Kronick nets two goals, Johns Hopkins women's soccer stuns No. 1 Messiah

Falcons have won four of past five Division III national championships

Junior Hannah Kronick scored a pair of second-half goals for the Johns Hopkins women's soccer team, and the Blue Jays stunned host Messiah, the top-ranked team in Division III, 2-1 on Wednesday night in Grantham, Pa.

The Falcons (2-1), who have won four of the past five DIII national championships and posted a 120-2-5 record during that span, got on the board first on a goal from Nikki Elsaesser in the 57th minute.

But Kronick brought the No. 7 Blue Jays (3-0) even 51 seconds later with a goal on a breakaway, then put JHU ahead in the 73rd minute with a score off an assist from Maria Touloumes. Kronick now has three goals in three games this season and is tied for second on JHU's career goal scoring list with 46.

Johns Hopkins withstood some late pressure from Messiah, which had won is previous six meetings with the Blue Jays, including a 3-0 win in the NCAA tournament quarterfinal round last season. The Falcons won national titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012, and were national runners-up in 2010.

The Blue Jays return to action this weekend at the DoubleTree Tartan Cup in Pittsburgh, Pa., with games against Allegheny on Saturday and No. 5 Carnegie-Mellon, the event's host, on Sunday.

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