Men's Water Polo to Play for Fifth at CWPA Southerns
Nov. 7, 2009
LEWISBURG, PA - The No. 5 seed George Washington men's water polo team dropped its first game Saturday, 12-5 to No. 4 seed Johns Hopkins, but rebounded for a 13-6 victory over No. 8 seed Washington & Jefferson to advance to the fifth-place game at the CWPA Southern Division Championship in Lewisburg, PA.
GW (8-22) will face seventh-seeded Gannon at 12:30 pm Sunday in the fifth-place contest in its final contest of the season. The Colonials have finished fifth or better at Southerns in each of the past three seasons.
The Colonials suffered through second and fourth quarter lapses in a 12-5 loss to East Region rival Johns Hopkins in their Southern Championship opener. After trailing 2-1 after a quarter of action, GW allowed four unanswered goals to trail 6-1 at halftime. The Colonials battled back with a 4-1 third quarter to trail 7-5, but the Blue Jays netted five consecutive goals in the fourth period for the victory.
Sophomore Cray Rogers led the attack with two goals, followed by a goal and five ejections drawn from senior John-Claude Wright. Seniors Rick Rogers and Nick Archambault also tallied goals, while freshman goalkeeper Cameron Illes made 10 saves.
Wright and Cray Rogers had three goals apiece as GW responded with a 13-6 victory over Washington & Jefferson in Saturday's final contest. The Colonials led 3-0 after a quarter and extended their lead in each period to move on to Sunday's fifth-place game.
Wright added four assists and seven steals to his hat trick, while Rick Rogers posted two goals, three assists and five steals. Archambault and senior Marshall Freedman also added two goals and freshman Guy Helman rounded out the scoring with one goal. Illes stopped five shots, while sophomore goalkeeper Alex Sotolongo stopped three.
Wright's four goals upped his career total to 200, just eight shy of fourth all-time at GW.
No. 4 Johns Hopkins 12, No. 5 GW 5
JHU -- 2 - 4 - 1 - 5 -- 12
No. 5 GW 13, No. 8 Washington & Jefferson 6
GW -- 3 - 2 - 5 - 3 -- 13