Johns Hopkins Water Polo Season Review
BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins water polo team had a tough 2016 campaign as the Blue Jays won just five games against one of the toughest schedules in the nation.
The Blue Jays played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, thanks in part to an historic run in 2015. Hopkins faced a ranked opponent 14 times, out of 24 games, in 2016. Four of those opponents were ranked in the top 10, including two-time defending national champion UCLA and eventual NCAA champion Cal. In comparison, Hopkins played a ranked team eight times in 2015, with only one of those ranked in the top 10. In addition, JHU faced just one non-Division I opponent in 2016 as compared to 14 last season.
Johns Hopkins produced three Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association (ACWPC) All-Americans in 2016. Senior Matt Fraser and sophomore Giorgio Cico were named to the second team while junior John Wilson was named honorable mention.
Fraser led the team in ejections drawn (59), ranked second in goals (37) and third in points (50). He also ranked fourth in steals (29) and tied for third in blocks (4). His 59 ejections drawn this season are the fifth most in program history. Cico led the team in goals (56), assists (35), points (91) and blocks (10). Cico also ranked second in steals (37) and third in ejections drawn (26). Wilson posted a career high 242 saves, 45 steals and 15 assists in 84.5 quarters this season. He had 13 double-digit save games, including a season-high 16 saves versus Navy (Sept 23) and 13th-ranked Bucknell (Sept 25).
Hopkins earned the number three seed in the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship Tournament. JHU beat Navy, 17-9, in the first round to advance to the semifinals and eventually finished in fourth place. The Blue Jays advanced to the semifinals of its conference championship for the second straight season and the third time in program history.
Senior Matt Fraser finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in career ejections drawn with 241. He broke Alex Whittam’s record of 240 in the last game of the season. Fraser also holds the school’s single-season record (76) and the record for ejections drawn by a freshman (76). A two-time All-American, he graduates as one of the all-time greats as he ranks 11th points (271), 11th in goals (177), ninth in assists (94), seventh in steals (156) and fourth in blocks (30).
The Blue Jays welcomed a trio of freshmen this season in Andres White, Carter Young and Finn Banks. The trio combined for 47 goals, 40 assists, 87 points, 57 steals, 59 ejections drawn and six blocks. Banks led the group with 47 points, the 10th most by a freshman in school history. His 22 assists are tied for eighth most by a freshman.
THANK YOU, SENIORS
Seniors Matt Fraser, Giovanni Cragnotti and Bret Pinsker had a great run in their four years at Homewood. The Blue Jays won 61 games in their career, including a pair of 21-win seasons. Hopkins captured two Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Eastern Championships as well as an historic second-place finish in the CWPA Eastern Championship.
A FEW NUMBERS TO KNOW
2 – All-Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference East selections
3 – ACWPC All-Americans
4 – Final Ranking in Division III
4 – Finish at inaugural Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship
14 – Number of matches versus Top-20 Teams
16 – Hopkins ranking in the CWPA Varsity Preseason Poll
61 – Career wins for the senior class
241 – Career ejections drawn by senior Matt Fraser