BRIDGEPORT, PA – The Johns Hopkins water polo team placed four student-athletes on the 2017 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-America teams it was announced Tuesday afternoon. Junior Giorgio Cico earned first team honors, senior John Wilson and sophomore Finn Banks earned second team honors and junior Josh Kurtz was named honorable mention.
Hopkins has now produced 64 ACWPC All-Americans, all under head coach Ted Bresnahan, including 30 first team selections. The four selections this year are tied for the most of any other team in the nation and are tied for the most in a single season in program history.
Cico and Wilson become the sixth and seventh players in program history to earn All-America honors at least three times. Wilson is the first goalie in school history to earn the honor three times. Banks and Kurtz earn the honor for the first time in their careers.
Cico earns First Team All-America honors for the first time in his career after earning second team accolades in 2015 and 2016. He totaled 49 goals, 53 assists, 35 steals, 18 drawn ejections and seven blocks. He led the Blue Jays in assists and points, while ranking third in goals and steals. Cico’s 53 assists and 102 points are both career highs. His 102 points are the eighth highest total in program history while his 53 assists are the sixth most in school history. With one season left to play, Cico ranks ninth in JHU history in career points (293), 14th in goals (161), sixth in assists (132), 15th in steals, fifth in blocks (28) and 11th in drawn ejections (68).
Wilson earns second team honors after grabbing honorable mention honors in 2016 and second team honors in 2015. He had an outstanding senior season posting 373 saves, 14 assists and 56 steals. He graduates as the program’s leader in saves in a game (25), season (373) and career (902). Wilson is just the third goalie with a 300-save season and is the first to surpass 700, 800 and 900 in career saves. He is also tied for 20th in school history with 20 career assists, the most by a goalie, and 11th in career steals (37). Wilson had 23 games this season with 10 or more saves, including two with 20 or more.
Banks had a breakout sophomore season, posting career highs in goals (63), assists (23), points (86), drawn ejections (39) and steals (26). He led the Blue Jays in goals, ranked second in drawn ejections and ranked third in assists and points. Banks posted 10 hat tricks and had at least one point in all but one game this season. He scored a career-high five goals at George Washington and followed with a five-goal outing, including the overtime winner, 24 hours later versus Navy. Banks already ranks in the top 25 in JHU history in career points (133 • T-25th), assists (45 • T-18th) and drawn ejections (69 • 10th).
Kurtz also had a standout year for the Blue Jays and finished with career highs in goals (58), points (91), blocks (12) and drawn ejections (23). He ranked second on the team in goals, assists, points and steals. Kurtz finished with 11 hat tricks and had three or more points 17 times this season. In addition, he had at least one point in all but one game. With three years under his belt, Kurtz ranks 17th in school history in career points (196), eighth in assists (99), 19th in steals (72), 15th in blocks (14) and tied for 22nd in drawn ejections (38).