March 27, 2009

Stanford Returns From Break, Beats JHU

from press release

Lauren Schmidt scored two goals as No. 14 Stanford returned from a 19-day layoff by beating Johns Hopkins 10-7.
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BALTIMORE - Sophomore Julianne Wisner (Parkton, MD/Notre Dame Prep) made a career-high 15 saves in the cage but 14th-ranked Stanford was able to hold off an upset-minded Johns Hopkins team, 10-7, on Friday afternoon. The loss snaps the Blue Jays two-game win streak as they fall to 4-5 on the season. The Cardinal, playing its first game since March 8, improves to 7-2.

Sarah Flynn put the visitors on the board early, scoring the first of her three goals, just 3:10 in. Hopkins answered just 55 seconds later to knot the score at 1-1. Junior Brett Bathras (Severna Park, MD/Severn School) dodged the right side and scored between the Annie Read's left shoulder and the post. Julie Christy ignited a four-goal Cardinal rally with 22:06 to play when she collected a loose ball in front of the Blue Jays' cage and fired it into the upper left corner to make it 2-1 Stanford. Leslie Foard and Lauren Schmidt then scored back-to-back free position goals, pushing Stanford's lead to 4-1 with 14:56 remaining. Dana Lindsay then closed out the run after taking a pass from Claire Hubbard and scoring with 12:07 on the clock.

Junior Paige Ibello (Cockeysville, MD/Maryvale Prep) got Hopkins back on the board and snapped a scoreless streak of 18:04 for the Blue Jays with a free position goal to make it 5-2. Just over two minutes later, Flynn scooped up a loose ball after a save by Wisner and flipped it into the cage to push the Cardinal's lead back to four at 6-2 with 5:33 remaining. Bathras and freshman Colleen McCaffrey (Mount Sinai, NY/Mount Sinai) then sandwiched goals around a strike from Bess Siegfried and Stanford took a 7-4 lead into the half.

It took over 10 minutes coming out of the break for either team to find the cage, but Stanford needed just over two minutes to score back-to-back goals to push its lead to 9-4. The Cardinal managed to keep the Blue Jays' offense at bay for more than 20 minutes to start the second half. Hopkins finally got on the board with 9:15 remaining, ending a scoreless streak of 22:14, to cut the deficit to four. Ibello dodged across the middle and scored on a low shot for her second of the day. Freshman Candace Rossi (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale), cutting across the middle, took a pass from Bathras and fired a shot into the upper left corner to make it a 9-6 game with 6:28 remaining.

Schmidt got one back for the Cardinal at 5:20, off a feed from Nesbitt, and the lead was back to four goals. Just 24 seconds later, senior Gina Maranto (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) scored on a free position shot to make it a 10-7 game with 4:56 on the clock. Hopkins won the ensuing draw but Stanford forced a turnover and the Cardinal was able to run out the clock.

Ibello and Bathras each tallied three points on two goals and one assist to lead Hopkins. Wisner's 15 saves are the most by a Blue Jay goalie since senior Amelia Harris (Clifton, VA/J.W. Robinson) posted 15 on April 30, 2007 at Towson. Flynn paced the Cardinal with her hat trick, while Schmidt and Foard also had multi-goal games. Read finished with 10 saves for Stanford.

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