After a hot start to the season, Penn women’s lacrosse wasn’t able to make it two-for-two against Johns Hopkins at home on Saturday.
The Quakers’ eight goals weren’t enough to keep up with the Blue Jays’ 10, dropping the Red and Blue to 1-1 on the season, while Johns Hopkins improves to 2-1 with the win.
Going into the game, Penn was ranked No. 19 in the nation, while Johns Hopkins was No. 24. Adding to the surprise, it was the Blue Jays’ first win at Franklin Field since 2006.
The game started as one might expect, with the Quakers taking a 3-0 lead early on. The first two Penn goals were scored unassisted by juniors Kennon Moon and Chloe Hunter with the goals coming a mere 30 seconds apart.
Soon after, freshman Anna Brandt got on the scoreboard for the first time in her career with a goal in a man-up opportunity. It was an all-around great day for the White Hall, Md. native, who also led the team in draw controls, totaling four.
By the end of the first quarter, Penn still led the Blue Jays 4-3. The second quarter saw the teams trade two pairs of goals, making it 6-5 going into the break.
Despite the solid first half, the Quakers were shut down on offense for much of the second half. The Blue Jays were able to mount a 10-7 lead, which Penn cut into for a final time when freshman Keeley Block found the back of the net with 9:22 left in the contest.
That would be it for Penn, though, making the final score 10-8.
Block was a standout for the Quakers in the loss, netting two goals in part of an impressive start to her rookie campaign. She was also one of four Penn players who netted two caused turnovers.
Junior Kelly Van Hoesen and senior Krissy Kowalski, who is also a Sports Associate for The Daily Pennsylvanian, split time at goalkeeper for the Quakers, registering a combined 11 saves.
Sophomore Lexi Edmonds also scored two goals against the Blue Jays. Notably, all but one of the Quakers’ goals was scored unassisted.
The Quakers will next take on Loyola Maryland on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., their third game in a four-game home-stand to start the season.