April 25, 2012
BALTIMORE, MD - Alicia Krause scored the final two goals of the game for the visiting UMBC Retrievers as they rallied for a 7-6 win over Johns Hopkins on Wednesday night at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays (7-8) have their six game win streak in the series snapped as Retrievers (8-8) beat the Jays for the first time since a 15-14 come-from-behind win on April 14, 1999, also at Homewood Field.
Krause intercepted a Hopkins clearing pass with 12:06 to play and had a one-on-one opportunity in the Blue Jays' end but sophomore Sammy Cermack fouled her to end the fast break. Cermack received a yellow card and the Retrievers were up a man for two minutes. The visitors would cash in with just five seconds left on the card when Krause drew an eight-meter shot and scored to tie the game at 6-6 with 10:10 to play. It was the fifth time that UMBC had rallied to tie the game.
Hopkins won the ensuing draw but a turnover in the offensive end and a ground ball for UMBC goalie Anna Barnett led to the visitors going the other way. Shannon Harkey fed a pass to Krause, who with a defender on her, snuck a shot past junior Cosette Larash to give the Retrievers their first lead of the game at 7:30. Hopkins once again won the draw, but Cermack's shot at the game-tying goal was blocked and UMBC looked to clear. Barnett's clearing pass missed the mark and the Blue Jays had possession with more than six minutes to play. But they couldn't hold onto the ball and UMBC gained possession and was able to run more than four minutes off the clock.
Senior Candace Rossi gained possession for the Blue Jays with 33 seconds to play and sophomore Taylor D'Amore would earn a free position chance with just eight seconds to play, but her shot was high and went out of bounds. Rossi had a last second chance with Barnett out of the cage on the restart, but her attempt just missed wide.
Hopkins jumped out to a two-goal lead in a 38-second span early in the game. Senior Colleen McCaffrey took a dump pass from Cermack in the high slot and bounced a shot past Barnett to put Hopkins on top at 25:09. Just a short time later, Cermack eluded a defender at the top of the fan, dodged the right side and scored on a high-to-high shot to make it 2-0 Blue Jays. The Hopkins defense held UMBC off the board for nearly 25 minutes before the visitors scored twice in just over two minutes to bring the game even. Emily Coady got UMBC on the board at 5:04 on a dodge from left goal line extended. Krause then scored the first of her four goals on the night, this one coming on free position at 2:50 to make it 2-2.
McCaffrey found the cage for the second time on a quick-stick shot less than two minutes into the second half. D'Amore found her on a pinpoint pass over the top of the cage to the left post for the quick strike. The goal ended a scoring drought of 26:25 for the Blue Jays. Krause answered with a free position goal at 26:44 to tie the game at three apiece. D'Amore then got on the scoreboard less than a minute later. On a restart off a foul at right goal line extended, D'Amore went right to the cage and slipped a shot over Barnett's right shoulder to put JHU ahead once more. The lead was short-lived however. Taelar Errington fed a pass over the top of the cage to a cutting Lindsay Cox, who scored at 24:26.
Rossi made it a 5-4 game at 19:31 when she took a pass from D'Amore, dodged down the middle, split a pair of defenders and blew a shot past Barnett. Once again, UMBC answered to tie the game. This time it was Kristen Bilney dodging from the right and scoring as she fell to the ground. Just 66 seconds later, Hopkins had the lead again. Following a Hopkins timeout at 16:36, McCaffrey dumped the ball off the D'Amore behind the cage, before cutting across the mouth of the cage. D'Amore then fed her the ball, and with her defender going to her left, scored on a right-handed side-arm shot to make it 6-5. It would be the last Blue Jays' lead of the game.
McCaffrey led the Blue Jays with three goals, her eighth hat trick of the season. While D'Amore had three points (1g, 2a) and a game-high four draw controls. She now has 62 on the season which ranks third all-time in school history. Cermack was the only other Blue Jay with a multi-point game as she had a goal and an assist. Larash finished with eight saves in the loss. Krause was the only multi-point scorer for the Retrievers with her game-high four goals, three coming on free position. While Barnett finished with four saves and the win.
Hopkins closes out the regular season on Saturday, April 28 against 13th-ranked Ohio State in American Lacrosse Conference action. The Blue Jays will honor their nine seniors prior to the game, which is slated to begin at 1:00 pm at Homewood Field.