Blue Jays Upset No. 4 Penn, 8-5
On a last-second whim, I stepped across the street from LM's offices to catch today's game at Homewood Field, featuring unranked Johns Hopkins versus No. 4 Penn. Best whim ever.
I caught what is easily the biggest upset of the season so far, with the Blue Jays defeating the Quakers, 8-5. Most of you were probably at home watching on ESPNU, but I'm glad I got to see it in person, despite the rainy conditions. It was the highest-ranked opponent JHU (5-3) has beaten since an 8-7 win over third-ranked Princeton back in 2006.
With the loss, Penn drops to 6-1, meaning there are only six
undefeated teams left in DI women's lacrosse (Maryland,
Northwestern, Loyola, Stanford, Albany and Louisville). Hopkins
midfielder Colleen McCaffrey led all scorers with four goals, the
last of which was the 100th of her career.
It was a chippy day for the Quakers, who committed 33 fouls to
JHU's 17, 21 of them during the second half. Trailing 5-2 at the
break and 8-2 after a three-goal Blue Jays run to open the second
period, Penn strung together three goals, including back-to-back
tallies from Erin Brennan (2g). But they couldn't score for the
final 19:26 of the game. That drought, plus a 23:17 gap between
their second and third goals, couldn't be overcome. (Neither could
the Blue Jays dominance on draws, which they won, 10-5.)
LaRash had a modest two saves in the win, but that was really all she needed, with just 11 shots from the Quakers. The sophomore scrawled "HAVE FUN" and "WHY NOT?" on her left and right hands, respectively, before the game, and the Blue Jays were certainly having a blast post-game, stomping and cheering over a huge win that's key for a team that has to compete with Northwestern for the American Lacrosse Conference automatic qualifier come postseason.
JHU lost to Princeton and then-No. 13 Georgetown by one goal
each earlier this season. In response to the question of the
difference between those close calls and this big win, Tucker
responded, "We were sick of knocking on the door. We were so, so
ready to turn the corner. I'm a little speechleess. I'm truly proud
of my girls. It showed this team we can compete with the big