Johns Hopkins Falls at Fordham, 11-8
Score: Fordham-11, Johns Hopkins-8
Records: JHU (15-14, 1-8 MAWPC) FU (16-9, 6-3 MAWPC)
Location: Bronx, NY Col. Francis B. Messmore Aquatic Center
The Short Story: Host Fordham used a pair of three-goal runs to take control of the game en route to an 11-8 win over the Johns Hopkins water polo team Sunday morning.
How it Happened Fordham
The Rams took a two-goal lead on strikes by Massimiliano Mirarchi and Samuel Varshisky in the opening four minutes.
The Blue Jays answered with three straight goals to take a 3-2 lead at the end of the first. Freshman Nico Ivanov got Hopkins on the board at 3:36 and then junior Giorgio Cico tied the game with 55 ticks on the clock. Senior Connor Johnson put JHU on top just 22 seconds later.
Jake Miller-Tolt opened the second-quarter scoring and tied the game at three just 27 seconds in. Junior Josh Kurtz game right back with a man-up goal with 6:59 on the clock to put the Jays up 4-3. Fordham then scored three straight in a three-minute span to take a 6-4 lead into the half.
Senior Ryan Masi scored 46 seconds into the third quarter to pull Hopkins within one. But the Rams would get goals from Mirarchi and Ethan Vandeventer to go up 8-5 after three quarters.
Miller-Tolt struck first in the final period and the home team led 9-5 with 7:17 to play. Senior Jono Gillette scored back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to two with 4:36 on the clock.
Miller-Tolt got his second of the quarter at the 3:31-mark and the lead was 10-7. Johnson answered 35 seconds later and it was a two-goal game with 2:56 remaining. The Rams would have the final say of the game however, getting one more from Mirarchi to grab the 11-8 win.
What it Means
Hopkins falls to 19-6 all-time against Fordham as the Rams have won two straight and three of the last four.
Inside the Box Score
Sophomore Finn Banks led the Blue Jays with three points (3a) while Johnson (2g), Kurtz (1g, 1a), Gillette (2g) and Ivanov (1g, 1a) all had two points.
Ivanov also drew three ejections with Banks and Masi drawing two each.
Senior John Wilson finished with 12 saves and a steal.
For the Record
Wilson's 12 saves against Fordham give him 323 for the season, breaking the single-season mark of 320 set by Jeremy Selbst in 2010. Wilson now holds the single-game, single-season and career saves records. It is just the third 300-save season in program history.
Hopkins will travel to Annapolis for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship November 17-19.