WESTMINSTER, Md. – Just 12 days earlier, McDaniel topped Johns Hopkins 3-2 for its first win over the in-state rival in 20 years. That victory propelled the Green Terror to the top seed in the Centennial Conference (CC) tournament, and ultimately brought the Blue Jays back to campus this weekend.
On Sunday, the two teams met again. This time, the championship trophy was on the line. Johns Hopkins, the No. 2 seed, had claimed it 12 times prior. McDaniel was looking to hoist it for the first time. When the final horn sounded, the Blue Jays had scored three second-half goals to register a 3-1 victory and repeat as champions.
Freshman Allie Titus (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) scored the lone goal for the 13th-ranked Green Terror (16-2-1), breaking through for the hosts in the 69th minute.
On the other side, it was another freshman – Maggie Coulson – who scored twice for No. 19 Johns Hopkins (15-2-2) to earn the tournament Most Valuable Player honor.
The two teams played to a scoreless deadlock through the first 45 minutes. McDaniel finished the half with a 6-3 advantage in shots, including the best chance for either team in the 31st minute. Off a corner kick, the ball went to the back post, where Jessica Beall (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) headed the ball off the post Clara Aranguren was able to corral the ball.
Just 3:36 into the second half – going with the wind – Coulson fired a shot from the top-left side of the box that bounced off the keeper's hands and off the crossbar before crossing the line for a 1-0 lead.
Meg Van de Loo doubled the advantage nearly four minutes later, blasting a shot from the top of the box.
Coulson finished for the second time, firing home a shot from the top after a shot from the left side was deflected back up to her in the 61st minute.
Titus got McDaniel on the board, finishing a centering pass from senior Nicole Hill (Bowie, Md./Bowie) with 21:20 to play.
Each team finished with nine shots and three corner kicks.
Aranguren made four saves for Johns Hopkins.
Johns Hopkins earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. McDaniel will have to await Monday's selection show at 1:30 p.m. to see its season was rewarded with one of 20 at-large bids to the tournament, which begins on Saturday, Nov. 12.