Reifler's goal with 19 ticks left pushes No. 20 Johns Hopkins by No. 11 Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Freshman Jenna Reifler scored just one goal, but it was the biggest of her young career, as her strike with just 19 ticks remaining put Johns Hopkins ahead 9-8 at 11th-ranked Virginia on Thursday. The 20th-ranked Blue Jays went on to defeat the host Cavaliers for their first win at Klockner Stadium. Hopkins improved to 8-5 on the season while the Cavs fell to 7-8.
Junior Taylor D'Amore slipped a pass to Reifler cutting down the left alley. Reifler caught the pass high and buried her shot to stake Hopkins to the 9-8 lead. The assist was D'Amore's fifth of the game, one shy of her career high. Virginia won the ensuing draw, but turned it over in Hopkins' end and senior Courtney Schweizer came up with the ground ball. After a restart, Schweizer launched a cross-field pass to freshman Caroline Turco and Hopkins was able to run out the remainder of the clock to earn the win.
Junior Sarah Taylor opened the scoring just 47 seconds into the game, scoring off a dodge down the right alley for her team-leading 28th goal of the season. Virginia answered with back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead with 24:07 to go in the half. Dana Boyle tied the game when she caught a Casey Bocklet pass in stride and fired a shot over the left shoulder of senior Cosette Larash. Ashlee Warner followed with her only goal of the game as she dodged to the cage, cut inside her defender and scored from in tight.
Sophomore Jen Cook tied the game at two goals apiece at the 21:47 mark as she converted a free-position shot. Freshman Dene' DiMartino then scored the first of her team-high three goals just four minutes later to push the Blue Jays ahead. She dodged across the top of the fan and then blew a shot stick-side high past Liz Colgan. After trading several possessions, Virginia got back on the board with consecutive goals two minutes apart. Boyle broke the Cavs' scoring drought that had reached nearly 15 minutes with a transition goal at 9:09 to tie the game at three. Caroline McTiernan then put Virginia on top with a free position goal at 7:07.
Junior Sammy Cermack once again tied the game and sparked a four-goal JHU run that bridged halftime and staked Hopkins to a 7-4 lead. D'Amore fed a cutting Cermack in the alley and she buried a shot over the right shoulder of Colgan at 2:17. DiMartino swung the lead back in the Blue Jays' favor, scoring on an alley dodge with 1:02 to play and give JHU a 5-4 lead at the break.
The Jays picked up right where they left off with goals from Taylor and Turco five minutes into the half. D'Amore connected with Taylor in the right alley and the Jays' leading scorer rifled the ball into the cage at 28:26. A Larash save on a Morgan Stevens' shot gave the Jays possession and, after facing heavy pressure from the Cavs' defense, D'Amore found an open Turco with a dump pass. Turco caught the pass on the doorstep and stuck her only shot of the game to give Hopkins the three-goal lead.
Virginia wasn't going away and McTiernan and Courtney Swan pulled the Cavs within one with 17:34 to go. Following Turco's goal, Daniela Eppler came up with the draw and a quick outlet pass created a two-on-one for the Cavs. Warner drew the slide and fed a pass to McTiernan for the goal just 11 seconds after Turco's goal. After trading possessions several times, Swan drew an eight-meter and converted her shot to make it a 7-6 game.
DiMartino completed her hat trick at the 13:32-mark off another D'Amore helper as Hopkins capitalized on a Virginia yellow card. Swan then pulled the Cavs back within one less than four minutes later. She checked the ball out of Larash's stick as the Jays looked to clear and scored from close range. McTiernan then capped a 4-1 Cavs' run with a free position goal at 4:23 to tie the game at eight. McTiernan had the chance to put Virginia ahead with 1:07 to play as she drew a free position shot, but Larash made the save and Hopkins cleared, setting up Reifler's game-winner.
D'Amore led all scorers with her game-high five assists, while DiMartino scored a team-high three goals and controlled a game and career-high six draws. Taylor was the only other Blue Jay with a multi-point game as she finished with a pair of goals. Larash made a season-high 14 saves, including several from point-blank range and nine in the second half alone, to earn the win. The 14 stops are just one shy of her career-high. McTiernan led the Cavs with three goals while Swan and Boyle each notched a pair. Colgan finished with nine saves in the loss.