Top-Ranked Maryland Tops Johns Hopkins in Big Ten Opener
• Score: #1 Maryland-17, Johns Hopkins-4
• Records: JHU (7-2, 1-0 B1G) • UM (7-0, 1-0 B1G)
• Location: College Park, MD • Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex
• The Short Story: Top-ranked Maryland scored seven straight goals to open the second half en route to a 17-4 win over the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team in both teams’ Big Ten opener.
How it Happened
• Megan Whittle put the Terps on the board first with a free position goal at 28:01. But Hopkins answered just 23 seconds later to tie the game. Junior Shannon Fitzgerald dodged right down the middle of the fan and scored in traffic over the left shoulder of goalie Emily Kift.
• Whittle converted another free position shot at the 23:10-mark to put Maryland back on top. The defenses took over for the ensuing nine minutes before Brindi Griffin scored on a high-to-low shot at 14:43 to give UMD a 3-1 lead.
• Hopkins cut into the lead when senior Haley Schweizer scored on a bouncer on the run 49 seconds later. Maryland answered however with four straight goals in a span of just 3:23 to push out to a 7-2 lead. Caroline Wannen fueled the run with a pair of goals.
• Sophomore Miranda Ibello ended the run when she blew a right-handed sidearm shot past Kift at the 6:50-mark to make it a 7-3 game. And that’s how the teams went into the lockerroom.
• Maryland opened the half with another quick four-goal run, as the Terps quickly pushed their lead to 11-3 just four minutes in. After another defensive stand by both teams, the home team got another three goals in a span of two minutes to push out to a 14-3 lead with 17:35 to play.
• Hopkins got on the board in the second half when on the clear, junior Emily Verica drew a free position shot. Instead of shooting, she passed to freshman Maggie Schneidereith, who was open on the left post. She caught the pass, hitched and beat Kift low at 10:03.
• Maryland would score the final three goals of the game to account for the 17-4 final.
What it Means
• Johns Hopkins falls to 0-15 against Maryland as the two met as conference opponents for the first time ever. Today’s game was the third straight between the two in College Park.
• The loss snaps the Blue Jays’ four game-win streak and is their first loss in 22 days.
Johns Hopkins Leaders
• Points: Five with (1)
• Goals: Four with (1)
• Assists: Verica (1)
• Draw Controls: Souder (3)
• Ground Balls: Fitzgerald (2), Fernandez (2)
• Caused Turnovers: Fitzgerald (2), Boyle (2)
• Saves: Federico (8)
• Points: Wannen (6)
• Goals: Steele (4)
• Assists: Wannen (4)
• Draw Controls: Hartshorn (4)
• Ground Balls: Four with (2)
• Caused Turnovers: McKay (2), Hensh (2)
• Saves: Kift (10)
• Hopkins returns to Homewood Field to take on Vanderbilt on Wednesday, March 22 at 1:00 pm.