Johns Hopkins Defeats MIT, 11-10, In Division III Eastern Championship
• Score: Johns Hopkins-11, MIT-10
• Records: JHU (14-11) • MIT (8-12)
• Location: Cambridge, MA • Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins water polo team scored a pair of fourth-quarter goals and got a last-second five-meter stop from senior John Wilson to beat host MIT, 11-10, in the CWPA Division III Championship game.
How it Happened
• The top-seeded Engineers scored the game’s first three goals, all on man-up situations, and looked to be in control early. The Blue Jays got on the board with a man-up goal of their own from freshman John Murphy with 1:24 to play in the first.
• Kyle Archer answered with 15 seconds on the clock to push MIT’s lead to 4-1. But the first-quarter scoring wasn’t done as freshman Nico Ivanov scored with just two ticks left to make it a two-goal game at the break.
• Ivanov then scored a man-up goal to open the second and trim the deficit to one. Myles Stapleburg pushed the Engineers’ lead back to two, 5-3, at the 5:21-mark. Sophomore Finn Banks and Murphy followed with back-to-back goals just 29 seconds apart to knot the score at 5-5.
• The score would remain that way for more than five minutes. Banks broke the stalemate with a man-up goal to give Hopkins its first lead at 6:29 in the third. Just 19 seconds later, Ivanov gave the Jays a two-goal lead with his third of the game.
• MIT answered however with four straight goals in a span of just 2:13 to take a 9-7 lead. Ivanov pulled Hopkins even with a pair of goals but a Luka Knezevic strike gave the lead back to the Engineers heading into the fourth.
• Junior Giorgio Cico scored just over the midway point of the fourth to knot the score at 10-10. Junior Ryan Masi then put the Blue Jays on top with 1:13 to play in the game. Evan Kim had a chance to send the game to overtime when he was awarded a penalty shot with 13 seconds to play. Senior John Wilson made the save however to preserve the win for the Blue Jays.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 29-10 against MIT, including 17-6 in the DIII title game.
• Hopkins is now 72-8 all-time in the CWPA Division III Eastern Championship and is 17-8 in the championship match. The Blue Jays 17 titles are the most in the history of the championship.
Inside the Box Score
• Ivanov scored a game and career high five goals and was named the Rookie of the Tournament. He is the second player in program history to earn the honor, joining Cico (2015). Cico finished with three points (1g, 2a) and was named the Most Valuable Player.
• Cico and Ivanov were also named to the All-Tournament First Team, along with Wilson, who made 18 saves in the title game. Masi totaled two points (1g, 1a), two ejections drawn and a block and was named to the All-Tournament Second Team.
• Head coach Ted Bresnahan, along with assistant coach Max Schlegel, were named Most Outstanding Coach of the Tournament.
For the Record
• Cico now ranks 14th in program history with 157 career goals, 11th with 286 career points and sixth with 129 career assists.
• Junior Josh Kurtz moved into 21st in school history in career points (173) and 11th in career assists (91).
• Banks notched his 100th career point against Brown on Saturday morning.
• Hopkins returns to Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference play on Friday, October 20 as the Blue Jays travel to Washington, DC to take on George Washington. The match is slated for a 7:00 pm start at the Charles E. Smith Center.