14th-Ranked Penn Edges Johns Hopkins, 12-11
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
• Score: #14 Penn-12, #22 Johns Hopkins-11
• Records: JHU (3-1) • PU (2-0)
• Location: Philadelphia, PA • Franklin Field
• The Short Story: Host and 14th-ranked Penn scored a pair of goals in the final 2:19 to defeat the 22nd-ranked Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team, 12-11, Saturday afternoon at a rain-soaked Franklin Field.
How it Happened
• Junior Nicole DeMase and senior Emily Kenul scored back-to-back goals in a 75-second span to stake Hopkins to an 11-10 lead with 4:05 to play. The Blue Jays won the ensuing draw, but a turnover gave the ball back to the Quakers. Caroline Cummings then tied the game with a free position goal at 2:19.
• Penn controlled the draw and Cummings found Zoe Belodeau cutting across the fan and she slipped a shot inside the upper left corner to put the home team on top with 52 ticks on the clock. The Quakers grabbed the ensuing draw and were able to run off all but the final two seconds to grab the win.
• Senior Emily Kenul gave Hopkins the early lead when she scored on a sidearm shot from the middle of the fan at the 22:13-mark. Penn answered with goals from Emily Rogers-Healion and Gabby Rosenzweig in a span of just 62 seconds to take the lead less than four minutes later.
• The lead didn’t last long as freshman Aurora Cordingley found Kenul open on the left post for the score at the 17:25-mark. Senior Shannon Fitzgerald then grabbed the lead for the Blue Jays when she took a pass from Cordingley and scored on a low shot on the run just 47 seconds later.
• Erin Barry answered for the Quakers when she scored off the dodge in the left alley to make it 3-3. DeMase followed with a free position goal, the first of her three on the day, to put the Jays back on top. Alex Condon responded just 44 seconds later to tie the game and spark a 4-1 Penn run that saw the home team grab a 7-5 lead at the break.
• Hopkins struck first to open the second half, as DeMase dodged and scored on a bouncer from six yards out just 1:05 in. It took more than eight minutes, but the Blue Jays got the equalizer thanks to a Fitzgerald free position goal with 20:29 to play.
• Penn answered with a pair of goals, just 41 seconds apart, to take a 9-7 lead with 19:05 on the clock. JHU came right back with goals Maggie Schneidereith and DeMase to even the score at nine with 13:50 to go. Condon put the Quakers back on top with a right shot off the dodge at 6:23, but less than a minute later, DeMase converted a free position shot to knot the score at 10. Kenul then took a feed from Schneidereith and beat Mikaila Cheeseman with the quick-stick to put Hopkins on top 11-10 at the 4:05-mark.
What it Means
• Hopkins falls to 6-6 all-time against Penn, including 2-3 at Franklin Field.
• Just three days after breaking the freshman record for draws in a game, Shelby Harrison broke the program’s single-game mark with 11 draws. She had more draws than the entire Penn squad (8). • Kenul now ranks 11th in school history with 141 career points and is 15th with 93 career goals. Fitzgerald is now 17th with 113 career points.
• DeMase’s five goals match her career high and this is her third hat trick of the season.
Johns Hopkins Leaders
• Points: DeMase (5)
• Goals: DeMase (5)
• Assists: Cordingley (2)
• Draw Controls: Harrison (11)
• Ground Balls: DeMase (2), McPherson (2)
• Caused Turnovers: Five with (1)
• Saves: Crosson (8)
• Points: Belodeau (5)
• Goals: Belodeau (4)
• Assists: Four with (1)
• Draw Controls: Barry (3)
• Ground Balls: Junior (3)
• Caused Turnovers: Junior (3)
• Saves: Cheeseman (4)
• Hopkins returns to action on Wednesday, February 28 at Georgetown. Opening draw at Cooper Field is slated for 3:30 pm.