D'Amore Powers Johns Hopkins Past American

BALTIMORE, MD Senior Taylor D'Amore scored tallied seven points on five goals and two assists, in the first half, to lead Johns Hopkins to a 17-5 win over visiting American Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays improve to 5-0 on the season while the Eagles fall to 1-4. Hopkins has now won five straight games to open the season for the first time since 2006 when the Blue Jays had an eight-game win streak to start the season.

Less than a minute into the game, the score was knotted at one apiece in what turned out to be just a preview of the high-scoring game. Senior Sammy Cermack put Hopkins on the board just 11 seconds in off a D'Amore assist. American answered 33 seconds later to tie the game as Emily Maher took a pass from Emily Shields and slipped it past junior KC Emerson to tie the game. The Blue Jays came right back with a seven-goal run in a span of just 12 minutes as they pushed out to an 8-1 lead. D'Amore got things going with a free position goal at the 24:49-mark before junior Jen Cook took a pass from Cermack in transition and scored on a side-arm shot just inside the right post.

D'Amore pushed the lead to three when she beat three defenders and scored on a bounce shot from left goal line extended at 21:53. Just 42 seconds later, Cermack had her second of the afternoon as she cut down the rightly alley and took an over-the-goal pass from D'Amore and quick-sticked it past Ashley Dalisera for the score. Sophomore Dene' DiMartino then scored back-to-back goals to make it a 7-1 game. D'Amore then capped the run with a free position goal with 13:20 to play in the half.

Olivia Mangan and Alex Lugovina sandwiched goals around a D'Amore strike and Hopkins led 9-3 with 7:40 on the clock. The Blue Jays answered with three straight goals, including the first careers for freshman Haley Schweizer and sophomore Kristen Cannon, to end the half and take a nine-goal lead into the locker room.

Cook opened the second-half scoring right off the draw on a bounce shot just 13 seconds into the stanza to stake Hopkins to a 13-3 lead. The scoring slowed from there and it was more than 12 minutes before either team found the cage again. Maher did the honors, scoring at the 17:18 mark to end a more than 20-minute scoring drought for the Eagles. The Blue Jays answered with a free position goal from Cermack and a Jenna Reifler goal in traffic to push the lead to 11 at 15-4. DiMartino and sophomore Caroline Turco then sandwiched goals around a Lugovina free position strike to account for the 17-5 final.

D'Amore's seven points were a game high while she also added five draws, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. DiMartino and Cermack finished with three goals and four points apiece, while Cermack had career highs of three caused turnovers and five ground balls. DiMartino also grabbed three ground balls and three draws while causing one turnover. Emerson made a pair of saves in the first half to earn the win. Freshman Caroline Federico played the second half and made a pair of saves in relief. Dalisera made seven saves in the loss for the Eagles.

Hopkins returns to action on Wednesday, March 5 as the Blue Jays host the 15th-ranked Towson Tigers. Opening draw at Homewood Field is slated for 7:00 pm.

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The American University lacrosse team couldn't overcome its halftime deficit as it dropped its third straight game, 17-5, to John Hopkins on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, Md.

Johns Hopkins (5-0) struck first in the game but Emily Maher tied it up at 1-all on a tally 30 seconds later. The Blue Jays responded with seven unanswered goals to go up 8-1 with 13:20 to go in the first half. Olivia Mangan ended the run with a free position goal and Alex Lugovina scored her first of the day to put the score at 9-3 with 7:40 remaining. Taylor D'Amore scored her fifth goal of the day to spark another 3-0 run for Johns Hopkins as it took a 12-3 lead into the intermission.

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2014-03-01



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