2002 Men's Water Polo Preview
Sept. 5, 2002
The Colonials will look to build off their strong finish in the 2001 season, winning their last three matches of the year. Led by senior Gur Doitel and juniors Jason Grimes and Pat Dodge, the team will be bolstered by a class of talented newcomers that will be asked to contribute right away.
Dodge returns for his junior season after leading the team in scoring with 45 goals and 40 assists. Grimes and Doitel were each integral parts of the team's success last season, providing the Colonials with a balanced attack and defense. Doitel added 15 goals, 14 assists and 20 steals, while Grimes threw in 12 goals, with 16 assists and 27 steals.
Another key to the team's success will be the continued solid play from junior goalkeeper Chris Blick. Blick set a career-high in blocks last season with 182 in 24 matches, providing the Colonials with a strong presence between the pipes.
The Colonials hope to receive immediate help from newcomers sophomore transfer Nicholas Koenemann and freshman Anthony Guadagni. Koenemann transferred from the University of Massachusetts after posting 17 goals and 14 assists through 47 quarters of play in his first season of collegiate water polo, on a team that won both the Eastern and ECAC championships last season and finished fourth in the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Reed also believes that in addition to Koenemann, Guadagni will also give the Colonials an additional lift on offense this season. Freshmen Tom Mills, Daniel Schneidermann, Jonathan Lo and sophomore newcomer Greg Hearn will also add to the Colonials balanced attack and a tough defense and help GW take step forward this season.
Depth will be a key factor in the success of the team, and the Colonials return six players from last season's squad. In addition to Doitel, Grimes, Dodge and Blick, GW will depend on the experience of sophomores Greg Abate and Srdan Radnic, who each have a season of play under their belt, and were major contributors last year as they both saw over 70 quarters of play. Sophomore Taylor Woodbury was a member of the1999-2000 water polo team, returning this season and will add to the team's overall experience.
The 2002 edition of the Colonials has a bright future in the Collegiate Water Polo Association and will be a formidable challenge to all comers this season.