BALTIMORE, Md. — Utilizing a 6-0 lead after the first eight minutes of competition, Mount St. Mary’s University defeated host/Division III No. 10-ranked Johns Hopkins University by a 16-12 final in Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) competition at the Newton White Athletic Center Natatorium.
The duo of Tommaso Baldineti and Joseph Maxson propelled the victory, with Baldineti scoring seven times to bring his season total up to 90, and Maxson posting a season-high 15 saves. Michael Lemishko recorded his third hat trick, going a perfect three-for-three on shots. Maxson also led in assists with three, and trio of Mountaineers added three steals each.
As a unit, the Mount shot 44 percent for the game. Counter attacks and 6v5 opportunities proved vital, accounting for 11 of the team’s goals. When a man up, the team scored on five of seven chances. Hopkins stayed close thanks to penalties. Handed five penalty shots by Mount St. Mary’s, the Blue Jays converted four of them to stay within striking distance of the Mountaineers.
Mount St. Mary’s blasted out to a 6-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. After playing even in the second quarter to enter halftime with a 10-4 halftime lead, the Mountaineers exploited their first quarter lead to hold off the Blue Jays. Johns Hopkins outscored Mount St. Mary’s 4-3 in both the third and fourth quarters, but the first quarter margin was too much for the Blue Jays to overcome down the stretch.
For Johns Hopkins, Emerson Sullivan led the offense with six goals, while Paul Gensbigler and Gavin Brooke both posted pairs. Cameron Burns and Dado Soares accounted for solo markers in support of an eight save effort by goalkeeper Kyle Pearson.
Information courtesy Mount St. Mary’s University/Johns Hopkins University Athletics Communications