Men's Water Polo Topples No. 17 Bucknell
GW Snaps 16-Game Conference Losing Streak
Oct. 14, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's water polo team captured its first Collegiate Water Polo Association conference victory since 2004 with a hard-fought 7-6 triumph against 17th-ranked Bucknell at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center Pool on Saturday night.
Senior driver John Hornberger scored three goals to help the Colonials secure their first league win since a 7-3 victory at Salem International on October 23, 2004. It also marked GW's first win versus Bucknell in eight tries and the third over the Bison in head coach Scott Reed's eight-year tenure.
After falling behind 1-0 early in the first quarter, GW (11-10, 1-6 CWPA Eastern Region) scored five unanswered goals, including a pair from Hornberger, to surge to a 5-1 lead with less than two minutes to play in the first half. Bucknell (12-9, 3-4 CWPA Eastern Region) got back-to-back goals to close the second quarter and trailed, 5-3, at the intermission.
The Bison got to within 5-4 when Kyle Roslyn converted a man-up opportunity with 3:37 remaining in the third period. Colonials' sophomore Gustavo Canto tallied his 30th goal of the season 53 seconds later to re-open a two-goal advantage. Bucknell leading scorers Mark Masterson and Jason Rechel would take turns assisting each other in the final 2:06 of the quarter to even the score, 6-6, heading into the final eight minutes.
GW went into a man-up situation at the 6:09 mark of the fourth quarter and called timeout. On the ensuing possession, the Colonials worked the ball around the perimeter until sophomore David Zenk fed a perfect pass to Hornberger, who one-touched a shot into the left corner for the deciding goal.
Bucknell's Rechel had a last-second shot turned away by junior goalkeeper Chris Whittam, whose stellar nine-save performance was key to the victory.
"It was a great team effort, especially on the defensive end," said Reed. "Limiting a team to six goals is amazing in such a small pool."
Hornberger added an assist to post a game-high four points. Canto finished with a goal and an assist. Zenk, who won three individual events for the Colonials' swimming and diving team earlier in the afternoon, and rookies John-Claude Wright and Nick Archambault scored one goal each.
GW finishes the regular season by hosting 15th-ranked Princeton at Smith Center Pool tomorrow at Noon.
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