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Water Polo Stopped By Johns Hopkins, 13-7

          Release: 11/19/2011
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Johns Hopkins University topped the Iona College men's water polo team 13-7 to reach the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship fifth place game at Harvard University's Blodgett Pool.

The Blue Jays will face Bucknell University at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, while the Gaels (14-15) will meet Harvard in the seventh place game.

For Hopkins, the difference was man-up goals as the Blue Jays converted on six-of-13 opportunities, while holding the Gaels to a two-for-seven performance.

Trailing 1-0 following a man-up goal by freshman Jake Lloyd thirty seconds into the game, JHU rattled off three markers in a row to make it 3-1 in facor of the Blue Jays.

Iona cut the deficit to one with a tally by freshman Ian Thompson at 3:17, but Hopkins closed the opening period with two man-up goals, to pull out in front 5-2.

The Gaels started the second period with a tally by sophomore Bryan Driscoll at 6:36 to slice the lead to two, but Hopkins pushed across another Blue Jays' man-up goal at 4:42 to return the spread to three at 6-3.

On the heels of another Hopkins man-up goal, Iona responded with a strike from the hand of Cameron Hudson to keep the Gaels within three at 7-4.  However, JHU closed the first half with a tally at 1:32 to carry an 8-4 lead into intermission.

Hopkins blew the game open in the third period outscoring Iona 4-0, while the Gaels closed the game with natural goals from senior Matt Joslyn and freshman Tyler Mancuso before Hudson lobbed in the final tally on a man-up chance at 2:01 for the 13-7 final score.

Sophomore Stefen Hill took the loss for Iona as he made three saves during the course of the contest.

Overall, eight different JHU players found the back of the cage in the contest, including five different players who recorded man-up goals.

JHU Goals: Alex Whittam (3); Mark Strickland (3); Jake Gillette (2); Stephen Kingery; Ross Schofield; Johnny Beal; Mike McCreery; Wes Hopkins

Saves: Iona - Stefen Hill (3) ; JHU - Danny Ovelar (13)

Exclusions: Iona - 13 ; JHU - 7

Advantage Opportunities: Iona - 2-for-7 ; JHU- 6-for-13

Sprints: Iona - 2-for-4 (1st, 2nd) ; JHU - 2-for-4 (3rd, 4th)

Cards: YC - Iona (Brian Kelly, Head Coach, 2:01 4th Period)

Officials: Alex Stankevitch, Val Vasilchikov
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