Johns Hopkins wins, sets up final-day showdown

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Brittany Bland recorded a goal and an assist to lead No. 10 Johns Hopkins to a 3-1 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey action on Wednesday.

            The Blue Jays (15-2, 8-1 CC) held a 9-3 edge in shots but a commanding 21-2 advantage in penalty corners to hand the Green Terror (7-10, 4-5 CC) its fourth straight loss and set up a showdown with third-ranked Ursinus on Saturday for home-field advantage in next week’s CC tournament.
            McDaniel needs a victory at Haverford on Saturday and other results to fall its way on the final day of the regular season to make it into the five-team tournament field.
            In an up-and-down first half played mostly between the 25-yard lines, Johns Hopkins dented the scoreboard in the 21st minute off of one of its 12 first-half corners.
            Bland centered a long pass from the left wing where Adair Landy tapped it home for a 1-0 lead at the intermission.
            At the 49:26 mark, Bland knocked in a rebound to double the advantage before Andrea Vandersall collected a loose ball in the 56th minute and pushed it through the goalkeeper’s legs for a 3-0 lead.
            Kristin Mele (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) broke up the shutout in the 65th minute, redirecting a long hit from Mandy Pickard (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll).
            Erika Wawzyanick (Wantage, N.J./High Point Regional) made four saves in goal for the Green Terror while Sophia Tieu had two.
            Game time on Saturday is 1 p.m.
Score by Period                                        1          2          -           F
No. 10 Johns Hopkins (15-2, 8-1 CC)           1          2          -           3
McDaniel (7-10, 4-5 CC)                             0          1          -           1
J – Adair Landy (Brittany Bland), 20:57
J – Bland, 49:26
J – Andrea Vandersall, 55:03
M – Kristin Mele (Mandy Pickard), 64:59
Shots: J 9, M 3. Penalty Corners: M 21, M 2. Saves: J 2 (Sophia Tieu), M 4 (Erika Wawzyanick).