Johns Hopkins Rolls to 13-1 Win Over La Salle
Score: Johns Hopkins-13, La Salle-1
Records: JHU (8-2) LSU (0-8)
Location: Lewisburg, PA Kinney Natatorium
The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins water polo team scored the final 12 goals of the game in a 13-1 win over La Salle on Sunday morning at the Bucknell Invitational.
How it Happened
Senior Jono Gillette scored the game's first goal in what turned out to be the only goal of the first quarter at 5:43.
The Explorers tied the game at one just 46 seconds into the second with a strike from Ash Lyne. The Blue Jays answered with goals from juniors Giorgio Cico and Josh Kurtz to take a 3-1 lead into the half. Hopkins exploded with five goals, from five different players, in the third quarter to storm out to an 8-1 lead.
The Blue Jays picked up right where they left off with another five-goal performance in the fourth quarter. Freshman John Murphy accounted for two of the Jays' five goals in the quarter as they took the 13-1 win.
What it Means
Head coach Ted Bresnahan now has 397 career wins as he needs just three wins to reach the 400-win mark. He would be just the second active head coach at Hopkins to reach 400 career wins, joining Blue Jay baseball coach Bob Babb.
Hopkins improves to 2-0 against La Salle and has held the Explorers to a total of six goals in their two meetings.
This is the second time this season that Hopkins has held an opponent to just one goal. JHU beat Washington & Jefferson by the same score in the season opener on September.
Inside the Box Score
Murphy led the Blue Jays with three goals for his first career hat trick. Cico totaled four points (2g, 2a) while Kurtz and freshman Nico Ivanov had three points each.
Junior Spencer Witte made a career-high 12 saves and also grabbed two steals to earn the win.
Johns Hopkins opens Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference play on Saturday with a pair of home games versus Fordham (10:00 am) and 18th-ranked Bucknell (3:00 pm).