March 31, 2010
BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team got goals from eight different players and held visiting Drexel scoreless over the final 39:51 in a 12-1 win in non-conference action at Homewood Field Wednesday afternoon. The win pushes the Blue Jays to 7-4 on the season, while the Dragons suffer just their second loss of the season to fall to 8-2.
It took nearly 17 minutes for either team to get on the scoreboard as the first 17 minutes of the game were marred by turnovers and failed clears. It was Hopkins that first got on the board as freshman Katie Duffey (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) scored the first of her career-high four on the day with 13:10 to play in the half off a feed from senior Angela Hughes (Manchester, MD/North Carroll). Just 55 seconds later, Duffey took a passs from sophomore Colleen McCaffrey (Mount Sinai, NY/Mount Sinai) and fired it inside the left post to stake Hopkins to a two-goal lead.
Drexel broke through with 9:51 to play when Katie Lawson scored her team-leading 29th goal of the season. Goal-line extended on a restart, Lawson cut straight to the cage and fired a hard shot past frsehman Cosette Larash (Crownsville, MD/Archbishop Spalding), for what proved to be the Dragons' only goal of the day. Junior Brianna Cronin (Arlington, MA/Arlington) pushed the Blue Jays' lead back to two 77 seconds later and ignited a nine-goal Hopkins run that spanned the remainder of the game.
Coming out of halftime and leading 3-1, Hopkins got a pair of quick goals from McCaffrey and sophomore Candace Rossi (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale) to push the lead to four. Rossi, wide-open on the left post, passed to McCaffrey open on the opposite post, who faked twice then scored on a shot to Whitney Johnson's five-hole. Rossi followed with her team-leading 25th goal of the season, rolling inside her defender on the crease and sneaking a low shot past Johnson. Sophomore Rachel Serio (Mt. Airy, MD/McDonogh) made it a 6-1 game with the first of her two on the day with 22:13 to play.
Duffey then completed her first career hat trick with 18:37 on the clock, one-timing a pass from senior Sam Schrum (Pasadena, MD/St. Mary's) past Johnson. Less than 90 seconds later, Schrum notched one in the goal column, cutting across the arc and scoring on a side-arm shot. Duffey and Schrum connected again 64 seconds later and Hopkins led 9-1. Senior Paige Ibello (Cockeysville, MD/Maryvale Prep) extended her goal-scoring streak to 12 straight games with 14:09 to play. She dodged through the arc and fired a hard shot on the cage, Johnson got a piece of it, but it deflected over her shoulder and in.
The pace slowed after that as Hopkins patiently worked the ball around on offense, eating up clock. Serio capitalized on a free position shot with 3:25 to play, for her second of the day. Sophomore Jen Fox (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) capped the scoring with a free position goal, her first goal of the season, with just 46 ticks on the clock.
Duffey's four goals led the Blue Jays, while Serio (2g), McCaffrey (1g, 1a), Schrum (1g, 2a) and Rossi (1g, 1a) all had multi-point games. Larash posted nine saves while allowing just the one goal to earn the win. Sophomore Alyssa Kildare (Massapequa Park, NY/Farmingdale) led the defense with three caused turnovers and a career-high seven ground balls. Johnson finished with nine saves for the Dragons in the loss.
The Hopkins' defense held Drexel more than 11 goals below its season-average (12.22/game) while forcing 28 turnovers and holding the Dragons to just 16-of-29 on clears. The Dragons also managed just 10 shots, including four in the second half, though all 10 were on the cage. It marks the first time Hopkins has held a team scoreless for an entire half since the Blue Jays shut out Fresno State, 19-0, on April 9, 2009 (19-0). It is also just the sixth time since 1999, when the Blue Jays moved to Division I, that they have held a team to one or fewer goals.
Hopkins kicks off a road swing this Saturday, April 3 at Vanderbilt as the Blue Jays will play on the road for the entire month of April. Opening draw at the Vanderbilt Lacrosse Complex is slated for 1:00 pm CST on Saturday.