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20th-Ranked Fordham Edges Johns Hopkins, 11-9, in MAWPC Quarterfinals

Nov. 17, 2017

(11-17) Fordham Get Acrobat Reader

The Basics
• Score: #20 Fordham-11, Johns Hopkins-9
• Records: JHU (15-16) • FU (18-10)
• Location: Annapolis, MD • Lejeune Hall
• The Short Story: Third-seeded and 20th-ranked Fordham edged the Johns Hopkins water polo team, 11-9, in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship Friday night.

How it Happened
• Ian Watson opened the game with back-to-back goals to stake Fordham to the early 2-0 lead. As it turned out, the Rams would never trail.
• Sophomore Finn Banks cut the deficit in half with 3:01 to play in the opening quarter, but the Rams answered with a pair of goals to push out to a 4-1 lead just 77 seconds later. Junior Giorgio Cico made it a two-goal game 19 seconds later.
• Just like the first quarter, Watson opened the scoring in the second and Fordham led 5-2 just 20 seconds in. Freshman John Murphy and junior Josh Kurtz followed with back-to-back goals to make it a one-goal game with 5:38 still to play. Watson got his fourth of the night at 3:18 to push the lead to 6-4 and that's how the teams would go into the half.
• Kurtz opened the third quarter scoring with a man-up goal at 6:47 and the lead was back to one. But the Rams answered with three straight to go up 9-5 with 58 ticks on the clock.
• Phillip Wang and Jake Miller-Tolt scored goals just 78 seconds apart early in the fourth to stake Fordham to an 11-5 lead. Hopkins would close with four unanswered, the last coming with 19 seconds remaining, but could get not close the gap completely.

What it Means
• Hopkins falls to 19-7 all-time against Fordham as the Rams have won four straight and five of the last six.
• The Blue Jays slip to the consolation draw in the MAWPC Championship and can now finish no higher than fifth.

Inside the Box Score
• Cico led the Blue Jays with four points (2g, 2a) and now has 290 for his career.
• Kurtz, Murphy and freshman Nico Ivanov also finished with two goals each. Ivanov also dished an assist to total three points on the night.
• Senior John Wilson made 11 saves and now has 346 for the season and 875 for his career as he adds to his school-record totals.

Up Next
• Hopkins will face seventh-seeded Gannon at 3:00 pm on Saturday in Lejeune Hall.