Feb. 28, 2009

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins

PRINCETON, NJ - Eighth-ranked Princeton scored four unanswered in the final 11 minutes to break a 9-9 tie and defeat #13 Johns Hopkins 13-9 on Saturday afternoon at Class of '52 Stadium. The Blue Jays drop their second straight and slip to 1-2 on the season while the Tigers are now 1-0. Sophomore Brianna Cronin (Arlington, MA/Arlington) scored a career-high four goals to pace Hopkins.

Coming out of the half trailing 7-4, Cronin scored back-to-back goals to pull the Blue Jays within one. She opened the scoring on a free position goal, beating Kaitlyn Perelle between the legs to make it a 7-5 game. Just 48 seconds later, she dodged the right side and scored off a hard shot to the far post. Lizzy Drum answered for the Tigers with 24:20 to play, to push the lead back to two, scoring on a bounce shot. Forty-nine seconds later, Kristin Schwab dodged through traffic and scored on a high shot to make it a 9-6 game.

Freshman Alyssa Kildare (Massapequa Park, NY/Farmingdale) scored her second of the season on a free position shot with 21:37 remaining to ignite a 3-0 Blue Jay run. Cronin then found the cage again for her fourth of the day, dodging the right side and bouncing a shot past Perelle. The Tigers then pulled Perelle in favor of Erin Tochihara, who had started the game and played the first half. Sophomore Brooke Foussadier (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township) then scored off a restart off a failed Princeton clear to knot the score at 9-9. That would be all the scoring for the Blue Jays as the Tigers got a pair of goals from Kristin Morrison and goals from Anne Murray and Schwab to end the game.

Freshman Candace Rossi (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale) opened the scoring just 1:27 into the game, scoring in transition off a Princeton turnover in front of the Blue Jay cage. Just 31 seconds later, Holly McGarvie found Drum from behind the cage and the game was tied at 1-1. Cronin pushed Hopkins back on top with hard shot off the dodge. Morrison then scored back-to-back goals to fuel a three-goal Princeton spurt as the Tigers pushed out to a 4-2 lead.

Freshman Colleen McCaffrey (Mount Sinai, NY/Mount Sinai) and Rossi sandwiched goals around a strike from McGarvie and Princeton led 5-4 with 4:46 to play in the game. Murray pushed the lead to two, scoring in transition, and ending a 15:08 scoreless drought for the Tigers. With under a minute to play, junior Lizzie O'Ferrall (Baltimore, MD/Mount De Sales) stoned a Tiger attacker on the doorstep to give the Blue Jays possession. But Tochihara came up with a big save on junior Sam Schrum (Pasadena, MD/St. Mary's) with time winding down and the Tigers came right down and capitalized. Christine Casaceli closed out the scoring in the half after rolling inside her defender along the crease and sneaking a low shot past O'Ferrall with just one second on the clock.

Cronin's four goals and four points are a career-high, while Rossi was the only other multi-goal scorer for the Blue Jays. Morrison led the Tigers with four goals as four players for Princeton finished with multiple goals. O'Ferrall finished with nine saves in the cage for Hopkins, while Tochihara had six to earn the win for the Tigers. Perelle posted two saves in 13:16 of action in the second.

Hopkins returns to action on Wednesday, March 4 when Cincinnati visits Homewood Field. The game is part of the nation-wide "Friends of Jaclyn" week as the Blue Jays host the Bearcats at 4:00 pm. Hopkins will be collecting donations for the "Friends of Jaclyn" Foundation which pairs a child with pediatric brain tumors with a college or high school sports team.