Rossi Paces Hopkins to Huge Win
from press release
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team jumped out to a 9-0 lead and didn't look back in a 17-4 win over visiting Mount St. Mary's Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Jays improve to 2-0 on the season, while the Mount drop to 0-2. Junior Candace Rossi paced an offense that saw nine different players score with a career-high-tying five goals.
Junior Colleen McCaffrey put the Blue Jays on the board less than two minutes in to get the offense going. Rossi then scored back-to-back goals in a 71-second span to push the Blue Jays lead to three less than six minutes in. Junior Rachel Ballatori pushed the lead to four off a nice feed from freshman Sarah Taylor. Taylor beat her defender and then when she drew a second defender, dumped the ball down to Ballatori, who fired it home at 23:27. Just over a minute later, junior Cami Kramer scored in transition, one of nine goals the Blue Jays would score off Mount turnovers, for her first of the season.
Rossi followed that with back-to-back goals in a 60-second span, including a free position goal to complete her hat trick, as Hopkins extended its lead to seven. Another turnover in the Hopkins' end led to a Blue Jay clear and senior Brooke Foussadier connected with freshman Taylor D'Amore for the her sixth goal of the season. Ballatori added her second of the day off a Rossi pass, before Mary MacAdam ended the Blue Jay run with a free position goal with 10:39 to play.
Hopkins responded with eight unanswered goals in a run that bridged halftime. The Blue Jays would go into the locker room with a 12-1 lead. Rossi answered MacAdam's goal with her fifth of the afternoon just 30 seconds later. Freshman Ana Henrich made it 11-1 game an assist from McCaffrey before McCaffrey scored one of her own on a free position to account for the first half scoring. The Blue Jays picked up right where they left off as Kramer scored her second of the afternoon just 17 seconds in the second stanza. The pace slowed from there however, as it would be more than 10 minutes before either team got on the scoreboard again. McCaffrey ended the drought with 19:25 to play as she completed her hat trick courtesy of a Ballatori pass. Freshman Sarah Taylor pushed the Blue Jays' lead to 14 just over five minutes later with her first career goal. Foussadier followed with her first of the season before sophomore Courtney Schweizer capped the run wither her second of the day. Mount St. Mary's would score the game's final three goals, with Esther Rufolo sandwiching a pair around a goal from MacAdam.
Rossi led the team with five goals and one assist for her fifth career five-goal game. She also extended her point-scoring streak to 13 consecutive games and is now just six points shy of reaching her 100th career point. McCaffrey added a hat trick and an assist as seven different players had multi-point games. Rufolo and MacAdam combined to score all four goals for the Mount.
Hopkins hits the road for the first time this season on Saturday as the Blue Jays travel to Princeton. Opening draw from Princeton Stadium is slated for 1:00 pm.
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