PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Johnny Beal (Jr., Upland, Calif./Damien) scored three times to claim Player of the Game honors as Division III No. 2 Johns Hopkins University managed Mercyhurst University, 12-8, to finish ninth at the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship at Brown University's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
The win avenges an 11-6 loss by JHU to Mercyhurst during the regular season and raises the Blue Jays' record to 21-10 to conclude the year. It marks the third 20-win season for Johns Hopkins under head coach Ted Bresnahan since 1991 as the 2005 (24-6) andd 2012 (25-9) squads previously exceeded the victory milestone.
Hopkins never trailed in the contest as Thomas de Lyon (Sr., Newbury Park, Calif./Newbury Park) connected on shots at 6:57 and 6:01 of the first quarter to stake the Blue Jays to a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
The Lakers (19-8) erased the lead as Danilo Svorcan (Sr., Belgrade, Serbia/15th Belgrade) and Dave Matulis (So., Loveland, Ohio/Milford) finished on chances at 4:57 and 4:12, respectively, before JHU's Kevin Yee (So., Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) put the Blue Jays back in front with 54 seconds left in the first quarter for a 3-2 advantage.
Camden Schreeder (Fr., Saratoga, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep) cushioned the lead to 4-2 with a man-up score at the 11 second mark, but Raul Ariza (Sr., Chicago, Ill./Whitney M. Young) pulled Mercyhurts back to within a single goal at the period's concluding buzzer (4-3) to cap off a back-and-forth quarter.
Neither team was able to deliver the next scoring blow until Matt Fraser (Fr., Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) solved Mercyhurst goalie Matt Cote (Sr., Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) with 3:12 remaining in the second quarter to inch the margin to 5-3. However, the Lakers got the goal back 21 seconds later when Colin McDonald (Sr., Lindsey, Ontario/I.E. Weldon Secondary) stroked in a tally with 20 seconds left on the clock for a 5-4 Johns Hopkins' lead at the break.
Similar to the second quarter, the two teams struggled to put the ball in the net for much of the third quarter until Langdon Froomer (So., Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) lined in a five-meter penalty shot at 3:10 to make it 6-4.
Hopkins expanded the lead to 7-4 at 1:58 courtesy a natural score by Beal, but Brett Luehmann (Sr., Ancaster, Ontario/Ancaster) placed the Lakers within a pair at 7-5 with his inaugural score of the afternoon at 1:47.
However, the Blue Jays put to rest any questions regarding a Lakers' comeback in the waning moments of the third quarter as Beal (1:17) and Garrett Davidson (So., Bellevue, Wash./Sammamish) (29 seconds) registered scores to build the lead to 9-5 entering the fourth quarter of competition.
Once again, the Lakers attempted to rally back as Svorcan (7:05) and Luemann (6:39) started the final period with back-to-back scores to shrink the gap between Johns Hopkins and Mercyhurst down to 9-7.
Needing a score to terminate the Lakers' run, Johns Hopkins received three in two minutes of action with even strength scores from Froomer (4:40) and Beal (2:41), while Flemming (Sr., Mill Valley, Calif./Marin Academy) tacked on a man-up marker (3:57) to expand the spread to a nearly insurmountable 12-7 with less than three minutes to play.
The Lakers, thanks to the limited time and defensive pressure from the Blue Jays, mustered only a score by Luehmann at 1:48 as the Canadian senior completed his career and the Mercyhurst season with a arching shot that eluded Hopkins' back-up goalie Danny Ovelar (Jr., Caracas, Venezuela/Emil Friedman) for the 12-8 final score.
For the Blue Jays, de Lyon and Froomer supported Beal's Player of the Game honors with pairs of scores, while Davidson, Flemming, Fraser, Yee and Schreeder each found the back of the cage once.
Erik Henrikson (So., Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach) and Ovelar split time guarding the iron for Johns Hopkins with the duo posting three and five saves, respectively, in keeping the Lakers' shooters in check.
Luehmann led Mercyhurst's offense with a hat-trick to go along with a pair of scores from Svorcan. Matulis, McDonald and Ariza tacked on single goals, while Cote registered three saves in taking the loss for the Lakers.
|Division III No. 2 Johns Hopkins
JHU Goals: Johnny
Beal (3); Thomas de Lyon (2); Langdon Froomer (2); Garrett
Davidson; Conor Flemming; Matt Fraser; Kevin Yee; Camden
Brett Luehmann (3); Danilo Svorcan (2); Dave Matulis; Colin
McDonald; Raul Ariza
Saves: JHU - Erik Henrikson (3, 16 minutes), Danny Ovelar (5, 16 minutes) ; Mercyhurst - Matt Cote (3)
Exclusions: JHU - 12 ; Mercyhurst - 4
Advantage Opportunities: JHU - 0-for-4 ; Mercyhurst - 3-for-12
Sprints: JHU - 1-for-4 (1st) ; Mercyhurst - 3-for-4 (2nd, 3rd, 4th)
Cards: YC - Mercyhurst (Head Coach Curtis Robinette, 4:30 left in 2nd); YC - JHU (Head Coach Ted Bresnahan, 7:05 left in 4th)
Officials: Val Vasilchikov, Scott Voltz
Mercyhurst University goalie
Matt Cote makes a save as Colin McDonald (No. 10) and Raul Ariza
(No. 4) defend