Johns Hopkins Rallies to Defeat Penn State 13-11

Story posted April 18, 2021 in Sports, CommRadio by Neil Conley

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 13-11 on Sunday at Panzer Stadium. Maeve Barker and Aurora Cordingley led the Blue Jays in goals, each scoring three.

It was fairly even statistically in most categories, but several areas of play dictated the outcome of the game. Penn State fouled twice as much as Johns Hopkins, those totals being 28 and 14, respectively. Despite these errors, Penn State kept the game competitive as the final goal, giving Johns Hopkins the 13-11 lead, was scored within the last minute of play.

The Blue Jays started out flat but outplayed the Nittany Lions the majority of the game. The Nittany Lions led 6-2 at one point in the first half but were outscored 11-5 after that.

Another trend was each team’s ability to take advantage of the other’s mistakes. Johns Hopkins had 17 total turnovers while Penn State only had nine. But Seven of those nine came in the first half; Johns Hopkins utilized them to make it a closer game after facing a four-goal deficit early on. Penn State, meanwhile, capitalized on Johns Hopkins’ turnovers throughout the game, as the teams’ half totals were almost the same.

Johns Hopkins goalie Kathleen Garvey recorded a 0.476 save percentage, which was higher than both of the Penn State goalies’ individual save percentages. Penn State netminder Taylor Suplee posted a 0.154 save percentage while Lucy Lowe put up a mark of 0.333.

Garvey had 10 saves and allowed 11 goals. Suplee had two saves and allowed 11 goals before her replacement Lowe came in to record one save and allow two goals.

Johns Hopkins showed great success with its shots on goal. The Blue Jays made 13 of their 16 attempts while the Nittany Lions scored just 11 times despite their 21 shots on goal.

Kristin O’Neill and Maria Auth led Penn State in scoring, as each were responsible for three goals. Each team had a well-rounded effort, as Johns Hopkins had seven different scorers while Penn State had six.

Johns Hopkins head coach Janine Tucker earned her 300th victory in the win against Penn State.

Johns Hopkins improves its record to 5-5 while Penn State falls to 4-8. The contest concluded Penn State’s regular season, while Johns Hopkins will play another game at Michigan next.

Both teams will look ahead to a potential spot in the Big Ten tournament.


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