Men’s water polo drops two
The GW men’s water polo team suffered two tough losses this week, falling to the U.S. Naval Academy at home on Wednesday after losing to the University of California-Santa Cruz Monday in Annapolis, Md.
Wednesday?s match took place only hours after Navy played Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, but the Colonials could not take advantage of the scheduling.
The Colonials (2-4) started off strong against the Midshipmen and remained close throughout most of the game, but Navy pulled away at the end, finishing with a 15-9 win.
GW was led by senior Pat Dodge, who had a team-high three goals. Freshman Julian Price and junior Nicholas Koenemann also added strong performances.
“Although the game may look bad to an outsider, to the team this is a big improvement from last year,” sophomore Dan Schneidermann said. “Last year we lost to Navy 14-3. This year we remained much closer through the game and really competed with them. As a team, we feel that as long as we continue to work hard and stay focused, we will have success at the end. It?s a far ways off, but we have what it takes to make the Eastern Championships.”
Against UC-Santa Cruz, the Colonials got another three goals from Dodge while Price contributed two. But their efforts were not enough, as GW lost 15-7.
Head Coach Scott Reed said both games were lost due to weak defense.
“They were tough losses,” he said. “(Against Navy) there were some flashes of good play, but there were holes in our defense. Navy is a strong team, ranked in the top ten, and we needed to step it up against them.”
GW’s next match is Friday against Princeton in the Smith Center at 7 p.m.
Men’s tennis starts strong
The GW men?s tennis team began its season at the Mary Washington Kickoff Classic last weekend with impressive performances from senior Matt Hane and juniors Matt Treadgold and Jake Jopling.
Hane, a member of the 2003 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team, won his only singles match against Washington College?s Peter Taylor, 6-1, 6-2, while Treadgold won all three of his singles matches. Hane and Treadgold also teamed up to win three doubles matches together.
Jopling won all three of his singles matches, although he dropped a set to Mary Washington College?s Jon Clair before Clair was forced to retire while trailing in the second set. In doubles, Jopling won both of his matches while paired with junior Daniel Raisbeck at number four doubles.
Raisbeck, playing in his first matches as a Colonial, added two singles victories, while senior Brett Warner and freshman Daniel Balke also added two singles wins and one doubles win.
Freshman Gordon Daniels and sophomores Marius Weigert and Jason Sucoll also added singles victories, with Daniels and Wiegert winning two doubles matches together.
GW’s next action is Sept. 25 in the DC Metro Tournament.