BALTIMORE (3/26/12) - The No. 14-ranked Princeton women's lacrosse team lost a heartbreaking 9-8 game to No. 20 Johns Hopkins on Sunday, March 26 at Homewood Field.
Johns Hopkins' Colleen McCaffrey's goal at 15:31 in the second would prove to be the difference. Hopkins had a free-position attempt saved by goalie Annie Woehling and had a shot hit the pipe with seven minutes left. It would be their last shot as Princeton forced the Blue Jays into two turnovers on their next two possessions. Princeton on the other hand had two shots go wide and had a shot saved with 32 seconds left.
Princeton jumped out to a 4-1 lead less than six minutes into the game. Sophomore Mary-Kate Sivilli opened the scoring with a goal 33 seconds into the game, but JHU evened it up one minute later. The Tigers scored the net three with junior Jaci Gassaway, sophomore Sarah Lloyd and senior Cassie Pyle each scoring.
A pair of goals by Rachel Serio and one by Sammy Cermack evened the game at 16:49.
notched her second goal, a man-up goal, her 18th of the season before JHU took a three-goal run in the final 7 minutes, to take the 7-5 lead at the end of the half. Courtney Schweizer, and two from McCaffrey including one in the final second.
Barb Previ opened the second half with a goal to cut the deficit back to one, 7-6. Schweizer pushed the lead back to two at 21:41.
Pyle scored a pair of goals at 20:09 and 16:48 to even the game at 8-8.
Princeton held a 20-17 shot differential, won five more ground balls. JHU had the edge in draw controls, 13-5.
KC Emerson started the game in goal and made two saves and allowed all eight before being replaced by Cosette Larsah in the final 15:31. Larash made one save. Woheling made two saves in goal for the Tigers.
Pyle finished the game with four goals. Lloyd had one goal and two assists, freshman Erin McMunn picked up two assists and Gassaway had one goal and one assist.
Taylor D'Amore paced the Blue Jays offense with one goal and three assists, with McCaffrey scoring three. Schweizer, Serio and Candace Rossi all had two points apiece. Johns Hopkins is now 7-2 on the season and has won its last four straight.
Princeton has its three-goal win streak halted and falls to 4-3 on the season. The Tigers look to get back on track when they host No. 18 Cornell next Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.