BALTIMORE – The sixth-ranked Salisbury University field hockey team earned its sixth win of the season on Wednesday evening, defeating No. 15 Johns Hopkins University, 3-1.
The Blue Jays (4-1) wasted no time getting on the board, sending a goal past sophomore goalkeeper Dom Farrace just 38 seconds into the contest. After a shot from the top of the circle, the ball was deflected into the lower-right corner of the cage by Hopkins freshman Izzy Thompson to give the Blue Jays the 1-0 advantage.
Salisbury's (6-1) defense clamped down after the early goal, and after more than 28 scoreless minutes, the Sea Gull offense capitalized in grand fashion, scoring three goals in just over three minutes for a 3-1 lead. Junior forward Meghan Jolikko netted Salisbury's first goal, and freshman forward McKenzie Mitchell scored the second and third goals. A pair of key saves by Farrace on two Hopkins penalty corners as time expired in the first half preserved the Sea Gulls' two-goal edge going into the second stanza.
A back-and-forth second half saw a handful of shots for both teams, but none converted. Despite the Blue Jays outshooting the Sea Gulls 14-6 and holding a 6-3 edge in penalty corners, a sound defensive effort from the maroon and gold preserved the two-goal margin to give Salisbury the 3-1 victory. Farrace turned in another impressive performance in the cage, making six saves while senior Emma Vicchio protected the end line with the first defensive save of her career.
The Sea Gulls have now outscored their opponents 24-4 in seven games.
Salisbury's battle against top-20 teams continues on Saturday, September 22 as the Sea Gulls host No. 4 The College of New Jersey. Game time is set for 1 p.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.