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Score: Johns Hopkins-17, Rutgers-9
Records: JHU (11-5, 3-3 B1G) RU (8-8 2-4 B1G)
Location: Baltimore, MD Homewood Field
The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team beat visiting Rutgers, 17-9, on Thursday night to clinch a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. Senior Haley Schweizer led the Blue Jays with a game-high five goals and six points.
How it Happened
Hopkins scored the game's first five goals in the opening 12 minutes to take control. Senior Alexis Maffucci opened the scoring at 25:45 when she took a pass from junior Shannon Fitzgerald, turned and scored low. Just over two minutes later, junior Emily Kenul converted a free position shot to make it 2-0.
The Blue Jays capitalized in transition to push their lead to three with 20:52 to go. Junior Emily Verica carried into the offensive end, drew a trio of defenders and then passed to freshman Maggie Schneidereith, who scored from the doorstep. Schweizer followed with back-to-back goals just 19 seconds apart and Hopkins led by five.
Kristina Dunphey ended the Blue Jays' opening run with a free position goal at the 17:43-mark to make it a 5-1 game. Hopkins answered with three straight goals to push out to an 8-1 lead. Hopkins got another goal in transition off a failed Rutgers clear. Fitzgerald grabbed the ground ball at the restraining line and carried into the zone before finding Schneidereith on the right post for the score.
Schweizer completed her hat trick with 13:18 to play in the half with a rocket of a shot off the dodge. Sixty seconds later, Fitzgerald threaded the needle to Kenul on the right post, who went low for the score.
Rutgers responded with three consecutive goals to make it an 8-4 lead at the half. Dunphey got her second goal on free position to get things going for the Scarlet Knights at 9:04. She then slipped a pass to a cutting Joanna Reilly, who scored on the run. Macy Scott had the final say of the half, going high-to-low off the dodge at the 3:38-mark.
Hopkins came out of the lockerroom firing, scoring eight straight, including three in the first 38 seconds to push out to a 16-4 lead. Schneidereith got things going with her third of the night just 11 seconds in. Maffucci then converted a free position shot 13 seconds later. Schweizer then took a pass from Schneidereith and blew home her fourth of the game at the 29:22-mark.
Fitzgerald added to her three assists with a missile from 10 yards out. Kenul added her third of the night with the helper from Maffucci at 26:44 and the lead was nine. Sophomore Nicole DeMase sandwiched a pair of bouncers around Schweizer's fifth strike, and Hopkins led 16-4 with 17:20 to play.
Paige Paratore ended Hopkins' run with back-to-back goals and sparked a five-goal run for the Scarlet Knights. Junior Caroline Shinske had the final say of the game and halted the visitor's run with her first of the season at the 2:07-mark. She took a pass from junior Maggie Friel and scored on a lefty shot from close range.
What it Means
Hopkins improves to 3-0 versus Rutgers, including 2-0 at Homewood Field.
The Blue Jays clinch a postseason berth in their first season in the Big Ten. Hopkins will be the fourth seed and will play the top seed on Friday at Maryland.
The Jays' 17 goals are their second most this season and the most since an 18-6 win at American on February 15.
Schweizer's fifth goal of the game was the 100th of her career and she is the 10th player in school Division I history to reach the mark. She now has 13 goals and three assists in three games versus the Scarlet Knights. Schweizer now ranks 16th in school DI history with 117 career points.
Federico finished with 12 saves for her fourth double-digit save performance this season. She ranks third in school DI history and sixth overall with 384 career saves.
Johns Hopkins Leaders
Points: Schweizer (6)
Goals: Schweizer (5)
Assists: Fitzgerald (3)
Draw Controls: Souder (5)
Ground Balls: Fitzgerald (2), Fernandez (2)
Caused Turnovers: Four with (1)
Saves: Federico (12)
Points: Dunphey (4)
Goals: Dunphey (2), Paratore (2)
Assists: Dunphey (2)
Draw Controls: Four with (2)
Ground Balls: Sharp (3)
Caused Turnovers: Four with (1)
Saves: Kearns (6)
Johns Hopkins closes out the regular season on Sunday at Towson. Opening draw is slated for Noon at Johnny Unitas Stadium.