No. 1 Wildcats Start, Finish Strong to Down No. 19 Hopkins

Junior Beatrice Conley added an 8-meter goal to round out NU's scoring and, on the ensuing draw control, Taylor Thornton fought tenaciously to regain possession among several Blue Jay defenders and return control of the ball to the Wildcats.

Northwestern surrendered only one goal in the final 20 minutes of the game, holding on to improve to 78-1 at home since the start of 2005. Senior goalkeeper Brianne LoManto stopped five shots and now stands two shy of 400 saves for her career.

Sophomore Alyssa Leonard won five draw controls for the second straight outing and junior Gabriella Flibotte set a career high with four as NU and JHU finished tied at 15 apiece off the circle for the game. Senior Alex Frank recorded a trio of caused turnovers and now has 95 for her career.

Northwestern's ALC schedule concludes on Saturday, April 21, when it hosts No. 5 Florida at Lakeside Field. Start time is set for 1:00 p.m. CT with the Big Ten Network providing tape delay coverage from Evanston.

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EVANSTON, IL - Visiting Johns Hopkins staged an impressive second half comeback against top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion Northwestern to tie the game at 11 goals apiece, but the hosts would score five of the last six goals to avoid the upset. The Blue Jays slip to 7-6 overall and 0-3 in the American Lacrosse Conference, while the Wildcats remain unbeaten at 14-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference.

Hopkins trailed by as many as six goals twice in the game before rallying to tie the score with more than 20 minutes to play. Trailing 9-3 with just 33 seconds left in the opening half, Hopkins got goals from senior Rachel Ballatori and sophomore Taylor D'Amore in just a 21-second span, with D'Amore's coming with two seconds on the clock, to make it a 9-5 game at the break. Senior Candace Rossi, who has assisted on both goals to end the half, scored just 10 seconds into the second to make the deficit three.

Kara Mupo answered the spurt with a pair of goals less than a minute apart to make it an 11-6 game with 27:30 still to play. Senior Colleen McCaffrey came right back with a pair of goals for the Blue Jays, igniting a run that saw the visitors score five unanswered in less than seven minutes to tie the game. McCaffrey, Rossi and Ballatori had a hand in all five goals with four scores and one helper. Northwestern came back with a run of its own, scoring the next five goals to take a 16-11 lead before Rossi would score an unassisted tally with 1:01 to play to account for the 16-12 final.

The Wildcats came out of the gate firing and looked to put the game away early, scoring the game's first six goals and holding the Jays scoreless for the first 19 minutes. Freshman Jenna Kasmarik finally broke the ice for Hopkins, scoring a free position goal at 10:13. Kelly Rich got that one back off a feed from Amanda Macaluso and it was 7-1 Northwestern. Hopkins wasn't going away, scoring five of the final seven goals of the half to set the stage for an exciting second half. Sophomore Sarah Taylor and Ballatori scored back-to-back goals 61 seconds apart to make it a four-goal game before Shannon Smith and Ali Cassera converted free position shots to push the lead back to six.

Ballatori and D'Amore would steal the momentum for the Blue Jays with two late goals to end the half. D'Amore's goal with just two seconds left in the half was the 100th point of her career. With just 30 career games under her belt, she is the fastest Blue Jay to reach the century mark since Mary Key reached the milestone in 2005 in just 24 games.

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