March 12, 2014

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DiMartino Sparkles In Hopkins Triumph

from press release

BALTIMORE, Md. – Sophomore Dene' DiMartino scored three of her career-high-tying fours goals in the second half as 14th-ranked Johns Hopkins held off a pesky Boston University squad for an 11-8 win Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Jays tie the school Division I record for wins to start the season with their eighth straight. The Terriers, who have yet to play a home game this season, fall to 1-5 on the season.

It was tightly contested for the game's first 40 minutes until the Blue Jays strung together four straight goals to take a 10-6 lead with just over five minutes to play. With the game tied at six goals apiece, the sixth tie of the game, junior Jen Cook scored her second free position goal of the game at 19:34 to ignite that four-goal run. Less than two minutes later, sophomore Jenna Reifler curled around the crease, took a dump pass from senior Sammy Cermack and buried the first of her two goals on the afternoon. After some end-to-end action, DiMartino scored to end a nearly seven-minute drought at the 10:02-mark for her fourth of the day. She dodged from the top of the fan, and scored with four defenders surrounding her to push the lead to 9-6.

Nearly five minutes elapsed before a flurry of three goals in just 21 seconds. Reifler completed the Blue Jays' four-goal run with her second of the day, on an identical play to her first, with 5:16 to play. Mallory Collins, the Terriers' leading scorer, got on the board 14 seconds later when she picked up a loose ball and scored on a side arm shot from seven yards out. Senior Taylor D'Amore controlled the ensuing draw, went right to the cage and scored left-handed to the far post just seven seconds later.

Hopkins won the draw and was able to run off a significant chunk of time. Boston University got the ball back with just under a minute to play and Elizabeth Morse took a goal-line extended pass from Jenna Boarman and scored on a side-arm shot from the top of the arc with 33.9 seconds remaining to account for the final. DiMartino put the Blue Jays on the board 5:27 into the game when she dodged from the left side and cut inside her defender before scoring from in tight. Morse followed with back-to-back goals in less than three minutes to give the Terriers a 2-1 lead. The lead didn't last long as senior Sarah Taylor scored in transition, carrying from the midfield to the cage, cutting inside and scoring low to tie the game at the 18:53-mark. Two and a half minutes later, BU had the lead when Becca Church converted a free position shot.

Sophomore Caroline Turco knotted the score just 91 seconds later when she took a pass from D'Amore and scored on a low cross-cage shot. Cook followed with a free position goal as she went over the left shoulder off Caroline Meegan at 9:24 to give the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead. This time the lead lasted a little longer, more than six minutes in fact, until a Morse free position goal made it a 4-4 game at the half.

DiMartino scored the first goal of the half, dodging thru traffic and then spinning around her defender before picking the bottom left corner at the 27:13-mark. Jill Horka answered for BU when she curled around the crease and scored on a low side-arm shot 90 seconds later to tie the game at five apiece. DiMartino came right back for Hopkins as she split a pair of defenders at the top of the arc and then beat Meegan stick-side to put the Jays ahead 6-5 with 23:33 to go. The Terriers again answered when Boarman, from behind the cage, found Church cutting across the arc for the score at 20:43. That would be BU's last goal for more than 15 minutes as Hopkins went on that decisive 4-0 run.

DiMartino tied her career high with the four goals, while notching her seventh hat trick in eighth games this season. Cook and Reifler finished with two goals apiece, while Cermack had two assists and D'Amore added a goal and an assist. D'Amore also controlled six draws as she is now tied for second in school history, among all divisions, with 202 career draws. She is just one shy of tying Kadie Stamper's all-time mark of 203. DiMartino controlled five draws as the Blue Jays outdrew the Terriers, 13-8 for the game and 9-3 in the second half. Junior KC Emerson finished with five saves in earning the win while Meegan made six saves in the loss. Morse matched DiMartino with four goals, while Church had a pair and Boarman had three helpers.

Hopkins returns to action on Sunday, March 16 as Michigan visits Homewood Field. Opening draw for the Blue Jays' American Lacrosse Conference opener is set for 12:00 pm.


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