No. 17 JHU Uses Strong Second Half Run to Topple No. 7 Loyola

Taryn VanThof ended the Hopkins' run at 13:53 on a nice dodge down the right alley to make it a 9-6 game. The goal ended a scoreless drought of more than 17 minutes for Loyola. Senior Katie Duffey answered for the Blue Jays to push the lead back to four.

Cermack earned a free position shot on the right side of the fan, but instead passed on her shot, dodged to the cage and drew a slide. She then fed an open Duffey, who turned and fired home her fifth of the season at 10:12. Sydney Thomas pulled the 'Hounds back within one at 6:42 when her defender slipped on the turf and she was able to go in all alone on senior Cosette Larash for the score.

Just 80 seconds later, Cook took a pass from freshman Jenna Reifler and scored from the left alley and scored her second of the night to make it 11-7 Hopkins. Marlee Paton would close out the scoring with a free position goal with 1:29 to play.

The Greyhounds got on the board scoring just 6:33 into the contest. Annie Thomas fed an over-the-cage pass to a cutting Paton, who buried her shot to make it 1-0 Loyola. Junior Taylor D'Amore answered for the Blue Jays nearly five minutes later when she dodged from behind the cage and scored on a sidearm shot inside the right post. The goal extended her point streak to 25 straight games. Hannah Schmitt then wrapped a pair of goals around a free position goal by DiMartino and the 'Hounds led 3-2 with 7:28 to go in the half.

Cook came back with a goal at 5:04 to tie the game once again. From right goal line extended, Reifler found Cook open in the fan for the score. Just 30 seconds later however, VanThof converted a free position shot to put Loyola up 4-3. Cermack connected with D'Amore less than a minute later to make it a 4-4 game.

Cermack fed a pass to D'Amore, who was cutting down the right alley, and with a defender on her, scored her second goal of the game. Loyola would have the final say of the half as Thomas scored an unassisted tally with 58.9. Hopkins would have one last chance before the half, but could not get a shot off before the horn, as the Greyhounds led 5-4 heading into the locker room.

The story of the second half was draw controls for the Blue Jays. After losing the draw control battle in the first half, 8-2, freshman Erica Matz came in to take the draws. She took every draw in the second stanza and Hopkins won the battle in the circle, 9-2, with Matz controlling four.

D'Amore and DiMartino each tallied hat tricks while Cook and Cermack also finished with three points apiece. Larash finished with seven saves, including five in the first half. Paton, Schmitt, VanThof and Thomas combined for all eight Greyhound goals while Molly Wolf made five saves in the cage.

Hopkins is back in action on Saturday, March 9 as the Blue Jays open American Lacrosse Conference play against fifth-ranked Northwestern. Opening draw from Homewood Field is slated for 12:00 pm.

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2013-02-27



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