Johns Hopkins Tops Swarthmore, Clinches Playoff Berth
• Score: Johns Hopkins-4, Swarthmore-0
• Records: JHU (11-3, 7-0 CC) • SC (7-7, 2-5 CC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins field hockey team scored three goals in an eight-minute span of the first half and beat visiting Swarthmore, 4-0, Saturday afternoon.
How it Happened
• Junior Grace Hillman kicked off the three-goal spurt for the Blue Jays at the 21:07-mark with her first goal of the season. She dribbled into the circle and fired a low hard shot from 10 yards out that beat Zelda Bank.
• Just 67 seconds later, the Blue Jays held a two-goal lead off the stick of senior Morgan Pothast. With the ball bouncing around just five yards from the cage and her back to the cage, she back-handed the ball into the cage for the score.
• Hopkins got one more before the half, cashing in on a penalty corner, to take a 3-0 lead into the half. Freshman Seema Sajjan inserted the corner for the Blue Jays and sophomore Katie McErlean took a couple of dribbles before firing a hard shot at the cage. Freshman Val Henderson tipped the ball past Bank for her second goal of the season.
• Sophomore Christina Glaser capped the scoring with her first career goal with just 50 seconds remaining in the game. She collected the rebound off her own blocked shot and beat Bank from close range to put Hopkins up 4-0.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 18-7 all-time against Swarthmore with its fifth straight win in the series.
• With their seventh Centennial Conference win, the Blue Jays clinch a berth in the conference tournament. Hopkins will make its first trip to the CC Tournament since 2014. Hopkins is also tied for first in the league with 13th-ranked Franklin & Marshall.
• Hopkins’ 11 wins this season are the most since 2010, while its seven conference wins are the most since the 2011 season.
Inside the Box Score
• Hopkins outshot Swarthmore, 27-9, and had a 13-4 edge in penalty corners.
• Senior Greta Helvie got the start and made one save in the first half. Sophomore Jodie Baris came on in the second half and finished with four saves to preserve the win and the shutout.
• The Blue Jays have posted eight shutouts this season, including five straight. The eight shutouts are the most by Hopkins since 2000, when JHU posted a school-record 13. The five consecutive shutouts are one shy of the program record, set in 1989.
• Baris extended her shutout streak to 312:42, the longest of her career and the sixth longest in program history.
• Hopkins hits the road next Saturday to take on Ursinus in Collegeville. The game is slated for a Noon start at Eleanor Frost Snell Alumnae Field.