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Women’s lacrosse: Loyola downs Johns Hopkins, 11-7

Thursday, 1st March 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/1/12
From Press Release

In a series that saw a 30-year gap, it seemed only fitting that the first meeting between Johns Hopkins and Loyola since 1982 was delayed by lightning for an hour and 19 minutes less than three minutes into the game.

The Greyhounds used a five-goal spurt midway through the first half and went on to beat the host Blue Jays, 11-7, in non-conference lacrosse action at Homewood Field Wednesday. Hopkins suffers its first loss of the season as the Jays slip to 3-1 while Loyola earns its first win to improve to 1-1.

Loyola had two quick chances in the opening two minutes with shots from Hannah Schmitt and Joanna Dalton, but junior Cosette Larash was there to make the save both times. Hopkins was able to clear but ‘Hounds goalie Kerry Stoothoff intercepted a Courtney Schweizer pass and the visitors were in the midst of a clear when lightning stuck nearby. The officials halted the game and nearly 80 minutes and several lightning strikes later, the game would resume.

Hopkins broke through first when senior Candace Rossi rolled the crease and found sophomore Taylor D’Amore open on the right post. D’Amore quick-sticked Rossi’s pass over Stoothoff and just under the crossbar for her 10th of the season. A little over two minutes later, Molly Hulseman dodged the left alley and scored on a high shot over Larash to tie the game.

That ignited the Greyhounds’ five-goal spurt that saw them take a 5-1 lead. Annie Thomas then got back-to-back goals in less than three minutes on nearly identical moves from behind the cage to stake Loyola to a two-goal advantage. Julie Morse extended the lead when she took a pass in the slot from Cass Cursaro and fired it home for her first of the season. Schmitt put a cap on the run at 7:44 when she dodged left to right and scored on a hard side-arm shot.

Senior Colleen McCaffrey put the Blue Jays back on the board with her 10th of the season at 6:19. From right goal line-extended, D’Amore found McCaffrey open in front, and she one-timed the pass past Stoothoff to make it a 5-2 game. Schmitt came right back with her second of the day when she picked up a loose ball in front of the cage after an errant behind-the-back pass and quickly scored.

Rossi answered with back to two with back-to-back goals just 50 seconds apart to bring the Blue Jays within two with 3:16 to play in the half. Rossi had a shot at a natural hat trick when she was awarded a free position at 1:36, but Stoothoff just got her stick on the shot and Loyola was able to control possession. On the other end, Sydney Thomas earned a free position with just 35 ticks on the clock. She passed on the shot however, and instead fed a pass to Cursaro, who was open on the left post for her third of the season.

Coming out of the break, sophomore Sammy Cermack got on the scoring sheet with a heads-up play. She earned a free position shot just 1:43 into the half, but again Stoothoff was there for the save. She couldn’t control the rebound however, and while falling to the ground, Cermack scooped the ball into the cage for her fourth of the season and to make it a 7-5 game. Schmitt once again answered, completing her hat trick at 22:46 when she picked up a ground ball off a Larash save, dodged across the fan and buried her third of the night.

The game took an interesting turn at 14:57 when Stoothoff was given a yellow card for a check to the head on senior Rachel Serio in front of the cage. Serio was awarded a free position and back-up goalie Natalia Angelo was forced to come in cold off the bench. Because the foul had been on the goalie, Angelo was sent behind and Serio had a free position with an open net. Ashley Moulton nearly denied Serio a goal however, as she got her stick on the ball, knocking it down, but it still managed to roll over the line to make it 8-6.

Loyola had an answer for Hopkins every time as Marlee Paton pushed the lead back to three just over two minutes later on a right-alley doge. D’Amore got that one back for the Blue Jays at 7:45, dodging from behind the cage and cutting across the crease for her second of the night. But the Greyhounds would get back-to-back goals from Cursaro and Thomas to cap the game’s scoring.

Rossi and D’Amore totaled three points apiece for the Blue Jays on two goals and one assist each. McCaffrey had a game and career-high seven draw controls as Hopkins dominated at the circle, outdrawing Loyola 17-3. Larash finished with six saves in the cage, while her counterpart had eight for Loyola. Schmitt and Thomas each had hat tricks for the Greyhounds, while Kellye Gallagher had six caused turnovers and six ground balls.

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