The Johns Hopkins women upset No. 10 Penn State, 13-12, in the first round of the American Lacrosse Conference tournament Thursday in Gainesville Florida.
Taylor D’Amore, the only Blue Jay to make the All-ALC first team, scored three goals and had five assists as the Blue Jays (9-8) won only their second game against a conference foe this spring. They finished 1-4 in the conference and were seeded last in the six-team field. On April 21, they fell to the Nittany Lions, 12-9, in State College.
The Blue Jays advance to meet No. 1 and defending national champion Northwestern in the semifinals Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Wildcats are seeded second behind Florida, which dealt Northwestern its only loss of the season, 8-7, on April 21. The title game is scheduled for Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
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Thursday after the Lions (11-6) took a 2-1 lead, the Blue Jays scored four straight goals and held off every Penn State rally.
D’Amore scored the game winner with 13:22 left. The Lions scored three times in the final 13 minutes and Tatum Coffey’s goal on a feed from Haley Ford (North Harford) cut the lead to 13-12 with 1:46 left.
Sarah Taylor had three goals for the Blue Jays and Sammy Cermack added two. Maggie McCormick (Liberty) led the Lions with three goals and one assists while Mackenzie Cyr (Winters Mill) had a goal and three assists and Molly Fernandez (McDonogh) had two goals.
Blue Jays goalie Cosette Larash (Archbishop Spalding) had seven saves and Lions keeper Dana Cahill (Mercy) made three.