Johns Hopkins Stymies Men's Water Polo, 8-3
GW Hosts No. 12 Navy, Senior Day in Home Finale Saturday
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
JHU goals - Gertridge 3, Sauerhoff 2, Fox, Aguilera, Barrett
GW goals - Wright 2, Cray Rogers
JHU record: 14-13, 2-5 CWPA Southern Division