The No. 17 nationally ranked William Smith College field hockey team fell to No. 4 Johns Hopkins, 1-0, in the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championships second round on Saturday. The Blue Jays move to 17-3 on the season while the Herons conclude their season at 17-5.
No. 4 Johns Hopkins will go head-to-head with No. 7 Babson tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Beavers downed No. 18 Rochester 3-1, to advance to the final eight.
- The Blue Jays came out strong, firing off three shots in the first quarter compared to the Herons’ one.
- 6:54 into the game, Johns Hopkins would come close to opening the scoring when a shot by Sadie Abboud hit the post. Senior Lauren Jackson was there to clear the ball out of danger for the Herons.
- Johns Hopkins would have another dangerous chance just 40 seconds into the second quarter after a miscue by the Herons. Junior Kristen McCormick came racing off her line to smother the shot from close range and keep the Blue Jays off the board.
- Just 2:32 into the second half, Kate Barilla recorded a huge defensive safe during a scramble in front of the net that would end in a penalty stroke opportunity for the Blue Jays.
- McCormick would come up big yet again and deny Abby Birk from the spot to keep the game level at zero.
- With under seven minutes remaining in regulation, the Blue Jays broke the deadlock. After being awarded a penalty corner, Birk ripped a shot from the top of the arc that was deflected by Gen Mehra to beat McCormick.
- The Herons tried pushing numbers forward to score an equalizer but would come up short as the time ran out.
- McCormick played 58:52 in goal for the Herons, recording seven saves in the loss.
“Today the Herons battled with a top team in the country,” Head Coach Sophie Riskie ’07 said. “We put up a very good fight against Johns Hopkins, who had only allowed 11 goals all season. I’m so proud of this group of women. While it is sad that our 2022 season has come to a close, we have so much to celebrate.”