Men's Water Polo Succumbs to Furious Hopkins Rally, 16-13

Oct. 23, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's water polo team stormed out to a five-goal lead just after halftime, but Johns Hopkins scored nine consecutive goals spanning the third and fourth quarters to knock-off the Colonials, 16-13, in both teams' regular-season CWPA Southern Division finale at Smith Center Tuesday evening.

After falling behind 2-0 to begin the game, GW (8-16, 0-8 CWPA Southern Division) rebounded to take a 7-5 first-quarter lead behind three goals from sophomore John-Claude Wright and two from redshirt junior Nick Eddy.

The Colonials furthered the margin in the second quarter, outscoring the Blue Jays 3-1 in the period to take a 10-6 advantage into halftime. Freshman Nick Yeager scored a man-up goal 36 seconds into the second half to give GW its first five-goal lead of the game at 11-6. Following a JHU goal, Eddy netted his fourth of the game at the 4:22 mark of the period to regain the five-goal margin at 12-7.

However, Johns Hopkins (11-11, 4-4 CWPA Southern Division) rattled off nine straight goals, including a pair of man-up tallies and a five-meter penalty shot, over the next 9:23 to turn its five-goal deficit into a four-goal cushion. Eddy added his fifth goal with 52 seconds left to play, but the margin was too large to overcome.

Senior goalkeeper Chris Whittam made a season-high 18 saves in his final game at Smith Center. Whittam is second on GW's career saves list with 746. Senior John Jennings had a goal in his final home game, upping his career total to 97 goals and 132 points.

GW is the fifth seed for the upcoming Southern Division Championship, to be held at Navy Nov. 3-4. The Colonials open with Washington & Jefferson Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2:00 pm.



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