March 14, 2012

D'Amore, Cermack Lead Hopkins Past No. 15 Georgetown

from press release

WASHINGTON, DC - Johns Hopkins sophomores Taylor D'Amore and Sammy Cermack combined for nine goals to lead Johns Hopkins to a 16-11 win over host and 15th-ranked Georgetown Wednesday night. The win snaps a six-game losing streak in the series and is the Blue Jays' first win over the Hoyas since 2005. Hopkins improves to 5-2 with the win, while Georgetown falls to 2-3.

Hopkins jumped out to a two-goal lead before the game was a minute old on strikes from sophomore Taylor D'Amore and junior Courtney Schweizer just 17 seconds apart.

The Blue Jays pushed their lead to four with another pair of quick goals, from Cermack and senior Rachel Ballatori, at the 26:01 mark. D'Amore got Hopkins on the board when she dodged from the top of the fan and scored on a bounce shot. Ballatori then fed a pass to Schweizer in the slot and she buried it past Barb Black at 29:01. Following save from freshman KC Emerson, Hopkins struck again. Senior Candace Rossi fed Cermack, streaking down the left alley, and she blew a hard shot past Abby Bisbee to stake Hopkins to a 3-0 lead. Twenty-eight seconds later, Ballatori took a pass from Rossi in the slot, turned and fired home her eighth of the season.

Georgetown got on the board at 21:51 following a missed D'Amore shot on the other end. Dina Jackson took the ball at the restraining line off a Hoyas' clear and went right to the cage where she scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season. But the Blue Jays would answer with three straight in just over six minutes to push out to a 7-1 lead. Cermack scored on a nice alley-dodge, followed by back-to-back free position goals from D'Amore. The Hoyas got one back when Jackson, from goal-line extended, found Caroline Tarzian in front for the score.

Cermack then sandwiched a pair of goals around a Sophia Thomas strike and Hopkins held a 9-3 lead with just 1:39 to play. D'Amore would push the Blue Jays; total to double digits with her fourth of the game on a dodge from the wing with 20.1 to play. But Georgetown would have the final say as Hannah Franklin was fouled with less than a minute to play and on the restart, rifled a shot past Emerson to make it 10-4 at the half.

Georgetown cut the deficit down to five as Jackson and Franklin sandwiched goals around senior Colleen McCaffrey's first goal of the game, to make it 11-6 with less than six minutes gone in the second half. The Blue Jays came right back with back-to-back goals from Schweizer in the slot and a fast-break goal from McCaffrey to push out to a 14-6 lead with 16:50 to play. The Hoyas weren't going away as they scored three of the next four in a six-minute span to make it a six-goal game.

D'Amore capped the Hopkins scoring at 7:15 with a free position goal, her third of the night, to push the lead back to seven. But a hard-fighting Georgetown team would score three goals in the final less than two minutes to cut JHU"s lead to 16-12 with 1:49 on the clock. The Hoyas won the final draw and Erin Lovett earned a free position at 1:37, put her shot missed the cage wide and the Blue Jays were there to back up the shot. Hopkins would clear and was able to run out the final minute.

D'Amore paced the Blue Jay offense with five goals and six points, tying her career high. Cermack had a career-high four goals, while also controlling a career-high four draws. Schweizer finished with her third hat trick of the season, while Rossi doled out three a game-high three assists. Emerson finished with a career-high 13 saves, including six on free position, as the Hoyas went 0-of-8 on eight-meters. Tarzian, Jackson, Thomas and Franklin all had two goals, while Thomas had a team-high four points. Black got the start in goal and played a total of 48:10 with two saves. Bisbee saw time off the bench and did not make a save.

Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, March 17 as the Blue Jays take on the Harvard Crimson as part of a doubleheader with the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team. Opening draw is set for noon at Homewood Field.


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