Johns Hopkins W-FH Defeats Haverford, 2-1, Will Play For Div. III CC Championship

BALTIMORE, Md. – Just 85 seconds into overtime, Johns Hopkins Blue Jays Senior F Morgan Pothast scored the game-winning goal as the top-seeded Blue Jays came back from a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 against #5 seed Haverford Fords in the 2017 Centennial Conference Women’s Field Hockey Semi-Finals at Homewood Field Friday afternoon.

Johns Hopkins now awaits the winner of the second semi-final match-up between the #2 Franklin & Marshall Diplomats and the #3 seed Ursinus Bears.  The match is to be played later Friday early evening.

Haverford jumped ahead at the 9:03 mark in the first half when Junior A/M Alissa Valentine’s (with an assist from Senior M Elena Veale) third goal of the season went passed Blue Jays Senior GK Greta Helvie and into the cage to give the Fords a 1-0 lead.

That lead would hold up until there was less than four minutes left in the game, when Blue Jays Sophomore M Katie McErlean’s (assist from Senior F/M Clare Kavanagh) sixth goal of the season tied the score at 1-1 with 3:58 left on the clock.

Johns Hopkins kept the pressure going from the beginning of the overtime period when they would have two penalty corners in the first 75 seconds.

First penalty corner was started by Freshman M Seema Sajjan and that lead to McErlean’s shot being blocked just 52 seconds into overtime.

Twenty-three seconds later, another penalty corner started again by Sajjan, led to Senior D Francesca Cali getting the ball to Pothast and Pothast scoring the game-winning goal, her sixth of the season.

Johns Hopkins did out-shoot Haverford 11-5, but the shots on goal were much closer, with the Blue Jays having a 3-2 edge.

Erick Seltzer

Served in the US Navy as a journalist between 2/25/1991 & 9/15/1993. My duty station was Naval Submarine Base, Bangor in Silverdale, Washington. I was one of the writers for the weekly publication, "Trident Tides." While there, I successfully started the first-ever coverage of sports on and off the base to much positive response. When it comes to sports, I either play it, watch it and/or write about it. I'm always open to suggestions and hope you enjoy what I write about. Please feel free to leave a comment here or to get in contact me with, email me @ I look forward to hearing back from the readers and teams.

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