Northwestern tops Hopkins women

Early 8-1 run lifts No. 2 Wildcats, 17-5

College Lacrosse



EVANSTON, Ill. -- Johns Hopkins doesn't lose many women's lacrosse games.

And when the Blue Jays do lose, they like to remember it and learn from the experience.

Defending national champion and No. 2 Northwestern gave Hopkins plenty to think about yesterday when the Wildcats thumped the No. 7 Blue Jays, 17-5.

"This is going to motivate us," Hopkins coach Janine Tucker said. "One thing that's good about my team is that when we lose, the girls take it personally. They want to make the adjustments and they don't want to blow it off by any stretch of the imagination."

Northwestern leads the nation in women's lacrosse scoring, and its defense kept Hopkins largely under wraps.

Northwestern "plays a very aggressive style of defense," Tucker said. "We weren't handling the ball very well. That's going to create problems for you."

The Wildcats (13-1, 3-0) also moved ahead of Hopkins (10-2, 3-1) in the American Lacrosse Conference standings.

"A lot of times we were making our own mistakes," Hopkins attacker Sarah Walsh said. "Catching and throwing in particular."

Northwestern raced to an 8-1 halftime lead, and the Blue Jays never got closer than five goals in the second half.

"They're a suffocating defense, and that's on everybody," said Hopkins attacker Mary Key, who did not score. "We got our opportunities and had our shots. We just didn't capitalize on them."

Walsh scored twice for Johns Hopkins, as did Annie Wagner. Meagan Voight scored the Blue Jays' other goal.

Hopkins scored first when Alex Nolan passed to Voight for a close-range shot.

Northwestern scored the next nine goals. Kristen Kjellman scored three in the first half and finished with four goals. Ally Josephs, Meredith Frank, Hannah Nielsen and Sarah Albrecht each scored twice for the Wildcats.

UMBC 14, Stony Brook 9 -- Ali Levendusky had four goals and two assists as the visiting Retrievers (9-7, 4-1 America East) secured a conference playoff berth with the win over the Seawolves (8-7, 3-2). UMBC trailed 4-2 with 20 minutes left in the first half when Ede Carpenter scored on an assist from Levendusky, sparking a six goal run by UMBC to take an 8-4 lead.

Monmouth 13, Mount St. Mary's 12 -- Despite a five-goal Mountaineers run in the final three minutes, Monmouth (11-6, 8-0 Northeast Conference) held on to defeat the Mount (7-10, 4-4). Despite the loss, Mount St. Mary's advances to the conference semifinals for a rematch with top-seeded Monmouth on May 5.

St. Mary's 19, York 6 -- Freshman midfielder Lauren Carrier scored six goals to lead the Seahawks (12-3) past the Spartans (5-9) in the quarterfinals of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. St. Mary's faces host Mary Washington in tomorrow's semifinals.

Goucher 18, Catholic 13 -- Emily Blatter and Kate Knitter each scored five goals to power the Gophers (9-6) past the visiting Cardinals (9-6) in the quarterfinals of the CAC tournament. Goucher faces top seed Salisbury in tomorrow's semifinals.

St. Vincent 14, Villa Julie 12 -- Laura Fedor scored four goals and the visiting Bearcats (4-5) maintained possession in the closing three minutes of play. Mary Kate Connelly, Nikki Miller and Julie Olson each had three goals for the Mustangs.


Villa Julie 20, Alvernia 4 -- Andy Bishop and Matt Miller each had two goals and an assist for the visiting Mustangs (7-5, 6-0 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference) .

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