Johns Hopkins Tops Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Overtime
Score: Johns Hopkins-14, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps-13
Records: JHU (9-8) CMS (7-8)
Location: Claremont, CA Axelrood Aquatics Center
The Short Story: Sophomore Finn Banks scored in the second overtime to lift the Johns Hopkins water polo team to a 14-13 win over host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Friday night at the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament.
How it Happened
CMS jumped out to a 3-0 lead just 2:05 into the game and looked to be in control. Senior Jono Gillette got Hopkins on the board at the 5:39-mark, but Noah Deer answered and the Stags led 4-1 at the end of the first.
Junior Giorgio Cico opened the second quarter scoring with the first of his seven goals to cut the deficit in half. Just over a minute later, Gillette scored to make it a one-goal game. The home team responded with three straight goals in a run that bridged half time and ate up more than six and a half minutes of game time.
Trailing 7-3 with 6:58 to play in the third quarter, Hopkins got back-to-back goals from junior Josh Kurtz and Gillette to pull within two. Robert Driscoll got one back for CMS to give the home team an 8-5 lead. The Blue Jays came roaring back with five straight goals, including three straight from Cico, to take their first lead of the game.
Hopkins led 10-8 just 18 seconds into the fourth quarter when Cico capped the run. The teams traded goals over the ensuing 3:04 and the Blue Jays led 12-10 with 4:38 remaining. Deer pulled the Stags even with back-to-back goals in the final two and a half minutes.
Cico gave Hopkins a 13-12 lead as he scored with just one second remaining in the first overtime period. Barron Banta answered in the second overtime with a goal with 1:03 on the clock to knot the score for just the third time. Banks had the final say of the game as he scored with 52 ticks left. The Hopkins defense and senior John Wilson made the one-goal lead stand up.
What it Means
Hopkins snaps a six-game losing streak with the win and improves to 9-8 on the season. JHU also improves to 6-6 all-time against CMS and earns its first win in the series since October 4, 2014. This was the fourth one-goal game in the series and second overtime contest.
Head coach Ted Bresnahan now has 398 career wins, leaving him just two shy of the 400-win milestone.
Inside the Box Score
Cico led the Blue Jays with his seven goals, which are a career high and just two shy of the school record. Gillette tied his career high with four goals while Banks chipped in two.
Wilson finished the game with 11 saves to earn the win for the Blue Jays.
For the Record
Cico now has 141 career goals, which is tied for 16th in program history. He also moved into 12th place in program history with 258 career points.
Wilson, the program's all-time saves leader, became the first player in school history to surpass 700 career saves. He now has 709 stops in his career.
Hopkins will take on Whittier, the top-ranked team in Division III, on Saturday at 1:00 pm PT.