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JHU pulls away from Loyola in 2nd half

By: Taber Lucchese

With three points on a goal and two assists, JHU junior Emily Kenul reached the 100-career point mark against Loyola.

A new victory in the Battle of Charles Street has been crowned. Johns Hopkins put forth a pivotal second half effort for a 12-8 victory, continuing their current three-game winning streak and dethroning Loyola for the first time since 2014.

The tumultuous first half was a ping pong match littered with hat tricks and sweet sticks. Loyola’s Frankie Kamely and Cami Whiteford each contributed three goals apiece, while Hopkins’ Emily Kenul concluded first half scoring with a highlight reel behind-the-back goal off a Maggie Schneidereith feed.

“We ended the first half with a sick goal from Kenul, which definitely gave us momentum going into halftime,” said senior midfielder Haley Schweizer, who scored two goals in the game. “We talked about energy and poise, and I definitely think we increased those in the second half.”

At halftime, the score was an even 6-6, but an explosive five-goal run set the Blue Jays’ victory in stone. Kenul contributed yet another goal to reach her 100th career point, assisted by Schneidereith who tallied a career-best three points and three assists. Sophomore Miranda Ibello posted a career-high five points with her two goals and three assists.

“Our first half was a really bright spark,” Loyola head coach Jen Adams said. “It was the tale of two teams tonight. You saw a first half team that could compete with anyone in the nation – you saw a second half team that made a lot of errors, that couldn’t finish their shots, that really let Hopkins run away with it.”

Loyola’s disparity lied in the goal deficit. The Blue Jays and Greyhounds both tallied 13 shots in the second half, but Loyola only completed two of those against a buckled-down Hopkins defensive unit.

Hopkins’ Caroline Federico and Loyola’s Taylor Caldwell both put up a six- and five-save game, respectively.

“Fed is a gamer,” Johns Hopkins coach Janine Tucker raved about her senior goalkeeper. “I thought it was a little bit of a slow start for her in the first half, then she was like, ‘I’ve had enough.’ She made some really incredible saves when we really needed them and made some outstanding decisions on the clear.”

Caldwell, who played through an ankle injury, started for Loyola in place of injured sophomore Kady Glynn, who was anticipated to be the Greyhounds’ starting goalie this season.

“I thought Taylor did a phenomenal job with her defense,” Adams said. “It’s disappointing when we come away with a loss when I actually thought she did a great job and played competitively and a comparative game to the Hopkins keeper.”

The rivalry today is rooted deeper than the history – Tucker beamed as she celebrated her 400th career game in a victory over her alma mater, accompanied by her associate head coach Tara Singleton and Manager of Lacrosse Operations Jeff Chase, who are also both former Greyhound lacrosse players.

“Every other game but this one, I root for Loyola because I’m a Greyhound at heart,” Tucker said. “It’s a very special rivalry – it’s one where there’s a tremendous amount of respect between both programs. My team is friends with their team – there’s a lot of stuff flying back and forth leading up to this game. The gloves are on when it’s game day, then you hug it out at the end.”

But the odds were stacked against unranked Loyola, hosting the No. 18 Blue Jays that had won their three previous games while the Greyhounds had yet to play this season. However, despite the loss, Adams is confident that her team will be much better for it.

“[It’s] a great rivalry game – a very emotional one for us to start with,” Adams said. When we haven’t had a chance to get our feet wet and we start our season with a game like Hopkins, we’re always up for a challenge.

“There’s no better game than a Hopkins game to test you,” Adams said. “While we do lose this game and it goes down on paper, there’s so much we take away from it. They exposed some bits and pieces of our game that we’re not seeing in practice.”

Loyola will take part in another classic local rivalry game on Sunday when they make a short trip to Towson for a noon start. The Blue Jays will look to remain unbeaten and improve to 4-0 when they play their first home game of the year on Saturday. Their game against Penn at 1 pm kicks off a four-game homestand.

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Taber Lucchese

Staff Writer
A washed up high school athlete studying in the heartland of college lacrosse and living vicariously through her D1 friends. Growing up in a lacrosse-obsessed family in New York's hotbed, Taber received her first stick as a toddler, an all-pink plastic beauty with the Powerpuff Girls printed on the shaft. Soon after, she was criticized for her lack of a pocket by her male teammates, who all no doubt play college lacrosse today. After over a decade of shooting space and tight pockets, Taber picked up field hockey in high school to finally prove that she could be better at a sport than her D1-committed younger sister. Shockingly she was wrong, and now has accepted the fact that club sports are her destiny. Taber is currently pursuing a degree in Political Science with concentrations in Journalism and Italian Studies. Don't worry, she's not sure what she's doing either, but she's confident that she knows more about sports than you do.

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