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Koenemann Scores 12 Goals; GW Splits Two Matches at Southern Championship

Senior Nick Koenemann went  for 12 goals versus Gannon and Salem International.
Senior Nick Koenemann went for 12 goals versus Gannon and Salem International.

Oct. 31, 2004

PRINCETON, NJ - Senior captain Nick Koenemann exploded for 12 goals on the day as the 11th-seeded Colonials split two matches at the CWPA Southern Championship on Saturday, Oct. 30. GW defeated the No. 2 seed, Gannon, 9-7, in its opening game before falling to seventh-seeded Salem International, 10-9, in overtime.

Koenemann paced the Colonials in both contests, including scoring seven of GW's nine goals versus Salem. He now has 52 tallies on the year, one shy of his 2003 total.

The Colonials started the day by posting a two-goal decision versus Gannon. The match was tight throughout and GW never had more than a one-goal edge until Koenemann provided the margin of victory, scoring with 1:12 left in the final period.

Koenemann finished with five goals in the match, while sophomore John Hornberger contributed two. Freshman Chris Whittam made nine saves in the cage.

Against Salem, the Colonials held an 8-5 lead with three minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers notched three straight tallies, including the equalizer with four seconds left in regulation to force OT. In the overtime period, both team's traded tallies before the Tigers' clinched the victory, scoring with six seconds left on the clock.

The tournament wraps up on Sunday, Oct. 31 with GW possibly finishing as high as fifth out 12 teams.



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