Men's Water Polo Goes 3-1 at Claremont Convergence
Oct. 8, 2006
CLAREMONT, CA - George Washington men's water polo players David Zenk, John Hornberger and Gustavo Canto combined for 32 goals in a four-game span to lead the Colonials to a 3-1 record at the annual Claremont Convergence this weekend.
GW (10-9) fell to 19th-ranked University of Redlands, 13-7, in its opening game on Friday despite a hat trick from Canto. The Colonials trailed 7-3 at halftime and 11-4 after three quarters against the nationally-ranked Bulldogs. Hornberger added two goals, while Zenk and freshman Nick Archambault each scored one goal. Junior goalkeeper Chris Whittam made nine saves.
The Colonials exacted some revenge against Whittier in the Friday nightcap, defeating the Poets 11-8. Whittier handed GW its only loss of last year's Convergence. Six players scored as the Colonials jumped to a 7-3 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way. Junior John Jennings led the attack with three goals, followed by Canto, Zenk and Hornberger with two goals apiece. Sophomore Sergei Shev and rookie John-Claude Wright also scored goals and Whittam posted eight stops.
Zenk tied a career-high with five goals to guide GW to a 16-6 triumph over Chapman in Saturday's opener. The Colonials outscored the Panthers 13-3 over the final three quarters to level their season record at 9-9. Canto and Hornberger added hat tricks, Wright and Freedman each chipped in two goals, and freshman Alexander Price scored his first goal of the event. Whittam and junior Justin Licht split duties in goal, making eight and three saves, respectively.
GW concluded the competition with a solid 12-7 win against Cal Lutheran. The Colonials raced to a 5-0 lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back. Whittam turned in his best performance of the weekend with 14 saves. Hornberger and Zenk each scored four goals and Jennings tallied two. Archambault and Ganto rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece.
The Colonials have three days to rest before beginning their three-game home stand on Wednesday night. GW will host league foe Johns Hopkins at the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center Pool at 7:00 pm.