BALTIMORE, Md. – The Salisbury University field hockey team battled to the last whistle but couldn't overcome a late, third-quarter penalty stroke to fall to the second-ranked Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Salisbury had a chance in the opening minute of the game. Salisbury turned up the pressure on Hopkins to force a penalty corner. Mack Dinopoulos' shot near post was kick-saved by Alexis Loder.
- Julia Frankis redirected a Dinopolos shot from outside the arc in the early goings of the second quarter but the ball hit just outside the cage to keep the game scoreless.
- The Sea Gulls had chances in the 24th and 27th minute but both shots were saved by Loder.
- Maddie Brown-Scherer had a goal-scoring chance in the 41st minute on a counter-attack off a Salisbury turnover in the midfield but Dom Farrace made a diving stop and kept the ball out of the cage,
- A penalty stroke was called in the 42nd minute of the game. Abby Birk's stroke was turned away pad side by Farrace.
- Hopkins was rewarded another penalty stroke in the 44th minute. Emily Amsden's shot just went over Farrace's pad in the top-right corner of the cage for the lone goal of the contest.
- Salisbury worked to try and get an equalizer in the final minute of regulation with three-straight penalty corners. Rebecca Lloyd had a swipe at goal as time expired but the shot went wide to end the game.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- The Sea Gulls tallied seven penalty corners and six shots in the contest.
- Kayler Townsend, McKenzie Jamison and Mack Dinopoulos each had a shot on target.
- Dom Farrace made three stops in the cage for Salisbury.
JOHNS HOPKINS GAME NOTES
- The Salisbury defense gave Johns Hopkins fits as the Blue Jays were just limited to 10 shots with four on goal.
- Emily Amsden scored the eventual game-winner on a penalty stroke in the 44th minute of the game.
- Alexis Loder had three saves for Hopkins.
- Salisbury finishes the 2021 season with a 12-8 overall record. Despite the up-and-down season, Salisbury rattled off three-straight wins before Saturday's loss.
- The Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference Champions made its 27th consecutive and 36th overall trip to the NCAA Tournament. It is the longest streak across all three NCAA divisions.
Salisbury University is a proud member of NCAA Division III with primary membership in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference, along with the New Jersey Athletic Conference for football and the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference for men's and women's swimming. With over 500 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports, SU is recognized as one of the most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs regardless of division, and dedicated coaches and staff that foster excellence on-and-off the field. The Sea Gulls have celebrated 22 team national championships, 24 individual national champions, 186 conference championships and 41 Academic All-Americans.
To learn more about the tradition of excellence with Sea Gull Athletics, visit www.SUSeaGulls.com or on social media @SUSeaGulls.