BALTIMORE, Md. – No. 6 Franklin & Marshall suffered its first Centennial Conference (CC) loss of the season, falling 2-1 in a near-comeback to No. 8 Johns Hopkins in the final game of the regular season.
The Diplomats fell to 15-2, 9-1 CC while the Blue Jays improved to 15-2, 10-0 CC.
Following a scoreless first quarter, Johns Hopkins opened up the scoring in the 24th minute. Abby Birk found the back of the cage off of a pass from Michaela Corvi to take a 1-0 lead.
The Blue Jays added an insurance goal late in the third quarter. Birk scored again in the 43rd minute to extend the deficit to 2-0, this time off of an assist from Christina Glaser.
F&M began a comeback attempt, getting a goal back in the 55th minute of play. Melissa Gula blasted the ball from the top left of the circle off of a penalty corner. Abby Straub redirected the ball at the left post to cut the lead in half, 2-1. The Diplomats had one more penalty corner opportunity in the 59th minute but did not convert that into a shot attempt before the game ended.
Christina Seery (15-2) picked up a pair of saves for the Diplomats while Kaitlin Hall (12-1) of the Blue Jays saved three of the four shots on goal that she faced.
The Blue Jays and Diplomats tied in total shot attempts, 12-12, but F&M held a firm advantage in the penalty corner differential, picking up 13 penalty corner opportunities to just four from Johns Hopkins.
As the second seed in the CC tournament, F&M has earned a first-round bye. The Diplomats will face Ursinus, the third seed, Friday in Baltimore, Md.