Johns Hopkins Water Polo 2017 Season Preview
BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins water polo team is looking to rebound after a down year in 2016. Captains John Wilson, Josh Kurtz and Giorgio Cico will lead the way for head coach Ted Bresnahan, now in his 27th season with the Blue Jays.
Cico, a two-time All-American, returns to lead the offense after a 56-goal, 91-point performance in 2016. With just two years under his belt, he already ranks in the top-20 in school history in career points, assists, steals, blocks and ejections drawn. Senior Jono Gillette, the 2014 CWPA DIII Rookie of the Year, returns to add even more firepower for the Blue Jays’ offensive needs.
Kurtz and junior Andreas Katsis will add much-needed experience to the young team’s needs. A left-handed attacker, Kurtz was tied for the team-lead in assists (35) and ranked second in points (59) last season. He also notched at least one point in 22 of the Blue Jays’ 24 games in 2016. Katsis added 29 goals, good for third on the team, while tallying a point in all but three games a year ago.
A two-time All-American goalkeeper, Wilson will anchor the Blue Jay defense. He made a career-high 242 saves a year ago, including 13 double-digit save performances. Wilson also had 45 steals and handed out 15 assists last season. Sophomore Andres White is poised to have an extremely productive year from the two-meter defensive position. He returned this preseason with 15 pounds of added strength from a rigorous off-season program.
With the influx of seven talented freshmen, that include CA/HA High School All-Americans Nico Ivanov and Olin Shipstead, the Blue Jays just need the season’s experience to shape them into a very competitive program.
By the Numbers
2 – Hopkins returns two All-Americans from last season (Cico, Wilson)
2 – Hopkins is tied for second in the CWPA Division III Preseason Poll
6 – Blue Jay opponents ranked in the CWPA Preseason Top 20
27 – Bresnahan is now in his 27th season
389 – Career wins for Bresnahan