March 27, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. - Baltimore native Sarah Flynn scored three goals in a return to her hometown to lead No. 14 Stanford to a 10-7 victory over Johns Hopkins in nonconference women's lacrosse action Friday.
The sophomore scored the opening goal and led all scorers as the Cardinal (7-2) quickly built a 5-1 lead and the Blue Jays (4-5) never drew closer than three thereafter.
Much of the task of maintaining the lead fell on the shoulders of sophomore goalie Annie Read, who made a career-high 10 saves.
"She kept Hopkins from closing the gap," Stanford coach Amy Bokker said.
Flynn, one of seven children, was supported by her family. And Stanford, with eight players from Maryland, had a sizable following of friends, family and alums.
"It was almost like we were in front of our home crowd," Bokker said.
Stanford showed little evidence of rust in its first game in 19 days, owing to a break for Dead Week and winter quarter finals. The Cardinal got two goals apiece from Leslie Foard and Lauren Schmidt, who has 19 goals to share the team goal-scoring lead with Flynn.
"Our offense needed a little bit of work, but the girls were so excited to put on their uniforms and play again," said Bokker, whose team has won three straight.
The task, however, grows more difficult for Stanford. Next is 10-time national champion Maryland (9-0 going into its game Friday night), the No. 2 team in the country. Gametime is Sunday at 9 a.m. PDT.
Stanford fans can follow the game through live stats that can be found on the Gametracker link at gostanford.com.
Stanford 10, Johns Hopkins 7
Stanford 7 3 - 10
Johns Hopkins 4 3 - 7
S - Flynn (3 goals-0 assists), Foard (2-0), Schmidt (2-0), Lindsay (1-0), Christy (1-0), Siegfried (1-0), K. Nesbitt (0-2), Hubbard (0-1).
JH - Ibello (2-1), Bathras (2-1), Rossi (1-0), Maranto (1-0), McCaffrey (1-0).
Records - Stanford 7-2, Johns Hopkins 4-5.