lutheran (11:00 pm EST) on Friday, Oct. 7, followed by match-ups with La Verne (12:30 pm EST) and Whittier (8:30 pm EST) on Saturday.



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