Georgetown Holds Off Johns Hopkins, 15-14
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
• Score: Georgetown-15, #20 Johns Hopkins-14
• Records: JHU (3-2) • GU (3-1)
• Location: Washington, DC • Cooper Field
• The Short Story: Georgetown held off a late rally by the 20th-ranked Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team to grab a 15-14 win Wednesday afternoon.
How it Happened
• Sophomore Maggie Schneidereith gave Hopkins the early lead when she took a pass from junior Miranda Ibello and beat Haelle Chomo with a one-timer just 52 seconds in. Natalia Lynch answered with a free position goal 15 seconds later that ignited a three-goal Georgetown run. Taylor Gebhardt and Francesca Whitehurst then scored back-to-back goals in a 66-second span as the Hoyas took a 3-1 lead at the 25:33-mark.
• Ibello answered with a pair of goals, just 37 seconds apart, to pull the Blue Jays even. The tie was short-lived as Hannah Seibel got open in the slot and scored off a feed from Emily Ehle to put Georgetown back on top at the 20:05-mark.
• The quick scoring continued as sophomore Mackenzie Heldberg sandwiched a pair of goals around a strike from senior Shannon Fitzgerald and Hopkins went up 6-4 with 16:26 still to play. Georgetown answered with a 5-1 run, fueled by four free position goals, to push out to a 9-7 lead at the 7:58-mark. Fitzgerald pulled the Blue Jays back within one with a free position goal with 4:13 on the clock and the home team went into the half with a 9-8 lead.
• Freshman Shelby Harrison didn’t waste any time in the second half as she won the draw and then scored a free position goal to tie the game just 46 seconds in. Gebhardt and Michaela Bruno answered with a pair of goals and Georgetown took an 11-9 lead with 23:06 to play.
• Junior Nicole DeMase found a cutting Heldberg, who scored from the middle of the fan to pull the Blue Jays within one just 62 seconds later. Cristina McCarthy converted a free position shot at 20:37 to spark a 4-1 Hoyas’ run that saw them push out to a 15-11 lead by the 7:15-mark.
• This one was doesn’t yet however as a DeMase goal with 4:52 to play ignited a three-goal run that saw Hopkins make it a one-goal game with 2:04 to play. Senior CeCe Finney scored on a high-to-low shot at 3:16 off the Ibello feed to cut the deficit to two. On the ensuing possession, freshman Trinity McPherson caused a turnover and the offense rewarded her as Fitzgerald found Heldberg for the score just 17 seconds later. Harrison won the subsequent draw, her eighth of the game, but Hopkins was unable to find the equalizer.
What it Means
• Hopkins falls to 11-12 all-time against Georgetown as the Hoyas snap a three-game losing streak in the series.
• With five assists on the day, Ibello tied her career high and moved into a tie for 11th in school history with 39 career helpers. She finished with a career-high-tying seven points on the day, making this her third six-point game of the season (five games).
• Heldberg tallied her first career hat trick and finished with a career-best four goals. Kenul now has 95 career goals, moving her into a tie for 13th in school history. She also ranks eighth with 49 career assists.
• Harrison had a game-high draws, her third straight game with eight or more draws.
Johns Hopkins Leaders
• Points: Ibello (7)
• Goals: Heldberg (4)
• Assists: Ibello (5)
• Draw Controls: Harrison (8)
• Ground Balls: Hoeg (3), Kachris (3)
• Caused Turnovers: McPherson (3)
• Saves: Crosson (9)
• Points: Whitehurst (4)
• Goals: Gebhardt (3), Lynch (3), Whitehurst (3)
• Assists: Ehle (1), Seibel (1), Whitehurst (1)
• Draw Controls: Seibel (6)
• Ground Balls: Chomo (3)
• Caused Turnovers: Chomo (2), Lynch (2)
• Saves: Chomo (7)
• Hopkins returns to Homewood Field and kicks-off a three-game home stand against Furman. Opening draw on Saturday is slated for 1:00 pm.