No. 7 Johns Hopkins Finishes Strong to Get by UMBC

BALTIMORE, MD Four players combined to score all of seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins goals in a 10-6 win over visiting UMBC Wednesday afternoon at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays improve to 12-2 on the season while snapping the Retrievers' two-game win streak as they fall to 7-7. Hopkins' 12 wins so far this season match the program's Division I record for wins in a season.

Hopkins jumped out to a three-goal lead with goals from sophomore Dene' DiMartino and senior Taylor D'Amore. DiMartino scored the game's first goal on a hard dodge left to right across the fan before blowing a shot past Anna Barnett at 26:13. Less than five minutes later, DiMartino converted a free position shot and JHU led by two. It was her 12th free position goal of the season, tying the school single-season record. Four and a half minutes passed before the Blue Jays got on the board again. D'Amore took a dump pass from classmate Sammy Cermack, spun around her defender and then beat Barnett stick-side at 16:45.

Alyssa Semones got the Retrievers on the board at the 13:11-mark and sandwiched a pair of goals around a DiMartino strike and it was 4-2 Hopkins with 4:55 left in the half. Semones dodged from the top of the fan and scored over the right shoulder over freshman Caroline Federico. DiMartino answered just three minutes later, as she dodged through the fan, spun around her defender and buried her third goal of the game from seven yards out. Semones added her second goal of the half when she took a pass from Ali Carpenter in the right alley and beat Federico over her off shoulder.

Kristen Bilney closed out the first-half scoring with just 13.8 seconds remaining when she dodged from behind the cage, cut back and slipped a shot just under the crossbar. Abby Wilson won the ensuing draw and found Rachel Benzing behind the defense. She went in all alone on Federico and shot from close range, but the Blue Jay goalie made the save. Semones grabbed the ground ball and fired off another quick shot, but once again Federico made the save. Senior Liz Johnson bounced on the ground ball and the half expired.

Cermack pushed Hopkins lead to two with a free position goal less than two minutes into the second half. But Bilney came right back with a shot low inside the post just 51 seconds later. The Blue Jays answered with three straight over a span of 10 minutes to push out to an 8-4 lead. Senior Sarah Taylor got the run going as she dodged from goal line extended and then scored high-to-low at 21:32. Just over nine minutes later, Cermack scored on free position, over the right shoulder of Barnett. D'Amore then rolled the crease and scored from a tough angle.

Semones cut the deficit to three with a free position goal at 10:20, to end UMBC's scoreless drought that had reached 16:58. Hopkins answered however with goals from Taylor and Cermack to make it a 10-5 game with 3:41 to go. Wilson closed out the scoring with her only goal of the game at the 1:19-mark and Hopkins ran out the final 79 seconds.

Cermack and DiMartino led the Blue Jays with three goals apiece, while D'Amore and Taylor added two goals and an assist each. Freshman Haley Schweizer caused four turnovers and Johnson and Cermack each grabbed three ground balls. Federico finished with five saves in the win as she improves to 3-1 on the season. Semones led the Retrievers with a hat trick and five draws, while Bilney added a pair of goals. Devan Hibbs had three caused turnovers and Barnett made five saves in the loss.

Hopkins returns to action on Friday, April 18 as the Blue Jays travel to Happy Valley to take on 12th-ranked Penn State. Opening draw for the ALC contest, which will be televised by the Big 10 Network, is slated for 6:05 pm.

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