Scores: #14 Harvard-13, Johns Hopkins-9
#15 Brown-10, Johns Hopkins-9
#19 Pomona-Pitzer-11, Johns Hopkins-9
Records: JHU (13-11) HU (13-4) BU (11-8) PPC (11-9)
Location: Cambridge, MA Blodgett Pool
The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins water polo dropped three tough matches against top-20 teams at the Harvard Invitational this weekend. Hopkins lost the opener, 13-9, to host Harvard on Friday night. On Saturday, Hopkins fell 10-9 to Brown in the morning and then lost to Pomona-Pitzer, 11-9, in the evening
How it Happened Harvard
This one was slow to start as the hosts led just 2-0 after the first quarter. Hopkins opened the second-quarter scoring with a goal from junior Giorgio Cico, to cut the deficit in half. Harvard answered with a pair of goals in a 38-second span to push out to a 4-1 lead.
Cico and freshman John Murphy answered with goals for the Blue Jays and the lead was back to one with 3:41 to play in the half. The Crimson responded with three straight goals to take a 7-3 lead into the half.
Harvard picked up where it left off, scoring the first three goals of the third quarter to push out to a 10-3 lead. Hopkins sliced the lead to five with goals from senior Jono Gillette and freshman Olin Shipstead. But the Crimson once again answered with a pair of their own to take a 12-5 lead after three.
The Blue Jays opened the fourth with goals from Shipstead and Murphy to make it a 12-7 game with 6:24 to play. Harvard got one back to make it a six-goal game just a minute later. The Blue Jays would get two more but could get no closer.
How it Happened Brown
Brown struck first, scoring just 54 seconds in to take the early lead. Sophomore Finn Banks answered with back-to-back goals just 30 seconds apart to put Hopkins up 2-1 at the end of one.
Gillette opened the second quarter with a goal and pushed the Blue Jays' lead to two 62 seconds in. Brown answered with goals from Rico Burke and Tyler Kirchberg to knot the score with 3:20 to go in the second. The score stayed that way for nearly three minutes until junior Ryan Masi's goal broke the tie. Junior Josh Kurtz gave Hopkins a two-goal lead at the half when he scored with just seven seconds remaining.
Brown came out firing to start the third, getting three goals in just under three minutes to take a 6-5 lead. Just 24 seconds after falling behind, freshman Nico Ivanov tied the game for Hopkins.
Aidan Reilly put the Bears back on top at the start of the fourth, but goals from senior Connor Johnson and Banks swung the lead back to the Blue Jays. The lead was short-lived as Brown got a goal from Armen Deirmengian to tie the game at eight with 4:04 to play.
Exactly two minutes later, Kurtz scored to put Hopkins back on top, 9-8. Burke answered just 19 seconds later however and the teams were knotted at nine. Kirchberg won it for the Bears when he scored with just seven seconds remaining.
How it Happened Pomona-Pitzer
Adam Ward scored just 19 seconds in to put Pomona-Pitzer on top early. Ivanov answered just over a minute later to tie the game. Sophomore Carter Young then put Hopkins on top at the 3:33-mark. Sam Gorcey-Biblowitz tied the game for the Sagehens at 2:23.
Ward once again opened the quarter scoring to give PP a 3-2 lead. Hopkins answered with a Masi goal at 3:15 to even the score. Ward got his third of the game 20 seconds later however to push the Sagehens back on top, 4-3.
Adam Gross made it a two-goal lead for Pomona-Pitzer at 5:30 in the third. Riley Mangan then made it a three-goal game two minutes later. Young got Hopkins back on the board with his second at 2:37 and the teams would trade goals over the ensuing five minutes.
Trailing 8-5 with 5:46 to play in the game, the Blue Jays got goals from Banks and Cico to pull within one at the 2:25-mark. The Sagehens responded with two goals in 38 seconds to extend the lead back to three with 1:21 to go. Young and Kurtz would sandwich goals around a strike from Noah Sasaki but could get no closer.
What it Means
Hopkins falls to 11-7 against Harvard as the Crimson win two straight in the series for the first time since 2001-2002.
Hopkins is now 8-14 against Brown with the Bears winning the last two meetings.
Hopkins falls to 5-5 against Pomona-Pitzer in the first meeting between the two since 2015.
Hopkins takes on host MIT in the championship game of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Eastern Championship. The match is slated for a 12:15 start at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool.