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Swarthmore - 2018 Centennial Conference champion
Swarthmore - 2018 Centennial Conference champion

BALTIMORE, Md. - No. 22 Swarthmore College Women's Soccer won the Centennial Conference Championship for the second season in a row, demolishing the No. 4 Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. This is Swarthmore's third title in the past five years, and all three have come at Hopkins' expense. The previous two had been deadlocked contests decided in shootouts, but Swarthmore left no doubt about what the outcome of this year's championship would be.

Swarthmore senior forward Marin McCoy earned tournament MVP honors after recording a goal in both the semifinal and final games.

By winning the conference championship, Swarthmore (15-2-2) automatically qualifies for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, returning to the national stage for the fifth season in a row.

Swarthmore's five goals are the most ever in a Centennial Championship. Paired with its five goals in the semifinal game, Swarthmore also tied the league record set in 2013 for the most goals scored by a team in the tournament.

Five different Garnet players scored in the win: McCoy, Lizzie KingSophia StillsBrittany Weiderhold and Sydney Covitz. All five of Swarthmore's goals came within the first 67 minutes of the match.

The Garnet kept the top-seeded Blue Jays (17-2) off the scoreboard until the 75th minute. Johns Hopkins recorded 11 shots in total, and Swarthmore's senior goalkeeper Amy Shmoys registered five saves in 77 minutes of action, a season high. Chantal Reyes tallied two saves in the remaining 13 minutes of the game.

Swarthmore struck early on, knocking in a goal in the fourth minute. Lizzie King received a nice pass on the left wing, dribbled in and took the Hopkins' goalkeeper one-on-one. She cracked a left-footed shot that avoided the diving keeper and found the back of the net.

King's goal was Swarthmore's first shot of the game. The Garnet had limited opportunities early in the first half and didn't record another shot until the 31st minute. McCoy's attempt was saved then, but in the next minute, McCoy scored her 11th goal of the season. Melissa Curran drove in a cross from the left side that McCoy struck from close range and finished in the left of the goal.

Swarthmore continued to attack in the remainder of the first half and at halftime had recorded seven shots, matching Hopkins. Covitz nearly made it 3-0 in the 36th minute when she recovered a loose ball from the diving keeper. Her shot at the temporarily empty goal was, however, blocked by a defender who had quickly slid in to guard the goal line.

Stills started on the field in the second half and less than five minutes into the new period gave Swarthmore the 3-0 lead by beating the sliding keeper to the ball and finishing on the open net.

In the 61st minute, Weiderhold blasted a shot from the left wing that found twine on the far side of the goal, upper corner.

Six minutes later, King drew a foul in the box, awarding Swarthmore a penalty kick. Covitz stepped to the dot, hesitated for a bit and then fired in her sixth goal of the year.

Three of Swarthmore's goal scorers McCoy, Stills and Weiderhold all had scored a goal in Saturday's semifinal game as well.