Wright's Six Not Enough as Men's Water Drops Home Debut to Bucknell, 19-13

Oct. 8, 2009

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WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington men's water polo senior John-Claude Wright matched his career-highs with six goals and seven points, but 17th-ranked Bucknell got six goals from Howie Kalter and 17 saves from goalkeeper Nick Donahue to defeat the Colonials, 19-13, in their return to newly renovated Charles E. Smith Center Pool Thursday evening.

GW (7-15, 0-3 CWPA Southern Division) led by a goal, 3-2, after the opening quarter, but nationally ranked Bucknell (11-6, 5-1) surged ahead with 13 goals over the next 16 minutes to post the victory and take a half-game lead over Princeton for first in the CWPA Southern Division standings.

Wright also scored six goals to lead the Colonials to a victory over the Bison in their most recent meeting at Smith Center last season, but Kalter and Sean Coghlan (five goals) combined for 11 tallies to lift the Bison.

Wright had all three goals as GW jumped ahead 3-2 after a quarter, but Bucknell responded with five unanswered goals in less than four minutes to begin the second quarter to take control. Wright countered that run with his fourth goal just past the period's midway mark, but Coghlan and Randy Ang scored to cap a 7-1 spurt and make it 9-4. Senior Nick Archambault closed the half with a goal to make it 9-5 at intermission.

After the teams' split four goals to open the third quarter, Bucknell ended the stanza with a 4-1 run to assume a commanding 15-8 edge. Wright opened the fourth quarter with his fifth goal, but again the Bison rallied with three goals to grab their largest lead, 18-9.

GW scored four of the final five goals, including two from sophomore Cray Rogers, to produce the 19-13 final margin.

Freshman goalkeeper Cameron Illes made 11 saves in three quarters of action, while sophomore Alex Sotolongo stopped two shots in the third quarter for the Colonials.

 

 

Cray Rogers finished with a hat trick and three assists, followed by a goal and three helpers from Archambault. Freshman Guy Helman added a goal and two assists.

With 186 career goals, Wright is one goal shy of tying Nick Eddy ('08) for eighth all-time in program history.

GW travels to Baltimore on Friday for a CWPA Southern Division contest against Johns Hopkins beginning at 8:00 pm.

Bucknell -- 2 - 7 - 6 - 4 -- 19
GW -- 3 - 2 - 3 - 5 -- 13

BU Goals - Kalter 6, Coghlan 5, Richley 2, Ang 2, Thompson, Hyden, Stupp, Barnett
BU Saves - Donahue 17, Napleton 3 (4th qtr.)

GW Goals - Wright 6, Cray Rogers 3, Freedman, Bezerra, Helman, Archambault
GW Saves - Illes 11, Sotolongo 2 (3rd qtr.)

BU - 11-6, 5-1 CWPA Southern Division
GW - 7-15, 0-3 CWPA Southern Division

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