No. 20 Johns Hopkins Holds On Against Princeton
from press release
BALTIMORE - The 20th-ranked Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team ended another long winless streak on Sunday, beating 14th-ranked Princeton 9-8 to end a five-game losing streak in the series. The Blue Jays held off a second-half rally by the Tigers to win their fourth straight and beat Princeton for the first time since 2006. Hopkins improves to 7-2 overall while Princeton falls to 4-3.
Princeton jumped out to a 4-1 lead before the game was six minutes in old and seemed to be in control. But Hopkins got things going and scored six of the next seven goals to lead 7-5 at half time. The Blue Jays won the opening draw, but sophomore Sammy Cermacks's shot was saved by Annie Woehling and the Tigers quickly cleared. Sarah Lloyd found Mary-Kate Sivilli wide open in front of the Hopkins cage and Sivilli buried it to put Princeton on top 1-0 just 33 seconds in. Hopkins answered less than a minute later on a highlight reel goal from sophomore Taylor D'Amore. Senior Candace Rossi worked from behind the cage and found D'Amore cutting down the right alley. D'Amore took the pass and fading to her right, whipped a shot behind her back and past Woehling to tie the game.
Princeton responded with three straight goals in a span of just two minutes and 36 seconds to push out to a 4-1 lead. The Tigers retook the lead as they capitalized on a failed Blue Jay clear. Erin McMunn intercepted an Alyssa Kildare pass and found a trailing Jaci Gassaway for the quick score. Just over two minutes later, McMunn from left goal line extended fed a pass to Lloyd on the near post, who put a low shot past freshman KC Emerson. Thirty-two seconds later, Gassaway fed Cassie Pyle, who scored the first of her goals on the day to stake the Tigers to a three-goal lead.
Senior Rachel Serio got Hopkins back into the game with a pair of goals just 21 seconds apart to cut the deficit to just one. She would score on a free position at 19:14 for just her third goal of the season but followed it up with a great individual effort. Erin Slifer won the ensuing draw for Princeton, but Serio forced a turnover, scooped up the ground ball and went all the way to the goal where she blew home her second of the day. Cermack then tied the game at 16:49, the second of four ties in the game. Rossi drew a double team at the top of the fan and then passed the ball to Cermack in the high slot, who turned and fired a high shot past Woehling.Pyle put Princeton back on top, but only momentarily, at the seven-minute mark on a low shot off a Lloyd pass. D'Amore then dished the first of her game-high three assists 36 seconds later when she found junior Courtney Schweizer open in front of the cage for the quick answer. Senior Colleen McCaffrey then gave Hopkins its first lead of the day with 4:04 to play in the half. On a restart after getting fouled by Slifer, McCaffrey dodged to the cage and then put a low shot home for the first of her three goals. She put an exclamation on the first half when she took a quick pass from D'Amore and slipped a shot just under the cross bar as time expired to send Hopkins into the half with a 7-5 lead.
Barb Previ quickly cut the deficit to one for the Tigers when she earned a free position shot and shot low to the left corner to make it 7-6 at 27:10. Schweizer and D'Amore connected once again to push the Blue Jays' lead back to two at 21:41. D'Amore, from right goal line extended, snuck a pass to Schweizer in the slot, who faked a shot before going high to make it 8-6. Pyle then scored two straight for Princeton in less than four minutes to pull the visitors even at 8-8. Just 77 seconds later, McCaffrey capped her hat trick with the go-ahead goal for Hopkins. She dodged to the cage and cut from side-to-side before sneaking a shot that appeared to get deflected, low into the cage to put the Jays up 9-8 at 1531.
The teams went back-and-forth over the final 15 minutes with Woehling making a save on a Rossi free position shot at 9:43 and Schweizer hitting the post at 7:09 to keep the Tigers in striking distance. Sophia Sherry got a stick on a Pyle pass and Cermack came up with the ground ball at 6:15, Hopkins cleared and settled into a stall offense to run time off the clock. Princeton had other ideas and Gassaway came up with a nice trail check on senior Monica D'Ambrogi with 2:28 to play but senior Cami Kramer returned the favor, giving the ball back to the Blue Jays. But Hopkins was only able to run 30 seconds off the clock before Caroline Rehfuss intercepted a Cermack pass and got Princeton going in transition. The Tigers had one last chance to tie when Pyle dodged to the cage and fired a low shot on Cosette Larash, but the junior came up with a big save to keep her team in the lead, and Hopkins was able to run out the final 32 seconds.
D'Amore led the Blue Jays with one goal and three assists with six draw controls. McCaffrey notched a hat trick, her fifth of the season, while Schweizer and Serio had two goals apiece. Serio also grabbed two ground balls, controlled three draws and caused a pair of turnovers. Larash, who came into the game with 15:31 to play, earned the win for Hopkins. Pyle paced Princeton with four goals on six shots, as she was the only multi-goal scorer. McMunn and Lloyd doled out a pair of assists for the Tigers, who were held more than five goals below their season scoring average (13.33).
Hopkins returns to action on Sunday, April 1 as the Blue Jays travel to Nashville, TN for their American Lacrosse Conference opener against 11th-ranked Vanderbilt. Opening draw from VU Lacrosse Complex is set for Noon CST.