Taylor D'Amore breaks records, leads Johns Hopkins past Michigan
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Senior Taylor D'Amore broke two school records in leading 14th-ranked Johns Hopkins to a 20-5 win against visiting Michigan in the Blue Jays' American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) opener. The Blue Jays also broke the school Division I record for wins to start the season with their ninth consecutive, while the Wolverines fell to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in the ALC. D'Amore broke the school's all-time record for career draw controls and the single-game assist record in the win.
Hopkins scored the game's first three goals as junior Jen Cook sandwiched a pair of goals around one from sophomore Kristen Cannon. Cook put the Blue Jays on the board with the first of her career-high-tying five goals as she dodged through several defenders before firing a shot inside the right post at the 25:55-mark. Just over two minutes later, D'Amore dodged to the top of the arc before dumping a pass to Cannon on the crease, who turned and fired home her second of the season. From behind the cage, D'Amore then found Cook wide open in the slot and the junior fired a laser over the right shoulder of Allison Silber to give JHU a 3-0 lead at 21:54.
Kim Coughlan ended the Blue Jays' run and got the Wolverines on the board just over a minute later when she dodged left to right across the arc and scored on a side-arm shot. Hopkins answered with five consecutive goals to push out to an 8-1 lead midway through the first half. D'Amore got the run going as the Blue Jays took advantage of a Wolverine turnover on the other end. She dodged from right goal line extended, turned and scored over the shoulder of Silber. Just 56 seconds later, senior Sammy Cermack, cutting down the right alley, took a pass from sophomore Jenna Reifler and buried a hard shot inside the near post. Senior Sarah Taylor then sandwiched a pair of goals around one from sophomore Dene' DiMartino, in a span of just 1:51, and the lead was seven with 14:41 to play in the half.
Coughlan once again ended Hopkins' run, scoring on a low shot on free position to make it an 8-2 game at the 13:33-mark. Cook got that one back for JHU on a high-to-low shot off a D'Amore pass, but Anna Schueler answered for Michigan with an unassisted tally at 7:20. D'Amore controlled the ensuing draw, her second of the day, to break Kadie Stamper's all-time career record of 203. Hopkins would score the final four goals of the half to take a 13-3 lead into the locker room. Sophomore Maddy Aldave book-ended the run, which also saw Cook and Taylor score, for her first career multi-goal game.
Jess Angerman opened the second-half scoring as the Wolverines capitalized in transition. Schueler carried into the offensive zone and drew a slide before passing to Angerman, open in the left alley and she just snuck a shot inside the left post at 27:06. Hopkins answered with three straight goals from Cermack, Cannon and D'Amore as the Blue Jays pushed out to a 16-4 lead with 17:20 still to play. Amanda Sutor got her first career goal at the 11:52-mark when she scored on a dodge from right goal line extended.
Freshman Haley Schweizer scored back-to-back goals in a two-minute span and JHU led 18-5. Her second came in transition as she scooped up a ground ball at the Jays' defensive restraining line and took it all the way to the cage before scoring high stick-side. D'Amore and Cook would score in the final six minutes to account for the 20-5 final. D'Amore assisted on Cook's goal at 3:16 to break the school single-game record with her eighth assist of the day.
D'Amore finished with a career-best 11 points (3goals, 8assists), three shy of the school all-time record, while also controlling four draws to finish the day with 206 for her career. Cook tied her career high with five goals while Taylor added her 13th career hat trick. Cermack notched a pair of goals and Schweizer, Cannon and Aldave all had their first career multi-goal games. Reifler also finished with a career-high three assists to extend her point streak to nine straight games. Junior KC Emerson played the first half and got the win after making three saves. Freshman Caroline Federico played the second and made one save.
Coughlan led the Wolverines with two goals, for her first career multi-goal game, while Schueler had two points on a goal and an assist. Schueler also controlled a game-high six draws, as the Wolverines are the first team this season to outdraw the Blue Jays. Silber finished with 10 saves in the loss for Michigan.