February 26, 2014

Reifler Scores Winner as Hopkins Upsets No. 7 Loyola

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Jenna Reifler scored the game-winner with 5:50 left to play and the Blue Jays held on to beat Loyola for the second year in a row. (Will Kirk/Johns Hopkins Athletics)

BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team scored one goal in the second half but it turned out to be the game-winner in a 6-5 win over fifth-ranked Loyola in the first-ever Lacrosse Coaches vs. Cancer game Wednesday night at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays (4-0) get their first win over a top-five opponent since a 12-11 win over then second-ranked Northwestern on April 16, 2011. The Greyhounds scored their fewest goals under sixth-year head coach Jen Adams and suffer their first loss to the season as they slip to 2-1.

Sophomore Jenna Reifler scored off her own rebound with 5:50 to play in the game to end the Blue Jays scoring drought of 33:19 and staked them to a 6-5 lead. Sophomore Dene' DiMartino controlled the ensuing draw and Hopkins was able to run out all but final few seconds. Sydney Thomas checked the ball away from sophomore Kristen Cannon and got the ground ball, but the clock expired on her clearing pass. Sophomore Erica Matz grabbed a critical ground ball with about 90 seconds to play that maintained possession for Hopkins.

Hopkins stormed out to a 5-1 lead by the 9:09-mark in the first half but Loyola would score the game's next four goals to pull even with 9:01 to play. Senior Taylor D'Amore put the Blue Jays on the board less than three minutes into the game when she dodged from the left, cut inside her defender and fired a shot past Greyhounds' goalie Molly Wolf. SeniorSammy Cermack then scored back-to-back goals, including the 100th point of her career, in a span of just over six and a half minutes. Senior Sarah Taylor pushed Hopkins' lead to four with 11:26 to play as she dodged from the top of the arc, cut back left and buried her only goal of the game.

Taryn VanThof ended Hopkins' run with the first of her two on the night with 11:00 to play in the half. Kara Burke drew a free position shot, but instead of shooting, passed to VanThof on the left post, who faked once and then slipped a shot past junior KC Emerson. D'Amore gave the Blue Jays back a four-goal lead less than two minutes later. Taylor just missed the cage on a free position shot and on the restart D'Amore cut to the cage and beat Wolf for her second of the game.With 7:37 to play in the half, VanThof took a dump pass from Hannah Schmitt and scored from in-tight to ignite Loyola's four-goal run that spanned halftime and more than 28 minutes. Molly Husleman would cut the deficit to two at the half as she swatted a loose ball past Emerson with 5:04 to play.

Early in the first half, Annie Thomas drew a free position near the left goal line. Instead of shooting, she circled behind the cage and found a cutting Huselman on the left post for the score. Schmitt the tied the game at the 9:01-mark on a dodge down the right alley. Reifler's goal would prove to be the game-winner with 5:50 to play in the game. She earned a free position shot but Wolf turned it aside. Reifler came up with the ground ball however and quickly deposited it for her only goal of the game.

D'Amore led the Blue Jays with three points and four draws, while Cermack added the two goals. Emerson made five saves while grabbing four ground balls and causing a turnover in earning the win. Junior Octavia Williams also caused a pair of turnovers for the Blue Jays. Husleman and VanThof scored two goals apiece, while VanThof also had four ground balls and two draw controls. Wolf finished with eight saves in the loss for the Greyhounds.

Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, March 1 as the American Eagles visit Homewood Field. Opening draw is slated for 1:00 pm.

Loyola Recap

BALTIMORE - Despite being held scoreless for over 33 minutes, Johns Hopkins was able to hold on for a 6-5 win over No. 6 Loyola in the first-ever Lacrosse Coaches vs. Cancer women's lacrosse game Wednesday night at Homewood Field.

Junior Hannah Schmitt recorded her 100th career point at 9:01 of the second half to tie the game at five, but a goal from Jenna Reifler at 5:50 marked the game-winner for the Blue Jays (4-0).

The Greyhounds (2-1) got out to their slowest start of the season so far, not finding the back of the net until 19 minutes into the contest, when junior Kara Burke gave up a free position shot to assist junior Taryn VanThof on the crease. The score snapped a four-goal run for Johns Hopkins.

Taylor D'Amore recorded her second goal of the game at 9:09 to give the Blue Jays a 5-1 advantage before VanThof tallied her second score at 7:37. Junior Molly Hulseman made it two-straight Greyhound goals, quick-sticking a low loose ball at 5:04 to cut Loyola's deficit to two, 5-3, at halftime.

Hulseman scored the first goal of the second half at 27:11, but the game remained scoreless until Schmitt tied the contest at 9:01. Reifler's goal at 5:50 broke a 33:19 scoring drought for the Blue Jays and ultimately became the game-winner.

Sophomore goalkeeper Molly Wolf turned back six shots in her first loss of the season, while VanThof led the defense with four ground balls.

Loyola will return to action on Saturday when it heads to James Madison for a 1 p.m. contest.

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