After losing two matches Saturday, the GW men’s water polo team gelled together and won their final two matches Sunday, good for 13th place at the Navy Invitational. The United States Naval Academy (A squad) won the tournament.
In their opening match Saturday morning, the Colonials (2-2) lost 13-4 to a University of Puerto Rico team stacked with players from the Puerto Rican National team. Head coach Scott Reed said his young GW team wasn’t upset at the loss and neither was he.
But, after their 5-3 loss Saturday against Navy’s B Squad, Reed said his team’s inexperience was evident.
It showed that we are a young team, Reed said.
Through it all, Reed’s veteran players like junior Brad Oliver were upbeat and cool-headed providing strong leadership for the younger players.
The (older team members) never let anyone see that they were down, Reed said. That’s what I needed.
By Sunday GW played like a team. The Colonials beat Grove City College 20-4 behind freshman Pat Dodge’s seven goals and freshman Chris Glick’s solid goaltending. GW finished the weekend with a win against the United States Merchant Marine Academy 7-3.