The men’s water polo team finished 1-3 at this weekend’s Princeton Open but showed signs of promise, Head Coach Scott Reed said. GW (3-5) defeated Slippery Rock University 14-4, but lost to nationally-ranked opponents St. Francis College (17-5), Princeton University (13-7) and Queens College (12-8).
Overall, as a team we’ve improved greatly over last weekend, Reed said.
Reed said the weekend showed a strong effort, but some mental lapses and defensive breakdowns cost the young Colonials in the end. The team is comprised of two seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen.
GW trailed Princeton 7-4, but the Tigers scored four unanswered goals in the final quarter to break away from the Colonials.
GW also struggled in the fourth quarter against Queens College. The Colonials found themselves down 8-5 in the late going and gave up a few easy goals, Reed said, costing them a chance at a comeback.
Reed said the team, which practices two hours a night, no longer needs to focus on conditioning and will look to work more on offensive and defensive strategy.
Coach Reed will get a chance to see if the practices pay off in two weeks when the team goes up against Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.