April 13, 2011

D'Amore Leads Hopkins over UMBC; Tucker Gets Career Win No. 200

from press release

CATONSVILLE, Md. -- Freshman middie Taylor D'Amore scored three goals and assisted on three more to help lead Johns Hopkins to a 12-7 win over host UMBC and give head coach Janine Tucker her 200th career victory. The Blue Jays snap a two-game losing streak to improve to 8-5 on the season, while the Retrievers see their two-game win streak broken as they fall to 9-5. The winningest coach in program history, Tucker is the 14th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the 200-win milestone and is now 200-101 (.664) in her 18th season at Hopkins.

The Blue Jays got on the board first, scoring just over five minutes into the contest as they capitalized in transition. Senior Brianna Cronin carried into the offensive zone and found D'Amore open in the middle of the 12-meter fan. D'Amore turned and passed to a wide-open Rachel Ballatori on the left post, who faked high and then went low on Retrievers' goalie Natalie Rau. Just 25 seconds later, however the game was tied at 1-1 when Amanda Pappas took a pass from Erika Braerman and fired it home to even things up.

Senior Brooke Foussadier put the Blue Jays back on top at 23:09 after dodging right to left across the arc and burying a side-arm shot past Rau to ignited a three-goal run. Twenty-two seconds later, Hopkins' lead was two as the Blue Jays again scored in transition. Junior Candace Rossi took an outlet pass at midfield from sophomore goalie Cosette Larash and carried it right to the cage where she scored to extend her point streak to 24 consecutive games. D'Amore capped the run at 16:34 with the first of her three on the night. Junior Colleen McCaffrey flipped the ball to D'Amore about 12 meters out and the freshman then dodged the right alley and snuck a shot inside the left post at 16:34.

Kristen Bilney ended the Hopkins and a scoring drought that had reached nearly 13 minutes for UMBC when she took a pass from Braerman up high and cut inside for the score. Less than two minutes later, the Blue Jays' lead was back to three after freshman Sammy Cermack buried a pass from Rossi in the slot to make it a 5-2 game. McCaffrey pushed the Blue Jays' lead to four heading into the half with her team-leading 30th of the season after dodging the right alley and blowing a shot past Rau with just 35 seconds on the clock.
The Retrievers needed just seven seconds of the second half to make it a 6-3 game as Alicia Krause won the draw and took it straight to the cage, where she fired a shot over the left shoulder of Larash. But McCaffrey got that one back for the Blue Jays at 27:26. From behind the cage, D'Amore fed the ball out front to McCaffrey, who rifled a shot home for her second of the night.

Freshman Taylor D'Amore had a hand in six of Hopkins' 12 goals Wednesday.

Ashley Stodter continued the back-and-forth between the two teams with a free position goal at 24:44, making it a 7-4 game. Three and a half minutes later, Rossi chased down Jessica Harkey on a clear and checked the ball out of her stick just before she crossed the restraining line. Rossi scooped up the ground ball and took it back the other way before finding McCaffrey in the high slot, who then found Ballatori open on the left post and she went low for her second of the day.
The teams continued to go back-and-forth as Krause scored on a side-arm shot with 18:31 to play to make it a three-goal game. Just like she had in the first half, Foussadier ignited a three-goal run for the Blue Jays on a low shot off a D'Amore feed. Rossi followed just 63 seconds later, dodging from goal-line extended left and scoring on a hard shot to stake Hopkins to a 10-5 lead.

D'Amore took a pass up high from Taylor and buried it from mid-range to push the Blue Jays' lead to six with 11:08 to play and punctuate the run. Krause snapped the three-goal spurt for Hopkins and ended a nine-minute scoreless drought with her third of the night at 9:33. Emily Coady then made it two in a row for UMBC as the Retrievers scored in transition with 5:01 to play to make it an 11-7 game. D'Amore closed out the scoring with 44 seconds on the clock, taking a pass in the slot from junior Rachel Serio, turning and scoring low.

D'Amore's six points tied her career-high, while her three assists are a career-best. Foussadier, McCaffrey, Ballatori and Rossi all had multi-goal games on a night when six different Blue Jays combined for 12 goals. Junior Alyssa Kildare was all over the field for the Blue Jays, grabbing three ground balls, controlling a career-high-tying four draws and causing one turnover. Larash finished with five saves in the win, while her counterpart, Rau, had nine saves with seven of those coming in the first half. Krause paced the Retrievers with a hat trick and was the only multi-goal scorer. She also had four ground balls, a pair of draw controls and five caused turnovers.

Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, April 16 as the second-ranked Northwestern Wildcats visit Homewood Field. Opening draw for the American Lacrosse Conference contest is slated for 1:00 pm.

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