Men's Water Polo Tops Chapman at East Meets West Invite

Oct. 27, 2003

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Men's water polo posted a 1-3 record versus some strong competition at the East Meets West Invite at the Air Force Academy this past weekend.

GW (8-12) fell to host Air Force 12-6 in their first match of the tournament. The Colonials fell into an early hole against the Falcons, who jumped out to a 7-3 halftime lead. Junior Nicholas Koenemann scored two goals to lead GW in the losing effort.

Cal Baptist raced out to a 7-1 lead in GW's next match, as the Colonials struggled to find any flow on offense. Cal Baptist cruised to a 18-7 win, as GW was unable to overcome the early outburst. Freshman John Hornberger scored three goals in the match.

The Colonials would get on the winning track versus Chapman, fighting for a 7-6 victory. After going up 3-1 in the opening quarter of play, the Panthers rallied to tie the match at 4-4 before the half. The Colonials would regain the lead in the third, 7-5, and limited CU to just one score in the final period to secure the victory. Srdan Radnic scored two goals and keeper Chris Blick recorded eight saves for the match.

Iona would hand GW their third loss of the tournament, in a hard-fought match to close out the weekend. After leading 2-1 in the first quarter, Iona out-scored GW 3-0 in the second to take a 4-2 lead into the break. The Colonials were unable to regain the lead, and fell 9-7.

Hornberger earned All-Tournament honors, after recording six scores over the four tournament matches.



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