HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College field hockey team was defeated by visiting Johns Hopkins by a final score of 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Swan Field. The Fords conceded a goal in the 30th minute and were unable to equalize despite a seven to two advantage in penalty corners in the second stanza. Haverford is now 6-4 overall and 1-2 in Centennial Conference play while the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins pull to 7-3 overall and 3-0 in Centennial Conference action. Danielle Rette made four saves for the Fords in a losing effort.
The Blue Jays tested Rette early as the Fords goalkeeper made two crucial saves in the first six minutes of action. The Fords returned the favor in the eighth minute as Mason McNulty rifled a pair of shot attempts that Jodie Baris corralled for Johns Hopkins. Paige Powell had a shot attempt saved by Baris in the 15th minute, and the next shot for either team came at the 29:23 mark.
Clare Kavanagh intercepted a crossing pass in her attacking circle as the Fords were looking to transition from defensive pressure to an offensive attack, with Johns Hopkins playing forward and looking to counter aggressively. The errant pass found the stick of Clare Kavanagh, who was able to snipe one past Rette to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
The Fords had a chance to equalize in the 50th minute as Leela Krishnan fired a shot on frame. Princess Sutherland posted a pair of shot attempts in the 54th and 57th minute for the Blue Jays, but Rette made a pair of big saves to keep the Fords within striking distance.
Haverford earned a corner in the 69th minute, looking to tie the score on a last-ditch offensive sequence. Stephanie Terrell inserted the ball to Elena Veale, but the shot was blocked by a stifling Blue Jays defense, who were able to regain possession
McNulty and Sutherland led the way with two shots on goal each for their respective squads while Baris matched Rette with four saves.
Haverford next returns to play on Wednesday, October 4 at No. 19 Ursinus. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. in Collegeville, Pa.