PHILADELPHIA--After earning a key road win against Columbia in their last matchup, the No. 2-ranked University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team travels to Baltimore, Md., to face Johns Hopkins Wednesday night. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Homewood Field.
Penn comes into the contest sporting a perfect 8-0 record, including a 3-0 mark in the Ivy League. So far this season, the Quakers have started quickly against their opponents, outscoring them 59-15 in the first period alone en route to an impressive 93-36 overall goal differential. The defense has also been firing on all cylinders in posting a 4.50 goals-against average, good for first in the Ancient Eight.
Junior Courtney Lubbe spearheads a potent Quaker offense that boasts five players with at least 10 goals and 15 points apiece. Lubbe and fellow junior Ali DeLuca rank fourth and 10th in the Ivy League with 28 and 22 points, respectively. Junior Emma Spiro (20 points), freshman Erin Brennan (17 points) and senior Becca Edwards (15 points) comprise the rest of the scoring quintet.
On the defensive side, goalkeeper Emily Szelest has had a career season to date, as the junior from Delmar, N.Y., leads the Ancient Eight in goals-against average (4.20) and ranks second in save percentage (.525). Szelest and freshman Emily Leitner’s stellar play in front of the net have helped the Red and Blue maintain a healthy net scoring margin of 7.12 goals per game.
Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins (4-6 overall, 0-1 conference) heads into Wednesday’s contest on the heels of a 16-7 away loss to Towson, and will look to post a better performance against their Ivy League opponent. The Blue Jays have been outscored 121-105 on the season, although it has not been for a lack of offense. To that end, Penn will seek to neutralize the tandem of freshman Candace Rossi and junior Brett Bathras, who pace Johns Hopkins with 24 and 20 points, respectively. The Blue Jays also count four other players with at least 11 points apiece.