March 5, 2014

Johns Hopkins Upends Towson

from press release

BALTIMORE, Md. – Sophomore Dene' DiMartino scored all three of her goals in the second half as 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins defeated visiting 11th-ranked Towson, 12-8, at Homewood Field Wednesday night. The Blue Jays (6-0) run their season-opening win streak to six, while handing the Tigers (2-2) their second straight loss.

It was back-and-forth early, but a 5-1 Hopkins' run that spanned nearly 15 minutes and bridged halftime, gave the Blue Jays a three-goal cushion. Trailing 4-3 after a Breanna Hamm goal at the 14:42-mark, the Blue Jays answered with that 5-1 run that turned the game around. Junior Jen Cook tied the game on a quick-stick goal off a Taylor D'Amore feed with 8:26 to play in the half. Just over three minutes later, senior Sammy Cermack caused a turnover on a Towson clear, picked up the ground ball and went the other way. Cutting down the right alley, Cermack took a pass from sophomore Jenna Reifler and buried it to stake Hopkins to a 5-4 lead with 4:46 to go.

Ashleigh Rohrack would tie the game for the fifth time when she rolled the crease and scored from in tight with 42 ticks on the clock. D'Amore would have the final say of the half however, scoring with just 2.1 seconds remaining to give the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead at the break. On a restart, Reifler passed to Cermack at the top of the arc. She in turn dumped it down to D'Amore on the left post, who faked and then fired a laser just under the cross bar.

The Blue Jays picked up right where they left off in the early going of the second half as DiMartino scored back-to-back goals in a two-minute span to give Hopkins an 8-5 lead. Andi Raymond ended the Blue Jays' run and sandwiched a pair of goals around a strike by Cook, to make it a 9-7 game with 12:06 to play. D'Amore and DiMartino came back with consecutive goals less than two minutes apart as the Blue Jays took a four-goal lead with 9:19 left on the clock. D'Amore dodged the left alley and then scored from a tight angle at left goal line extended. DiMartino followed with an impressive run through the defense, spinning twice to avoid a check before scoring from the doorstep to complete her fifth hat trick of the season.

Alyssa Ferro would cut the deficit to three with 4:33 to go on a dump pass from Raymond. Hopkins won the ensuing draw and was able to run out all but 0.8 seconds before freshman Haley Schweizer scored to account for the 12-8 final. Sophomore Erica Matz put the Blue Jays on the board first, scoring just 64 seconds in on a nice heads up play. Kelsea Donnelly made a nice save on DiMartino, but Matz came up with the ground ball and deposited a quick shot for the early score. Towson answered two minutes later with a Kelly Murkey free position goal. Senior Sarah Taylor and Towson's Taylor Moore then traded free position goals and the score was knotted at two apiece with 22:44 on the clock. Raymond gave the Tigers their first lead of the game with an unassisted tally but it was quickly answered with another free position goal from Taylor to tie the game at three-all. After a nearly seven minute drought, Hamm gave Towson back the lead, its last of the game, with her goal at the 14:42-mark.

DiMartino led the Jays with her three goals, while Taylor and D'Amore each had two goals and an assist. Cermack had a goal and an assist and controlled a game-high five draws, while also causing two turnovers and grabbing five ground balls. Junior KC Emerson finished with six saves and two ground balls in the win. Raymond was the only Tiger to finish with multiple points as she scored three goals and added an assist. Donnelly made nine saves in the loss and grabbed one ground ball and caused a turnover for the Tigers.

Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, March 8 as the Blue Jays travel to the nation's capital to take on the George Washington Colonials. Opening draw at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex is set for 1:00 pm.

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