Chapman Edges Johns Hopkins, 8-7
Score: Chapman-8, Johns Hopkins-7
Records: JHU (5-2) CU (2-4)
Location: Princeton, NJ DeNunzio Pool
The Short Story: Chapman outscored the Johns Hopkins water polo team, 3-2, in the fourth quarter to take an 8-7 win over the Blue Jays.
How it Happened
Junior Josh Kurtz struck first, scoring just 40 seconds in to stake Hopkins to the early lead. Brady Hoskins answered for the Panthers with 1:57 to play in the quarter and tie the game. Junior Giorgio Cico put the Blue Jays back on top at the end of the quarter as he scored with just one tick on the clock.
Cico then opened the second quarter with a goal to put Hopkins on top 3-1. Chapman responded with goals from Kevin Dayan and Wilson Parnell to pull even at the 3:33-mark. Senior Connor Johnson gave the lead back to the Blue Jays when he beat Wesley Hertel at 2:34.
Dayan scored less than a minute later to make it 4-4 and once again tie the game. Jeff O'Brien then put the Panthers on top at 6:42 in the third quarter. The lead didn't last long however as a Ryan Masi goal evened the score at 5.
Sophomore Finn Banks regained the lead for Hopkins with 7:15 to play with a man-up goal. Dayan and Nathaniel Fernandez then scored back-to-back goals in a 60-second span to swing the lead back in favor of Chapman. O'Brien pushed the Panther's lead to two at 8-6 with 4:01 to play in the game. Cico pulled the Blue Jays back within one less than two minutes later. But that's as close as they could get.
What it Means
Hopkins slips to 2-2 all-time against Chapman in the first meeting between the two since 2014.
Inside the Box Score
Cico led the Blue Jays with a hat trick, four points and two steals. Banks, Johnson and Masi each had a goal and two steals.
Hopkins returns to action at the Bucknell Invitational against Gannon. The match is slated for a 10:30 am start on Saturday, September 16.