JHU women end season with thud

No. 6 Cornell sprints to 10-1 halftime lead, spills No. 18 Jays, 15-8

College Lacrosse

May 05, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team ended its regular season with one of its best second-half efforts yesterday against No. 6 Cornell. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it came after one of their worst first halves.

The Big Red scored nine straight first-half goals and rode that wave to a 15-8 victory over No. 18 Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field.

After a 1-1 tie, the Big Red scored 10 straight goals, including the first of the second half. The Blue Jays rallied midway through the second half but could get no closer than 13-7.

They outshot Cornell 21-15 in the second half and outscored the Big Red 7-5, but that was typical of the Blue Jays' season, said senior Caroline Miller.

"We never pulled a whole game together," she said. "We'd have an awesome first half or an awesome second half and never put the two together. That's been the biggest problem - consistency for 60 minutes."

The Blue Jays still may play host to the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship, which they won last season, but any remote chance they had for making the NCAA tournament disappeared yesterday.

"I was expecting a lot more from our season," said leading scorer Jamie Larrimore. "I didn't at all expect to finish 10-7. I knew from the end of fall that we would be in the tournament, and I don't even know what to say about it. We were up and down all the time, so it's a little disappointing."

The Big Red (14-1) has lost only to No. 1 Princeton and has a lock on a tournament berth, completing the regular season with the most wins in school history. It dominated possession in the first half, outshooting Blue Jays 16-6.

"We started out very slowly," said Hopkins coach Janine Tucker. "We didn't take care of the ball. We hesitated. Against Cornell, which is a nice, quick team, if you hesitate, you're going to be in trouble."

Soon after Liz Holland tied the score at 1-1, the Blue Jays were in big trouble. Jaimee Reynolds opened the floodgates; eight different Big Red players scored in the 10-goal run that ended with Lindsay Steinberg's transition goal two minutes into the second half.

"We had one of the best shooting percentages we've had our entire season, so that definitely helped us build momentum. Everything was going our way even the calls, the ground balls. It felt like nothing could go wrong," said Reynolds, a Towson graduate who tied the Big Red record for careers goals (131) yesterday.

With the Big Red defense keying on Larrimore, Erin Wellner and Heidi Pearce, Kate Barcomb led the Blue Jays comeback attempt midway through the second half.

Barcomb scored three straight goals and then Wellner added a transition goal off a feed from Pearce to cut the Big Red lead to 13-7 with 10:30 left. But a minute later, the Blue Jays made a costly turnover and Reynolds fed Jaime Quinn, breaking ahead of the defense, for a goal to end the run.

"Because it was our last game, we wanted to give it everything we had," said Miller, a senior. "We wanted to come back obviously, but we just didn't have enough time, not against a No. 6 team."

Cornell 10 5 - 15

Johns Hopkins 1 7 - 8

Goals: C- Quinn 4, Fischer 3, Wohlschlegel, 2, Reynolds, Holveck, Averson, McCorry, Steinberg, Lavin; JH-Barcomb 3, Holland, Pearce, Riordan, Wellner, Burnett. Assists: C-Reynolds 2, Fischer, McCorry, Steinberg; JH-Pearce 3, Larrimore. Saves: C-Giancola7, Charron 1; JH-McDonald 10.

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