Men’s water polo wins big at No. 18 George Washington

Samantha Nguyen, Contributing Writer

The men’s water polo team had a big weekend, playing three conference games on the road. After starting with a 8-4 loss against No. 16 Navy on Sept. 20, the Bison defeated No. 18 George Washington 14-8. The next day, they faced Johns Hopkins but fell 14-12.

Nick Hale ’16 scored two goals in the opener against Navy. The team scored one goal in each quarter, but Navy ended up with the win. Goalkeeper Keegan Williams ’15 registered 19 total saves in both games on day one.

“The games we had this weekend were really tough since one of our starting six players was not able to play. We were not able to pull through with a win against Navy at Navy, which was a big rivalry for us since they also beat us at the Southern Championship finals last year,” R.J. Moore ’17 said.

Later in the evening, the team faced George Washington. Going into halftime, both teams were tied at six. The Bison pulled through for the win by scoring a total of eight goals on the Colonials in the second half.

“We were able to beat George Washington at their home pool by five goals even though we were playing in a shallow/deep pool which we are not used to. We came together as a team and were able to beat the odds and come out with the win,” Moore said. 

The team headed to Baltimore the next day to play against Johns Hopkins, a team it had just beaten the previous weekend 9-7. Unfortunately, the Bison could not duplicate their performance and lost in a close game. Stefan Aleksic ’16, Sean Daley ’17, and Jeff Hagen ’18 all scored three goals against the Blue Jays.

Going into halftime, the Orange and Blue were up 7-4. After the third quarter, Johns Hopkins closed the gap to make it 9-9. Five more goals for Johns Hopkins in the final quarter were enough to defeat the Bison and take revenge in a close one.

The Bison (4-5 overall, 2-2 CWPA) will host George Washington on Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. before heading off to New Jersey to play Princeton on Sept. 28.

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