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Fitzgerald Leads Johns Hopkins over Michigan, 15-8

April 8, 2017

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The Basics
• Score: Johns Hopkins-15, Michigan-8
• Records: JHU (9-4, 1-3 B1G) • UM (5-10, 1-3 B1G)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team closed the game on a 6-1 run to defeat visiting Michigan, 15-8, on Saturday afternoon in Big Ten action.

How it Happened
• Michigan jumped on top of Hopkins early and led 2-0 before the game was two and a half minutes old. Kim Coughlan opened the scoring at 28:07, taking a pass from Chandler Kirby and scoring over the right shoulder of senior Caroline Federico. Jess Angerman doubled the Wolverines lead just 31 seconds later on a low shot from seven yards out.
• Junior CeCe Finney scored back-to-back goals in a three-minute span to pull the Blue Jays even at the 25:31-mark. That kick-started an eight goal run by Hopkins that saw the Jays take an 8-2 lead with 10:13 to play in the half.
• Sophomore Nicole DeMase put the Blue Jays on top when she scored on a quick-stick shot off a Miranda Ibello pass at 22:35. Junior Shannon Fitzgerald then curled around the back of the cage and scored on a sidearm shot to make it 4-2. DeMase pushed the lead to three with a free position goal at 19:17.
• Less than two minutes later, junior Maggie Friel dodged from behind, turned on her defender and beat Mira Shane from in-tight to stake Hopkins to a 6-2 lead. The Blue Jays then scored in transition when Ibello finished on the doorstep at 13:24.
• Junior Emily Kenul capped the run with a free position goal, the 16th of her career, to put Hopkins on top 8-2 with 10:13 left in the half. Kirby closed out the first-half scoring, and made it an 8-3 game, as she scored on a bouncer with 24.2 seconds remaining.
• The second half started much the same way as the second with the Wolverines scoring the first two goals. Coughlan once again opened the scoring with a high-to-low shot from the right alley just 38 seconds in. Molly Garrett cut the deficit to three just 12 seconds later, scoring off the restart after being awarded the draw.
• Hopkins answered in transition when senior Alexis Maffucci fed a long pass to freshman Maggie Schneidereith, who was all alone in front of the cage. Schneidereith caught the ball, faked and then beat Alli Kothari with a bounce shot at 28:01.
• After the teams combined for three goals in the opening two minutes, the defenses took over for the ensuing nine minutes. The Wolverines ended the drought with a pair of goals from Lilly Grass and Bianca Brueckner in a two-minute span to make it a 9-7 game with 17:42 to play.
• Senior Haley Schweizer and Fitzgerald then fueled a four-goal run to push Hopkins’ lead to 13-7 with 9:41 left on the clock. Schweizer sparked the run with a free position goal before Fitzgerald scored back-to-back unassisted goals. Schweizer then took a pass from Kenul and blew a shot past Kothari on the run.
• Emily Braun got Michigan back on the board when she scored in transition with 3:52 remaining. Fitzgerald answered with a behind-the-back shot to stake Hopkins to a 14-8 lead. Maffucci then closed out the scoring off a long feed from Schneidereith.

What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 2-0 against Michigan and earns its first-ever Big Ten game.
• Fitzgerald notched her 13th career hat trick and sixth this season. She also tied her career highs with six points and two assists.
• Kenul moved into 10th place in program history with 40 career assists. In addition, she ranks 15th in career points with 113.
• Schweizer moved into a tie for 14th in school history with 91 career goals.

Johns Hopkins Leaders
• Points: Fitzgerald (6)
• Goals: Fitzgerald (4)
• Assists: Kenul (2), Ibello (2), Fitzgerald (2)
• Draw Controls: Kenul (3), Souder (3)
• Ground Balls: Schneidereith (3)
• Caused Turnovers: Flister (2)
• Saves: Federico (7)

Opponent Leaders
• Points: Coughlan (3)
• Goals: Coughlan (2)
• Assists: Kirby (1), Schueler (1), Coughlan (1)
• Draw Controls: Garrett (4)
• Ground Balls: Braun (3)
• Caused Turnovers: Seven with (1)
• Saves: Kothari (8)

Up Next
• Hopkins returns to Homewood Field to take on fourth-ranked Stony Brook on Tuesday, April 11. Opening draw for the “Coaching for Literacy” game is slated for 5:00 pm.