Sherman Claims 100th Career Victory as Gannon Opens Southern Championship with 1-1 Mark

Don Sherman
Don Sherman

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- In his eighth season as the Gannon University men’s water polo head coach, Don Sherman recorded his 100th career victory in a 19-10 victory over Penn State Behrend at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Championship hosted by the United States Naval Academy. Gannon lost earlier in the day to No. 17 Princeton University by a 13-4 score. 

Sherman, who also serves as the head coach of the women’s team, has finished with a winning record every year with the exception of the program’s first year as a varsity squad. Sherman’s career record now stands at 100-83. 

In the opening game on Saturday, Gannon took on Princeton. The Golden Knights were shut out in the first quarter as the Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Princeton would gradually build the lead, out-scoring Gannon in each quarter. 

Gannon managed only four goals, three coming from freshman Gio Martino (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas). Senior Greg Naranjo (Coral Springs, Fla./Stoneman Douglas) added the other score for Gannon. 

Despite Neal Zoellick's (Homewood, Ill. / Homewood-Flossmoor) 10 blocks in the match, Gannon fell by the 13-4 score. 

Gannon favored better in the next match, defeating Penn State Behrend by a score of 19-10. Gannon led 10-5 at the half before out-scoring the Lions 9-5 in the second half. 

Martino led the offensive attack for Gannon, exploding for seven goals. Daisuke Takagi (Tsukuba, Japan/Namiki) added three goals while Tommy Nimrod (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) and Naranjo each scored twice. Zoellick added three blocks in the win. 

Gannon now sits at 10-9 this season and will play George Washington University later tonight at 7 p.m. in the consolation round.

Release courtesy Gannon Athletic Communciations

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