By ANDREW JOHNSON
For the Hopkins women’s lacrosse team, this weekend’s match against George Washington University proved to be a prime example of a one-sided affair. Heading into the matchup 6-0, the Jays looked to extend their season opening win streak to seven, in prime position for the rest of the season.
The 17th-ranked Jays did just that, stretching their record to 7-0 with a 17-3 victory over George Washington. There were big time performances seen all around for the Jays, as three players scored three or more goals, one had four assists and the goalie notched 16 saves.
Less than three minutes into the game, senior Jen Cook and senior Taylor D’Amore put the Jays on the board to get the early jump on the Colonials. With just under four minutes to go in the half, the Jays had extended the lead to 7-0, thanks to goals by junior Dene’ DiMartino, Cook and junior Jenna Reifler.
Heading into the half, the Jays had built a comfortable lead, but there was still plenty of room to grow it. Junior Sammy Cermack decided to jump into the action as well, thanks to a pass from Cook. Less than 10 seconds later, Cook completed a hat trick to stretch the lead to 8-0.
When the first half had concluded, the Hopkins lead had stretched to 10, thanks to three more goals coming from DiMartino and two from senior Sarah Taylor. However, George Washington would not go down without a fight in the first half, scoring their lone goal of the half with two minutes to go. Heading into the locker rooms, the score read 11-1, Hopkins.
George Washington came out of the half ready to go. The Colonials led the scoring charge early in the half with two goals to cut the lead to eight, 11-3. Hopkins responded quickly. Cook put her fourth goal of the day in the back of the net, while junior Haley Schweizer scored goal 13 of the day for Jays to give them a 10 point cushion. DiMartino scored shortly after, and the lead kept growing from there.
To finish the scoring on the day, D’Amore scored yet another goal while Taylor found the back of the net for goals 16 and 17 of the day for the girls.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior goalie KC Emerson had a historic day for the Jays, stopping 16 shots. That total is the most by a Hopkins goalie in 12 years.
When asked about the match, junior Caroline Turco had very positive things to say about the team’s performance, and the hope the team feels going forward. “We felt we played George Washington just as we would any other opponent,” Turco said. “We didn’t take them lightly and definitely played as a unit. Our goalie stepped up and had an awesome game too. Going forward I think we are really prepared and we know we can take on anyone.”
The Lady Jays took to the field again yesterday against Boston University. In what turned out to be a hard-fought victory for Hopkins, the two teams battled back and forth throughout the game.
The game was highlighted by DiMartino tying her career high goal total with four goals. Three of these came in the second half. Cook and Reifler played a vital role in the victory as well. Each finished the game with two goals, while Cermack added two assists.
In the 11-8 win, D’Amore secured her 202nd draw, leaving her one shy of the program record. Emerson’s five saves were enough to get Hopkins their eighth straight victory to start the season, tying a D-I record.
Hopkins will face Michigan University at home this Sunday at noon. The Lady Jays hope to add to their win streak and capture the D-I record.