Water polo passes Johns Hopkins, 15-11

Story Links ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The naval water polo team (11-12, 6-6) received goals from nine different players, including multiple scores from five student athletes as the midshipmen took a 15-11 win over Johns Hopkins (10-18, 2-10) in Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference game on Friday night at Scott Natatorium. “Tonight was fun,” said head coach Luis Nicolao after the game. “We were able to take the lead and get some people in the game. We got some contributions from across the board – some older guys, some younger guys. Defensively I thought Jack played well on the We need to use this momentum tomorrow in the game and end the weekend on a high.” Offensively, the Mids used goals from nine different players, including multiple scores from five student athletes, to score 15 goals that night. Chris Kim (Los Angeles, California) led the attack with three goals for his second hat-trick of the season. Jake Altmayer (Pasadena, California), Travis Berzins (Rancho Cucamonga, California), Michael Heller (Menlo Park, California), and Tommy McKnew (Tiburon, California) each added two scores, while Rory Begin (Bakersfield, California.), Payton Comstock (Clarendon Hills, Illinois), Nathan Duchez (San Jose, California) and Holden Seybold (Aliso Viejo, California) rounded out the score. In addition to three goals, Kim gave the team the pace with three assists. Altmayer, Begin and Duchez each added a few helpers. Jack Hightower (San Diego, California) worked an entire game in the midshipmen’s cage. The first-year goalkeeper finished the game with nine saves and an assist. In the first quarter, the Midshipmen jumped out to an early lead. Heller scored the first two goals of the game to give the home side a 2-0 lead. The Blue Jays converted a five-yard try, but the Mids reacted when Comstock broke the flat of the goal with a score. McKnew followed with back-to-back scores to take the advantage to 5-1. With five seconds to go into the quarter, Seybold gave Navy a five-goal lead, 6-1. Johns Hopkins opened the second quarter with back-to-back goals, but a five-yard conversion by Altmayer gave Navy a 7-3 lead. Kim followed with two goals, while Duchez scored. Just before half-time, the Blue Jays slipped one through the Mids’ keeper, but the home team led 10-4 before half-time. The Blue Jays opened the score in the third inning, but Berzins forced his way into the middle to throw the ball into the back of the net. Navy and Hopkins traded goals to finish the quarter with the midshipmen up front, 13-7. Kim registered his third goal of the game, while Berzins recorded his second score of the quarter. The fourth quarter saw Hopkins start the frame again with a goal. Altmayer and Begin responded with consecutive scores. With a 15-8 lead, Navy cleared the bench, allowing JHU to score three goals to give the final margin of 15-11. Marine returns to action on Saturday, October 29 as the midshipmen welcome George Washington (17-5, 6-1) to Scott Natatorium for a MAWPC game. The match is scheduled for 12 noon and will be streamed live via Stretch Live. Prior to the game against the Colonials (9:00 AM), the Midshipmen hold their annual Alumni Game. The game is open to the public.

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