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