Johns Hopkins Edges Gannon on Five-Meter Goal
• Score: Johns Hopkins-12, Gannon-11
• Records: JHU (2-0) • GU (0-1)
• Location: Annapolis, MD • Lejeune Hall
• The Short Story: Just a few hours after winning easily in its season opener, the Johns Hopkins water polo team faced a battle. Hopkins would hold on to beat Gannon, 12-11, in a tightly contest game.
How it Happened
• Gannon struck first getting a man-up goal from Nick Williams at the 2:58-mark in the first quarter. Hopkins answered with back-to-back goals from junior Ryan Masi and senior co-captain Josh Kurtz just 19 seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead. Gannon's Lucas Petzoid would tie the match however with 1:08 to play in the quarter.
• Petzoid's goal ignited a three-goal Golden Knights' run that saw them go up 4-2 with 7:11 to go in the second. Masi ended the run with his second of the game at 5:47 and junior Andreas Katsis followed with a man-up goal at 3:19 to tie the game at 4-4. Gannon quickly answered, retaking the lead just 14 seconds later. Junior co-captain Giorgio Cico would score to tie the game with 40 seconds on the clock after an Andres White steal.
• Kurtz opened the third-quarter scoring on a counterattack to give Hopkins a 6-5 lead. But Gannon answered right back to even the score with 6:16 on the clock. Cico and Masi then scored back-to-back goals in a 61-second span to push Hopkins to an 8-6 lead. Gannon wasn't going away however and sandwiched a pair of goals around a strike by sophomore Finn Banks. Leading 9-8 with 1:27 to play in the third, Katsis and Banks scored back-to-back to stake the Blue Jays to a three-goal lead. The Golden Knights got one back before the end of the quarter as Tony Squeglia scored with 16 seconds on the clock.
• Gannon picked up where it left off, scoring at 6:48 and 4:42 to pull even at 11-all. Hopkins retook the lead with 3:12 to play in the game when White drew a five-meter on Gannon's Gilberto Millan. Cico cashed in on the penalty shot to make it 12-11. The Blue Jay defense made the one-goal lead stand as they took the win.
What it Means
• Johns Hopkins improves to 12-0 all-time against Gannon. Today's game is the first meeting between the two since 2013.
Inside the Box Score
• Masi finished with his first career hat trick while also grabbing a pair of steals. Cico finished with his first hat trick of the season and 16th of his career.
• Kurtz totaled a game-high four points (2g, 2a) and Banks added three (2g, 1a) points and two steals.
• Wilson made 12 saves and dished an assist in the win.
• Johns Hopkins returns to action on Sunday, September 3 as the Blue Jays take on the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen at 8:00 am.