Colonials Square Off with No. 17 Bucknell at Smith Center Pool

Oct. 1, 2004

WASHINGTON, DC - The GW men's water polo team (2-9, 0-4 CWPA Southern) hosts league rival Bucknell at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Smith Center Pool. The Bison (9-3, 2-0 CWPA Southern) are ranked 17th nationally and third in the latest CWPA Top 10 poll. The Colonials are tied for sixth in the most recent CWPA Top 10 rankings.

The Colonials are coming off a sixth-place finish at the ECAC Championship on Sept. 25-26. At the tournament, GW posted its second victory of the season, defeating Iona, 9-8, on freshman John Jennings' goal with five seconds left to play. The Colonials came up just short of competing for fourth place, losing to Johns Hopkins, 10-9, in its final match.

Jennings and classmate Nick Eddy have made an immediate impact in their first season with the squad. Jennings has notched 13 goals, while Eddy has tallied 12, which ranks second and third on the team, respectively. Also making a contribution in his first collegiate campaign is freshman goalie Chris Whittam. Whittam leads all GW keepers with 26 quarters played and ranks first on the squad in saves (62) and steals (15).

In the Colonials' win against Iona, junior Anthony Guadagni increased his offensive production, tallying three of his six goals in the match. Guadagni also leads the club with 10 assists.

Bucknell finished second at the ECAC Championship, losing to No. 9 St. Francis (NY), 13-7, in the title game.

Elliot Benoist leads the team with 35 points and ranks first on the squad in assists (16). Bradley Roslyn and Jay Danforth have scored 26 and 25 points, respectively, for the Bison. Goalie Trevor Mullins has started all 12 games in the cage for Bucknell and has made 70 saves.

The two teams have squared off once already this season, with Bucknell defeating GW, 9-3, on Sept. 18. The Bison used a 6-0 scoring run to take control of the match and tacked on three more goals to produce the final margin.

Admission to Saturday's contest is free of charge.



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