Men's Water Polo Posts Three Victories at Claremont Convergence Tournament
Oct. 10, 2005
CLAREMONT, CA - Playing four games in two days this past weekend more than 2,700 miles away from Foggy Bottom, the George Washington men's water polo team won three-of-four games at the 2005 Claremont Convergence Tournament, Oct. 7-8, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in California. The Colonials defeated Chapman, 12-3, and Cal Lutheran, 13-5, on Friday, before topping La Verne, 6-5, on Saturday.
With the three victories versus just one defeat, GW improves its overall record to 10-11 on the season.
On Friday at the Pomona-Haldeman Pool, the Colonials jumped out quickly on Chapman and held a 3-0 lead after the first period and a 6-1 advantage at halftime. GW clamped down defensively the entire game and were led by sophomore Chris Whittam's (Hillsborough, CA) eight saves in the cage. Offensively, freshman David Zenk (St. Louis, MO) led the way with four goals, while senior co-captain Anthony Guadagni (Visalia, CA) recorded five assists and four steals.
GW continued its strong offensive play in its second game on Friday against Cal Lutheran at Axelrood Pool, as it held a 5-3 lead at intermission after opening the game with two quick scores. Five straight goals in the second half heading into the fourth period gave the Colonials a comfortable cushion at 8-3, and six more goals in the final quarter secured the win. Junior John Hornberger (Houston, TX) finished with six goals and three assists, while Zenk and Guadagni each added three goals apiece. Senior co-captain Tom Mills (Los Altos, CA) notched two saves in goal.
The Colonials opened play on Saturday with a close 6-5 victory over La Verne, their fourth straight win. GW had a 2-1 lead after the first period and extended its lead to 3-1 heading into halftime. But, La Verne rallied in the third and scored three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead. The Colonials, however, were able to make up the difference and stopped the Leoprads on a last-chance scoring opportunity with :17 seconds remaining to preserve the victory. Hornberger was the leading scorer once again with three goals, while senior Jonathan Lo (Hong Kong, China), junior Julian Price (Honolulu, HI) and sophomore John Jennings (Coral Gables, FL) each scored once.
In its final game, GW suffered a narrow 6-5 loss to Whittier in a defensive struggle where both goalies were the stars. The Colonials had a 2-1 lead after the first period and the contest was tied 2-2 at the half. GW came out strong in the third and held a slim 4-3 advantage going into the fourth, but the Poets outscored the Colonials, 3-1, in the final frame to earn the victory and snap GW's four-game winning streak. Whittam finiahed with nine saves in the cage to lead GW.
The Colonials (10-11) return to action on Sunday, Oct. 16, when they host Bucknell at 10 a.m. and Princeton at 2 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center pool.