Ibello Leads 22nd-Ranked Johns Hopkins to 14-7 Win in Season-Opener
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
• Score: #22 Johns Hopkins-14, Marquette-7
• Records: JHU (1-0) • MU (0-1)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team got a game-high four goals and six points from junior Miranda Ibello in a 14-7 win over visiting Marquette Friday afternoon.
How it Happened
• Marquette struck first as Grace Gabriel converted a free position shot just 55 seconds in. The lead lasted just 24 seconds as senior Emily Kenul won the ensuing draw for Hopkins. Sophomore Maggie Schneidereith then slipped a shot to a cutting Nicole DeMase for the quick score. That ignited a six-goal run for the Blue Jays as they pushed out to a 6-1 lead.
• Kenul gave Hopkins the lead, for good as it turned out, with 27:03 to play. From behind the goal, Ibello sent a pass over the top of the goal to Kenul, who quick-sticked a shot past Jules Horning from in-tight. Freshman Jeannie Kachris gave the Blue Jays a spark on defense as she forced a turnover and then sprung the Hopkins clear. Senior Shannon Fitzgerald took the ball at the restraining line and ran right to the cage, scoring on a bouncer from the left alley.
• Kenul and Fitzgerald then scored back-to-back free position goals and the lead was 5-1 with 16:04 to go in the half. Ibello capped the run when she took a pass from freshman Aurora Cordingley and scored from about eight yards out at the 13:18-mark.
• Charlotte McGuire scored off the dodge for the Golden Eagles just 90 seconds later to make it a four-goal game. But the Blue Jays answered with free position goals from DeMase and Ibello, just 24 seconds apart to push the advantage to six. Marquette would have the final say of the have, scoring a pair of goals in the final 37 seconds, to make it an 8-4 game at the half.
• The Golden Eagles picked up where they left off in the second, getting goals from Cate Soccodato and McGuire in a two-minute span to cut the Blue Jays’ lead to just two with 18:56 on the clock.
• Hopkins answered with another six-goal run, that spanned more than 14 minutes, to storm out to a 14-6 lead. Schneidereith ignited the run when she dodged the right alley, beat her defender and then bounced a shot past Horning. She bookended the run with a goal off an Ibello feed at the 3:39-mark. Lane got one more for Marquette, scoring on free position with 1:30 on the clock.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 5-0 all-time against Marquette, including 3-0 at Homewood Field.
Johns Hopkins Leaders
• Points: Ibello (6)
• Goals: Ibello (4)
• Assists: Ibello (2)
• Draw Controls: Barger (4)
• Ground Balls: Crosson (3), Kachris (3), Cordingley (3)
• Caused Turnovers: Barger (3)
• Saves: Crosson (9)
• Points: Hill (2), McGuire (2), Lane (2)
• Goals: McGuire (2), Lane (2)
• Assists: Hill (2)
• Draw Controls: Lane (8)
• Ground Balls: Gambacorta (3), Lane (3)
• Caused Turnovers: Gambacorta (3), Lane (3)
• Saves: Horning (13)
• Hopkins returns to action on Wednesday, February 14 as the Blue Jays host the Drexel Dragons. Opening draw at Homewood Field is slated for 4:00 pm.