March 8, 2014

Emerson Makes 16 Saves as Hopkins Beats George Washington

from press release

WASHINGTON, DC - Four players tallied hat tricks, six players had multi-point games and junior KC Emerson made 16 saves as 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins defeated host George Washington, 17-3, on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action. The Blue Jays improve to 7-0 on the season while the Colonials fall to 3-3. Junior Jen Cook led the Blue Jays with four goals and one assist, while senior Sammy Cermack had one goal and four assists.

Cook and senior Taylor D'Amore spotted the Blue Jays a two-goal lead by the time the game was just two minutes and 13 seconds old as this one had the makings of a high scoring affair early. After the early outburst, more than seven minutes elapsed before sophomore Dene' DiMartino scored on free position, the first of her three goals on the day, to make it a three-goal game at 20:43. Cook followed with a man-down goal just over two minutes later, as she took an over-the-cage pass from D'Amore and quick-sticked it past Mackenzie Jones for the score.

Sophomore Jenna Reifler then sandwiched a pair of goals around a strike from Cermack as Hopkins pushed out to a 7-0 lead with 3:55 to play in the half. From the top of the fan, Cermack dumped the ball to Reifler cutting across from the right. She took the pass, cradled and fired home the first of her two on the day from the middle of the fan. Cermack was then on the receiving end of a Cook pass in the right alley as she scored her only goal of the game at the 9:40-mark. Less than six minutes later, the Blue Jays capitalized in transition for Reifler's second goal. DiMartino carried into the zone and drew a slide before passing to Reifler for the score.

Cook pushed the lead to eight just nine seconds later as she completed her hat trick with 3:46 still to play in the half. Cermack won the draw and found a wide-open Cook, who went one-on-one with Jones and scored. The first-half scoring wasn't done as the teams combined for four more goals in the final three minutes. DiMartino scored on a side-arm shot after dodging across the fan at 2:49. Olivia Boudreau then got the Colonials on the board at the 1:57-mark as she dodged from the top of the fan and beat Emerson to end the Colonials' drought. D'Amore and senior Sarah Taylor wrapped up the scoring with goals off alley dodges.

George Washington opened the second half with back-to-back goals by Allie Rash and Michaela Lynch to make it an 11-3 game with 26:45 to go. Cook answered for the Blue Jays with a free position goal 82 seconds later to complete her four-goal outing. Freshman Haley Schweizer got in the on the action with a goal off a right-alley dodge followed by a free position goal from DiMartino exactly midway through the half as JHU led 14-3.

D'Amore completed her hat trick after dodging from behind the cage, she turned and rifled a shot past Erin Long with 10:02 to go. Taylor closed out the scoring with back-to-back goals in the final five minutes to account for the 17-3 final.

Cermack's four assists on the day give her 40 for her career and move her into ninth place in school Division I history. Cook (4g, 1a) and Cermack (1g, 4a) finished with five points each, while D'Amore (3g, 1a) and DiMartino (3g, 1a) added four points apiece. DiMartino also controlled a game-high five draws. Emerson finished with a career-high 16 saves, the most by a Blue Jay goalie since Jen McDonald totaled 16 stops in an 11-10 win over Ohio State on April 6, 2002. Jamie Bumgardner led the Colonials with two assists, the only player with a multi-point game. Jones finished with five saves in the first half, while Long made five saves in the second half.

Hopkins is back in action on Wednesday, March 12 as Boston University visits Homewood Field. Opening draw is slated for 4:00 pm.

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