Strong Second Half Propels Johns Hopkins to 16-5 Win at Bucknell
LEWISBURG, PA - The 20th-ranked Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team outscored host Bucknell, 10-3, in the second half en route to a 16-5 win Saturday afternoon. The wins pushes the Blue Jays' win streak to nine as they improve to 11-2 on the season, while the Bison slip to 2-13.
Hopkins jumped on Bucknell early, scoring a pair of goals before the game was five minutes old. Freshman CeCe Finney put the Blue Jays on the board at the 2:24-mark as she took a pass from classmate Emily Kenul and blew a sidearm shot past Bison goalie Elizabeth Duswalt. Just 1:50 later, Hopkins doubled its lead when junior Kristen Cannon found senior Jen Cook for a transition goal.
Sophomore Haley Schweizer pushed Hopkins lead to three with a free position goal at 20:29. Just over two minutes later the lead was four off a Dene' DiMartino strike. From the top of the fan, sophomore Alexis Maffucci found DiMartino in the slot. She turned and fired in traffic to stake Hopkins to the four-goal lead. The goal moved her into a tie for eighth in school Division I history.
The pace slowed from there as Duswalt made a number of saves to keep the Blue Jays' lead from growing. Gretchen Richter ended the Bison's scoring drought with 2:38 to play in the half as she took a pass from Christina Manis, cut to the front of the cage and slipped a shot over the shoulder of senior KC Emerson to make it 4-1. The Blue Jays came right back however with back-to-back goals just 22 seconds apart from Schweizer and freshman Shannon Fitzgerald. Richter got one back as time expired in the half, once again scoring off a Manis pass.
Hopkins didn't need long to push the score to 7-2 as DiMartino scored just 25 seconds into the second half. The Blue Jays then got three goals in a span of just 29 seconds to take a 10-2 lead with 24:07 to play in the game. Finney got things going when she scooped up a loose ball, hitched and shot stick-side high for her second of the day. Junior Jenna Reifler then took a pass from Fitzgerald off the draw and scored on a bounce shot. Fitzgerald then capped the spurt with an unassisted tally. Emily Kookogey ended the Hopkins' run with a free position shot at 22:48 to make it a 10-3 game.
Hopkins came right back with five unanswered to grab a 15-3 lead with 13:30 still to play. Cook drew a free position, but instead of shooting, passed to an open Cannon on the left post for the score at 21:26. The assist marked the 100th point of her career, making her the 18th player in school Division I history to reach the milestone. Just 15 seconds later, Schweizer completed her second hat trick when she took a pass from Fitzgerald and beat Duswalt on a bounce shot. DiMartino converted a free position for her third of the day and her 22nd career hat trick at 20:39. Sixty-nine seconds later, she fed a pass to Fitzgerald, who blew home a shot on the run from eight meters out.
Kenul added a goal to her two assists exactly six minutes later, taking a pass from Cook in traffic and scoring from close range. Richter scored on a high-to-low shot for the Bison to complete her hat trick at 9:47 and make it a 15-4 game. Just over three minutes later, Ally Furbay notched an unassisted goal to cut the deficit to 10. But freshman Maggie Friel had the final say of the game, scoring off an assist from classmate Eden Epner with 3:20 to go.
Fitzgerald had a game and career-high five points (3g, 2a) to lead the Blue Jays. DiMartino finished with four points (3g, 1a) and a game-high eight draws, one shy of the school record. Sophomore Nevi Fernandez led the defense with a career-best four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Schweizer had four ground balls and two caused turnovers to go with her hat trick. Richter led the Bison with a hat trick while Manis had a pair of assists. Duswalt finished with 15 saves in the loss.
Hopkins returns to action on Wednesday, April 15 as the Blue Jays host the top-ranked and reigning NCAA Champion Maryland Terrapins. The game will be televised by ESPNU with opening draw set for 8:32 pm.