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
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
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.