Ibello Leads Johns Hopkins to 13-9 Win at UMBC
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
• Score: #24 Johns Hopkins-13, UMBC-9
• Records: JHU (7-2) • UMBC (6-2)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • UMBC Stadium
• The Short Story: Junior Miranda Ibello had a hand in eight goals to lead the 24th-ranked Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team to a 13-9 win over host UMBC on blustery Wednesday afternoon.
How it Happened
• Carolyn Jamison staked UMBC to an early lead when she dodged left goal line extended and scored on a bouncer from a tight angle less than two minutes in. Senior Emily Kenul answered just 48 seconds later when she took a pass from junior Miranda Ibello and blew a side-arm shot past Kelsey Major from the top of the fan.
• Sara Moeller put the Retrievers back on top at the 23:31-mark but the lead lasted just 58 seconds. Ibello slipped a pass to sophomore Lexi Souder in the slot and she scored on a high-to-low shot to tie the game at two. Payton Van Kirk scored in transition to put the home team back on top at 18:21.
• Ibello handed out her third straight assist, finding a cutting CeCe Finney, who fired a shot over the shoulder of Major to make it a 3-3 game with 11:41 to play. Moeller responded with her second of the game, going top shelf off the dodge just 59 seconds later.
• Sophomore Mackenzie Heldberg found classmate Maggie Schneidereith in the right alley and she scored on a low shot to knot the score at four and spark a three-goal Blue Jay run. Freshman Aurora Cordingley then put gave the Blue Jays their first lead of the game when she one-timed a pass from Schneidereith into the Retriever cage. As it turned out, Hopkins would not relinquish the lead. Finney capped the run with her second of the afternoon, beating Major from the doorstep at 5:10 to make it a 6-4 game.
• Lauren McDonald ended the run when she took a pass from Moeller and scored on a high-to-low shot just 39 seconds later. The Blue Jays answered with a goal just before the horn to take a 7-5 lead into the half. Freshman Keegan Barger scooped up a ground ball and jump-started the clear. Some tic-tac-toe passing led to a wide open Schneidereith on the crease for the score.
• McDonald opened the second-half scoring with a transition goal just two-and-a-half minutes in to cut Hopkins’ lead to just one. Souder responded with a goal from the top of the fan five minutes later, kick-starting a 6-1 Blue Jay run that saw the lead grow to six. Five different Blue Jays scored during the run, which spanned more than 17 minutes, and was capped by a Cordingley goal at 5:12.
• UMBC would tack on two late goals from Jamison and Caitlin Miller to account for the 13-9 final.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 15-13-2 all-time against UMBC and has now won six straight in the series.
• The Blue Jays run their win streak to four and grab their first road win of the season.
• Ibello finished with a game-high six assists, a career-best and two shy of the school single-game record. She now has 49 career assists, moving her into a tie for ninth in school Division I history. This was her fourth game this season with six or more points. Ibello’s six assists are the most since Taylor D’Amore handed out six versus Georgetown on May 9, 2014.
• Barger had a game and career-best seven draws while Souder had five as the Blue Jays won the draw battle, 16-8.
• Schneidereith tallied her fourth hat trick of the season and sixth of her career. She also had her sixth multi-assist game of her career.
Johns Hopkins Leaders
• Points: Ibello (8)
• Goals: Schneidereith (3)
• Assists: Ibello (6)
• Draw Controls: Barger (7)
• Ground Balls: Schneidereith (4), Finney (4)
• Caused Turnovers: Barger (2), Rix (2), Kachris (2)
• Saves: Crosson (8)
• Points: Moeller (4)
• Goals: Moeller (3)
• Assists: Moeller (1), Jamison (1), Levine (1)
• Draw Controls: Miller (6)
• Ground Balls: Major (5)
• Caused Turnovers: Reinhardt (2)
• Saves: Major (13)
• Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, March 17 as the Blue Jays open Big Ten play against second-ranked Maryland. Opening draw is slated for Noon at Homewood Field. Admission is $10 for youths and seniors, $12 for general admission and $15 for reserved.