First half carries Johns Hopkins to win

Stephanie Hammond © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Stephanie Hammond © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Blue Jays hand McDaniel 3-1 loss, push Green Terror to edge of elimination

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Amy Wharton scored the first goal of the game to lift Johns Hopkins to a 3-1 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey action on Wednesday.

With the victory, the Blue Jays (11-5, 8-1 CC) remain a game behind Ursinus in the conference standings entering a showdown with the Bears in the season finale on Saturday. The winner of that game will host the CC tournament next weekend. The Green Terror (7-9, 4-5 CC) fall a half-game behind Washington (Md.), which plays at Bryn Mawr on Thursday, and will need a win and help on Saturday at Haverford to make the five-team field.

Katie Corson (Ocean View, N.J./Ocean City) tallied the lone goal of the game for McDaniel.

Just 5:31 into the contest, Wharton blasted a shot from the left side to stake the visitors to an early 1-0 lead.

Off a ball played into the circle by Ali Bahneman, Liane Tellier found the backboard 9:15 later to double the advantage.

With 5:02 to play in the first half, Ariana Branchini drove to the right wing and put home a ball from just inside the circle for a 3-0 halftime lead.

In the 55th minute, Kaitlin Boerman (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) deflected a ball to Corson, who tallied her sixth goal of the season to set the final margin.

Stephanie Thomson (Glen Burnie, Md./Chesapeake) made three saves for the Green Terror while Kim Stein had five stops for the Blue Jays.

Johns Hopkins finished with a 13-8 advantage in shots and 10-4 edge in penalty corners.

Game time on Saturday is 12 p.m.

Score by Period                                    1            2            -            F
Johns Hopkins (11-5, 8-1 CC)                        3            0            -            3
McDaniel (7-9, 4-5 CC)                                    0            1            -            1

Scoring Summary:
J – Amy Wharton, 5:31
J – Liane Tellier, 14:46
J – Ariana Branchini (Sarah Henderson), 29:58
M – Katie Corson (Kaitlin Boerman), 54:11

Shots: J 13, M 8. Penalty Corners: J 10, M 4. Saves: J 5 (Kim Stein), M 3 (Stephanie Thomson).