Hopkins field hockey captured their ninth win of the season against Dickinson College on Wednesday, Sept. 29 and their 10th against Haverford College on Saturday, Oct. 2, remaining undefeated on the year.
The Jays opened up their game against Dickinson with a last-minute, first-period goal by freshman forward Grace Nockolds. From that moment on, Hopkins scored three goals in a four-minute span, opening up a 4-0 lead in the second quarter.
Senior forward Maddie Brown-Scherer intercepted a pass and found junior forward Sadie Abboud for the first score of the period. Three minutes later, sophomore midfielder Gen Mehra assisted Brown-Scherer to extend the lead to 3-0. Hopkins increased the lead to four less than two minutes later thanks to another Brown-Scherer assist to junior forward Tessa Erickson. To end the fourth quarter, senior forward Izzy Thompson found sophomore forward Maura Minter for the fifth goal of the night.
Hopkins outshot Dickinson 26-5 in what was a dominant offensive performance all-around.
Brown-Scherer matched her career-high with a pair of assists against Dickinson. It was her second game this season recording multiple assists. She is now tied for 11th in Hopkins history with 18 career assists and is 18th with 58 career points. Junior goalie Morgan Steward and sophomore goalie Alexis Loder combined for the shutout.
The 5-0 victory for Hopkins improves their record to 23-19-2 all time against Dickinson. This was the 24th consecutive victory for Hopkins field hockey at Homewood Field, the longest home win streak in school history.
The match against Haverford was a certified thriller. Erickson scored early for Hopkins off a one-timer shot by Nockolds. After the score, both teams went scoreless for almost 40 minutes. Brown-Scherer broke through and extended the Hopkins lead late in the fourth period. Mehra sent a shot into the Haverford zone that was tracked down by Abboud. Abboud managed to center the ball to Brown-Scherer, whose one-timer found the net with 8:33 remaining. Haverford responded quickly, scoring an unassisted goal with 5:43 to play.
Hopkins protected the lead and captured a 2-1 victory, improving their all-time record against Haverford to 33-9-1 and extending their win streak to 10 games. Brown-Scherer is tied for 19th in school history with 21 career goals.
Seward started as goalie for Hopkins and recorded three first-half saves. Loder had four saves after starting the second half. Both teams took 16 shots, although Hopkins maintained a 9-2 edge in corners, which proved to be the difference maker.
For her outstanding performances against Dickinson and Haverford, Brown-Scherer was named the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the first conference weekly award of her career. Brown-Scherer had two goals and two assists last week: a goal and two assists against Dickinson and a goal against Haverford. She was a key contributor in the 2-0 week for the Jays. Brown-Scherer leads the team in points with 15 and assists with 5 and is tied for the lead in goals with 5.
Hopkins will look to extend their winning streak against Ursinus College on Oct. 9. The Jays remain first in the Centennial Conference.