PHILADELPHIA - Johns Hopkins used four Colleen McCaffrey goals - three of which came in the first half - to down No. 4 Penn, 8-5, in Baltimore on Wednesday evening.
The Blue Jays outscored Penn in the first half by a 5-2 margin, taking advantage of nine Penn tunrovers in the opening 30 minutes. In the second half, Hopkins added three more quick goals to take an 8-5 lead with 24:20 to play.
Penn appeared to wake up a bit with the big margin to erase, scoring three goals in 3:52 to climb within three goals with 19:28 still to play, but effective Hopkins clears followed by holds of the ball kept Penn from any true comeback.
The loss to Johns Hopkins was Penn's first to an unranked opponent since a 10-9 loss at Delaware on March 15, 2006. Since then, all 11 of Penn's losses have come to teams inside the Top 20.
After Penn won the opening draw, an Erin Brennan turnover when she misplayed a pass in the attack zone eventually led to a Johns Hopkins goal to open the game. Brianna Cronin scored off an assist from Taylor D'Amore, finishing a play that started on a free position attempt for Hopkins, with the Blue Jays peeling off the shot and sending the play around the cage.
Caroline Bunting tied the game up 8:26 in with a free position shot connecting following a foul called on JHU's keeper for a shooting space foul.
Hopkins came back, again capitalizing on a Penn turnover for its second goal of the game with 17:38 left in the first half. Lydia Miller threw a long clear attempt that Penn couldn't handle, and Candace Rossi sent Johns Hopkins in transition. Monica Fischer took a pass on the left side and found Katie Duffy alone on the 2-on-1 for the score.
A timeout by Penn did not stop JHU's momentum as the Blue Jays won the ensuing draw and marched down the field to score 33 seconds later. D'Amore had the ball at the top of the arc and found Colleen McCaffrey alone three steps from goal. McCaffrey wasted no time and beat Leitner to the top right for the goal.
That goal woke Penn up as Maddie Poplawski won the draw and sent Penn downfield. Erin Brennan set up shop behind the cage and found a streaking Giulia Giordano with a pass over the goalie's head. Giordano one-timed it home with 16:37 to play, cutting the deficit to one.
After 12 minutes of scoreless play, Johns Hopkins retook a two-goal lead with 4:16 to play in the opening half when McCaffrey scored her second of the day on a one-timer from Rachel Ballattori. Hopkins had sustained possession, securing a ground ball after Penn forced it to the ground and resetting for the score.
1:36 later, the two connected again on a similar play, this time to Leitner's right. McCaffery went to goal and took Ballattori's pass, one-timing it by Leitner for a 5-2 Johns Hopkins lead.
The goals kept coming for Johns Hopkins in the second half as Candace Rossi scored an unassisted goal 1:45 in to give JHU a 6-2 lead. She backed down the Penn defender, then fired for the goal.
McCaffrey's fourth goal of the game followed 3:31 into the second half as the Blue Jays again made Penn pay for a turnover. Brooke Foussadier made the pass to McCaffrey for the goal.
2:09 later, Rachel Serio added to Johns Hopkins' effort with a goal from the left wing, making the defict six for the Quakers.
Exactly one minute later, Erin Brennan scored on a free position after Hopkins was called for illegal defense, stoping the bleeding for the Quakers who hadn't scored in 23:17 of game action.
Brennan took it upon herself to score Penn's next goal, moving to her right to set up a 1v1 attempt and firing on the fly for her second of the game and cutting JHU's lead to 8-4. Giordano added her second of the day, pulling back a free position and taking the ball to the center and firing past Larash with 19:28 left to get Penn within three.
Penn had a chance to add to the run, but Johns Hopkins caused a turnover and then killed six minutes of playing time before Penn could stop the play. Caroline Bunting then ran the ball to goal, but her shot hit the crossbar and the Blue Jays again were able to run time off the clock, this time killing the entire remaining time despite Penn's attempts to get the ball back - each met with a foul or yellow card from the officials.
Penn drops to 6-1 with the loss while Johns Hopkins improves to 5-3. The Quakers are back in action Sunday at 1 p.m. against Cornell at Franklin Field.
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