Men's Water Polo Shut Down by Princeton
Oct. 15, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's water polo team closed its regular season on a sour note, dropping a 17-6 decision to 15th-ranked Princeton in a Collegiate Water Polo Association contest at Charles E. Smith Athletic Center Pool on Sunday.
After surrendering just six goals in knocking off 17th-ranked Bucknell less than 16 hours earlier, the Colonials' defense allowed its second highest total of the season to the Tigers. GW (11-11, 1-7 CWPA Southern Division) has nearly two weeks to prepare for the Southern Championship, to be held October 28 and 29 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.
The Colonials trailed 5-1 at the end of the first quarter and 9-2 heading into the intermission. Junior John Jennings scored with 2:50 left in the third quarter to snap a scoreless streak that spanned more than 12 minutes and start a 4-1 run that brought GW to within five goals, 11-6, by the close of the period. Leading scorer John Hornberger tallied both of his goals during the spurt to bring his season total to 60.
Princeton (13-6, 5-2 CWPA Southern Division) scored six consecutive goals in a span of 5:05 in the fourth quarter to produce the final 17-6 margin.
Hornberger and sophomore Gustavo Canto led the Colonials with two goals each, with Jennings and freshman Nick Archambault each adding one goal. Junior goalkeeper Chris Whittam made six saves in three quarters of action. Tigers' goalkeepers Scott Syverson (seven saves) and Scottie Hvidt (one save) combined for the win.
The top four teams at the Southern Championship advance to the Eastern Championship, to be held November 11 and 12 at Princeton. The Southern Championship pits the nine teams making up the CWPA Southern Division. GW, Princeton, Bucknell, Navy and Johns Hopkins comprise the Division's Eastern Region and Mercyhurst, Gannon, Washington & Jefferson and Penn State Behrend make up the Western Region.