March 23, 2011

Johns Hopkins Stuns No. 4 Penn Behind Big Game from McCaffrey

from press release

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Junior Colleen McCaffrey scored a game-high four goals and notched the 100th point of her career to lead Johns Hopkins to an 8-5 victory over fourth-ranked Penn Wednesday evening at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays earn their first win over a top-five opponent since a 12-9 win over fifth-ranked Virginia in 2007 and it is the highest ranked opponent they've beaten since an 8-7 win over third-ranked Princeton in 2006. Hopkins improves to 5-3 on the season while handing Penn its first loss as the Quakers drop to 6-1.

In a game it never trailed, Hopkins jumped on top just over three minutes in when senior Brianna Cronin took a feed in the slot from freshman Taylor D'Amore and fired a quick shot past Emily Leitner. Caroline Bunting answered for the Quakers at 8:26 with a free position goal to tie things up at 1-1. Less than four minutes later, Hopkins was back on top as the Blue Jays capitalized on a failed Quaker clear. Lydia Miller lost the ball just outside the Blue Jay box and senior Brooke Lipinski came up with the loose ball and got it to junior Candace Rossi. Rossi then fed a wide-open Monica Fischer on the left wing and she unselfishly found classmate Katie Duffey open on the right post. Duffey buried Fischer's pass and the Blue Jays were up 2-1.

Just 33 seconds later, D'Amore found McCaffrey open in the middle of the arc with her back to the goal. McCaffrey took the pass, turned and scored on a shot high-to-low, for the first of her four on the night. Giulia Giordano cut the deficit to one 28 seconds later, taking a pass over the top of the cage from Erin Brennan and one-timing a shot over the right shoulder of sophomore Cosette Larash. After seeing three goals in just 61 seconds the score would stay at 3-2 for more than 12 minutes.

McCaffrey would end that drought with 4:16 to play scoring a pair of goals in a span of just 1:36 to send Hopkins into the locker room with a 5-2 lead at the half. McCaffrey and junior Rachel Ballatori would hook up on both goals, with Ballatori feeding McCaffrey from goal-line extended to the slot. Her goals ignited a five-goal Hopkins' run that bridged halftime and saw the Blue Jays take an 8-2 lead on the third-ranked defense in the country and handing the Quakers their largest deficit of the season. Coming out of the break the Blue Jays got goals from Rossi, McCaffrey and junior Rachel Serio as Hopkins scored on its first three shots of the second half to lead 8-2 with 24:20 to play. Brennan finally got Penn back on the board, scoring a pair of unassisted goals to cut the deficit to four. Brennan's goal at 23:20 snapped a scoreless drought of 23:17 for the Quakers. Giordano then tacked on her second of the night as she dodged right across the arc and scored on a high shot to cap a Quaker run that saw Penn score three goals in a span of 3:54 to make it an 8-5 game. As it turned out, that would be all the scoring for the game.

Following a Hopkins turnover in the offensive end, Penn was able to get a three-minute possession with a pair of shots. But Lipinski knocked the ball away from Shannon Mangini, giving the Blue Jays the ball with 14:30 to play. Hopkins went into a stall and managed to kill more than seven minutes off the clock before turning the ball over. Penn again got a shot off on its possession, but Bunting's shot rung off the cross bar and Hopkins took possession after a foul on the loose ball. The Blue Jays were able to run out the final six minutes of the game to hand the Quakers their first loss to an unranked opponent since a 10-9 loss to Delaware on March 15, 2006. Since then, all 11 of Penn's losses have come to top-20 teams.

McCaffrey led all scores with a season-high-tying four goals. Her fourth goal of the game, with 26:29 to play, was the 100th point of her career, as she becomes the second Blue Jay this season to reach the milestone, joining Rossi. D'Amore and Ballatori each added two assists, while Lipinski led the defense with a career-high four caused turnovers. Brennan and Giordano led the Quakers with a combined four goals on the night.

Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, March 26 as George Washington visits Homewood Field for the Blue Jays annual "Pink Zone" game. Opening draw is slated for 6:00 pm at Homewood Field.

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