#17 Bucknell Tops Johns Hopkins, 16-11
• Score: #17 Bucknell-16, Johns Hopkins-11
• Records: JHU (8-4, 0-2 MAWPC) • BU (5-6, 1-0 MAWPC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Newton White Aquatic Center
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins water polo team dropped a tough 16-11 loss to 17th-ranked Bucknell on Saturday in Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference action.
How it Happened
• Sophomore Finn Banks put the Blue Jays on the board early, scoring a man-up goal just 88 seconds in. The Bison answered however with three goals in a little over two minutes to take a 3-1 lead. It would turn out to be the only lead change of the game.
• Senior Connor Johnson cut the deficit to one at the 3:26-mark but Mark Djordjevic responded less than a minute later and Bucknell led 4-2. Rade Joksimovic followed with the first of his four goals to push the lead to three to open the second-quarter scoring. Sophomore Carter Young once again cut the deficit to two with a man-up goal at 7:18. The Bison once again answered with a pair of quick goals to push out to a 7-3 lead.
• The teams continued this way as Hopkins would score and Bucknell would answer with a pair and eventually led 10-5 late in the second. The Blue Jays would get back-to-back goals from junior Giorgio Cico and freshman Nico Ivanov to pull within three early in the third.
• Jeff Hagen scored at the 7:14-mark to spark a six-goal Bison run that saw the visitors go up 16-7 with 6:03 to go. The Blue Jays would score the final four goals of the game, but it wasn’t enough to make up the nine-goal deficit.
What it Means
• Hopkins falls to 24-44 against Bucknell with the Bison winning the last three meetings.
Inside the Box Score
• Banks led the Blue Jays with three goals while Cico had a team-high four points (1g, 3a). Senior Jono Gillette also had three helpers for Hopkins.
• Ivanov and freshman Olin Shipstead was the only other multipoint scorers for JHU with two points each. • Senior John Wilson finished with eight saves and three steals in the loss.
For the Record
• Junior Andreas Katsis scored on a five-meter shot with 1:45 to play to notch his 100th career point. He is the second Blue Jay to reach a milestone this season as Cico tallied his 200th career point earlier this year.
• Hopkins is back at home on Friday, September 29 as the Blue Jays host the George Washington Colonials. The MAWPC match is slated for a 7:00 pm start at the Newton White Aquatic Center.