March 19, 2009

Hopkins Comes Back to Beat GW

from press release

BALTIMORE - Johns Hopkins rallied from five goals down midway through the second half, then got two overtime goals to defeat George Washington 13-12 on Thursday afternoon at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays snap a two-game losing skid and improve to 3-4 on the year while the Colonials slip to 1-8. Freshman Candace Rossi (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale) and sophomore Brianna Cronin (Arlington, MA/Arlington) notched hat tricks to lead the Blue Jays.

Coming out of the half, the Colonials held a three-goal advantage and needed just one minute and 17 seconds to make it a five-goal lead. Hopkins promptly called timeout after back-to-back goals by Megan Seidman made it a 9-4 game. Hopkins finally got back on the board with 24:01 to play in the half, snapping a 23-minute scoreless streak and halting a 6-0 George Washington run. Rossi got things going when she dodged the right side and scored over Liz Hoffman's left shoulder, completing her hat trick. That ignited a 7-0 Blue Jay run as Hopkins turned a five-goal deficit into a two-goal lead.

Cronin cut it to three with a free position goal, the first of her three on the day, with 22:30 to play. Just over two minutes later, freshman Rachel Ballatori (Rochester, NY/Brighton) scored her first career goal to make it a 9-7 game. Both teams struggled to maintain possession, as neither team would find the cage over the next 10 minutes. Freshman Colleen McCaffrey (Mount Sinai, NY/Mount Sinai) made it a one-goal game with 11:49 remaining when she dodged the middle and scored over Hoffman's left shoulder. Less than two minutes later, Hopkins capitalized on a George Washington turnover, as senior Jenny Higgins (Reisterstown, MD/Franklin) scored in transition, knotting the game at 9-9.

Just 31 seconds later, Hopkins took its first lead since 17:01 in the first half when Cronin scored on a bounce shot off a right-side dodge. Cronin would need just 42 seconds to complete her hat trick, scoring on an identical move to put Hopkins on top 11-9 with 8:40 to play.

The Colonials were not done yet however. George Washington won the ensuing draw and Becca Kreshtool connected with Seidman to cut the deficit to one with 8:01 remaining. Seidman would then knot the score at 11-11 with 3:08 to play on a free position goal, her fifth consecutive goal. Hopkins won the draw and sophomore Brooke Foussadier (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township) got off a clean shot, but Hoffman came up with the save and the Colonials took possession with 2:54 remaining. Kreshtool got off a shot in front of the cage as time was winding down, but the shot was blocked and sophomore Julianne Wisner (Parkton, MD/Notre Dame Prep) collected the ground ball as the horn sounded.

Junior Sam Schrum (Pasadena, MD/St. Mary's) pushed the Blue Jays back on top with 1:37 to play in the first overtime on a nice pass from junior Brett Bathras (Severna Park, MD/Severn School). Just 26 seconds later, off a Hopkins clear, junior Angela Hughes (Manchester, MD/North Carroll) took the ball in the midfield and went right to the GW cage, scoring her third of the season to give the Blue Jays a two-goal lead.

In the second overtime, Taylor Donohue rolled insider her defender along the crease and scored on a low shot to cut the deficit to one. GW won the ensuing draw and began working the ball around on offense. Donohue, goal line extended, attempted a pass to the middle of the arc, but Foussadier scooped up the loose ball and carried it all the way into the offensive zone with 1:14 remaining. Hopkins maintained possession for the remainder of the game to hold on for the win.

Hopkins came out firing to start the game scoring back-to-back goals to take a 2-0 lead just 3:26 in. In what would be a game of runs, GW answered with three straight to take a 3-2 lead with 22:16 remaining. Hopkins got two back on goals from Rossi and Bathras to cut it to one with 17:01 to play. That would be Hopkins last goal until Rossi's strike 5:59 into the second. The Colonials would rattle off six straight goals in a run that spanned into the start of the second half. Seidman fueled the run with three goals.

It is Hopkins first overtime win since March 23, 2001 when JHU defeated Brown 12-11 in Providence, RI, snapping a streak of three consecutive overtime losses.

In all, nine different Blue Jays scored in the win, led by Rossi and Cronin. The Colonials were led by Seidman, with her five goals, while Kristina Beese and Kreshtool also had multi-goal games. Hopkins won the ground ball battle (27-14) and had the edge in draws (15-14).

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