Division I women's lacrosse: Johns Hopkins upsets Virginia in first round
Johns Hopkins got goals from six different player en route to a 12-10 win over 15th-ranked Virginia on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA championship. Junior Haley Schweizer led the Blue Jays with three goals while classmate Caroline Federico made 10 saves.
Johns Hopkins showed no signs of rust after not playing for three weeks as the Blue Jays scored three goals just 2:07 into the game. In fact, the Blue Jays needed just 12 seconds to get on the board. Senior Dene' DiMartino won the opening draw and drew a free position, which she converted to stake JHU to the early lead. Junior Haley Schweizer doubled the lead 61 seconds later when beat her defender, then tiptoed along the crease and beat Rachel Vander Kolk from the doorstep. Sophomore Shannon Fitzgerald pushed the lead to three at the 27:53 mark, scoring from the middle of the fan about four yards out.
The Cavs then put together a rally in the second half to pull within one at the 20:11 mark. Posey Valis scored from the right alley off a restart and 44 seconds later, Besser Dyson converted a free position shot.
It took more than 11 minutes, but Hopkins got three unanswered goals to gain some breathing room with 3:57 to play. DiMartino and Kenul scored back-to-back free position goals before Fitzgerald found Reifler free in front of an open Cavalier cage for her second of the day.
Johns Hopkins is now 3-3 all-time versus Virginia, including 1-1 in the NCAA tournament. The Blue Jays earn their first tournament win since 2007 and just their second since the program moved to Division I.
DiMartino extended her point streak to 52 games and her goal steak to 43 games. She now has 199 career points and is looking to become just the sixth player in school DI history to reach the 200-point milestone.