Johns Hopkins Tops Gannon, 12-11, at MAWPC Championship
Score: Johns Hopkins-12, Gannon-11
Records: JHU (16-16) GU (17-8)
Location: Annapolis, MD Lejeune Hall
The Short Story: Senior Jono Gillette scored with 32 seconds remaining to lift the Johns Hopkins water polo team to a 12-11 win over Gannon in the consolation semifinals of the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship.
How it Happened
Sophomore Finn Banks put the Blue Jays on top just 70 seconds into the contest with the first of his four goals. The Golden Knights answered with back-to-back goals to go up 2-1 with 2:01 to play in the first quarter.
Junior Josh Kurtz knotted the score with his first goal of the game just 14 seconds later and the teams would trade goals until late in the second quarter. Trailing 4-3, Hopkins got goals from junior Giorgio Cico and Kurtz in a 42-second span to go up 5-4 at the half.
Gannon opened the third quarter with a Jake Rehrer goal just 34 seconds in to tie the game at 5-all. Hopkins answered with four straight goals, from four different Blue Jays, to push out to a 9-5 lead by the 3:34-mark.
Zarko Sadikovic ended the run with his first goal to make it a three-goal game. Banks then sandwiched a pair of goals around one from Jack Donnelly and JHU led 11-7 with 4:55 to play.
The Golden Knights weren't going away however and scored four straight in a minute and 48 seconds to knot the score at 11 with 1:26 on the clock. Gillette then won it for the Blue Jays with his second goal of the day with just 32 ticks showing.
What it Means
Hopkins remains unbeaten against Gannon as the Blue Jays improve to 14-0 in the series. JHU is 3-0 against Gannon this season.
The Blue Jays are now 2-3 in the MAWPC Championship, which is in its second year.
Inside the Box Score
Banks led the Blue Jays with four goals and six points to go with three steals. Kurtz added a hat trick while senior Connor Johnson handed out three assists.
Cico finished with three points (1g, 2a) and now has 293 for his career, moving him into ninth in program history. Freshman Nico Ivanov also totaled three points with one goal and two helpers.
Senior John Wilson posted 13 saves for his 45th career double-digit save performance. He now has 888 saves, leaving him just 12 shy of an incredible 900 saves.
Hopkins will close out the season on Sunday, November 19 against host Navy in the fifth-place match of the MAWPC Championship. The match is slated for a 10:30 am start at Lejeune Hall.