April 23, 2014
NORFOLK, VA - Seniors Sammy Cermack, Taylor D'Amore and Sarah Taylor combined for 17 points to lead ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins to a 14-5 win over host Old Dominion on Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Jays outscored the Monarchs, 10-1, in the second half to improve to 13-3 on the season and break the school Division I record for wins in a season. The Monarchs fall to 3-12 in their final home game of the season.
Hopkins came out firing to start the second half and scored three goals in a little over three minutes to break a 4-4 tie. Cermack put the Blue Jays ahead for good just 4:10 into the half when she took a goal line extended pass from D'Amore and buried it low. A little over two minutes later, D'Amore dodged across the top of the fan and then down the left alley before blowing a left-handed shot past ODU goalie Maggi Buckley for her third goal of the afternoon. Forty-three seconds later, Cermack and D'Amore connected again and Cermack had a hat trick and JHU had a three-goal lead.
Taylor pushed the lead to four at the 18:12-mark when she rolled the crease and slipped a shot inside the left post. Less than a minute later, sophomore Kristen Cannon scored her first career free position goal and Hopkins led 9-4. Cermack and D'Amore connected twice more in a 90-second span midway through the half to push the lead to seven. Cermack's goal with 12:29 to play was her career-high fifth of the game while it was D'Amore's fifth assist of the game.
Hopkins once again scored two quick goals, as sophomore Dene' DiMartino and junior Jen Cook scored back-to-back goals just over two minutes apart. From 12 meters out, Cannon dumped a pass low to DiMartino in the slot and she turned and fired home her first of the game. Cook then scored on a heads up play as she scooped up a loose ball after a scrum in the fan, turned and went in all alone on the ODU cage for the score.
Connor Carson finally got the Monarchs on the board in the second half with 2:51 to play. She took a Megan Cameron pass and scored high from in close. Her goal ended a scoreless drought of 31:14 for the home team. Taylor then closed out the scoring as she dodged down the middle of the fan and beat Buckley for her third goal of the afternoon.
Hopkins jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the middle of the first half, but Old Dominion answered with a four-goal run of its own and the teams went into the half the same way they started, tied. The Blue Jays needed just 10 seconds to get on the board and in a sign of things to come; it was D'Amore to Cermack to Taylor on the opening goal. D'Amore won the opening draw and found Cermack open in the middle of the box. Cermack then passed quickly to Taylor in the right alley, and she was able to go unguarded to the goal.
Four minutes later, D'Amore and Cermack combined for the first time in the game, scoring on man-up to make it a 2-0 game. After going more than six minutes without a goal, Hopkins got back-to-back goals from D'Amore to push out to a four-goal lead by the 15:59-mark. Christina Rea scored consecutive goals for the Monarchs, including one on free position, to cut the deficit in half with 12:20 to play in the half.
With 8:41 to go, Emily Austerberry dumped a pass down low to Jessica Libety, who scored from in tight to make it a one-goal game. Just over four minutes later, the game was tied on Carson' tally. From right goal line extended, Megan Topper found Carson in the alley, and she beat freshman Caroline Federico stick-side to pull the Monarchs even.
Cermack led all scorers with her five goals, while she also added an assist. D'Amore finished with three goals and five helpers to go with three draws and a pair of caused turnovers. D'Amore now has 148 career assists, one shy of the program's all-time record. Taylor also notched a hat trick and grabbed four ground balls. Freshman Haley Schweizer caused a game-high three turnovers and Federico finished with six saves in the win.
Hopkins closes out the regular season on Saturday, April 26 as the Blue Jays host the 10th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. The Blue Jays will honor their five seniors prior to the game, which will be televised by ESPNU and is slated for a 2:02 pm start.