Kenul Leads Johns Hopkins to 12-6 Win at Ohio State
Score: Johns Hopkins-12, Ohio State-6
Records: JHU (10-5, 2-3 B1G) OSU (6-11, 0-6 B1G)
Location: Columbus, OH Ohio Stadium
The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team scored five straight goals midway through the second half to pull away in a 12-6 win at Ohio State Saturday morning.
How it Happened
Junior Emily Kenul scored the game's first two goals to stake Hopkins to a quick 2-0 lead. She opened the scoring at 27:41 when she took a pass from classmate Shannon Fitzgerald, dodged a pair of defenders and then scored from the doorstep. Just over three minutes later, freshman Maggie Schneidereith slipped Kenul a pass from goal line extended and she scored on a quick-stick from the right alley.
Junior CeCe Finney pushed the Blue Jays' lead to three at the 16:48-mark. Senior Alexis Maffucci was behind the goal and found Finney cutting to the cage. Finney caught the pass and picked the far post from the left alley.
Ohio State answered with back-to-back goals over a nearly nine-minute span to pull within one with 7:22 to play in the half. Paulina Constant found Mackenzie Maring in the slot, she hitched several times and then scored from in-tight at 16:00. Baley Parrott made it two in a row for the Buckeyes when she dodged from the right side and scored on a side-arm shot.
Senior Haley Schweizer pushed the lead back to two when she blew a shot past Jillian Rizzo from 10 yards out with 1:56 to play in the half. Molly Wood opened the second-half scoring just 21 seconds in as she scored off the dodge to make it a 4-3 game.
Hopkins then capitalized on the clear to re-establish its two goal lead with 26:40 to play. Junior Emily Verica carried into the Ohio State zone and found senior Alexis Maffucci open on the left post for the quick score.
Sage Darling once again made it a one-goal game when she spun in traffic and scored on a bouncer from the slot at 20:12.
Less than a minute later, junior Maggie Friel dodged across the top of the fan and then scored on a low shot from nine yards out. That goal sparked a five-goal run, in a seven-minute span, for the Blue Jays as they pushed out to a 10-4 lead. Kenul followed with her third goal of the afternoon at the 17:40-mark. She dodged from left goal line extended and went top-shelf on the run.
Schweizer made it an 8-4 game 86 seconds later with a rocket shot off the dodge. Kenul then got in the assist column, passing on a free position shot and instead giving the ball to Maffucci, who was open on the left post. Finney capped the run with 12:06 to play as she staked the Blue Jays to a six-goal lead. Schweizer slipped the ball to Finney in the slot, and she turned and beat Rizzo top shelf.
Ohio State ended the run with back-to-back goals to trim the deficit to four with seven minutes on the clock. Parrott scored on free position at 9:42 to end a scoreless drought of more than 10 minutes. Constant then dodged and scored on a lefty shot from the middle of the fan.
The Blue Jays answered with back-to-back goals from Schneidereith, just 18 seconds apart, to push the lead back to six. In transition, sophomore Nicole DeMase fed the ball to Schneidereith on the crease, she turned and scored with 5:22 to play. Kenul won the ensuing draw and she passed to Schweizer, who drew a free position shot. Instead of shooting, she passed to Schneidereith, who scored from the doorstep.
What it Means
Hopkins improves to 10-6 against Ohio State and wins in Columbus for the first time in 2014. The six-goal margin of victory is the largest for the Blue Jays in the series since a 17-7 win over the Buckeyes on March 12, 2006. It is Hopkins' largest margin of victory in Columbus.
With the win, Hopkins moves closer to a Big Ten Tournament berth. Hopkins can secure a spot in the postseason with a win over Rutgers on Thursday.
This is the Blue Jays' fourth straight season with double-digit wins and the 20th overall under head coach Janine Tucker.
Kenul moved into a tie for 14th in school Division I history with 118 career points. She is also tied for eighth with 94 career caused turnovers. Schweizer now ranks 17th with 111 career points and is tied for 12th with 95 career goals.
Johns Hopkins Leaders
Points: Kenul (4)
Goals: Kenul (3)
Assists: Schweizer (2)
Draw Controls: Kenul (6)
Ground Balls: Federico (6)
Caused Turnovers: Flister (2)
Saves: Federico (10)
Points: Parrott (2), Constant (2)
Goals: Parrott (2)
Assists: Constant (1)
Draw Controls: Kesselman (3)
Ground Balls: Rizzo (3)
Caused Turnovers: Turner (3), Bushell (3)
Saves: Rizzo (13)
Hopkins returns to Homewood Field on Thursday, April 27 to take on Rutgers. Opening draw for the Big Ten contest is slated for 6:00 pm. The Blue Jays will honor their seven seniors prior to the game.