GW Opens CWPA Play at Princeton on Sunday

Sept. 10, 2004

WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University men's water polo team (1-3) opens CWPA league play with a 2:00 p.m. tilt against Princeton on Sunday, September 12 at DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, NJ. The Colonials are coming off an appearance in the Navy Open last weekend in which they notched their first victory of 2004, beating Iona, 10-6, on the final day of competition.

GW enters the pairing ranked No. 6 in this week's CWPA poll. The Tigers are No. 3 in the CWPA rankings and are13th in the CWPA Top 20 national poll.

Senior co-captain Nick Koenemann led the Colonials with 12 total points, including nine goals, during GW's opening weekend. Freshman Nick Eddy had an impressive collegiate debut, tallying eight goals in the four matches. Freshman Chris Whittam played eight quarters and made 21 saves in goal for the Colonials. Whittam owns a 6.50 goals-against average and a .620 save percentage in his two appearances.

The Tigers begin the 2004 campaign by hosting the Princeton Invitational on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 at DeNunzio Pool. Princeton will play UC-Santa Cruz, Fordham, Brown, and St. Francis before facing the Colonials on Sunday.

Princeton returns 21 players from a 2003 squad that went 23-4 and won the CWPA Southern Championship and the ECAC Championship title. Senior goalkeeper Peter Sabbatini earned All-America honors in 2003 and paced the Tigers with 174 saves. Honorable mention All-American John Stover returns to the lead the Princeton attack. Stover tallied 57 goals a season ago.

In the most recent matchup between the two schools, Princeton defeated GW, 19-4, at the ECAC Championship on September 27, 2003 on its way to the title.



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