Franklin & Marshall Edges Johns Hopkins, 2-1, in CC Title Game
• Score: #13 Franklin & Marshall-2, Johns Hopkins-1
• Records: JHU (14-5) • FMC (15-3)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field
• The Short Story: Visiting and 13th-ranked Franklin & Marshall topped the Johns Hopkins field hockey team, 2-1, in the Centennial Conference Championship game at Homewood Field Sunday.
How it Happened
• The Blue Jays and the Diplomats were matched up for the second time in eight days and once again this was a 2-1 final. Unfortunately for Hopkins, it was on the losing end this time. Franklin & Marshall struck early when the Dips were awarded a penalty stroke just 5:20 into the contest. Annie Horsley converted the stroke to give the visitors the early one-goal lead.
• Less than 10 minutes later, Franklin & Marshall held a two-goal lead and looked to be in control of the game. Lily Mynott dribbled into the Hopkins’ circle from the left side and slotted a low shot past sophomore Jodie Baris at 15:03.
• Senior Clare Kavanagh nearly made it a one-goal game just midway through the half. Off a penalty corner, the ball ended up back on the stick of Kavanagh, who slid a shot under Dips’ goalie Ilianna Santangelo. The ball seemed destined for the cage, but Sarah Schannauer cleared it off the line to preserve the 2-0 lead.
• Hopkins continued the pressure and got on the board with 2:48 to play in the half off another corner. Sophomore Katie McErlean fired a hard shot from the left side of the circle, Kavanagh redirected it across the mouth of the cage and junior Claire Fox tipped it in at the far post.
• The teams continued to battle and Hopkins had three great chances in the final four minutes of the game, but could not find the equalizer.
What it Means
• Hopkins slips to 23-14-1 all-time against Franklin & Marshall, including 2-1 in the Centennial Conference Tournament. The Blue Jays also fall to 2-7 in CC title games. This was Hopkins first championship game appearance since 2009.
Inside the Box Score
• Baris finished with one save in the loss while Santangelo had three, in addition to Schannauer’s defensive save.
• Franklin & Marshall had an 11-7 advantage in shots and a 9-6 edge in corners.
For the Record
• Kavanagh now has 12 career assists and 56 career points, ranking 20th and 18th respectively, in school history.
• Hopkins’ 14 wins this season are the most the since the 2008 squad won 16. In addition, the Blue Jays’ nine league wins are the most since 2007, when JHU also went 9-1.
• Hopkins must now wait for the NCAA selection show to see if its season will continue. The tournament field of 24 will be announced at 11:30 pm. Fans can watch the show here: http://www.ncaa.com/fallselections.