Women’s lacrosse faced off against the eighth-ranked University of Maryland Terrapins last Saturday. Hopkins entered the game ranked 20th in the nation with a 6-5 record.
Hopkins scored first when junior midfielder Madison McPherson got past her defender in the right alley and stuck one inside the right post just 64 seconds in. Maryland responded with five straight goals to make it a 5-1 lead with 19.1 seconds left in the first quarter. Hopkins junior attackman Maeve Barker beat Maryland goalie Emily Sterling with just 0.6 seconds on the clock in the first period.
Maryland attackman Hannah Leubecker opened the second quarter with a free-position goal to give Maryland a 6-2 lead. The Blue Jays answered just 51 seconds later with another goal by Barker to make it 6-3.
Maryland continued their strong start, going up 8-3 early in the game. Attackman Eloise Clevenger and midfielder Shaylan Ahearn gave Maryland an 8-3 lead with just over six minutes left in the second period.
Hopkins countered with a 3-1 run of their own. However, a late third-quarter goal by midfielder Jordyn Lipkin helped spark an eight-goal run for Maryland that put the game out of reach for the Blue Jays.
Hopkins only scored one goal in the second half and were outscored 9-1 in the half, losing the game 17-6.
Barker led the Blue Jays with two goals. Senior attackman Georgia Esmond also had two assists. McPherson’s first-period goal extended her point streak to 11 games, and graduate student midfielder Shelby Harrison extended her point and goal-scoring streak to 10 games.
Graduate student defender Jeanne Kachris had a pair of ground balls and forced a turnover defensively. She also held the nation's leader in points Aurora Cordingley to only two goals, both of which came on free position. Graduate student goalie Kathleen Garvey finished with 13 saves and a pair of ground balls. It was her second straight double-digit save performance and third in the last six games.
Hopkins faces off against Towson University today and Coastal Carolina University on Sunday.