Back-to-Back for Hopkins

Back-to-Back for Hopkins

Championship Central

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Top-seeded Johns Hopkins edged second-seeded Franklin & Marshall 2-1 to claim back-to-back Centennial Conference Field Hockey Championships on Saturday at Homewood Field.

With the win, the Blue Jays (17-2) earn the CC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while F&M (16-3) must now wait until NCAA selections are announced Sunday night in hopes of receiving an at-large bid. 

Michaela Corvi opened the scoring just 122 seconds into the contest, breaking free near midfield, holding off her defender and firing a shot inside the far post to give Johns Hopkins an early 1-0 edge. The Blue Jays got the insurance goal they would need in the final minute of the third quarter as an F&M foul drew a penalty stroke for the Blue Jays that senior Katie McErlean converted with just 37 seconds left in the period to give Johns Hopkins a 2-0 lead.

F&M got on the board in the 52nd minute when Erin Coverdale ripped one home off a corner for the Diplomats; Addie Peters sent in a perfect insert to the top of the circle and Coverdale had time and room to draw F&M within one. F&M pressured down the stretch and outshot the Blue Jays 3-0 in the final period, but none of those attempts were on the cage.