Men's Water Polo Drops Pair of Home Contests to Nationally-Ranked Bucknell, Princeton
Oct. 16, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University men's water polo team lost both of its matches at home on Sunday, Oct. 16, falling to 17th-ranked Bucknell, 11-9, and 11th-ranked Princeton, 12-6, in CWPA Southern Conference action at the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center Pool. Sophomore John Jennings (Coral Gables, FL) was on his offensive game in the two contests scoring six goals to lead the Colonials.
In GW's opening match against Bucknell in the morning, the Bison jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first period. Senior Jonathan Lo (Hong Kong, China) put GW on the board in the first with his 17th goal of the season. Both teams notched three goals each in the second quarter and Bucknell held a 5-4 lead at intermission.
The Bison outscored the Colonials once again in the third, 3-2, to open up a two-goal advantage at 8-6 heading into the final period. That would be as close as GW could get as each squad scored three goals in the final frame and Bucknell prevailed, 11-9. Jennings was the top scorer for the Colonials with four goals, while Lo finished with two scores. Freshman David Zenk (St. Louis, MO), senior co-captain Anthony Guadagni (Visalia, CA) and junior Julian Price (Honolulu, HI) each chipped in with a goal apiece.
Against No. 11 Princeton, GW kept the game close in the first half and trailed the Tigers just 4-3 at halftime. Princeton held a 2-1 lead after the first period and both squads scored two goals each in the second. Sophomore Nick Eddy (La Jolla, CA), Jennings and Lo all recorded goals for GW in the first half.
The third period proved to be the turning point in the contest as the Tigers outscored the Colonials 7-1 to take control of the game. GW mounted a small comeback in the fourth, winning the period 2-1, but it was too little too late to overtake Princeton. Eddy, Jennings and Lo provided the offense in the second half with a goal each.
The Colonials (10-13, 0-9 CWPA Southern) return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 19, when they host Johns Hopkins in their regular season finale at 8 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Athletic Center pool.