February 19, 2014

D'Amore, Hopkins Trounce Mount St. Mary's

from press release

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Johns Hopkins got a combined 13 goals from seniors Taylor D'Amore and Sammy Cermack and sophomore Dene' DiMartino en route to a 17-2 win over host Mount St. Mary's Wednesday afternoon in non-conference women's lacrosse action. The Blue Jays improve to 2-0 on the season while the Mount drops its season opener.

The Blue Jays got a pair of quick goals from D'Amore and DiMartino to take a 2-0 lead in the game's first 76 seconds. Hannah Gutcher got the Mount on the board when she scored off a dump pass from Lindsay Diaz to cut the deficit in half at the 26:05-mark. D'Amore then made the Mount pay for an offside's call, going right to the cage on the restart and sneaking a shot past Steph Rurkowski. Sophomore Erica Matz got her first of the season at 20:43, cradling a pass from D'Amore and then firing it home to stake Hopkins to a 4-1 lead.

DiMartino then scored back-to-back goals just 65 seconds apart to push the lead to five with 12:35 to play in the half. Senior Sammy Cermack followed with back-to-back goals of her own, the second coming on a man-up free position shot, and Hopkins led 8-1. Diaz ended the Blue Jays' run with a free position goal of her own at 1:44 but D'Amore would have the final say of the half. D'Amore got her defender caught up in the crease behind the goal, turned and fired a shot over Rurkowski's shoulder from in tight with just 14.1 seconds to go and gave JHU a 9-2 lead at the half.

Cermack scored the first two goals of the second half, just 89 seconds apart to push the Blue Jays' lead to 11-2 with 26:19 to play. The Blue Jays continued to score in bunches as D'Amore tallied back-to-back in a two-minute span. DiMartino added her fourth of the day at the 17:26-mark, scoring on free position, and Hopkins led 14-2. Sophomore Maddy Aldave scored from in close off a slick Cermack pass for her first of the season with just over 11 minutes to go. Sophomores Caroline Turco and Jenna Reifler would close out the scoring with goals in the final six minutes. Kelly Maloney appeared to score on free position as time expired, but the goal was waved off.

D'Amore finished with a game-high five goals, one shy of her career high, and eight points. DiMartino finished with four goals and Cermack had four and an assist. Senior Liz Johnson led the defense with three caused turnovers and four ground balls. Junior KC Emerson played the first half and got the win while finishing with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Freshman Caroline Federico played the second half and made one save. Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, February 22 as the Blue Jays host the Bucknell Bison at Homewood Field. Opening draw for the non-conference tilt is slated for 4:00 pm.

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