Johns Hopkins Bests Top-Ranked Whittier, 17-10
• Score: Johns Hopkins-17, Whittier-10
• Records: JHU (10-8) • WC (9-8)
• Location: Claremont, CA • Haldeman Pool
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins water polo team got a game-high six goals from junior Giorgio Cico and 24 saves from senior John Wilson to top number one ranked Whitter, 17-10, Saturday afternoon.
How it Happened
• It was back-and-forth early as the teams traded goals over the first four minutes and Whitter held a 3-2 lead. Junior Ryan Masi scored at the 3:13-mark to tie the game and just 45 seconds later, Hopkins had its first lead on a Josh Kurtz goal. As it turns out, the Blue Jays would not trail again.
• Cico and sophomore Finn Banks would follow with goals to push the Blue Jays lead to 6-3 at the end of the first. Aidan Tol scored for the Poets to open the second quarter but the Jays answered with three straight to push their lead to five with 2:22 to go in the half.
• Carlos Heredia Viteri ended the run with back-to-back goals just 21 seconds apart for Whitter to trim the deficit to three at 9-6.
• Kurtz and Cico opened the third quarter with man-up goals and Hopkins led 11-6. Whittier got a goal from Marc-Andre Roy but Hopkins answered with a combined three goals from Masi and Cico to push out to a 14-7 lead early in the fourth.
• The Poets got a pair of quick goals from Tim Aakhus to pull within five at the 6:21-mark. The Blue Jays answered with a 3-1 spurt to end the game and grab the win by the 17-10 score.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 10-8 on the season and wins its second straight. Hopkins also improves to 4-3 all-time against Whittier, earning its first win in the series since October 8, 2010.
• Head coach Ted Bresnahan now needs just one win to reach 400 for his career.
• This is Hopkins’ first win over the number on team in Division III since October 6, 2012. Hopkins beat then top-ranked Pomona-Pitzer, 10-9.
Inside the Box Score
• Cico led all scorers with six goals and eight points to go with three steals. Banks and Kurtz added hat tricks for the Blue Jays. Kurtz also had a pair of assists, as did senior Jono Gillette, sophomore Carter Young, freshmen John Murphy and Nico Ivanov.
• Wilson turned aside a career-best 24 shots while also handing out an assist and grabbing two steals.
For the Record
• Wilson ties the program record for saves in a game with an impressive 24 in the win. It is his 36 double-digit save performance of his career and nine 15-plus save outing.
• Hopkins wraps up the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament at 6:00 pm PT against La Verne.