Blue Jays Bury George Washington at Homewood
from press release
BALTIMORE, MD - Junior Sammy Cermack and freshman Dene' DiMartino each tallied a hat trick to lead Johns Hopkins to a 16-6 win over visiting George Washington Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays end their two-game skid and improve to 5-2 on the season while the Colonials have their four-game win streak snapped and fall to 5-3.
Hopkins scored the game's first seven goals and never looked back en route to the 10-goal win. DiMartino needed just 16 seconds to open the scoring as she controlled the opening draw and drew a foul before scoring on free position. Junior Taylor D'Amore then scored on a feed from freshman Caroline Turco in transition. D'Amore took Turco's pass and faked twice before scoring low from the doorstep at 27:29. Cermack and sophomore Jen Cook followed with back-to-back free position goals and the Blue Jays led 4-0 before the game was nine minutes old.
Sophomore Sarah Biron pushed the lead to five when she scored on a one-timer from in tight off a pass from D'Amore at 19:26. Cermack capped the game's opening burst with back-to-back goals just 38 seconds apart to stake Hopkins to a 7-0 lead at the 11:20 mark. Terasa Vassallo got the Colonials on the board at 7:17 to end the Blue Jays' run. Jordy Bathras dumped a pass down low to Vassallo and she fired a shot past senior Cosette Larash. Hopkins answered with 2:50 to go in the half when Cook found junior Sarah Taylor in traffic in the slot and Taylor buried her team-leading 16th goal of the season. Just over a minute later, Jamie Bumgardner dodged to the cage and after drawing a slide, found Bathras open on the left side for the score. DiMartino book-ended the first half scoring with a free position goal with just 2.2 seconds on the clock to send Hopkins into the half with a 9-2 lead.
The second half opened much the same as the first, with a free position goal, but this time it was GW's Lindsey DiAntonio with the eight-meter shot. The Blue Jays responded with back-to-back goals from Cook and Turco and it was a 10-3 game with 24:31 to go. JHU won the draw off DiAntonio's goal and Cook found herself alone on the left side of the fan. She dodged to the cage and scored on a low shot for her fifth multi-goal game of the season. Turco then scored her first career goal on a free position shot to push the lead to eight. Julia Lawson and Rachel Mia sandwiched a pair of goals around a transition goal from D'Amore but Hopkins still led 12-5 with 15:22 still to play in the game.DiMartino completed her hat trick at the 14:20 mark when she dodged across the top of the fan and scored from 10 yards out. Turco then scored her second of the day when she went in alone on GW goalie Jess Hicks in transition. Taylor won the ensuing draw and carried right to the cage. When no one slid to her, she fired a shot over the left shoulder of Hicks to put Hopkins on top 15-5. Nicole Lacey ended the three-goal spurt with her team-leading 20th of the season on a dodge down the right alley. But freshman Maddy Aldave would have the final say, scoring on a pass from Turco with 4:35 to play.
DiMartino (3g, 1a), Turco (2g, 2a) and D'Amore (2g, 2a) led the Blue Jays with four points apiece. Cermack (3g), Taylor (2g, 1a) and Cook (2g, 1a) each notched three points as eight different Blue Jays tallied at least one point. D'Amore finished with a game-high and career-high-tying five ground balls, while DiMartino tied her high with four draw controls. Larash finished with 8 saves while playing 44:38 to earn the win. Sophomore KC Emerson played the remainder of the game and made a pair of saves. No one scored more than one goal for the Colonials, but Bathras finished with a team-high three points (1g, 2a). Hicks made eight saves in taking the loss for GW.
Hopkins is back in action on Tuesday night as the Blue Jays make the short trip up Charles Street to take on the 19th-ranked Towson Tigers. Opening draw from Johnny Unitas Stadium is set for 7:00 pm.