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posted 04.25.2012 at 9.45 p.m. by Clare Lochary

UMBC Defeats Blue Jays Under Acting Coach Giro

UMBC rallied to defeat Johns Hopkins, 7-6, winning its first game under acting head coach Tony Giro and earning its first victory over the Blue Jays since 1998. Earlier in the week, a university spokesman said Retrievers head coach Kelly Berger was “not available” for the game. Giro has been an assistant at UMBC for four years.

Johns Hopkins took a 2-0 lead early in the first half, but UMBC scored back-to-back goals to end the period tied at 2-2. The teams traded goals throughout the second half, with the Retrievers tying the game three times. UMBC took its first and only lead of the day on a low, unassisted shot by senior midfielder Alicia Krause to make the score 7-6 with 7:30 left. Krause (four goals) had the equalizer too, plus a key caused turnover on an intercepted transition pass to set it up.

Players were unavailable for interviews after the game, but Giro was in high spirits.

“We wanted to slow them down in transition. Obviously they’re a great team that plays in a great conference,” he said. “We want to be where they are. We want to be Johns Hopkins.”

Giro called Homewood Field “the Yankee Stadium of lacrosse” and said the Retrievers had no trouble focusing on the game at hand, despite Berger’s absence.

“If you can’t get up for a game against Johns Hopkins, you shouldn’t be playing college lacrosse,” said Giro. “This is the greatest group of girls and it’s all about them. They’ve gone through a lot and we’re proud of them.”

Game Notes: With 2:51 remaining in the game, Johns Hopkins midfielder Rachel Serio was issued a yellow card for an illegal check during a UMBC stall. The Retrievers were not shooting, so Blue Jays head coach Janine Tucker pulled goalie Cosette LaRash (eight saves) and sent an additional field player over the restraining line to try to force a turnover. The strategy worked, and Hopkins got possession with 33 seconds to play. Sophomore midfielder Taylor D’Amore had a chance to tie the game and force overtime with a free position with nine seconds on the clock, but she shot just over the crossbar…Colleen McCaffrey led the Blue Jays with three goals…Johns Hopkins had 38 fouls to UMBC’s 15…the game had 30 combined turnovers, including 19 in the first half…the Retrievers won the ground ball battle, 14-8.