Hopkins Falls to #17 Penn State in ALC Tourney

NASHVILLE, TN - Penn State scored six goals in just over nine minutes early in the second half take control en route to a 17-11 win over Johns Hopkins in the ALC quarterfinals Thursday at Vanderbilt. The Blue Jays end their season at 9-8, while the Nittany Lions improve to 10-7 and advance to a semifinal matchup with third-ranked Northwestern.

The Nittany Lions scored a pair of goals just 34 seconds apart to take an early lead just four minutes in. Sophomore Courtney Schweizer put the Blue Jays on the board at 24:00 with her first career goal off a nice feed from freshman Sarah Taylor. Penn State answered however with four straight goals over a nine minute span as the Nittany Lions pushed out to a 6-1 lead. Jen Steadman fueled with run as she completed her hat trick less than 13 minutes into the contest.

Schweizer got her second goal of the game with 11:15 to play off a behind-the-cage pass from sophomore Katie Duffey. Maggie Dunbar and Aly Adams would score back-to-back goals in the final seven minutes of the half to send the Nittany Lions into the half with a six-goal lead.

Coming out of the break, Hopkins cut the deficit to four with consecutive goals from freshman Taylor D'Amore and junior Colleen McCaffrey. D'Amore scored when she dodged from behind the cage, turned and snuck a low shot past ALC Goalie of the Year Dana Cahill.

Just 57 seconds later, McCaffrey scored the first of her four on the day on a free position shot. Penn State once again answered, scoring six straight goals in just over nine minutes to take a 14-4 lead with just over 16 minutes to play. Six different players scored during the run for the Nittany Lions, with Elaine Welch capping things off with a free position goal.

McCaffrey came right back with back-to-back goals to notch her 10th hat trick of the season. Her first came on a free position shot and her second came when she dodged from goal-line extended and blew a shot past Cahill for her 100th career goal. She is the sixth player in school Division I history to reach the milestone and first since Mary Key in 2005.

Just 11 seconds following McCaffrey's milestone goal, Laura Lesnick scored to ignite a 3-1 PSU run that pushed the lead back to 10 at 17-7. Hopkins closed the game on a four-goal run as D'Amore had a hand in all four goals, with three assists and one score.

McCaffrey led the Blue Jays with four goals, while senior Brooke Foussadier and D'Amore each had a pair of goals. D'Amore also dished out three assists to finish with five points. McCaffrey finishes the season with a team and career best 42 goals and 54 points. Both totals are the best in a single season by a Blue Jay since 2007.

D'Amore closes her rookie campaign with 28 goals, 47 points and a team-high 19 assists. Her assist and point totals are the most by a freshman midfielder in school DI history, while her goals are tied for second. Sophomore Cosette Larash finished with nine saves in the cage for the Blue Jays. Steadman led Penn State with four goals and two assists, while Mary Dean also had a hat trick. Cahill posted 15 saves, including 10 in the second half, for the Nittany Lions.


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