BALTIMORE, Md.--There were no April Fools pranks played on Penn as the No. 3 team breezed by unranked Johns Hopkins, 11-3. The Quakers remained undefeated at 9-0 while the Blue Jays dropped to 4-7.
The Blue Jays were no match for Penn's different kind of bird--Samantha Bird. The senior had a career night with three goals and two assist to lead the Quakers' point-scorers.
The rain held off and the teams hurried through the game that took just 1:32 from start to finish. The Quakersspent the first eight minutes lining up their first goal, but then rattled off four more to close the first half. Meanwhile, the Penn defense was air tight holding the Blue Jays scoreless for 30 minutes, and then nearly seven more in the second.
Holding back the Jays attack was junior goalkeeper Emily Szelest with five saves in the period. Hopkins keeper Julianne Wisner got a work out with 13 saves in the game.
The Red and Blue picked up where they left off after the break with Bird's second goal of the night at 27:55. She then turned around a minute later to assist junior Courtney Lubbe's tally--she ended the day with a team-best four goals.
The Jays finally got into the game with a free position goal from Colleen McCaffrey with 23 minutes left to play. The defense locked Hopkins out for the next 10 minutes. The Jays notched two quick goals, but that would be their last and it was Penn that had the last word with a quick pass from Giulia Giordano to Lubbe.
The Quakers jump back into Ivy League action with another road trip, this timeto Harvard on Saturday, April 4. Game time is set for noon.