March 30, 2011

Second-Half Swing Goes Hopkins' Way

from press release

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Johns Hopkins women's team outscored host Drexel, 6-2, in the second half en route to a 10-7 win over the Dragons Wednesday at Vidas Field. The Blue Jays improve to 7-3 on the season while the Dragons drop to 6-3. Freshman Taylor D'Amore and junior Colleen McCaffrey combined for six goals, including four in the second half, in the win.

Despite holding a 5-4 lead at the half, the Dragons subbed in freshman goalie Amanda Santandrea and the Blue Jays tested her early. D'Amore would tie the game at 5-5 54 seconds, scoring on a hard shot just inside the right post. Just 47 seconds later, senior Brooke Foussadier found D'Amore cutting through the middle, and she whipped a behind-the-back shot past Santandrea to give Hopkins its first lead since 21:09 to play in the first. Junior Rachel Ballatori pushed the Blue Jays lead to two with a free position goal at 23:58.

Drexel cut the deficit back to one at 19:05 when Kelli Joran took a pass from Alyse Maiden and fired it home to make it a 7-6 game and snap a scoreless streak of 21:38. Hopkins responded however with back-to-back goals from junior Candace Rossi and McCaffrey in a 78-second span to take a 9-6 lead with 16:38 still to play. Rossi cut to the goal from goal line extended left and buried a low shot past Santandrea. McCaffrey then capitalized on a heads up play as she scooped up a loose ball in the slot, turned and scored on a high-to-low shot.

Amanda Norcini made it a 9-7 game with 14:54 on the clock with a free position goal. Drexel then subbed starting goalie Whitney Johnson back in the game. But Hopkins would get one more to wrap up the scoring. Just 84 seconds after Johnson came back in the game, McCaffrey rifled a shot past her from the top of the arc to complete her third straight hat trick and make it a 10-7 game.

Drexel took the early lead on a Charlotte Wood goal just 1:53 in. From the top of the arc, Maiden snuck a pass to Wood on the crease and she turned and buried it to give Drexel the 1-0 lead. Hopkins answered with two quick goals off the dodge from D'Amore and senior Brianna Cronin and the Blue Jays led 2-1. Wood notched her second of the day at 22:27 when she split a double team and went right to the cage, sneaking a shot inside the right post to tie the game at 2-2. Less than a minute later, Hopkins again led by one when Foussadier converted on free position. The Dragons responded with three straight, including back-to-back goals from Katie Blazer, to take a 5-3 lead with 10:43 to play in the first half. McCaffrey would have the final say before the half however, as she scored on a free position to ignite a four-goal run that give Hopkins the lead for good.

D'Amore and McCaffrey led the Blue Jays with three goals apiece, while Foussadier had a goal and an assist. McCaffrey also had a game-high four draw controls as she now ranks fourth in school Division I history with 95 career draws. Sophomore goalie Cosette Larash finished with six saves to earn the win as she held the Dragons more than six goals below their season average. On the other side of the field, the Blue Jays scored 10 goals on the second-ranked defense in the country that was surrendering just 5.88 goals per game. For the Dragons, Blazer and Wood led the way with two goals apiece, while Maiden had three points on one goal and two helpers.

Hopkins returns to action on Sunday, April 3 as the Blue Jays open American Lacrosse Conference play against Vanderbilt. Opening draw is slated for 1:00 pm at Homewood Field.

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