W&L Field Hockey Falls to Johns Hopkins, 2-1, Losing in Shootout

W&L Field Hockey Falls to Johns Hopkins, 2-1, Losing in Shootout

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Washington and Lee field hockey team fell in a shootout to Johns Hopkins on Friday at the W&L Turf Field with the Blue Jays taking the game, 2-1. JHU won the shootout, 1-0, in six attempts for both teams.

Each team scored a goal in the opening half, and then both squads went scoreless over the second half and both overtimes. Neither team found the back of the cage over their first five attempts of the shootout to send it to sudden victory attempts.

Junior forward Haley Tucker's (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's School) shot was stopped by sophomore goalie Jodie Baris on the Generals' (0-1) sixth attempt, and then senior forward Clare Kavanagh gave the Blue Jays (1-0) the victory by beating junior goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) just inside the near post.

W&L scored the first goal of the game in the 24th minute of the opening half. Senior forward Grace Bowen (Hampton, Va./Hampton Roads Academy) had the ball on the near side and sent the ball to sophomore forward Lauren Paolano (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor). Paolano cut to the center of the circle and her shot beat Baris on the far side of the goal to give W&L a 1-0 advantage.

JHU evened the contest just five minutes later. First-year midfielder Seema Sajjan had the ball outside the circle on the near side and sent it across the circle to the far post. Senior forward Morgan Pothast redirected it into the cage to tie the game, 1-1.

Baris kept the Blue Jays in the contest, making 15 saves. Her impact was especially apparent in the second half, when the Generals held a 13-0 advantage in shots, but Baris made seven saves. Yavalar finished the contest with six saves, including five after regulation to help send the game to a shootout.  

For the game, W&L led in shots, 30-13, and in penalty corners, 14-3. This marked just the first time the Generals have gone to a shootout since the team lost at Virginia Wesleyan, 2-1, on October 11, 2011. W&L fell in that shootout, 3-1. It marked just the third time in program history the Generals have gone to a shootout. The only other time came in a win over Juniata, 2-1, on October 22, 2005 at the W&L Turf Field.

The Generals return to action on Sunday, when they play at Washington College at 2:00 pm.

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