Men's Water Polo Advances to Eastern Semifinals for First Time
Nov. 16, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, MA - Playing in the Eastern Championships for the first time since 2003, the George Washington men's water polo team scored the first six goals in its quarterfinal matchup against 17th-ranked Brown and rolled over the Bears, 8-3, on Friday to advance to the semifinals for the first time in program history.
Fourth-seed GW (11-17) will face top-seed and 10th-ranked Navy in Saturday's first semifinal at Harvard University's Blodgett Pool at 6:30 pm. The winner advances to the CWPA Eastern Championships title game Sunday at 12:00 pm, with a bid to the NCAA Final Four at stake.
Four different players scored in the first quarter as the Colonials jumped ahead 4-0. Gustavo Canto opened the scoring 2:38 into the stanza, followed by an extra-man goal by Nick Eddy 2:19 later. Junior David Zenk tallied his first of three goals at the 1:10 mark and Rick Rogers finished the scoring with 28 seconds left in the period.
Zenk added his second just 27 seconds into the second quarter and sophomore John-Claude Wright got GW's sixth unanswered goal with 2:59 remaining before the break.
Brown scored three of the games next five goals, including a pair in the third quarter, but the Colonials defense shut out the Bears over the final eight minutes to secure the victory.
Senior goalkeeper Chris Whittam made 11 saves to earn Player of the Game honors. The reigning CWPA Player of the Week now has 273 saves on the season, fourth most in the nation.
Eddy finished with two goals and two assists, followed by a goal and an assist by Canto.
GW improved to 3-13 against Top 20 opponents this season.