Men's Water Polo Gears Up for Return to the Water
Aug. 23, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - The Colonials enter the 2004 campaign with high expectations after qualifying for the CWPA Eastern Championship by virtue of its fourth-place finish at the CWPA Southern Championship in 2003. It was the first time in four years GW qualified for the event. This season, Head Coach Scott Reed is confident that GW can take the next step and claim the Southern Championship crown.
Reed returns five players that saw more than 100 quarters of action last season, including senior co-captain Nicholas Koenemann. Koenemann led the Colonials with 66 total points in 2003 and figures to be GW's main offensive threat. Junior Anthony Guadagni and sophomore Julian Price are expected to contribute on offense as well. Both players recorded 35 points last year and Guadagni ranked second on the team with 17 assists. Sophomore John Hornberger, who tallied 45 points last season, gives the Colonials another offensive weapon, and Reed expects junior Jonathan Lo to take his game to the next level this year. Lo finished with 17 points in 2003 and paced the Colonials with 26 sprints won.
On defense, junior Tom Mills and freshman Chris Whittam will compete for playing time in goal. The pair replaces Chris Blick, who graduated in 2004 with the second-best career goals-against average in program history (10.01). Senior co-captain Srdan Randic will anchor GW's defense at the two-meter defensive position.
Seniors Taylor Woodbury and Greg Abate gained valuable experience in 2003 and will contribute again this season. Woodbury played 34 quarters and recorded 10 points, while Abate played 36 quarters and tallied three points and nine steals. Newcomers John Jennings, Nicholas Eddy, Brett DuBois, Robert Cromer and sophomore Joshua Heady will compete for playing time as well.
GW will once again play a very competitive schedule highlighted by home matches with CWPA powers Princeton and Navy. The Colonials' slate also includes appearances in the Navy Open, the ECAC Championship, and the Claremont Convergence.