No. 4 Northwestern Dominates No. 12 Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE, MD - Fourth-ranked Northwestern used a seven-goal run that bridged halftime to take control of the game en route to an 18-8 win over host and 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon in American Lacrosse Conference action. The Blue Jays sees their four-game win streak come to an end as they fall to 4-1 overall and 0-1 in the ALC. The Wildcats win their third in a row and move to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

Trailing 4-1 midway through the first half, Hopkins got back-to-back goals from senior Katie Duffey and freshman Jenna Reifler to pull within one. Junior Sammy Cermack dumped a pass down to Duffey on the crease and the senior buried her shot at 15:13. Hopkins then got a lucky bounce when Reifler took a pass from freshman Dene' DiMartino and fired a shot on the cage that appeared to be going high. But 'Cats goalie Bridget Bianco tried to grab it and ended up losing it in the goal. Just over a minute later, the Blue Jays seemingly tied the game when sophomore Jen Cook scored on the doorstep from a Taylor D'Amore pass. But the goal was waved off for a crease violation.

The momentum swung from there as Northwestern scored the next seven goals, including the final four of the half to take an 8-3 lead at the break. Erin Fitzgerald completed her first-half hat trick at 8:39 when she rifled a shot past senior Cosette Larash after a dodge from the top of the fan. Gabriella Flibotte then scored back-to-back goals in transition about 90 seconds apart to stake the Wildcats to a 7-3 lead. Fitzgerald closed out the half with an unassisted goal off a failed Hopkins clear with just 10 seconds on the clock.

NU got right back to it to start the second half, scoring three goals in just over four minutes to push out to an 11-3 advantage. Junior Sarah Taylor ended the drought for the Blue Jays at 19:59. D'Amore split a double team near the Hopkins bench and carried to the cage, where she drew another double team. She slipped a pass to Taylor on the doorstep and she scored on a quick-stick shot. The 'Cats answered however with four straight, a pair coming from Alyssa Leonard, and Northwestern led 15-4 with 11:06 to play.

Taylor once again ended a 'Cats' run with a free position goal at 9:07. But the visitors came right back with three straight from three different scorers. Hopkins would close out the game with three goals in the final 63 seconds from DiMartino, sophomore Jenna Kasmarik and Cermack.

Taylor and DiMartino led the Blue Jays with two goals each. DiMartino had a team-high four points including the first two assists of her career and also controlled four draws. D'Amore added a pair of helpers to extend her point streak to 26 games, while Cermack pushed her point streak to 23 with a goal and an assist. Larash finished with seven saves in 42:16 of action. Fitzgerald led the 'Cats with five goals, while Leonard added a hat trick and a game-high nine draw controls. Bianco finished with nine saves in 55:35 of play to earn the win.

Hopkins is back in action on Wednesday, March 13 as the Blue Jays host the Georgetown Hoyas in non-conference action. The game will be televised by ESPNU with opening draw set for 5:32 pm at Homewood Field.

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BALTIMORE, Md. -- Playing on the same field where it will vie for an ALC championship come May, No. 4 Northwestern (5-1) put together a complete team effort to defeat No. 12 Johns Hopkins, 18-8, and hand the Jays their first loss of the year Saturday at Homewood Field in Baltimore. Senior Erin Fitzgerald posted her second straight five-goal effort, while the NU defense held JHU's attack to just five goals through 57 minutes of play, 12 goals below their season average.

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2013-03-09



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