May 1, 2014
EVANSTON, IL - Eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins got goals from seven different players as the Blue Jays defeated the seventh-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, 13-10, in the quarterfinals of the ALC Tournament Thursday. Fifth-seeded Hopkins improves to 15-3 on the season and advances to Friday's semifinal versus top-seeded Florida. The fourth-seeded Nittany Lions fall to 10-7.
Hopkins took a quick two-goal lead on Penn State with strikes from senior Taylor D'Amore and junior Jen Cook in a 59-second span. D'Amore put the Blue Jays on the board just 49 seconds into the game when she took a pass from classmate Sammy Cermack, and bounced a shot past Cat Rainone from seven yards out. D'Amore then dumped a pass down to Cook in the slot and she turned and scored from the doorstep. Penn State answered with back-to-back goals to tie the game with 17:32 to play. After an extended possession for the Nittany Lion offense, Tatum Coffey scooped up a loose ball at the top of the fan, dodged down the middle and scored to the lower left corner at the 21:32-mark. Exactly five minutes later, Maggie McCormick scored after dodging from behind the cage to tie the game.
Hopkins responded with a five-goal run to push out to a 7-2 lead with just over seven minutes to play in the half. Senior Sarah Taylor dodged hard down the right alley and then beat Rainone stick-side to ignite the run at the 14:51-mark. Just over two minutes later, sophomore Jenna Reifler dumped a pass down to a wide-open Cermack in the middle of the fan. She corralled the pass, turned and scored on a high-to-low shot. Taylor added her second of the day on a free position shot with 11:03 to play to push the lead to three but the Jays weren't done yet.
Cermack got her second of the afternoon as she took some contact at the top of the fan and fired a laser from seven yards out as she fell to the turf. Less than two minutes later, sophomore Dene' DiMartino buried the first of her three goals on the day off a dodge from the right. Penn State got one back and temporarily ended Hopkins' run, when Kelly Lechner found McCormick curling around the left side of the crease for the score at 5:21. But the Blue Jays would answer with a pair of heads up plays by sophomore Erica Matz and Cook in the final three minutes. Sophomore Kristen Cannon fired a shot that ricocheted off the right post. Matz pounced on the ground ball and scooped it into the net for the score with 2:38 on the clock. With 11 seconds remaining, Cook scooped up a loose ball in front of the crease and fired it past Emi Smith as she was knocked down.
Penn State got on the board first to start the second as Jenna Mosketti scored from a tough angle at the 21:57-mark. Both defenses dictated play over the next six minutes until DiMartino's goal with 15:39 to play. DiMartino dodged across the top of the fan and then down the right alley before blowing a shot past Smith from six yards out. Penn State answered quickly with a Coffey goal just 19 seconds later. That goal kick-started a run that saw the Nittany Lions score three goals in just over three minutes to pull within three. McCormick and Abby Smucker added goals just 14 seconds apart to make it a 10-7 game with 12:09 to play.
Hopkins answered with a three-goal run of its own in less than four minutes to push out to a 13-7 lead. DiMartino got things going with a free position goal at the 9:21-mark. Just 80 seconds later, D'Amore dodged down the right alley and beat Smith to the left post for her 50th goal of the season. Reifler completed the spurt with a goal off a Cermack feed with 5:45 to play. In a game of runs, Penn State had the final one of the game, scoring three unanswered to pull within three. But just 19 seconds remained by that point and that's as close as the Nittany Lions could get.
Cermack led the Blue Jays with a game-high four points (2g, 2a) while DiMartino (3g) and D'Amore (2g, 1a) added three points apiece. D'Amore moved past Jenn Ward for second all-time in school history with 292 career points and became the first 50-goal scorer since Mary Key scored 67 in 2007. D'Amore, DiMartino and sophomore Kristen Cannon each controlled four draws as Hopkins edged Penn State, 14-11, in the center circle. Federico finished with a career-high 10 saves in the win. Coffey and McCormick each tallied a hat trick for Penn State and Smith came off the bench to make eight saves in the cage.
Hopkins will take on third-ranked Florida in the ALC Semifinals on Friday, May 2 at Northwestern's Lakeside Field. Opening draw is slated for 4:30 pm CST.