Men's Water Polo Drops Shootout With No. 17 Navy, 18-12

Oct. 7, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's water polo team took a one-goal lead early in the third quarter, but No. 17 Navy responded with five unanswered goals and went on to defeat the Colonials, 18-12, in CWPA Southern Division action at Smith Center Pool Tuesday evening.

Junior John-Claude Wright's fourth goal of the game gave GW a 9-8 lead just 1:06 into the third quarter, but Navy scored five consecutive goals in a span of 1:59 - including three man-up goals - to highlight a 7-1 run to take a 15-10 lead with 2:36 left in the period.

GW (7-13, 1-3 CWPA Southern Division) managed to slice the deficit to three, 15-12, at the end of the third quarter behind back-to-back goals from redshirt senior Nick Eddy and freshman Cray Rogers. The Colonials gained more momentum to start the fourth quarter when rookie goalkeeper Alex Sotolongo stopped Michael Mulvey's five-meter penalty attempt with 6:47 to play.

However, Navy (12-7, 5-1 CWPA Southern Division) shut out the Colonials and added three more goals in the fourth quarter for the 18-12 final.

There were five ties and five lead changes in a competitive first half. Eddy and sophomore Nick Yeager combined for five goals in the second quarter to help the Colonials pull even, 8-8, at the intermission.

GW's 12 goals tied the second-most scored against Navy this season.

Eddy joined Wright with four goals, followed by three goals from Yeager and one from Cray Rogers. Sotolongo finished with 10 saves.

GW continues league play Friday at Johns Hopkins at 7:30 pm.



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