Score: Navy-9, Johns Hopkins-5
Records: JHU (16-17) USNA (10-16)
Location: Annapolis, MD Lejeune Hall
The Short Story: Host Navy used a 5-2 second quarter to take control en route to a 9-5 win over the Johns Hopkins water polo team in the fifth-place game of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Championship.
How it Happened
The first quarter saw just one goal as the Mids took the lead on an Ian Bagent goal with 1:27 to play in the opening quarter.
The pace picked up in the second as the two teams combined for seven goals and Navy went into the half with a 6-2 lead. Sophomore Finn Banks tied the game just 41 seconds into the quarter, but the Mids answered with three straight to go up 4-1.
Banks ended the run with his second of the day to make it a two-goal game with 4:17 still to play in the quarter. Taylor Bernhardt came right back with a man-up goal for Navy and sparked a four-goal run as the home team pushed out to an 8-2 lead late in the third quarter.
Banks and junior Giorgio Cico halted the run with back-to-back goals just 42 seconds apart to cut the deficit to four with 1:23 to go in the third. Junior Josh Kurtz then opened the fourth with a strike to pull the Blue Jays within three. Gabe Gaspar responded with a goal for the Mids to make it 9-5 and that's how the game would end.
What it Means
Hopkins falls to 8-52 all-time against Navy after the two split the season series.
The Blue Jays finish the season with 16 wins, an 11-win improvement over last season. Hopkins has won 15 or more games 19 times, including 18 under head coach Ted Bresnahan.
Banks and Cico were named to the All-Tournament Second Team for their performances at the championship.
Inside the Box Score
Banks (3g) and Kurtz (1g, 2a) led the Blue Jays with three points apiece.
Junior Ryan Masi and freshman Nico Ivanov led the defense with three steals each.
Senior John Wilson finished with 14 saves for his 46th career double-digit save performance. He finishes his career as the program's all-time saves leader with 902. He has 240 more saves than second-place Jeremy Selbst. Wilson totaled 373 saves this season, the school single season record and 53 more than the previous record. He also notched 14 assists and 56 steals this season and has 43 and 137, respectively for his career. Wilson ranks 20th in career assists and 11th in steals.
Senior Connor Johnson finishes his career with 35 goals, 43 assists, 46 steals and 12 blocks. He ranks 15th in school history in career blocks.
Senior Jono Gillette ends his career with 99 goals, 61 assists, 55 steals, 53 ejections drawn and nine blocks. He ranks 22nd in career points (160), 14th in assists, 24th in steals, 15th in ejections draw and 20th in blocks.