February 18, 2012

Rossi's 100th Helps Hopkins Handle George Mason

from press release

FAIRFAX, Va. - Johns Hopkins senior Candace Rossi scored five goals, including the 100th of her career, and classmate Colleen McCaffrey scored four as the Blue Jays topped host George Mason, 19-6, in the Jays' season opener. Hopkins opens its season with a win for the fourth straight time. The Patriots suffer their first loss of the season, falling to 1-1.

Hopkins used a 7-1 run that bridged the first and second halves to turn a tie game into a six-goal advantage less than 13 minutes into the second half. After back-to-back Mason goals in just a 56-second span tied the game at three apiece, JHU answered with three goals in just period of just 80 seconds to take the lead for good. McCaffrey got things going with the first of her four on the day at 8:06 followed by goals from sophomore Sarah Taylor and Rossi. Rachel Obregon would cap the first-half scoring with her third of the season with just 1:17 to play as the Blue Jays took a 6-4 lead into the break.

Rossi scored back-to-back unassisted tallies to open the second half. Freshman Sarah Biron followed with her first career goal on a free position shot before McCaffrey capped the run off a feed from sophomore Taylor D'Amore at 17:33. Mason briefly halted the run with a Rachel Obregon goal at 16:21 to make it a 10-5 game. But the Blue Jays would reel off eight straight and nine of the last 10 goals to account for the 19-6 score. McCaffrey got things going with two goals in just 28 seconds, both assisted by sophomore Sammy Cermack. Rossi then scored at 12:47, her fifth of the game, and the 100th of her career to become the seventh player in school Division I history and the 20th overall to reach the milestone.   

Junior Courtney Schweizer scored a pair of goals, while Cermack, sophomore Ana Henrich and freshman Jenna Kasmarik all scored in the late run. Caitlin Formato had the lone goal for the Patriots in the final 16 minutes of the game.

Hopkins took an early 2-0 lead off goals from junior Monica Fischer and Rossi. Mary Schwartz got Mason on the board at 14:11 to make it a one-goal game, but Taylor answered with her first of the season less than a minute later and it was a 3-1 game. The Patriots then got goals from Obregon and Schwartz to tie the game at 3-3.

Rossi's five-goal outing is the seventh of her career, while McCaffrey finished with her 18th career hat trick. The duo is now tied for sixth in school Division I history with 105 goals. Schweizer and Taylor also had multi-goal games, while Cermack dished a career and game-high four assists. Junior Cosette Larash earned the win with five saves while allowing just five goals in just over 50 minutes of action. Freshman KC Emerson checked into the game with 9:17 to play and made one save while allowing one goal. Senior Monica D'Ambrogi led the defense with a career-high six ground balls, while McCaffrey had a game-high four draws.

Obregon led the Patriots with three goals, while Schwartz had a pair and Formato had a pair of assists. Formata, Pastrana and Kiersten Jauschnegg each had a pair of ground balls, while Formato had four draws. Brittany Pastrana made the start in goal and finished with six saves in nearly 52 minutes of play. Hopkins outshot Mason 32-14 and held a 15-10 advantage in draws.

Hopkins returns to action on Wednesday, February 22 as the Blue Jays travel to Emmitsburg, MD to take on Mount St. Mary's. Opening draw from Waldron Family Stadium is set for 4:00 pm.


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