No. 3 Florida Rebounds with Win Over No. 17 Johns Hopkins

Hopkins and Florida traded goals just 87 seconds apart to make it a 1-1 game at the 23:31 mark. Shannon Gilroy put UF on the board first as the Gators capitalized off a failed clear. Freshman Jenna Reifler responded for the Jays when she caught a Taylor D'Amore pass in traffic and buried a side-arm shot inside the right post.

Ashley Bruns broke the tie with back-to-back goals that sparked a 7-1 run by the Gators and gave the home team an 8-2 lead with 11:19 to play in the half. Bruns put Florida on top, 2-1, at 22:58 after Kitty Cullen drew a free position. Cullen passed on the shot and instead passed to Bruns, who was open on the left post for the score. Bruns then scored from in close despite the Gators playing a man down. Gabbi Wiegand and Cullen followed with goals just 11 seconds apart to push the lead to four.

Sophomore Jenna Kasmarik got one back for the Blue Jays at 17:28 with the first of her career-high three goals on the day. Junior Sarah Taylor dumped the ball down to Kasmarik in the middle of the fan, she then weaved through several defenders and snuck a shot over the left shoulder of Mikey Meagher. Gilroy, Cullen and Bruns answered with three straight and the lead grew to six with 11:19 to go in the half.

Junior Sammy Cermack ended the Gators' run with a shot off a right alley-dodge at the 1:15 mark. The Blue Jays then trimmed the deficit in half at the break with a fluke goal as the clock ticked under a minute. A Gator defender came up with the ground ball off a Meagher save, but when she attempted to pass the ball back, Meagher missed the pass and the ball ended up in the cage. Florida would take an 8-4 lead into the half.

The second half started the same way as the first as the two teams traded blows with goals from Caroline Chesterman and Cermack. Bruns scored at the 24:01 mark on a dodge from behind the cage to ignite a 7-2 run by Florida. Following three straight from the Gators, the Jays got back-to-back goals from Kasmarik and freshman Dene' DiMartino to make it a five-goal game with 14:40 to go. Kasmarik scored on free position, her second of the season, while DiMartino dodged hard down the left alley, split a pair of defenders, and scored from close range.

Florida answered however with four straight to push out to a 17-7 lead with just 8:22 to play. Reifler and Kasmarik then bookended a pair of Gator goals to account for the final score. From left goal line extended, D'Amore found Reifler open in the slot and she one-timed the pass home for her second of the day. Wiegand and Nicole Graziano tacked on goals for Florida before Kasmarik closed out the scoring. D'Amore carried into the Blue Jays' end on the clear, drew a pair of defenders and then passed to an open Kasmarik, who blew a shot past Meagher to complete her hat trick, with just 11.1 seconds on the clock.

D'Amore finished with a game-high three assists and needs one more to reach 90 and become just the fifth player all-time in program history to reach the mark. D'Amore also extended her point streak to 33 straight games, the fourth longest in school Division I history. Kasmarik becomes the sixth different player this season to notch a hat trick. Senior Cosette Larash took the loss and finished with two saves, while sophomore KC Emerson played 31:21 in relief and made six saves. Cullen and Bruns led the Gators with five goals apiece, while Meagher made five saves in the cage.

Hopkins returns to action on Thursday, April 11 as the Blue Jays travel to Charlottesville, VA to take on the 11th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Opening draw at Klockner Stadium is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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