BALTIMORE, Md. The No. 14 Penn women’s lacrosse team rode a smothering defense and a methodical attack to a 12-4 win over No. 12 Johns Hopkins Wednesday evening at Homewood Field.
The win for the Quakers (7-1, 2-0 Ivy) was the first in program history over Hopkins (5-4, 1-0 ALC) in six meetings.
Goalie Sarah Waxman worked a gem, makingten saves, while defender Hilary Renna held Mary Key, the nation’s leading scorer with 7.88 points per game, to a goal and two assists.
Penn led 7-1 at halftime, with six different scorers notching goals in the first half. The Quakers’ lead ballooned to as many as 10 goals twice in the second half.
“It was just the best team effort I’ve ever seen,” said Head Coach Karin Brower. “The defense played so well and was all together, and Waxman was fantastic. She had some huge saves.”
The Quakers wasted no time getting on the board with Chrissy Muller’s goal from Rachel Manson 33 seconds into the game.
Ali DeLuca nearly scored five minutes later when her shot caromed off the crossbar, but Melissa Lehman scooped up the rebound and scored seconds later. DeLuca scored on a free position with 12:17leftput Penn up 3-0.
On the other end of the field, the Quaker defense was dominant as Waxman denied Key twice in the first 15 minutes.
But Key couldn’t be stopped as she got the Blue Jays their first goal with 7:21 remaining. The Quakers, though, answered with a 4-0 run to end the half. Off a free position attempt, Lehman passed left to a streaking Manson, who buried the shot to put Penn up 4-1 with 4:20 to go.
Chelsea Kocis added another on an eight-meter before Emma Spiro scored on a runner with 45 seconds to go. Hopkins won the draw, but Kocis caused the turnover and scored on the breakaway with 21 seconds left.
The start of the second half wouldn’t be any different.
Kocis completed her first career hat trick on an unassisted goal, and DeLuca added another seconds later. Becca Edwards made it 10-1 with her unassisted tally five minutes into the half. Spiro kept the run alive with a free position goal midway through the half.
The Blue Jays finally ended Penn’s run on Lauren Schwarzmann’s goal with 12:24 left, but Edwards restored the 10-goal margin off a feed from Allison Ambrozy. Kadie Stamper added a pair of late scores for the Blue Jays.
Penn gave up just four goals on 25 shots.
The Quakers continue their road swing this Saturday as they return to Ivy action at Columbia at 7 p.m.