GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Taylor D’Amore notched a game-high eight points and five draws to pace Johns Hopkins to a 13-12 win against No. 11 Penn State in the ALC Quarterfinals on Thursday. The Blue Jays improved to 9-8 on the season and advanced to the ALC Semifinals for the first time since 2008. The Nittany Lions slipped to 11-6 as the Jays snapped a three-game skid to Penn State.
Hopkins jumped out to a four-goal lead before the second half was four minutes old as Sarah Taylor’s third goal of the game staked the Blue Jays to a 12-8 lead. The pace slowed from there and Penn State finally got on the board in the second half with an unassisted goal from Elaine Welch at 18:15. Just under five minutes later, Hopkins’ lead was back to four when D’Amore scored on a hard dodge from right goal line extended. Penn State answered with back-to-back goals from Maggie McCormick and Mackenzie Cyr just 72 seconds apart to make it a 13-11 game with 11:48 remaining.
Defense was the name of the game in the ensuing 10 minutes before Penn State finally broke through for a man-up goal at 1:46 from Tatum Coffey to make it a one-score game. D’Amore won the ensuing draw and the Blue Jays promptly called timeout. Coming back out, Hopkins was able to use up nearly 90 seconds before an errant pass went out of bounds and Penn State took over. On the clear, however, Cami Kramer intercepted a pass in midfield and the Blue Jays were able to run out the clock.
D’Amore led all scorers with three goals and five assists for a career-high eight points, while also controlling a game-high five draws. She broke the Blue Jay’s ALC tournament records for assists and points in a game, and with her fourth draw of the game broke the program’s all-time (Division I and III) single-season draws record. Taylor finished with three goals as eight different players scored for the Blue Jays.
Cermack notched a pair of goals, while McCaffrey, Ballatori and Rossi each finished with a goal and an assist. Cosette Larash made seven saves to earn the win. McCormick led the Nittany Lions with three goals and one assist, while Cyr had one goal and three helpers. Coffey and Molly Fernandez finished with two goals apiece. Cahill made four saves in the cage for the Lions.