Johns Hopkins Stymies Men's Water Polo, 8-3

Oct. 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - Senior John-Claude Wright scored twice in the second quarter to tie the game at 3-3 at halftime, but Johns Hopkins kept the GW men's water polo team scoreless in the second half to defeat the Colonials, 8-3, in CWPA Southern Division action at Smith Center Pool Wednesday.

GW never led, but managed to pull even with Hopkins three separate occasions in the first half to remain knotted at 3-3 at intermission. Sophomore Cray Rogers tallied a man-up goal midway through the first quarter to square the game at 1-1, while Wright scored two goals in a span of 52 seconds in the second quarter to twice erase a one-goal deficit.

The Colonials thought they had taken a one-goal lead with a minute left in the half, but were whistled for a violation.

The Hopkins defense tightened and goalkeeper Jeremy Selbst made eight stops to blank GW in the second half and post the five-goal victory, JHU's 13th straight in the series. Kyle Gertridge led the Blue Jays with a hat trick, including a man-up goal and five-meter penalty conversion for Hopkins' fourth-quarter goals, followed by Peter Sauerhoff's two goals.

GW converted just 3-of-30 shot attempts, which included 15 saves by Hopkins' goalkeeper Selbst. Colonials' freshman goalkeeper Cameron Illes finished with 11 saves and team-high three steals.

With two goals, Wright climbed to seventh on GW's career goals list with 193, three shy of moving into fifth all-time in program history.

The Colonials wrap regular-season play Saturday at Smith Center Pool against No. 12 Navy at 8:00 pm, the final home contest for seniors John-Claude Wright, Nick Archambault, Marshall Freedman and Rick Rogers.



MWP: Johns Hopkins 8, George Washington 3

JHU -- 2 - 1 - 3 - 2 -- 8
GW -- 1 - 2 - 0 - 0 -- 3

JHU goals - Gertridge 3, Sauerhoff 2, Fox, Aguilera, Barrett
JHU saves - Selbst 15

GW goals - Wright 2, Cray Rogers
GW saves - Illes 11

JHU record: 14-13, 2-5 CWPA Southern Division
GW record: 7-20, 0-7 CWPA Southern Division

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