Top-ranked Maryland Holds off Johns Hopkins, 19-16
• Score: #1 Maryland-19, Johns Hopkins-16
• Records: JHU (11-7) • UM (18-0)
• Location: College Park, MD • Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team battled top-ranked Maryland but fell just short in a thrilling 19-16 game in the Big Ten Semifinals Friday night in College Park.
How it Happened
• Megan Whittle struck first for the Terps when she dodged down the right alley and picked the upper left corner just 56 seconds in. The Blue Jays answered less than two minutes later with a strike from junior Emily Kenul. She dodged from the left side, cut under her defender and scored over the top of Megan Taylor from the doorstep. It was the first of three straight Hopkins goals in a two-minute span.
• Junior Shannon Fitzgerald gave JHU the lead with time-winding down in the possession as she spun on her defender and scored on a bouncer from a tight angle at 26:03. Thirty-seven seconds later, Fitzgerald found a cutting CeCe Finney, who scored on a high-to-low shot to stake the Blue Jays to a 3-1 lead.
• Maryland responded with a run of its own and scored six consecutive goals to take a 7-3 lead by the 18:30-mark. Caroline Steele fueled the run with three goals and an assist while Kali Hartshorn added two goals and a helper.
• Fitzgerald ended the run when she scored on the run in the left alley with 17:45 to go in the half to make it 7-4. Hartshorn came right back with her third goal of the night to push the lead back to four. Whittle followed with back-to-back free position goals to stake the Terps to a 10-4 lead at the 13:34-mark.
• Just 68 seconds later, Fitzgerald scored on a give-and-go with freshman Maggie Schneidereith to spark a four-goal Blue Jay run. Junior Maggie Friel followed with back-to-back goals in a 90-second span. Senior Haley Schweizer capped the run when she took a pass from Schneidereith in the right alley and blew a shot past Taylor from seven yards out. That trimmed Maryland’s lead to just 10-8 with 4:32 to play in the half. Zoe Stukenberg closed out the half with a pair of goals in the final 3:48 to send the home team into the locker room with a 12-8 lead.
• Finney opened the second-half scoring with a free position goal just 62 seconds in to cut the deficit back to three. The Terps came right back with goals from Steele and Brindi Griffin to push out to a 14-9 lead with 24:12 to go.
• The teams then traded goals over a four-minute period and Maryland led 16-11 with 15:36 to play. Kenul and Finney scored consecutive goals just 95 seconds apart to cut the deficit back to three. Kenul took a flip-pass from Schweizer, turned and went top-shelf. Schweizer then found Finney in the middle of the fan and she scored high-to-low on a lefty shot.
• Maryland came right back with goals from Steele and Hartshorn just 11 seconds apart to push its lead to 18-13 with 10:53 to play. The Blue Jays weren’t going away as Kenul and Schweizer sandwiched goals around a strike from Whittle and the lead was 19-15 with 3:10 left. After a Maryland turnover, Kenul found Schneidereith on the right post and she score in traffic to trim the deficit to three with 93 seconds remaining. The Terps then won the draw and were able to run out the clock.
What it Means
• Hopkins slips to 0-16 all-time against Maryland. Tonight’s meeting was the first between the two in the Big Ten Tournament.
• The Blue Jays’ 16 goals are the most allowed by the Terps since a 17-15 loss at North Carolina on April 5, 2014. It is also the most goals Maryland has allowed at home since a 19-18 win over Duke on March 3, 2007.
• With her third assist of the day, Schneidereith broke Mary Key’s record for assists by a freshman. Key handed out 22 assists in 2004. Schneidereith is also tied for sixth in program history for points by a freshman with 44.
• Kenul now ranks 13th in school Division I history with 129 career points. Schweizer moved into 15th with 122 career points and ninth with 95 career draws.
• Hopkins must now await a possible at-large berth to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The bracket will be released at 9:00 pm ET on Sunday, May 7. Fans can watch the selection show here: http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2017/05/07
Johns Hopkins Leaders
• Points: Schneidereith (5), Fitzgerald (5), Schweizer (5)
• Goals: Fitzgerald (4)
• Assists: Schneidereith (4)
• Draw Controls: Schweizer (5)
• Ground Balls: Kenul (3)
• Caused Turnovers: Verica (1)
• Saves: Federico (8)
• Points: Steele (6), Whittle (6)
• Goals: Steele (5), Whittle (5)
• Assists: Wannen (4)
• Draw Controls: Hartshorn (8)
• Ground Balls: Stukenberg (2)
• Caused Turnovers: Stukenberg (2)
• Saves: Taylor (7)