No. 17 Johns Hopkins Knocks off 11th-Ranked Towson

BALTIMORE, Md. Junior Andi Raymond scored three goals and had one assist, but No. 11 Towson (2-2) fell victim to a second-half surge by undefeated Johns Hopkins (6-0). and the No. 17 Blue Jays edged the Tigers, 12-8, at Homewood Field on Wednesday evening.

Leading by 6-5 at halftime, the Blue Jays used a 5-2 second half run to take an 11-7 lead with 9:19 remaining.

The first half was much tighter as the teams exchanged goals for the first 30 minutes. The score was tied five times before Taylor D'Amore scored with two seconds left in the half.

The Blue Jays scored the first two goals of the second half, taking an 8-5 lead with 23:30 left in the game.

"We were on our heels the entire game," said Towson Coach Sonia LaMonica. "We had a strong defensive effort but we didn't do a good job around the circle. We are going to have to regroup and we need to regroup quickly because we have another big game on Friday night."

Johns Hopkins took a 1-0 lead just 1:04 into the game when Erica Matz scored an unassisted goal. Kelly Murkey tied the game with 26:50 left in the half when she scored on a free position goal to tie the game.

A goal by Sarah Taylor with 25:37 remaining in the half gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 advantage. Junior Taylor Moore tied the game for the second time when she scored a free position goal with 22:44 left in the half. An unassisted goal by Raymond gave Towson its first lead of the game at 3-2.

A free position goal by Sarah Taylor tied the game at 3-3 with 20:27 remaining in the first half. With 14:42 remaining in the half, Breanna Hamm scored off a pass from Gabby Cha to put the Tigers up, 4-3.

A goal by Jen Cook with 8:26 remaining in the half enabled the Blue Jays to tie the game at 4-4. Some four minutes later, Sammy Cermack restored the Hopkins lead by scoring off a pass from Jenna Reitler.

With only 42 seconds remaining in the half, senior Ashleigh Rohrback scored to tie the game for the fifth time.

Sophomore Dene DiMartino scored twice in the first 6:30 of the second half to extend the Blue Jays' lead to 8-5. Raymond's second goal of the game cut the deficit to 8-6 with 19:52 left. Cook's second goal upped the Hopkins lead to 9-6 before Raymond scored again to make it a 9-7 lead.

However, DiMartino and D'Amore each added goals to give the Blue Jays an 11-7 lead with 9:19 remaining.

A goal by Alyssa Ferro off a pass from Raymond with 4:33 remaining enabled Towson to pull within 11-8 but the Blue Jays ran out the clock until Haley Schweitzer scored with eight-tenths of a second remaining.

While Raymond led Towson with three goals and one assist, no other Tiger scored more than a goal.

Goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly turned in another strong performance with nine saves.

"Once again, it was the Kelsea Donnelly Show," added LaMonica. "She faced a lot of quality shots and she kept us in the game. But, we can't count on her every game. We need to give her some help."

DiMartino led Hopkins with three goals and now has 21 goals in six games. D'Amore, Taylor and Cook each added a pair of goals.

Hopkins outshot Towson by a 28-14 margin as the Tigers were called for 34 fouls.

Towson returns to action on Friday night, hosting No. 19 Stanford at Johnny Unitas Stadium at 7:00 p.m.


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