LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's No. 10 field hockey team fell to No. 11 Johns Hopkins in the first penalty-stroke shootout of Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament history by a 0-0 (3-1 PS) score on Sunday afternoon in the Championship game.
The Diplomats ended the year at 16-3 while the Blue Jays improved to 17-2 and earned the Conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
F&M must wait to hear its fate, hoping to make its fifth-straight Tournament appearance by receiving one of five Pool C bids into the 24-team NCAA Tournament. Bracket information is set to be released tonight at 11:30 p.m. following the completion of all conference tournaments and can be accessed here.
Trailing by a 2-0 tally in penalty strokes, Courtney Kennedy slid the ball past Hopkins' keeper to keep F&M alive in the best-of-five tilt. However, the Blue Jays were able to seal the victory with a deciding goal by Michaela Corvi on their next turn.
F&M came out aggressive to start the game, looking to get on the board early in the first half of regulation as Melissa Gula fed a pass into the circle in the seventh minute, but the 'keeper turned Erin Coverdale's deflection away.
The Diplomats dominated possession in the opening frame with Hopkins' three shots coming off one penalty corner opportunity.
F&M tried to break through in the second half with three corners in under 10 minutes but was unable to convert after a staunch defensive effort from Johns Hopkins.
The Diplomats outshot the Blue Jays by a 4-1 tally in the first overtime period, including a bullet by Coverdale from the top of the circle in the 71st minute that was saved by the Hopkins' goalie.
Ilianna Santangelo came up with a big save in the 82nd minute off a backhanded shot from Hopkins to keep the game alive.
F&M owned a 20-16 advantage in shots and held an 18-10 edge in penalty corners. Coverdale and Lily Mynott paced the offense with three shots on goal each while Phoebe Wood also recorded a shot on frame.
Santangelo (16-3) took the loss after turning away eight shots and earning a complete shutout while Jodie Baris (17-2) notched the win with eight saves.