March 5, 2011

Seven-Goal Spurt Gives Hopkins Win at Stony Brook

from press release

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team scored seven unanswered goals to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 10-4 lead en route to a 15-8 win over host Stony Brook Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays improve to 3-1 on the season for the first time since 2008, while the Seawolves drop to 2-2. Junior Colleen McCaffrey paced the Blue Jays with four goals and two assists, while classmate Candace Rossi tallied five points including the 100th of her career.

It was a back-and-forth affair over the game's first 30 minutes, as neither team could take more than a one-goal lead. Hopkins got on the board first courtesy of a Rachel Ballatori goal 6:52 in off a Rossi feed. Stony Brook answered less than three minutes later with Kaila Gottlick's only goal of the game. McCaffrey and Samantha Djaha then traded goals and the game was tied 2-2. Freshman Sammy Cermack scored off a Cami Kramer feed to put Hopkins back on top, but Stony Brook answered with back-to-back goals from Melissa Cook and Alyssa Cardillo in a 62-second span to take its first and only lead of the game at 4-3. ¬¬

Senior Brooke Foussadier would tie the game at 4-4 with 1:16 to play on a free position goal as the teams went into the half all knotted up. Hopkins continued where it left off as senior Brianna Cronin put Hopkins on top for good with a free position goal just 2:21 into the second stanza. Cronin's goal was the first of four Blue Jay goals in a span of just 2:45 as Hopkins pushed out to an 8-4 lead. McCaffrey punctuated the seven-goal run with her third of the day at 19:55 that saw the Blue Jays lead grow to six.

Djaha kept the Seawolves in the game as she sandwiched a pair of goals around a strike from sophomore Katie Duffey to make it an 11-6 game with 15:16 still to play. Djaha ended a scoring drought of 22:40 with her goal at 17:05. Hopkins came right back with three goals in less than three minutes, including a pair from Rossi. Her second goal was the 74th goal of her career and the 100th point, making her the 12th player in school Division I to reach the milestone.

Stony Brook got a pair of quick goals from Cook and Cardillo to cut the deficit to 14-8, but junior Jen Fox would tack one more on with 1:05 to play to account for the 15-8 final.

McCaffrey's six points and four goals led all scorers, while Rossi (2g, 3a), Ballatori (3g), Foussadier (2g, 1a) and freshman Taylor D'Amore (2a) all had multi-point games. Sophomore Cosette Larash made seven saves with two ground balls in the win. For the Seawolves, Djaha led the way with a hat trick, while Cook and Cardillo each had two. Mickey Cahill finished with a season-high 15 saves, including nine in the first half, for Stony Brook.

Hopkins returns to action and wraps up a three-game road swing on Wednesday, March 9 at Towson. Opening draw from Johnny Unitas Stadium is set for 4:00 pm.

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