Kenul Leads Johns Hopkins Over American, 18-6
• Score: Johns Hopkins-18, American-6
• Records: JHU (1-0) • AU (0-1)
• Location: Washington, DC • Jacob’s Field
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team got goals from nine different scorers in an 18-6 win over host American in both teams’ season-opener Wednesday afternoon. Junior Emily Kenul led the Blue Jays with a game and career-high five goals.
How it Happened
• Hopkins scored the game’s first six goals over the opening 22 minutes. Junior CeCe Finney opened the scoring at the 3:43-mark when she quick-sticked a pass from sophomore Miranda Ibello at the left post. Just over two minutes later, Kenul scored the first of her five on the day from the left alley.
• Sophomore Nicole DeMase pushed the lead to 3-0 with 16:32 to play in the half. Just after the expiration of a Blue Jay yellow card, DeMase dodged hard to the cage and scored on a low shot. Kenul followed with back-to-back goals in a span of 3:24 to stake Hopkins to a 5-0 lead.
• Senior Haley Schweizer capped the opening run with a shot from the right alley as she was knocked to the ground with 8:18 to play. Jennifer DeSimone ended the Eagles’ scoreless drought at the 7:37-mark with a free position goal.
• Senior Alexis Maffucci then found freshman Maggie Schneidereith over the top and she one-timed a low shot past Fiona Geier at 5:03. Just 63 seconds later, junior Shannon Fitzgerald scored off the dodge and it was 8-1 Hopkins. Kenul closed out the half with her fourth goal of the day, and second on free position, with 44.2 ticks on the clock.
• Sarah Bootman and Kenul traded free position goals to open the second half, just 39 seconds apart, to push the Blue Jays’ lead to 10-2.
• Ibello pushed the lead to nine when she took a goal line-extended pass from Schneidereith and beat Anastasia Freda from in-tight. Caitlin Schaefer then scored in transition for the Eagles to make it 11-3 Hopkins.
• The Blue Jays came right back with a goal 17 seconds later by DeMase. That sparked a four-goal run for the Jays as they built a 15-3 lead. Following a second Ibello goal, Fitzgerald buried back-to-back shots in an 84-second span.
• Madison Hoon ended the run when she scored right off the draw at 11:41. But freshman Lexi Souder returned the favor off a give-and-go with Ibello. DeSimone followed with two straight goals for the Eagles to make it a 16-6 game. Sophomore Holly Logan and DeMase closed out the scoring with goals in the final 2:41 of the game.
What it Means
• Johns Hopkins improves to 11-2 all-time against American, including a 4-2 record in Washington, DC. The Blue Jays are now 17-7 in season openers under head coach Janine Tucker and 28-13-1 all-time.
• Nine different players scored for the Blue Jays and 11 different players tallied at least one point.
• Kenul’s five goals and six points are both career highs and her three free position goals tied the program record. She is the first Blue Jay with three free position goals in a game since Dene’ DiMartino did so at Loyola on February 27, 2013.
• DeMase had her first career hat trick and Ibello tied her career-high with four points. Logan, Schneidereith and Souder all scored their first career goals.
• Hopkins had 13 caused turnovers and forced American into 11-of-22 on the clear.
Johns Hopkins Leaders
• Points: Emily Kenul (6)
• Goals: Emily Kenul (5)
• Assists: Miranda Ibello (2)
• Draw Controls: Emily Kenul (4)
• Ground Balls: CeCe Finney (4)
• Caused Turnovers: Claudia Flister (3), Haley Schweizer (3)
• Saves: Caroline Federico (8)
• Points: Jennifer DeSimone (3)
• Goals: Jennifer DeSimone (3)
• Assists: Madison Hoon (1), Amanda Medjid (1)
• Draw Controls: Madison Hoon (5)
• Ground Balls: Three with (3)
• Caused Turnovers: Madison Hoon (3)
• Saves: Fiona Geier (2), Anastasia Freda (2)
• Hopkins travels to Milwaukee, WI to take on Marquette on Saturday, February 18. Opening draw at Valley Fields is slated for Noon CT.