Presidents' Streak Snapped Against Top 5 Foes
CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The Washington & Jefferson College men's water polo team saw a six-match win streak come to an end Friday after losses to a pair of top-five nationally ranked opponents at Pomona-Pitzer's Gary Troyer Tournament. The 10th-ranked Presidents (8-8) lost to CWPA Varsity Division III's top-ranked team Redlands 15-7 before falling to fourth-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 15-7 later in the evening.
In the loss to Redlands, W&J fell behind 5-1 after the first quarter and the Bulldogs used an 11-goal unanswered stretch to build a 13-1 advantage early in the third quarter.
Junior Mike Magdic (Franklin Park, Pa./North Allegheny) and sophomore Kevin Dunigan (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) both notched two-goal efforts, while junior Chris DeNunzio (Greenwich, Conn./Canterbury) made eight saves in the goal.
Junior Conor Crowe (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) and freshmen Nick Willison (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) and Emmet Pierson (Malibu, Calif./Malibu) all added one goal.
Six different Presidents, including Magdic, Pierson and Willison, scored in the CMS setback. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps outscored W&J by 5-1 margins in each of the first two quarters to establish a 10-2 cushion at halftime.
Juniors Carl Krause (Ambler, Pa./Wissahickon) and Ben McGrath (Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif./Loyola) and freshman Patrick Fredrick (San Francisco, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep) were the other W&J scorers. In goal, senior Dan Francisco (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick) produced seven saves, while DeNunzio grabbed three.
Washington & Jefferson is back in action tomorrow in the Gary Troyer Tournament against Whittier (2:40 pm EDT) and Occidental (6:40 pm EDT).