SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 4 Salisbury University field hockey team picked up a 2-1 win against visiting Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday night at Sea Gull Stadium running the team's winning streak to three games.
The Sea Gulls (5-1) had the better of the chances in the opening half of play, attempting 10 shots and getting seven penalty corner chances to Hopkins' three shots and two corners, but neither team was able to crack the opposing back line in the first half.
Sophomore Arielle Johnston picked up four shot attempts in the first 35 minutes, putting three on target, getting many of her tries off penalty corners. One of Salisbury's best chances came with 3:30 left in the first half when Johnston blasted a shot from the top of the circle, forcing Johns Hopkins goalkeeper Jodie Baris to kick the try away. Meghan Jolikko collected the rebound and forced Baris to make another stop before Lexi Butler was able to throw a high shot at Baris, but the Blue Jay keeper used her blocker to send it out of danger.
The Blue Jays (5-2) had their best opportunity of the night as time expired in the opening half, getting their two penalty corners of the first half. Salisbury goalkeeper Tressie Windsor turned away one try, while the Salisbury defense kept the Blue Jays at bay.
It took less than three minutes into the second half for the Sea Gulls (5-1) to get on the board. Off one of Salisbury's 11 second-half corners, Natalie Wilkinson got Salisbury's scoring started. Emily Lemanski took a shot from the left wing and Wilkinson – who had just inserted the corner – tipped the try high in the air at the left post, sailing above the head of new Hopkins keeper Greta Helvie and in for her fourth goal of the year and the 1-0 lead.
The advantage held until the Blue Jays capitalized on their only corner of the second half. Windsor turned away the first try by Princess Sutherland at the top of the circle but the rebound found Clare Kavanagh – the Blue Jays' leading scorer – and she didn't miss on the rebound effort, tying the game with just under 20 minutes showing on the clock.
The tie did not last long, with Tara Daddio netting the game winner just 22 seconds later. Lemanski led Daddio with a pass 25 yards out before Daddio got around the last defender at the edge of the circle down the right side. She was able to slip a shot under Helvie into the left side of the goal for the 2-1 lead.
The Salisbury defense made the lead stand up, not allowing another shot attempt from the Blue Jays.
The Sea Gulls hit the road for their next contest, traveling to No. 3 The College of New Jersey for a game on Saturday, September 23, beginning at 6 p.m.