Women’s lacrosse ends season with loss to No. 25 Johns Hopkins

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – A low-scoring second half doomed the Nittany Lions, as Penn State’s women’s lacrosse team fell 10-5 to No. 25 Johns Hopkins on Thursday night.

PSU entered halftime locked 4-4 with JHU after a second year Kristin O’Neill hat trick and freshman Ellie Hollin first career goal. But cold shooting and turnovers proved to be PSU’s undoing as the Blue Jays outscored the Lions 6-1 in the second half.

The loss sees the Nittany Lions end the 2022 season 6-9 on aggregate and 0-5 in the Big Ten. Meanwhile, JHU goes 10-7 on the year and 2-4 in Big Ten play.

BOX SCORE BREAKDOWN

  • O’Neill’s hat-trick is his fourth in a row. She has 13 multi-goal games this season and leads the Lions with 39 total goals.
  • Second year Sammy Dupcack picked up a career-high seven ground balls and four caused turnovers.
  • Junior Haley Urgo made his first career assist.
  • Second year Kayla Abernathy caused three turnovers, a career high.
  • First-year student Ashley Bowan finished with seven stops between the pipes.
  • PSU won the battle for control of the toss, 12-7.
  • Penn State went 0-5 on free position shots, while JHU was 1-5.
  • JHU was led by second student Abbey Hurlbrink who scored four goals coming off the bench.

HOW DID IT HAPPEN

First trimester – PSU 2, JHU 3
JHU scored the first two goals of the game 21 seconds apart. Just over 30 seconds later, O’Neill headed down the left side to score the Lions’ first goal. Less than a minute later, the Blue Jays regained their two-goal lead. Not 30 seconds later, Hollin scored the first goal of his career. Hollin had cleared the ball on her own downfield, only stopping for a foul by JHU, then quickly collected the ball and headed straight for the net, past her defender on a 1-on-1 opportunity.

Second trimester – PSU 4, JHU 4
The Nittany Lions started the second period with a coast-to-coast goal from O’Neill. Playing good defense, the Lions’ fifth-year eldest Kate Love forced a turnover on a drive in the middle. Bowan picked up the ball from the ground and delivered it to a moving O’Neill who cleared the ball herself and scored in transition. On the next set, Love again caused a turnover and caught the ball on the ground. Hollin pushed the field passing a long ball to Urgo who sent it to O’Neill who scored on the disc giving PSU their first lead, 4-3. With less than two minutes remaining, JHU equalized on a free position goal. With 35 seconds remaining, a PSU yellow card left them with a woman down and JHU another free position opportunity. This time Bowan made a clutch save to keep the game locked down before halftime.

Third trimester – PSU 5, JHU 6
PSU’s offensive production slowed as JHU took advantage of turnovers and missed shots to score two goals. Down 4-6, senior Sydney Wolfington connected with junior Brooke Barger on a well-deserved goal with 1:27 left in the quarter.



Fourth quarter – PSU 5, JHU 10
JHU would control the period and put the game out of reach with four consecutive goals.

NEXT
Penn State is wrapping up the 2022 season while the Blue Jays can now clinch fourth and final Big Ten Tournament berth with a Rutgers victory over Ohio State and a Maryland win over Michigan.