Johns Hopkins Defeats Loyola, 14-11
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Score: #22 Johns Hopkins-14, #23 Loyola-11
Records: JHU (3-0) LU (0-1)
Location: Baltimore, MD Homewood Field
The Short Story: The 22nd-ranked Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team had three players with hat tricks as the Blue Jays defeated the 23rd-ranked Loyola Greyhounds Wednesday afternoon.
How it Happened
The Blue Jays got on the board just 19 seconds in as freshman Keegan Barger won the opening draw and senior Shannon Fitzgerald went right to the cage for the score. It took nearly eight minutes before Hopkins struck again, but Shelby Harrison's goal off the dodge at 21:51 sparked a three-goal run in just a three-minute span. Senior Emily Kenul followed with a free position goal and then freshman Aurora Cordingley split a pair of defenders and went top shelf to stake the Blue Jays to a 4-0 lead at the 18:41-mark.
Hannah Savage ended the run when she scored in traffic from the doorstep for the Hounds with 13:43 to play. Hopkins answered however with goals from Kenul and Fitzgerald to push out to a 6-1 lead with 9:33 left in the half.
Just over two minutes later, Livy Rosenzweig found Sam Fielder open in front of the cage for the quick score. Rosenzweig drew a free position shot with just two ticks remaining in the half. She passed instead to Frankie Kamely, who scored from close range to make it a 6-3 game at the half.
Coming out of the half, it was Loyola with the quick start. After winning the draw, Hannah Powers fed a shot to Elli Kluegel in the left alley, who fired a low shot to pull the Greyhounds within two. Junior Miranda Ibello answered just 54 seconds later when she dodged behind the goal and scored on a low shot to the left post to put Hopkins up 7-4.
Kamely and VanThof scored back-to-back goals in the span of just one minute, both assisted by Powers, to make it a one-goal game with 26:22 to play. Kenul pushed the lead back to two when the Blue Jays cashed in on a failed clear. Kenul tipped a Hounds' clearing pass and junior Nicole DeMase picked up the ground ball and then found Kenul open in front of the cage for her third of the afternoon.
Just 94 seconds later the lead was back to one when Savage scored in transition for Loyola. Two minutes later, DeMase scored off the dodge from six yards out to spark a 5-1 Hopkins run that saw the Blue Jays go up 13-8. Cordingley got her second of the game off a free position 28 seconds later and it was 10-7. Ibello then sandwiched a pair of goals around a strike from Bridget Ballard. DeMase then book-ended the run with her goal off a Maggie Schneidereith pass at 13:53.
Loyola responded with three straight goals to pull within two with 2:44 to play. Harrison controlled the draw following the Hounds' 11th goal and the Blue Jays ran the clock down before DeMase scored on a great rebound to make it 14-11. Harrison once again won the draw, her ninth of the game, and Hopkins was able to run out the clock.
What it Means
Hopkins improves to 4-13 all-time against Loyola and has won two straight and four of the last six. This is Hopkins first win over a ranked opponent since a 12-10 win over 15th-ranked Virginia on May 13, 2016.
Harrison's nine draws are the most in school history by a freshman and are just one shy of the school single-game record.
Kenul and Fitzgerald are now tied for 16th in school Division I history with 90 career goals each.
Johns Hopkins Leaders
Points: DeMase (4)
Goals: DeMase (3), Ibello (3), Kenul (3)
Assists: DeMase (1), Schneidereith (1)
Draw Controls: Harrison (9)
Ground Balls: Kenul (4), Kachris (4)
Caused Turnovers: Kachris (3)
Saves: Crosson (4)
Points: Savage (5), Powers (4)
Goals: Savage (3)
Assists: Powers (4)
Draw Controls: VanThof (8)
Ground Balls: VanThof (3)
Caused Turnovers: Fahey (2)
Saves: Glynn (13)
Hopkins hits the road on Saturday, February 24 to take on 14th-ranked Penn. Opening draw at Franklin Field is slated for Noon.