A sustained second-half rally fell just short on Thursday night as the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team lost 16-15 to Penn State in its final regular-season home game.
The Blue Jays (10-6, 2-3 Big Ten) trailed 13-7 with just less than 23 minutes to play but got even with a six-goal scoring run over a 12-minute span sparked by two goals by senior Miranda Ibello. The two teams then traded goals before a two-goal spurt by the Nittany Lions (7-7, 2-3) gave them a 16-14 lead with 1:51 remaining. Hopkins got within one on a goal by senior Nicole DeMase with 39 seconds left, and the Blue Jays won the ensuing faceoff, but a turnover allowed Penn State to run out the clock.
DeMase and senior Ellie McNulty paced the JHU attack with four goals apiece, and Ibello added three. Junior Maggie Schneidereith had a goal and four assists, and junior Caroline Hoeg controlled four ground balls. Goalkeepers Haley Crosson and Kathleen Garvey each made four saves. Complete box score
Johns Hopkins wraps up its regular season schedule on Saturday, April 27 when it visits No. 2 Maryland, which owns a 15-0 record. The Blue Jays need a win against the Terrapins and a Penn State loss to Rutgers in order to qualify for the Big Ten tournament.