Hopkins' Comeback Foiled By Penn State

State Women

April 26, 2009|By From Sun staff reports

Johns Hopkins rallied late in the second half Saturday and had a chance to force overtime with time winding down, but No. 19 Penn State forced a turnover and the visiting Nittany Lions won, 12-11.

The Blue Jays fell to 5-11 overall and 0-4 in the American Lacrosse Conference in their regular-season finale. The Nittany Lions improved to 8-7 and 2-2.

Trailing 12-9 with 8:51 to play, Hopkins got goals from juniors Sam Schrum and Angela Hughes to make it a 12-11 game with 2:56 left.

Sophomore Brooke Lipinski won the ensuing draw, but Stephanie Ellis forced a turnover with 1:57 remaining, and the Nittany Lions cleared the ball.

Then, with just 36 seconds left, Penn State lost the ball out of bounds and Hopkins took over.

With time winding down, Hughes dodged across the middle of the arc, but Maggie Dunbar checked the ball out of her stick before she could get a shot off, and the game ended.

Hughes led the Blue Jays with a career-high four goals, and Rachel Ballatori added a career-high three assists. Colleen McCaffrey and Paige Ibello each scored a pair for Hopkins.

Penn State was led by Erica Mihm with four goals, and Theresa Zichelli had a hat trick.

NO. 11 BOSTON UNIVERSITY 15, UMBC 10:: Playing in her final regular-season game, senior Abbey Swift recorded a game-high seven points, but the Retrievers (9-8, 3-3 America East) fell to the host Terriers (13-3, 6-0), who completed their conference season without a loss for the second consecutive year. Swift had three goals and four assists to keep it close for UMBC, which took an early lead before falling behind for good late in the first half. The Retrievers also received a hat trick from senior Kara Dorr, while sophomore Amanda Pappas scored twice and freshman Emily Coady and sophomore Carrie Paris added goals for UMBC.

COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY 16, FROSTBURG STATE 3:: The Bobcats (7-9) fell behind 13-0 in their loss to the host Lions (13-2). Elisabeth Hildebrand scored her 42nd goal of the season for Frostburg in the loss.

SCRANTON 18, GOUCHER 8:: The Gophers (7-7, 2-3 Landmark Conference) saw their three-game winning streak end with their loss to the host Royals (8-6, 3-2).

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