Men's Water Polo Falls Short Against Johns Hopkins
GW's Fourth-Quarter Rally Not Enough
Oct. 11, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's water polo team outscored Johns Hopkins, 5-2, over the final 11:10, but couldn't complete the comeback in a 10-7 loss to the visiting Blue Jays in Collegiate Water Polo Association action at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center Pool on Wednesday evening.
GW (10-10, 0-6 CWPA Eastern Region) took a 1-0 lead 16 seconds into the game on a goal by freshman John-Claude Wright. Johns Hopkins (10-10, 2-4) scored three unanswered goals, including a pair by Peter Davis, to assume a 3-1 edge with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter. Senior John Hornberger closed the margin to 3-2 with 47 seconds left in the period, but that's as close as the Colonials would get the rest of the game.
The Blue Jays tallied the game's next five goals and kept GW off the scoreboard for 14:15 to jump to an 8-2 advantage with 4:50 to play in the third quarter. Sophomore David Zenk started a mini-rally by snapping the Colonials' scoreless streak with a goal with 54 seconds in the third period. Wright opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back goals in a span of 1:26 to bring GW to within three scores at 8-5. Hopkins' leading scorer Sean McCreery halted the run with a goal six seconds after Wright's second of the quarter and Peter Sauerhoff added his only goal with 5:33 left to put the Colonials away.
Sophomore Gustavo Canto added a man-up goal with 2:42 left and Zenk scored his second goal of the game with 58 seconds to play to produce the final 10-7 margin.
Wright finished with a game-high three goals, Zenk chipped in two goals and two assists and Hornberger and Canto contributed one goal apiece. Hornberger (55), Zenk (36) and Canto (29) entered tonight's game ranked third, tied for 22nd and tied for 37th in the nation, respectively, in goals scored.
Junior goalkeeper Chris Whittam, who entered the game ranked fifth in the nation with 164 saves, made eight blocks in the loss. JHU goalkeepers Mitch Williams and Chris Hutchens each played 16 minutes in goal and combined for nine saves, including a pair of key stops on GW breakaway opportunities.
GW concludes regular-season play with two home games this weekend. The Colonials host No. 17 Bucknell at 7:00 pm on Saturday and No. 15 Princeton at Noon on Sunday.
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