Men's Water Polo Drops Five During Tough Weekend Slate
Colonials Fall to Trio of Ranked Opponents by Four Goals
Oct. 21, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's water polo team lost five consecutive games against five opponents either ranked or receiving votes in the national Top 20 this weekend, including one-goal losses against No. 15 Air Force Saturday and No. 16 Bucknell Sunday at Smith Center.
On Saturday in Annapolis, MD, GW (8-15, 0-7 CWPA Southern Division) fell to the host No. 11 Navy Midshipmen (16-4), the 15th-ranked Falcons (6-5) and Brown (10-3), which is receiving votes in this week's national Top 20 rankings. Senior goalkeeper Chris Whittam had 34 saves in the three games, including 15 in the loss to Air Force. Senior John Jennings had a hat trick against the Falcons, while junior David Zenk netted all three goals against the Bears.
The Colonials hosted nationally ranked Bucknell and Princeton on Sunday, falling to the Bison, 9-8, in the morning and 20th-ranked Tigers, 9-7, in the afternoon. Sophomore John-Claude Wright had four goals against Bucknell as the Colonials grabbed a 7-5 lead early in the fourth quarter. However, the Bison scored four of the final five goals, including a game-winning penalty goal with 1:23 to play to escape Smith Center. Zenk added a goal and three assists, while Whittam had 13 saves.
In Sunday's finale, GW scored three goals in a span of 2:15 in the fourth quarter to close within two, but couldn't complete the comeback in the 9-7 loss to Princeton. Zenk had four points on two goals and two assists. Redshirt junior Nick Eddy also had two goals. Whittam finished with nine saves.
The losses to Air Force and Bucknell dropped GW to 1-6 in one-goal games against Top 20 opponents this season. Fourteen of the Colonials' 23 games this fall have been against nationally ranked foes.
GW hosts Johns Hopkins in its regular-season finale Tuesday at 7:00 pm.