BY DIAMOND HOLTON
Senior forward Courtney Jantzen knocked in two goals as the Salisbury University field hockey team took the victory over Johns Hopkins University at Sea Gull Stadium Wednesday night.
The Sea Gulls (6-0) came in aggressive from the start scoring just under five minutes into the game. Senior forward Sam Johnson raced up the middle, shipping the ball past the last defender, right into the cage past Johns Hopkins (4-3) senior goalie Greta Helvie, putting her team up early in the match.
“We were told that the goalie came out really far, so I figured if I caught her off guard something would work,” Johnson said. “I had a similar goal against Virginia Wesleyan so I figured it would work this time too.”
Johnson contributed two assists; both towards Jantzen’s goals, keeping her team together and making plays. Sea Gulls’ head coach Dawn Chamberlin said that’s how Johnson can play every game.
“She’s an amazing player and when she makes her mind up that she’s going to step up and play with that intensity level she can really run the show,” Chamberlin said. “She did a great job today, just a great effort on the field offensively and defensively.”
The first half was all SU as they outshot the Blue Jays 17-0. Penalty corners were in heavy favor for the Sea Gulls as they tallied 18, while Johns Hopkins only had one in the first half.
The Blue Jays struggled with keeping up with the intensity of Salisbury from beginning to end. Johns Hopkins’ head coach Megan Fraser made numerous substitutions at one time in efforts to keep up the pace.
As the first half came to a close, Johnson shot a long cross along the goal line as Jantzen tipped it into the cage giving Salisbury a 2-0 lead. The Sea Gulls kept it on Johns Hopkins’ side of the field as a scrum in front of the goal occurred, and senior forward Jessica Crew flicked the ball in right before the halftime buzzer, extending their lead to three.
Jantzen scored her second goal of the night deflecting the pass from Johnson off a long cross from right to make the score 4-0 with twenty minutes remaining in the game.
“We’ve been working on it a lot in practice and just drawing our defenders out to cut in front of them,” Jantzen said. “We weren’t capitalizing on our corners, so we had to put the ball in the goal somehow and it felt really good.”
Salisbury heads on the road Saturday to play top-ranked The College of New Jersey before returning to Sea Gull Stadium on October 4 to play its first conference game against Frostburg State.