No. 4 Johns Hopkins wins easily
Blue Jays cruise to 6-1 victory against Eastern Conn. State
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins was nothing short of dominate in the first round of the 2011 NCAA tournament. The Blue Jays defeated Eastern Connecticut State 6-1 to advance to the second round of the tournament.
The Blue Jays improve to 20-0-0 on the season while Cavaliers end their season with a 11-9-1 record.
JHU did not score until late in the first half, but once the scoreless tie was broken in the 42nd minute, the goals came fast and furious. Senior Paulina Goodman sent a corner kick into the top left hand corner of the box for junior defender Taylor Schulte who drilled the ball into the top right corner of the net to put the Blue Jays up 1-0. Just 1:35 later, Goodman connected with another teammate on a corner kick when senior Erica Suter headed the ball just inside the right post for the eventual game-winner.
Over a four minute span early in the second half, sophomore Pamela Vranis scored twice to put the Blue Jays up 4-0. In the 67th minute, freshman Maria Touloumes fed a ball to Vranis who shot the ball from 25 yards out into the top right corner of the net. Four minutes later, senior Jessica Hantiuk sent a free kick into the right corner of the box for Vranis who scored her 12th goal of the season.
Sophomore Kelly Baker used a pass from classmate Amanda Yaccarino in the 77th minute to put the Blue Jays up 5-0 before the Cavaliers could find the back of the net. Senior Laura Violette got Eastern Connecticut on the board in the 81st minute, splitting two Blue Jay defenders on the right side of the box and slipped the ball passed senior goalie Kristen Redsun to make the score 5-1.
Freshman Sydney Teng put the finishing touches on the highest-goal total for the Blue Jays in an NCAA tournament game when Yaccarino connected with Teng who drilled the ball into the top right corner to cap off the scoring at 6-1.
The Blue Jays held a 41-4 shot advantage over the game as the Cavaliers did not get off a shot until the second half.
Freshman Theresa Pagnozzi made 18 saves in the loss for the Cavaliers while Redsun need just two saves in her 13th win of the season.