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