Sept. 8, 2007
USAFA, Colo. - Wrapping up a three-game series, the 18th-ranked Air Force water polo team split a pair of games with Johns Hopkins Saturday at the Cadet Natatorium. After winning the morning contest, 11-8, the Falcons dropped the evening game, 12-9, moving to 3-4 on the season. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays move to 2-5 overall.
In the first game of the day, the Falcons got out to a hot start, taking a 3-0 lead in the first two minutes of the contest. While Hopkins' Josh Kratz notched a pair of goals to cut the margin to 3-2, Air Force scored two more goals in the period to grab a 5-2 advantage.
The second period was evenly matched, with each team trading goals to leave the Falcons' advantage at three goals, 8-5, going into intermission. Air Force grabbed its largest lead of the game, 10-5, following a penalty shot by senior Clark Condict (Irvine, Calif.) midway through the third period, but the Blue Jays scored the next three goals to get back within two at 10-8. One last score by Justin Berry (Sr., Windermere, Fla.) accounted for the final 11-8 tally.
Condict and Alex Churnside (So., Orange, Calif.) led the Falcons with three goals each in the first game, Jack Hines (So., Riverside, Calif.) and Berry added two each and Joey Brewer (Jr., Clovis, Calif.) pitched in the other goal.
The Falcons were again first to score in the second game of the day, getting a man-up goal from junior Kevin Williams (River Forest, Ill.), and had a 3-2 advantage at the end of the first period. While the Blue Jays came back to tie the game twice in the second period, they grabbed their first lead of the game with a score from Sean McCreery with 2:49 remaining in the half. Outscoring Air Force 4-1 in the second quarter, Johns Hopkins led 6-4 at the break and never trailed again. The Blue Jays, paced by McCreery's six scores, led by as many as four goals before holding on for the 12-9 victory.
Berry led Air Force in game two on Saturday, tallying three goals, while Tyler Hewko (Jr., Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Bobby Geiger (Fr., Buellton, Calif.) added two scores each. Williams and Hines notched the final two goals for the Falcons.
Air Force is back in action next weekend, Sept. 15-16, when it heads to Berkeley, Calif., for the NorCal Open, featuring 15 teams which are currently ranked in the top 20. The Falcons will face host Cal in the opening game of the tourney.
No. 18 Air Force 11, Johns Hopkins 8
JHU 2 3 1 2 8
Air Force 5 3 2 1 11
JHU Scoring: McCreery 3, Kratz 2, Hemmerle, Davis, Jankiewicz
AF Scoring: Condict 3, Churnside 3, Hines 2, Berry 2, Brewer
Johns Hopkins 12, No. 18 Air Force 9
JHU 2 4 2 4 12
Air Force 3 1 1 4 9
JHU Scoring: McCreery 6, Davis 2, Kratz 2, Gertridge, Hemmerle
AF Scoring: Berry 3, Hewko 2, Geiger 2, Williams, Hines