Men's Water Polo Finishes Fifth at Southern Championships
Colonials Miss Qualifying for Collegiate Water Polo Championships by Slim Margin
Nov. 4, 2002
PRINCETON, NJ - Men's water polo posted a 3-1 record at the Collegiate Water Polo Southern Championships (CWPA), barely missing qualifying for the conference championships, by finishing fifth of twelve teams.
The Colonials (7-17) faced a tough Johns Hopkins team in their first match of the championship. The two teams had faced each other two times during the regular season, with both matches going to the Blue Jays by slim margins. The third match would prove to be no different, as GW lost a hard-fought contest, 8-4.
GW rebounded versus Grove City, as the Colonials raced out to a 8-3 lead by half behind balanced scoring and staunch defense. GW would hold Wolverines to just three more scores in the match, while adding seven more of the their own, for a 15-6 victory.
The Colonials would continue their strong play versus Gannon in their next match, taking control early, and never looking back. After posting a 9-4 halftime lead, GW kept the pressure on the Golden Knights for a 14-8 win.
GW closed out the weekend with a battle for fifth place against Salem International University. The Colonials held the Tigers scoreless in the second quarter, to take a 3-1 lead. This would prove to be the key to GW's victory as the two teams matched each other goal for goal in the second half. The Colonials won the match 8-6, and earned fifth place at the championship.
While the Colonials finished strongly, their fifth place finish was not good enough to qualify for the CWPA Championships, as only the top four spots from the Southern Championships qualified.
|Southern Division Championship Results|
|1st Place||U.S. Naval Academy|
|2nd Place||Princeton University|
|3rd Place||Johns Hopkins University|
|4th Place||Bucknell University|
|5th Place||George Washington University|
|6th Place||Salem International University|
|7th Place||Washington and Jefferson College|
|8th Place||Gannon University|
|9th Place||Slippery Rock University|
|10th Place||Grove City College|
|11th Place||Penn State Behrend College|
|12th Place||Mercyhurst College|
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