Men's Water Polo Clipped by No. 11 Navy in Overtime
Colonials Take Ranked Opponent to OT for Fourth Time this Season
Oct. 11, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's water polo team went to overtime with a nationally ranked opponent for the fourth time this season, but No. 11 Navy managed the game-winning goal with 2:19 left in the extra session to defeat the Colonials, 9-8, in their home opener at Smith Center Wednesday evening.
GW (7-10, 0-3 CWPA Southern Division) fell to 1-3 in overtime games against Top 20 opponents this season, while the program's last nine losses have come at the hands of nationally ranked teams.
After falling behind by one goal three separate times in the first quarter, the Colonials' defense tightened and offense began clicking, outscoring the Midshipmen 3-0 in the second quarter for a 5-3 halftime lead. Four different players scored in the opening 16 minutes, led by back-to-back scores by red-shirt junior Nick Eddy.
Navy (15-5, 4-0 CWPA Southern Division), which knocked off 19th-ranked Johns Hopkins earlier in the afternoon, scored consecutive goals to even the game 5-5 midway through the third quarter. GW twice regained a one-goal cushion on goals by junior Gustavo Canto and sophomore John-Claude Wright, but Navy answered both times and actually took an 8-7 lead on Aaron Recko's third goal of the game with 3:38 remaining.
GW called two timeouts during the final 2:34 to set up offensive sets and sophomore Nick Archambault pulled through with the game-tying goal with 67 seconds to play.
The Midshipmen took advantage of a man-up opportunity in the overtime period as Recko netted the game-winner at the 2:19 mark.
GW's next seven games will be against programs either ranked or receiving votes in the CWPA Top 20 Poll and come within a five-day span beginning Friday, October 19. The Colonials begin the stretch against Harvard, which is receiving votes in this week's national rankings, in Annapolis, MD, next Friday at 5:30 pm.
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