Women’s Roundup: Dikeou’s OT Goal Lifts Stanford over JHU
BALTIMORE – As chants of "Lu" echoed throughout the stands, Lucy Dikeou raced behind Stanford's bench to hug one of her biggest fans. She hopped the fence, but before she knew it, she was being carried like she was crowd surfing.
Her brother Pete, a senior forward for Virginia's ACCHL Division II club ice hockey team, had just watched his younger sister score the game-winning goal with 3:59 remaining in double overtime in No. 8 Stanford's 10-9 win over No. 20 Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field.
"Obviously, we're going to Lucy, who's one of our best players to try to make that happen," said Cardinal coach Amy Bokker, who had originally devised a passing play if the Blue Jays sent early doubles. "We wanted her to have the ball. She has great speed and is really hard to defend. She saw an opportunity and just ripped it."
The Tewaaraton Watch List member also opened the evening's scoring less than three minutes in, tying Kelsey Murray and Elizabeth Cusick for a team-high two goals, to bookend a match that proved West Coast lacrosse is on the rise. That was a key talking point for Bokker in pregame huddles – show Stanford is relevant in the national conversation.
"We get to come in here with a chip on our shoulder," said Dikeou. "It's not a secret that the East Coast has been dominating lacrosse for so long, but because of that, that really fuels us when we come out here. We are so ready to show and earn the respect that we think we deserve."
Hopkins showed some life with a three-goal run following Dikeou's first tally, but the Cardinal responded with four consecutive scores to regain a lead that held strong for the remainder of the match, despite three more ties. Murray scored her second of the day with 1:47 remaining in the first half to hand Stanford a one-goal edge at halftime.
With under five minutes to play in regulation, off a deflection from Stanford goalie Allie DaCar, Hopkins sophomore Emily Kenul scooped up the ground ball and dished it to Haley Schweizer, who drove hard right and scored to pull the Blue Jays within one at the 3:10 mark.
Kenul then scored the game-tying goal on a free position shot with 1:25 remaining to lead Hopkins over Stanford 3-2 in the second half before dropping its fourth game of the season. Kenul, Schweizer, Shannon Fitzgerald and Dene' DiMartino each had two goals against the Cardinal. Fitzgerald added one assist for a team-high three points.
Stanford advances to 6-1 on the season, with its lone lost to Notre Dame in its season opener, while Hopkins moves to 7-4. The Blue Jays outshot the Cardinal 28-25 and had the edge in both the ground ball and draw battles.
"We showed a lot of people we can hang and we're just as good," said Kenul.
Hopkins now turns the corner to their final six games of the season, featuring No. 1 Maryland, No. 11 Boston College, No. 16 Stony Brook and No. 19 Towson. With an at-large bid looming, playing an independent schedule, Tucker just witnessed how close they are to pushing themselves over the hump.
"What we've demonstrated to everyone is we can play with anybody," she said. "They know we're right there so we're just going to keep plugging away and keep making each other look good. That was one of the most exciting games I've ever been a part of."
While Hopkins has yet to record a win against a Top 20 opponent, the cause surrounding Wednesday's game to "Play4TheCure" was not lost on the Jays, especially Kenul. On Oct. 4, 2008, Kenul's mom, Donna DiFalco Kenul, died from multiple myeloma, an incurable form of cancer. Hopkins coach Janine Tucker said Kenul "probably" played with more intensity on Wednesday, but that's not atypical of her daily on-field performance.
"She is tough as nails," said Tucker. "But that's what I see every day from her. It's who she is and I know she gets that from her mom. It's a testament to how she operates."
"We have so many friends and family who have been affected by cancer and every single one of us had ribbons on our person in some way, shape or form that we were playing for," Tucker added. "Emily is always playing with her mom on her mind and that's why she's as good as she is. ... That's one thing that we can be proud of as a team – for all the loved ones that we were playing for, I think we did them proud."
On Saturday, Hopkins has the chance to rebound against Furman, while Stanford heads to Stony Brook for another Top 20 battle.
Hopkins sophomore Emily Kenul scored the game-tying goal with 1:25 remaining in regulation. (John Strohsacker)
Cummings, Whittle Lead Terps Past Penn
Taylor Cummings and Megan Whittle scored four goals apiece and No. 1 Maryland withstood a game-ending six-goal run to defeat No. 15 Penn 12-8 at Franklin Field on Wednesday.
The Terps outshot the Quakers 32-16, including a 19-5 advantage in the first half. Cummings and Whittle combined to take 21 shots. Maryland shot just 3-for-10 on free-position opportunities, but held Penn without a free-position attempt.
Cummings added 10 draw controls, leading the undefeated Terps (7-0) to their seventh straight win.
Maryland led 8-2 at halftime and scored four consecutive goals to start the second half. Penn showed life with six unanswered goals, but it was too little, too late. Alex Condon's third goal pulled the Quakers (6-2) within four with 2:12 remaining, but that's as close as they would get.
Kasey Behr's game-winning goal with 3:04 remaining lifted No. 13 Virginia to a 10-9 comeback win over James Madison. The Cavaliers (5-5) trailed 6-3 at halftime, but scored five of the first six goals in the second half to pull ahead 8-7. The Dukes (4-6) pulled even twice, with Brooks Lawler tying the game at 9 with 5:37 left before Behr put Virginia ahead for good.
UMass Wins 18th Straight Home Game
Erika Eipp, Hannah Murphy and Hannah Burnett scored three goals apiece to lead No. 17 UMass to a 13-7 victory over visiting Albany — the Minutewomen's 18th straight win at home. Eipp added two assists for UMass, which wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 7-1 record entering Atlantic 10 play.
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