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Johns Hopkins Bests MIT, 11-9, to Win CWPA DIII Championship

Oct. 25, 2015

(10-25) MIT Box Score Get Acrobat Reader

The Basics
Score: Johns Hopkins 11, MIT 9
Records: JHU (16-8), MIT (9-10)
Location: New London, CT • Lott Natatorium
The Short Story: The top-seeded Johns Hopkins water polo team beat second-seeded MIT, 11-9, to win its 16th CWPA Division III Championship. Senior co-captain Kevin Yee was named the tournament MVP, while freshman Giorgio Cico was named Rookie of the Tournament and head coach Ted Bresnahan was named Outstanding Coach.

How it Happened
• MIT jumped on top of Johns Hopkins early, taking a 3-1 lead with 4:49 still to play in the first quarter. Junior Giovanni Cragnotti and senior Garrett Davidson scored back-to-back goals to pull the Blue Jays even at the end of the opening quarter.
• The Engineers came out strong in the second, getting goals from Kyle Archer and Ory Tasman to regain a two-goal lead. Cragnotti cut the deficit in half for the Blue Jays with his second of the match with 22 seconds to play in the half.
• Once again, MIT got the first goal of the quarter, taking a 6-4 lead 52 seconds in. Senior co-captain Kevin Yee pulled Hopkins back within one, but MIT came right back with a pair of goals to go up 8-5. Cragnotti came up with another big goal for the Blue Jays, scoring to ignite a game-ending 6-1 run. Hopkins would score the final three goals of the quarter to make it an 8-8 match.
• Senior co-captain Langdon Froomer gave Hopkins its first lead of the match, 35 seconds into the fourth quarter. Davidson followed with a strike to push the lead to two. Kale Rogers trimmed it back to one with 5:22 still to play. But Hopkins would have the final say as freshman Giorgio Cico scored at with 1:27 on the clock to secure the win.

What it Means
• Johns Hopkins is now 16-8 all-time in the CWPA Division III title match, including 10-6 when playing MIT for the title.
• The Blue Jays are now 28-9 all-time against the Engineers, including 2-0 this season.
• Senior co-captains Kevin Yee and Langdon Froomer along with sophomore goalie John Wilson were named to the all-tournament first team. Freshman Giorgio Cico was named to the second team.

Inside the Box Score
• The Blue Jays outscored their three opponents, 50-14, en route to their 16th title.
• Senior co-captain Langdon Froomer led the Blue Jays with six points (3g, 3a) while junior Giovanni Cragnotti added a hat trick.
• Junior Matt Fraser handed out three assists and drew three ejections. Cragnotti led the team with five ejections drawn and also blocked a shot.
• Senior co-captain Kevin Yee totaled three points (1g, 2a), two steals and two ejections drawn. Sophomore John Wilson finished with 13 saves.

Up Next
• Johns Hopkins will travel to Lewisburg, PA for the 2015 CWPA Southern Championship November 6-8.