No. 19 Johns Hopkins Breezes Past UMBC
from press release
CATONSVILLE, Md. - Juniors Taylor D'Amore and Sarah Taylor combined for four goals and six assists to lead 19th-ranked Johns Hopkins to an 11-5 win over host UMBC on Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Jays win their second in a row as they improve to 9-5 on the season, the Retrievers meanwhile, slip to 8-6.
Hopkins scored back-to-back goals just 65 seconds apart as the Blue Jays opened the game on a 5-0 run. Freshman Dene' DiMartino got the run going, dodging right to the cage off a restart to score the first of her three at 23:52. Taylor then converted a free position shot to push the lead to two. Junior Sammy Cermack made it a three-goal game at 15:29 with her 21st of the season. From right goal line extended, D'Amore fed a pass to Cermack in the right alley and she caught and fired a shot inside the left post.
Freshman Jenna Reifler got in on the action, scoring on a side-arm shot off a D'Amore pass at 10:31. Sophomore Jen Cook then capped the opening five-goal burst by the Jays with her goal at 6:45. D'Amore passed the ball over the cage to Cook in the left alley and she one-timed it past Kendall Mason for the score. Shannon Harkey got the Retrievers on the board and ended a lengthy scoreless drought when she scored in transition for the home team at 5:26.
After being held scoreless for more than 24 minutes to start the game, UMBC needed just two minutes to score again and make it a 5-2 game. Alyssa Semones drew a free position shot and instead of shooting, passed to Kayley Jones. She spun around her defender and buried her shot at 3:25. DiMartino would have the final say of the half however as she scored on free position with 1:56 to go and give Hopkins a 6-2 lead at the break.
D'Amore connected with Cermack for the second time in the contest as the Blue Jays capitalized on a failed Retrievers' clear. D'Amore scooped up the ground ball on the turnover and fed Cermack for a fast break and score off a bounce shot at 27:40. Taylor extended the Blue Jays' lead to six at the 23:29-mark when she caught a pass in traffic from freshman Caroline Turco and blew a shot past Mason. As they had done in the first half, the Retrievers got quick back-to-back goals to cut the deficit in half. Semones got UMBC on the board at 20:12 with a free position goal. Jones was then in the right spot at the right time after a Michelle Platz shot ricocheted off the left post. Jones grabbed the loose ball and quickly scored to make it 8-4 with 19:39 to go. Neither team was able to cash in on its opportunities for nearly 16 minutes as the defenses took over. Hopkins finally broke through with 3:47 to play. D'Amore slipped a pass to Taylor, who was cutting down the right alley. She caught the pass and fired a shot high-to-low to complete her hat trick. Just 70 seconds later, Taylor buried a pass from Cermack and Hopkins led 10-4. DiMartino then finished her hat trick, when she took a pass from D'Amore, and she rifled a shot from about eight yards out that beat Mason at the 1:25-mark.
Jones closed out the scoring with just 2.4 seconds on the clock to account for the 11-5 final. After a UMBC shot went out of bounds, Jones took the restart from the end line, dodged to the cage and snuck a low shot inside the left post.
Taylor (4g, 1a) and D'Amore (5a) finished with five points apiece to lead all scorers, while DiMartino (3g) and Cermack (2g, 1a) added three each. D'Amore also controlled four draws and DiMartino had five and the Blue Jays won the draw battle, 11-6. Senior Cosette Larash finished with five saves to earn the win. Jones led the Retrievers with three goals while Semones had a goal and an assist. Mason totaled seven saves in the loss.
Hopkins returns to action on Sunday, April 21 as the Blue Jays host the sixth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. Hopkins will honor its six seniors prior to the start of the game, which will be televised by ESPNU. Opening draw for the American Lacrosse Conference tilt is scheduled for 12:02 pm.
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