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JHU routs Rutgers, clinched B1G tournament

Haley Schweizer scored five goals and the 100th of her career as Johns Hopkins beat Rutgers and clinched an appearance to the Big Ten tournament.

After their 0-3 start in Big Ten play thing looked bleak for the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team as they attempted to clinch a postseason berth just their first season in the league. But on Thursday night in the comfort of Homewood Field, the Blue Jays won their third straight conference game to clinch a spot in the upcoming Big Ten tournament.

Senior midfielder Haley Schweizer scored a team-high five goals to go with one assist as the Blue Jays beat the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Homewood Field, 17-9. Schweizer’s five goals were all the 100th of her career. She is the 10th JHU player in the school’s Division I history to reach that mark.

Johns Hopkins scored the first five goals of the game and built an 8-1 lead 20 minutes into the game. Schweizer scored three of those goals and completed her natural hat trick just 17 minutes into the game. Maggie Schneidereith scored two of her three goals in the early JHU run.

Rutgers finished the first half with three straight goals to cut the Blue Jays lead to 8-4 at halftime, but Johns Hopkins did not allow them to carry any momentum into the second half. Schneidereith scored just 11 seconds out of the break and that sparked the Blue Jays on an eight-goal run to put things away as they took a 16-4 lead with 17:20 remaining in the game.

Rutgers did score five in a row, but it was not nearly enough to threaten Johns Hopkins. Caroline Shinske scored one final goal at the end of the game for the Blue Jays as well.

Emily Kenul also had a hat trick in the game to go with two assists in her six-point game. Alexis Maffucci and Nicole DeMase both scored twice.

Johns Hopkins was actually out-shot by Rutgers 34-31 and beat on ground balls 12-7, but a 12-save performance by Caroline Federico helped shut the Scarlet Knights down.

Johns Hopkins did hold a 17-11 draw control advantage with Kenul leading the way with four. Shannon Fitzgerald won three of them.

While Johns Hopkins did clinch an appearance in the upcoming Big Ten tournament they will close their regular season on Sunday at Towson. The game is scheduled for noon.

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