Men's Water Polo Vying for Top 5 Finish at Southerns

Oct. 29, 2006

LEWISBURG, PA - The George Washington men's water polo team won two of its three games in convincing fashion on Saturday and is in position for a top 5 finish at the CWPA Southern Championships, being held at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, PA, this weekend.

GW (13-12) easily dispatched of Penn State Behrend, 16-9, in its opening game. Sophomores David Zenk and Gustavo Canto both provided hat tricks, while freshman John-Claude Wright contributed seven points on two goals and five assists. The Colonials utilized a 7-2 second-quarter run to blow open the game against Lions. Junior goalkeeper Chris Whittam made four saves.

The Colonials ran into conference foe and 12th-ranked Navy for the third time this season in their next game, falling to the Mids, 10-5. GW fell behind 8-1 at one point and converted just 4-of-12 man-up opportunities. Wright scored two goals and Whittam recorded 16 saves in the loss.

Senior John Hornberger pumped in five goals and Zenk posted a seven-point game as GW rebounded for an 18-8 victory over Mercyhurst in Saturday's nightcap. Zenk had four goals and three assists as the Colonials built end-of-quarter leads of 4-0, 10-1, and 16-5 en route to their 13th win of the season, the most during head coach Scott Reed's eight-year tenure.

GW will battle Gannon, whom it beat, 16-6, in its season opener, in the fifth place game at Kinney Natatorium on Sunday at 10:15 am.



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