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Johns Hopkins Competes at Rodeo Tournament

Sophomore Giorgio Cico scored a team-high five goals against Santa Clara.
Oct. 23, 2016

(10-22-16) Santa Clara Get Acrobat Reader

(10-22-16) St. Francis Get Acrobat Reader

(10-23-16) UC Davis Get Acrobat Reader

(10-23-16) San Jose State Get Acrobat Reader

The Basics
• Scores: #20 Santa Clara-15, Johns Hopkins-10
#18 St. Francis (NY)-9, Johns Hopkins-7
#9 UC Davis-16, Johns Hopkins-3
(RV) San Jose State-10, Johns Hopkins-6
• Records: JHU (3-14) • SCU (9-11) • SFC (10-9) • SJSU (7-14)
• Location: Santa Clara, CA • Saratoga, CA
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins water polo team had a tough outing at the Rodeo Tournament, dropping all four of its matches. Three of the Blue Jays' opponents are ranked in the CWPA Top 20 and the fourth is receiving votes.

How it Happened • Santa Clara
• With Johns Hopkins leading 3-2, host and 20th-ranked Santa Clara scored the final two goals of the first period to take a 4-3 lead.
• Senior Matt Fraser scored at the 5:46-mark of the second to tie the match. The Broncos answered with four straight goals to push out to an 8-4 lead. Sophomore Andreas Katsis closed out the second period scoring with his second goal to make it an 8-5 game at the half.
• The teams traded goals throughout the third period and Santa Clara led 11-8 heading into the final stanza. The Broncos opened the fourth with three unanswered goals to extend their lead to six. Hopkins pulled within four with goals from sophomore Giorgio Cico and junior Connor Johnson. But Jake Redina had the final say for Santa Clara for the 15-10 final.

How it Happened • St. Francis
• St. Francis jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Hopkins, but the Blue Jays answered with a five-goal run that bridged the first and second periods.
• Trailing 5-3, the Terriers cut the deficit in half with the first goal of the third quarter. But freshman Finn Banks answered for the Jays at the 5:53-mark. Bogdan Kostic then scored to spark a three-goal run that gave St. Francis a 7-6 lead.
• Hopkins ended the run and tied the match at 7-all with a goal from sophomore Josh Kurtz with 31 seconds to play in the third. The Terriers would score the final two goals of the match to take the 9-7 win.

How it Happened • UC Davis
• UC Davis scored the game's first three goals before sophomore Giorgio Cico ended the run with 36 ticks remaining in the first. The Aggies answered with their fourth of the quarter with just two seconds left to make it 4-1.
• UCD added to its lead to open the second, but senior Matt Fraser answered with a six-on-five goal at 5:35 to make it 5-2. The Aggies followed with three unanswered goals to go up 8-2 early in the third. Sophomore Andreas Katsis ended the run with a five-meter goal at the 5:54-mark of the third. But that would do it for the Blue Jays' scoring as the Aggies scored the next eight goals to account for the 16-3 final.

How it Happened • San Jose State
• Sophomore Andreas Katsis opened the scoring with the first of his two goals at the 5:28-mark in the first. However, the Spartans answered with 10 straight goals in a run that spanned more than 17 and a half minutes.
• Senior Bret Pinsker finally ended the run with 2:37 to play in the third quarter. That goal sparked a five-goal run for the Blue Jays as they cut the deficit to four with 2:53 to play in the match. That's as close as Hopkins could get however.

What it Means
• Ten of Johns Hopkins' opponents this season have come against ranked opponents. Hopkins faced eight ranked opponents all of last season.

Inside the Box Score • Santa Clara
• Sophomore Giorgio Cico finished with five goals, while classmate Andreas Katsis had a pair.
• Senior Bret Pinsker, sophomore Josh Kurtz and freshman Finn Banks each handed out a pair of assists.
• Junior John Wilson finished with nine saves and four steals.

Inside the Box Score • St. Francis
• Senior Matt Fraser led the Blue Jays with three goals and six ejections drawn. Sophomore Andreas Katsis had two assists while junior Connor Johnson also added two points (1g, 1a).
• Junior John Wilson totaled 15 saves, three steals and one assist.

Inside the Box Score • UC Davis
• Senior Matt Fraser and sophomores Giorgio Cico and Andreas Katsis each scored a goal for the Blue Jays. Sophomore Josh Kurtz and freshman Carter Young each had an assist.
• Junior John Wilson made five saves in two quarters of action. Sophomore Spencer Witte came on in relief and made a career-high nine saves.

Inside the Box Score • San Jose State
• Sophomore Andreas Katsis led the Jays with two goals while seniors Giovanni Cragnotti and Bret Pinsker had a goal and an assist each.
• Sophomore Josh Kurtz had an assist to go with three steals and three ejections drawn.
• Junior John Wilson posted four saves in two quarters of action. Sophomore Spencer Witte played the second half and made six saves and had three steals.

Up Next
• Johns Hopkins returns to action and Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference play on Friday, October 28 at George Washington. The match is slated for a 7:00 pm start at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.