April 23, 2011
BALTIMORE, MD - Visiting Penn State used a 9-2 run that began with just 26 seconds remaining in the first half to rally from a four-goal deficit and defeat Johns Hopkins, 10-7, on Saturday afternoon in American Lacrosse Conference action. The Blue Jays have their two-game win streak snapped and fall to 9-6 overall and 1-3 in the ALC, while the Nittany Lions win their third straight to improve to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Junior Candace Rossi scored her second goal of the game with 6:34 to play in the half after she dodged through the arc and past three Penn State defenders to spot Hopkins a 5-1 lead. Penn State would get the ball back with 1:01 to play when Laura Lesnick caused a turnover in the Nittany Lions' end and got the ball up field. Mackenzie Cyr dodged from behind the cage and drew a defender before finding Jen Steadman open in the slot, who buried her shot to make it a three-goal game at the half.
Coming out of the half, Penn State picked up where it left off, scoring three straight in less than three minutes to tie the game at 5-5. Hopkins finally stemmed the tide when Rossi and sophomore Katie Duffey scored back-to-back goals in just 40 seconds to push the Blue Jays back on top, 7-5. Junior Colleen McCaffrey picked up a ground ball at midfield off a failed PSU clear and found a wide-open Rossi about five yards from goal. Rossi wasted no time in putting her shot home to complete her hat trick. Duffey then made it a two-goal game after taking a pass from freshman Taylor D'Amore in the right alley and firing it past Dana Cahill with 15:25 to play.
Aly Adams won the ensuing draw for Penn State and Jackie Eastman did the rest, going right to the goal from goal line extended left and scoring her third of the day just 22 seconds after Duffey's goal. Less than two minutes later, Theresa Zichelli scored a free position goal to tie the game at seven apiece. Cyr followed with a free position goal of her own at 9:33 and the Nittany Lions had their first lead of the game. Molly Fernandez pushed the lead to two when she received a pass over the top of the goal and one-timed a shot past sophomore Cosette Larash with 4:42 to play. Steadman would score one more for PSU with 44 seconds left to account for the 10-7 final.
It seemed to be all Johns Hopkins in the first half as the Blue Jays had leads of 4-0 and 5-1. D'Amore put Hopkins on top just 52 seconds into game, scoring on a hard shot from about five meters out. Rossi made it a two-goal game with 25:56 to play as D'Amore intercepted a pass at midfield off a Penn State clear and quickly passed to McCaffrey. She then found a streaking Rossi wide open on the offensive end. Rossi later returned the favor, as she passed to McCaffrey in the middle of the arc and she put home team-leading 35th of the season.
Hopkins cashed in on an extended possession, thanks in part to several key ground balls for the Blue Jays, on junior Rachel Ballatori's goal at 12:59. Lesnick finally got Penn State on the board at 8:44, ending a scoreless streak of 21:16. Cyr had a shot ring off the post and Lesnick was there to scoop up the ground ball and put her shot home to make it a 4-1 game. Just over two minutes later, Rossi would get that one back with a nice individual effort. But the Blue Jays would score just twice more after that as the Nittany Lions completed their comeback.
Rossi led the Blue Jays with four points on three goals and an assist. She also had two draw controls and now ranks in the top 10 in school history in career goals (93), assists (34), points (127) and draws (69). McCaffrey (1g, 2a) and D'Amore (1g, 1a) also had multi-point games and Larash finished with seven saves in the cage. D'Amore also had three ground balls, three draws and two caused turnovers. Eastman (3g, 1a) paced Penn State with Steadman (2g, 1a), Cyr (1g, 3a) and Lesnick (2g) also finishing with multiple points. Cahill posted 11 saves, including seven in the second half, to earn the win for PSU.
Hopkins wraps up the regular season on Saturday, April 30 as the Blue Jays travel to Columbus, OH to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Opening draw from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is slated for 1:00 pm.