Johns Hopkins Falls at #13 Bucknell, 17-10
Score: #13 Bucknell-17, Johns Hopkins-10
Records: JHU (4-17, 4-6 MAWPC) BU (20-4, 9-1 MAWPC)
Location: Lewisburg, PA Kinney Natatorium
The Short Story: Host and 13th-ranked Bucknell stormed out to a six-goal halftime lead and held on to beat the Johns Hopkins water polo team Sunday afternoon in both teams' regular-season finale. The Blue Jays finish third in the inaugural season of the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference.
How it Happened
Sophomore Josh Kurtz put the Blue Jays on the board just 21 seconds in but it was answered by a Bison five-meter goal one minute later. Kurtz answered for the Blue Jays at 6:04 to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. Bucknell answered with six straight goals in a span of five minutes, pushing out to a 7-2 lead. Sophomore Giorgio Cico ended the run with the first of his three goals on the day.
The Bison picked up where they left off, scoring back-to-back goals 51 seconds apart early in the second to go up 9-3. That score held until closing seconds when Hopkins got a goal from senior Giovanni Cragnotti to make it 9-4 with 13 ticks on the clock. But Bucknell responded just five seconds later and the home team took a 10-4 lead into the lockerroom.
The third quarter began just like the second with two quick goals form the Bison as they went up 12-4. Hopkins got back on the board with a five-meter goal from Cico at 3:13 but Bucknell came right back 16 seconds later. Sophomore Ryan Masi closed out the third-quarter scoring with 1:03 to play to make it 13-6.
Bucknell once again opened the scoring, pushing its lead to 14-6. The teams then traded goals throughout the remainder of the quarter as the Bison took the 17-10 win.
What it Means
Johns Hopkins finishes the regular season with a 4-17 record, including a 4-6 mark in the inaugural season of the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference.
Hopkins is now 24-43 all-time against Bucknell with the Bison sweeping the season series.
The Blue Jays have played the most difficult schedule in program history, with 20 of their 21 matches coming against Division I opponents. Thirteen of those 21 games were against teams ranked in the top-20, including five ranked in the top-10.
Inside the Box Score
Sophomore Giorgio Cico led the Blue Jays with three goals and three assists. Cico is now tied for 17th in school history with in career points (177), 25th in career goals (107) and 11th in career assists (70).
Sophomores Josh Kurtz and Andreas Katsis each chipped in two goals. Kurtz now has 99 career points, leaving him just one shy of the 100-point milestone.
Freshman Andres White had a goal and an assist to go with three steals and two ejections drawn.
Sophomore Spencer Witte matched his career high with nine saves in two and a half quarters of play. He also had three steals.
Johns Hopkins will return to Lewisburg for the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship, which is slated for November 18-20.