CATONSVILLE, MD - Freshman Emily Kenul handed out a game and career-best four assists and sophomore Alexis Maffucci scored a hat trick to lead the 20th-ranked Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team to a 12-6 win over host UMBC Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Jays notch their seventh straight win to improve to 9-2 on the season while the Retrievers slip to 6-5.
UMBC jumped on top early, scoring the game's first three goals in seven and a half minutes. Sam Nolan opened the scoring just 3:09 in when she dodged from behind the cage and beat senior KC Emerson over the shoulder. Abby Wilson did the same at the 23:13-mark, instead slipping a shot low inside the right post to double the home team's lead. Nolan bookended the run just 39 seconds later, taking a pass from Marissa Davey and scoring from close range.
Hopkins finally got on the board at the 13:12-mark and went on to score six goals in 12 minutes to go up 6-3 at halftime. Maffucci ended the scoring drought when she cut thru the fan, took a pass from junior Jenna Reifler and went high-to-low on Kelsey Major. Kenul and sophomore Haley Schweizer then connected to cut the deficit to just one. Kenul found Schweizer in the slot and she turned and blew a shot past Major at 9:30.
After getting a turnover on defense, Hopkins cashed in on offense to tie the game at three apiece. Senior Jen Cook found freshman CeCe Finney cutting across the fan, Finney took the pass and scored over the right shoulder of Major at 6:31. Junior Dene' DiMartino won the ensuing draw and took it right to the cage, scoring on a sidearm shot to give Hopkins its first lead just 19 seconds later.
Cook would score back-to-back goals to stake Hopkins to a 6-3 lead at the half. Kenul passed on a free position shot, instead finding Cook open on the right post for the score at the 5:45-mark. Cook then took a behind-the-cage pass from Maffucci and scored from in tight with 1:14 on the clock. Hopkins had a chance to go up by four before the half, but Major stopped DiMartino's shot from the doorstep just before the horn. Hopkins picked up right where it left off in the second half as Kenul and Finney scored free position goals at 26:55 and 21:20 to push the Blue Jays lead to 8-3. Nolan ended the Hopkins' eight-goal run with her third of the afternoon at the 20:20-mark. She dodged down the left alley and shot high to end a scoreless drought that had eclipsed 32 minutes for the Retrievers.
The Blue Jays came right back with goals from DiMartino and Maffucci as they took a 10-4 lead just before the midway point of the half. DiMartino scored on free position with 17:43 to play and then assisted on Maffuci's laser of a shot 71 seconds later. Caitlin Miller cut the deficit in half at the 14:02-mark, dodging down the right alley, then spinning around and scoring. Junior Kristen Cannon capped the scoring with 30 ticks on the clock, taking a pass from Kenul and going high-to-low on Major.
Kenul finished with a career-best five points and four assists, while also controlling three draws to lead the Blue Jays. Maffucci notched her second hat trick of the season, finishing with a career-high-tying four points. Cook and DiMartino finished with two goals and one assist each as seven different Blue Jays scored in the win. Emerson finished with five saves, two ground balls and a caused turnover in earning the win. Nolan was the only Retriever with multiple points on the day, finishing with three goals. Major made seven saves in the cage to take the loss.
Hopkins returns to action on Tuesday, April 7 as the Blue Jays host the Stony Brook Seawolves. Opening draw is slated for 6:00 pm at Homewood Field.