BALTIMORE, Md. – Franklin & Marshall's No. 7 field hockey program was topped by No. 6 Johns Hopkins, 2-1, in the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship on Saturday.
The Diplomats fell to 16-3 while the Blue Jays improved to 17-2 on the season and earned the Conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
F&M must wait to hear its fate, hoping to make its sixth-straight Tournament appearance by receiving one of five Pool C bids into the 24-team NCAA Tournament. Bracket information is set to be released Sunday at 11:30 p.m. following the completion of all conference tournaments and can be accessed here.
Johns Hopkins opened up the scoring in just the third minute of action. Michaela Corvi knocked in an unassisted goal off of a fast break to claim a 1-0 advantage. The score remained there for the remainder of the first half.
F&M looked to blank the Blue Jays in the third quarter until the Diplomats surrendered a crucial foul with less than 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Katie McErlean converted on the penalty stroke opportunity with a blast to the right side to give Johns Hopkins a 2-0 lead entering the final frame.
The Diplomats got one back in the fourth quarter. Addie Peters inserted a penalty corner to Erin Coverdale at the top of the circle in the 52nd minute to cut the lead in half with just over eight minutes remaining.
F&M got one more shot attempt before the clock expired. The Diplomats owned an 11-7 advantage in shots and an 8-1 advantage in penalty corners. Coverdale paced the offense with eight shot attempts.
Christina Seery (16-3) took the loss despite turning away four shots. Kaitlin Hall (14-1) saved one shot for Johns Hopkins.