Score: Johns Hopkins-16, Gannon-12 Johns Hopkins-13, Toronto-6
Records: JHU (7-2) GU (1-6) TU (2-4)
Location: Lewisburg, PA Kinney Natatorium
The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins water polo team picked up a pair of wins on Saturday at the Bucknell Invitational to improve to 7-2 on the season. Hopkins opened with a 16-12 win over Gannon and followed with a 13-6 win over Toronto.
How it Happened versus Gannon
Hopkins found itself trailing seven times in the first half, but battled back each time to tie the score. After a tight first half that saw Gannon leading, 7-6, at the break, the second half was a different story. The Blue Jays would outscore the Golden Knights, 10-5, in the second to earn the win.
Trailing 8-6 just two minutes into the third quarter, sophomore Finn Banks sandwiched a pair of goals around a Gannon strike to make it 9-8 with 4:47 to go. Junior Josh Kurtz then scored at the 2:43-mark to tie the game, for the sixth time. Junior Andreas Katsis put Hopkins on top for the first time in the match with 1:19 to play in the quarter. Freshman Olin Shipstead pushed that lead to two just 26 seconds later.
The Golden Knights opened the fourth quarter scoring 32 seconds in to cut the Blue Jays' lead in half. Hopkins answered with four straight goals in a four-minute span to storm out to a 15-10 lead. Gannon would outscore Hopkins, 2-1, in the final 82 seconds but it wasn't enough.
How it Happened versus Toronto
Johns Hopkins jumped out to a 3-0 lead with first quarter goals from junior Ryan Masi, Kurtz and junior Giorgio Cico.
Toronto struck first in the second quarter, making it a 3-1 game just 1:16 in. But Hopkins answered with back-to-back goals from freshman John Murphy and Kurtz to push out to a 5-1 lead. Evan Price had the final say of the half however, scoring with 1:01 to play to make it a 5-2 game at the break.
The Blue Jays came out firing to start the third quarter, getting three goals in an 85-second span to push out to an 8-2 lead. Senior Jono Gillette, Katsis and Banks accounted for the three goals. The Varsity Blues kept battling and answered with a three-goal run of their own to make it an 8-5 game at the end of three.
It was all Hopkins in the fourth quarter as it outscored Toronto, 5-1, in the final eight minutes to account for the 13-6 final.
What it Means
Hopkins improves to 13-0 against Gannon and 3-0 versus Toronto.
Head coach Ted Bresnahan now has 396 career wins with the Blue Jays, leaving him just four shy of the 400-mark.
Inside the Box Score versus Gannon
Banks led the Blue Jays with four goals while Kurtz had three goals and five points. Katsis also had a hat trick for Hopkins.
Senior John Wilson finished with 13 saves and three steals in the win.
Inside the Box Score versus Toronto
Cico paced the offense with two goals and four assists to go with three steals. Kurtz posted his second straight three-goal, two-assist performance.
Gillette, Katsis and Masi each had two goals in the win. Masi also grabbed eight steals on the defensive end.
Wilson made 13 saves and handed out an assist versus the Varsity Blues.
Hopkins wraps up the Bucknell Invitational on Sunday, September 17 against La Salle. The game is slated for an 8:00 am start at Kinney Natatorium.