Defense Leads Johns Hopkins Past Towson, 5-4
from press release
BALTIMORE - The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team got six saves from freshman goalie KC Emerson and three goals from senior Colleen McCaffrey as the Blue Jays won a defensive battle against the 19th-ranked Towson Tigers Wednesday afternoon at Homewood Field. Hopkins improves to 4-2 on the season and snaps Towson's three-game season-opening win streak as the Tigers fall to 3-1.
Hopkins used a methodical offense in creeping out to a 4-0 lead with just 5:17 to play in the opening half. Senior Candace Rossi put the Blue Jays on the board at 25:46 with a free position goal. Sophomore Taylor D'Amore scored a free position goal of her own 92 seconds later and Hopkins led 2-0. Tigers' goalie Mary Teeters did her best to keep her team in the game as she made five saves over the next 16 minutes to keep the score at 2-0. McCaffrey finally broke through at 7:55, scoring the first of her three goals, on a free position shot. She followed with a second free position goal less than three minutes later to stake Hopkins to a 4-0 lead.
Andi Raymond ended the scoring drought for Towson at the 3:32 mark as she buried a free position shot to make it a 4-1 game at the break. Raymond's goal was the first of three straight for the Tigers as they trimmed the deficit from four goals down to one with over 21 minutes to play. Sarah Appelt made it a two-goal game less than four minutes into the second half when she dodged from behind the cage, cut across the crease and fired a shot past Emerson. Ashleigh Rohrback then made it a 4-3 game at 21:53 with her sixth of the season. Raymond drew a foul just outside the fan and passed down low to Rohrback, who was open on the left post, and snuck a low shot just inside the near post.
Kelly Murkey appeared to have completed the Tiger comeback and tie the game at four goals apiece with more than 18 minutes still to play. But she stepped in the crease and the goal was taken off the board. Just over three minutes later, McCaffrey completed her hat trick off some nifty passing with sophomore Sammy Cermack. McCaffrey flipped the ball to Cermack at the top of the arc and then cut down the alley, where Cermack fed her the ball. McCaffrey took the pass and blew her third goal of the game past Teeters to put Hopkins up 5-3 with 15:01 on the clock. Custer trimmed the deficit back to one at 13:19 as she went right to the cage off a restart and scored her fifth of the season.
Emerson would make the one-goal lead stand as she made three saves in the final 11:23, including one on Appelt as she went in all alone on the Blue Jay cage after a Hopkins turnover in the midfield. With 4:20 to play, Emerson made another save on Appelt and senior Cami Kramer scooped up the ground ball. Hopkins was then able to run out the clock and win its second straight over Towson.
McCaffrey was the only multi-goal scorer for the game, scoring the Blue Jays' final three goals. D'Amore had a game-high three draw controls, while Cermack and junior Courtney Schweizer had two each. Hopkins outdrew Towson, 10-1, for the game and won all five draws in the second half. Emerson finished with six saves in her first career start, while Teeters had nine for the Tigers.