Men's Water Polo Ready To Return To The Water
2005 Season Preview
Aug. 25, 2005
After a 9-19 campaign in 2004, Head Coach Scott Reed brought in seven freshmen, the largest freshman class he's had in his seven years at GW, to infuse speed and energy in a team that must replace last year's leading scorer Nick Koenemann.
The task of mentoring the young Colonials will rest on the shoulders of senior captains Anthony Guadagni and Tom Mills, along with classmate Jonathan Lo. Guadagni led GW with 28 assists last season and was third on the squad with 45 points. Lo chipped in 11 goals in 2004 and paced the Colonials in swim-offs one with 49.
"Both Jonathan and Anthony are ready to make the step up to the next level," Reed said. "Their play will go a long way toward helping us get back to the Southern Championship."
Mills made 91 saves in 51 quarters in the cage last season, sharing time with Chris Whittam. Whittam, now a sophomore led GW with 147 saves and posted a team-high 14 stops against Navy. The pair will continue to push each other for playing time this season.
The Colonials also return their second-leading scorer from a year ago in sophomore Nick Eddy. Eddy had a sensational first year, scoring 34 goals and tallying 47 points. He also led the team with 38 steals. Classmate John Jennings (19 goals) is also back for his second season, and Reed expects both players to elevate their play as they move into starting roles in 2005.
Junior John Hornberger will be the Colonials go-to all-around player. He registered 26 goals in 2004. He also had 25 steals and 36 ejections drawn. In addition, junior Julian Price will contribute to the Colonials' offensive attack with his consistent passing and accurate shooting ability.
Freshmen David Zenk and Andrew Sweeney bring plenty of speed to the Colonials' attack. Both players are very athletic and will also compete as members of GW's swim team in 2005. Rookies Connor Lynagh, Brendan Boerbaitz, and Gustavo Canto will contribute to the offense with their skills around the cage.
On defense, the additions of freshmen two-meter defenders Sergei Shev and Bill Richardson will help cushion the loss of Srdan Randic. Both players bring a tremendous amount of toughness to the water for the Colonials and are stout in front of the cage.
"This should be a very energetic team," Reed said. "We're young and everyone is going to have to be prepared to step up and contribute."
The Colonials will play a difficult schedule in 2005 with appearances in the Navy Open, Princeton Invitational and the Claremont Convergence, in addition to its CWPA league slate, which includes home matches versus Bucknell, Princeton and Johns Hopkins.
"It's going to be a tough schedule," Reed said. "But if we come out and play hard I think we can reach the Eastern Championship, which is our goal."
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