Strong 1st Half Pushes Women's Lacrosse Past Hopkins, 11-7

Penn vs. Johns Hopkins Box Score

PHIALDELPHIA - No. 7 Penn put together a 7-1 run to open the game against Johns Hopkins, and staved off any thoughts of a Blue Jay rally for an 11-7 win.

The two sides traded goals to start the game, but after Johns Hopkins tied the game at 1-1, Bridget Waclawik scored the first of her two goals just 34 seconds later to give Penn a lead it would never relinquish.

Waclawik's goal was a thing of beauty as she took an Ali DeLuca pass right in front of goalkeeper Cosette Larash and flipped a shot behind her head while going across the front of the goal with 22:11 to play in the half. Less than a minute later, Maddie Poplawski doubled the lead by finishing off an Erin Brennan pass as soon as it landed in her pocket.

After Brennan scored at 15:13, the Quakers rattled off three free position goals in a row to widen their advantage. DeLuca, Brennan and Poplawski each made Johns Hopkins pay for fouls in close to give Penn a 7-1 lead.

The Red and Blue's large halftime lead was not for a lack of trying by the Blue Jays. Hopkins was on target throughout the opening 30 minutes with its shots. JHU took 10 shots in the first half - two of which were goals. One sailed wide. The other seven were stopped by Penn keeper Emily Szelest.

Szelest, who entered the game with the second-lowest GAA in the nation, finished the game with 11 saves, one shy of equaling her career-high.

Penn diversified its offense, with six different players scoring at least one goal and five of those scorers finishing with two goals. In total, three players finished the game with two goals and an assist.

In the second half, it took over 11 minutes for either team to score, with Penn striking first on a Waclawik score. Johns Hopkins answered with three straight goals in a span of 6:13 to close the gap to 9-5. Paige Ibello had two of those goals for the Blue Jays on feeds from Candace Rossi.

The two teams traded goals with less than eight minutes to play, making the score 10-6. With 4:51 remaining, DeLuca scored her second of the game on a nice bounce shot through Lizzie O'Ferrall's five-hole for Penn's final score of the game. Angela Hughes converted a free position for Johns Hopkins with 49 seconds left for her third of the game, but Penn ran out the clock after winning the ensuing draw control.

Brennan, DeLuca and Emma Spiro each had two draw controls for Penn. Lily Posner had a strong defensive game, coming up with three ground balls and a draw control while causing a pair of turnovers. Fellow defender Kaileigh Wright had a pair of caused turnovers and ground balls to go with one draw control.

The Quakers improve to 7-1 on the season while Hopkins falls to 5-4.

Penn is back in action on Sunday, heading to Ithaca for its first road Ivy game of the season at Cornell. Game starts at 1 p.m.