Men's Water Polo Finishes Ninth at CWPA Southern Championship
Oct. 31, 2005
ANNAPOLIS, MD - The George Washington men's water polo team won its final two games at the CWPA Southern Championship, hosted by Navy, to finish ninth overall out of 11 teams this past weekend, Oct. 28-30. The Colonials, who finish their season with a 12-16 mark, closed out the tournament with a 17-8 win over Penn State Behrend on Saturday and an 11-6 victory over Washington & Jefferson College in their final contest Sunday morning.
GW, seeded 11th in the field, dropped its opening game on Saturday to Slippery Rock, 5-4. The Rocks built an early 4-0 lead in the first half and led at halftime, 4-1. The Colonials rallied in the third and closed the gap at 4-3 at the close of the quarter. But, SRU went up 5-3 in the fourth and GW could get no closer than 5-4. Sophomore Chris Whittam (Hillsborough, CA) finished with a season-high 13 saves in the cage to lead the Colonials.
Just two hours later, the Colonials matched up with Johns Hopkins in a shootout. On the strength of a strong third quarter, the Blue Jays prevailed, 14-11. With both teams going back-and-forth offensively in the first half, the game was knotted at 6-6 at intermission. JHU came out strong after the half and outscored GW, 5-2, to take control of the match and build a three-goal cushion. That three-goal margin proved to be the difference as both team scored three goals each in the fourth. Senior co-captain Anthony Guadagni (Visalia, CA) and junior Julian Price (Honolulu, HI) led the Colonials offensively with three goals each.
In its final game on Saturday, GW was clicking offensively once again and cruised past Penn State Behrend, 17-8, to advance to the ninth-place game on Sunday. The Colonials built an early lead in the first half, but the difference was a 7-2 quarter in favor of GW that put the match away. Sophomore Nick Eddy (La Jolla, CA) led the way with four goals, while junior John Hornberger (Houston, TX) posted three scores. Senior co-captain Tom Mills (Los Altos, CA) was solid in the cage for GW with 11 saves.
Facing off against Washington & Jefferson for ninth place on Sunday morning, the Colonials were wide awake as they opened up a 5-0 advantage on the Presidents in the first period. W&J came back in the second and scored four unanswered goals to trim GW's lead to 5-4 at the half. But, the Colonials bounced back and outscored the Presidents, 6-2, over the final two quarters to seal the victory. Whittam and Mills split time in the cage and they finished with seven and five saves each, respectively, to lead GW.