PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Langdon Froomer (So., Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) and Matt Fraser (Fr., Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) both registered hat-tricks as the Division III No. 2-ranked Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins University took down Fordham University, 11-8, to reach the Ninth Place game of the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship at Brown University's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
The Blue Jays (20-10) will conclude their participation in the 12-team 2013 CWPA Championship on Sunday, November 24, at 10:20 a.m. in the Ninth Place game against the victor of a consolation game between Mercyhurst University and Iona College. Fordham (13-19) will meet the loser of the Lakers-Gaels meeting at 9:00 a.m. for 11th place.
Johns Hopkins never trailed against the Rams as Conor Flemming (Sr., Mill Valley, Calif./Marin Academy) cashed in with 6:53 left in the opening quarter for a man-up score and a 1-0 lead.
Fordham answered Flemming's six-on-five marker with one of their own at 4:04 as Ben Clinkinbeard (Sr., San Clemente, Calif./JSerra Catholic) beat the Hopkins' defense to convert on an exclusion chance to knot the score.
However, the Blue Jays' offense took flight over final four minutes of the first quarter as Fraser fired in another man-up goal at 3:49 and Flemming flung home a natural tally at 3:02 to provide Hopkins at 3-1 lead entering the second quarter.
Following a period opening marker at 5:51 by Peter Bergum (So., San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) to move Fordham within 3-2, Hopkins received natural and five-meter penalty shot tallies by Garrett Davidson (So., Bellevue, Wash./Sammamish) and Froomer at 5:18 and 4:48, respectively, to push the margin to 5-2.
The Rams trimmed the margin back to a pair by the conclusion of the first half as Andrew Gonzalez (So., Glendale, Calif./Loyola) finished a man-up chance at 3:02 and Patrick Lenihan (So., Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines) floated in a natural score at 1:11 to sandwich a marker by Hopkins' Johnny Beal (Jr., Upland, Calif./Damien) at 1:24 to make it 6-4 at the break.
Fordham continued to chip away at the lead to start the second half as Clinkinbeard drilled in a shot at 6:47, but the Blue Jays received man-up (6:07) and even-strength (3:48) strikes from Froomer to increase the spread to 8-5.
Lenihan closed out the scoring in the third quarter by whipping a shot past JHU goalie Danny Ovelar (Jr., Caracas, Venezuela/Emil Friedman) at 2:36 to close the Rams to within 8-6 entering the final period of play.
Needing a run to put Fordham away for good, the Blue Jays had their prayers answered in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter as Fraser notched a five-meter penalty shot (6:26) and Kevin Yee (So., Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) tacked on a natural tally at 6:01 to make it a 10-6 game.
Fordham was unable to overcome the margin down the stretch as the Rams received man-up markers by Bobby Wurtz (So., Lafayette Hill, Pa./William Penn Charter School) and Lenihan at 4:34 and 1:59, respectively, while JHU's Fraser completed his hat-trick with a natural strike at 3:10 for the 11-8 final score.
For the Blue Jays, Pinkser, Beal, Yee, Davidson and Flemming each registered single goals to go along with hat-tricks from Co-Players of the Game Fraser and Froomer.
Lenihan led the way for Fordham with a hat-trick, while Clinkinbeard (two), Wurtz, Bergum (one) and Gonzales (one) also found the back of the cage.
Between the pipes, Ovelar notched eight saves to claim the win with Fordham's Noah LeBeau (Jr., Long Beach, Calif./Wilson Classical) swatting away seven shots in suffering the loss.
For Hopkins, the win increases the Blue Jays win total to 20-10 on the season as the 2013 squad becomes the third JHU team under head coach Ted Bresnahan to win 20-games since 1991. Previously, the 2005 (24-6) and 2012 (25-9) teams broke the 20-victory mark.
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JHU Goals: Matt
Fraser (3); Langdon Froomer (3); Brett Pinkser; Johnny Beal; Kevin
Yee; Garrett Davidson; Conor Flemming
Patrick Lenihan (3); Ben Clinkinbeard (2); Bobby Wurtz; Peter
Bergum; Andrew Gonzales
Saves: JHU - Danny Ovelar (8) ; Fordham - Noah LeBeau (7)
Exclusions: JHU - 15 ; Fordham - 12
Advantage Opportunities: JHU - 5-for-12 ; Fordham - 4-for-15
Sprints: JHU - 2-for-4 (3rd, 4th) ; Fordham - 2-for-4 (1st, 2nd)
Officials: Scott Voltz, Humberto Navarro
Fordham University's RJ
Simmons looks for a pass as Langdon Froomer of Johns Hopkins