No. 12 Virginia Earns Road Victory at No. 19 Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE, MD - 19th-ranked Johns Hopkins got with one with just over 13 minutes to play but visiting 12th-ranked Virginia scored the game's final three goals to earn the 11-7 victory Wednesday at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays drop their third straight as they slip to 7-5 on the season. The Cavaliers earn their sixth victory in their last seven games as they improve to 10-5.

Hopkins went on a 4-1 run in a span of just over five minutes to cut the deficit to one at 8-7 with 13:15 on the clock. Senior Colleen McCaffrey got things going with a pair of back-to-back goals Junior Monica Fischer was fouled by the Cavs' goalie, Kim Kolarik, setting up a restart with an empty cage. From goal line extended, Fischer found McCaffrey open 20 yards from goal on a quick pass. McCaffrey caught and rifled a shot into the open net at 18:35. Just over three minutes later, McCaffrey took a feed from sophomore Taylor D'Amore on goal line extended and with two defenders on her, scored on a low shot.

Virginia got one back after a nice individual effort from Kelsey Gahan. She picked up a loose ball in the defensive end and raced end-to-end where she found Josie Owen dodging across the fan. Owen took the pass, drew a defender and scored on a tough shot to put Virginia back up 8-5 with 13:57 to play.

But Hopkins came right back with a pair of goals from senior Candace Rossi. Fischer won the ensuing draw and eventually got the ball to a streaking Rossi, who ripped a shot from the top of the fan stick side. McCaffrey then won the draw again and fed the ball to Rossi, who took it right to the cage, blowing a shot past Kolarik to make it 8-7 just nine seconds later.

The Cavs would answer however with the game's final three goals to secure the win. With 10:40 to play, Sloan Warren feeds a pass from behind the cage to a cutting Ainsley Baker, who fires low for the score. Julie Gardner draws the defense from the top of the fan before finding Owen cutting from behind the cage. Owen took the pass, curled around the crease and tucked a shot around junior Cosette Larash and the Cavs led 10-7.

Just over two minutes later, with Hopkins out doubling the ball trying to force a turnover, Owen found Caroline McTiernan open on the crease for an easy score to make the 11-7 final.

Hopkins struck first at 25:28 after a nice two-man game at the top of the fan between D'Amore and sophomore Sammy Cermack. With the ball, D'Amore drew a pair of defenders and then dumped the ball down to Cermack, who turned and fired past Kolarik. Virginia answered with three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead. Warren and Owen scored unassisted tallies in just 62 seconds to take the lead before Warren scored on a hard alley dodge at 16:06 to stake the Cavs to a two-goal lead.

D'Amore cut the deficit to one when she dodged from right goal line extended, rolled inside her defender and slipped a shot inside the near post. Owen answered quickly for Virginia, going right to the cage off the draw and scoring to push the visitors lead back to two just 22 seconds later.

With just over eight minutes left in the half, Fischer drew a foul at the 12-meter fan. On the restart, she dished to Cermack before cutting down the alley. Cermack found her in stride for the quick goal. Virginia had the final say of the half as Katie Slater, curled around the crease from behind the cage and scored on a shot to the top corner to make it a 5-3 game.

Coming out of the break, Gardner and Slate scored a pair of goals in a span of just 55 seconds to stake Virginia to a four-goal lead. Owen found Gardner in traffic in the slot and the senior stuck her shot at 24:17. Slater scored her second of the game off a dump pass from Warren and the Cavaliers led 7-3. Hopkins then changed goalies, Larash replacing freshman KC Emerson and it seemed to spark the Blue Jays as they went on the 4-1 run to pull within one.

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