BALTIMORE, Md. -- It was a tale of two halves for 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins as the Blue Jays outscored host and seventh-ranked Loyola (Md.) 7-3 in the second half to beat the Greyhounds 11-8 on Wednesday at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Blue Jays improved to 4-0 on the season and registered their first win against Loyola, who slipped to 1-2.

Trailing 5-4 after a back-and-forth first half, the Blue Jays came out of the locker room strong and scored five unanswered goals to take a 9-5 lead. Junior Sammy Cermack got the run going with her only goal of the night just 1:27 into the half. Sophomore Jen Cook, from goal line extended, found Cermack open in the slot and she scored on a high shot to extend her goal streak to 16 consecutive games. Hopkins then converted four consecutive free-position goals, with freshman Dene' DiMartino recording a pair, to push out to the four-goal advantage with 16:06 to play.

Taryn VanThof ended Hopkins' run at 13:53 on a dodge down the right alley to make it a 9-6 game. The goal ended a scoreless drought of more than 17 minutes for Loyola. Senior Katie Duffey answered for the Blue Jays to push the lead back to four. Cermack earned a free-position shot on the right side of the fan, but instead passed on her shot, dodged to the cage and drew a slide. She then fed an open Duffey, who turned and fired home her fifth of the season at 10:12. Sydney Thomas pulled the `Hounds back within one at 6:42 when her defender slipped on the turf and she was able to go in all alone on senior Cosette Larash for the score.

Just 80 seconds later, Cook took a pass from freshman Jenna Reifler and scored from the left alley and scored her second of the night to make it 11-7 Hopkins. Marlee Paton closed out the scoring with a free-position goal with 1:29 to play.

The Greyhounds got on the board scoring just 6:33 into the contest. Annie Thomas fed an over-the-cage pass to a cutting Paton, who buried her shot to make it 1-0 Loyola. Junior Taylor D'Amore answered for the Blue Jays nearly five minutes later when she dodged from behind the cage and scored on a sidearm shot inside the right post. The goal extended her point streak to 25 consecutive games. Hannah Schmitt then wrapped a pair of goals around a free-position goal by DiMartino and the `Hounds led 3-2 with 7:28 to go in the half.

Cook came back with a goal at 5:04 to tie the game once again. From right goal line extended, Reifler found Cook open in the fan for the score. Just 30 seconds later however, VanThof converted a free-position shot to put Loyola up 4-3. Cermack connected with D'Amore less than a minute later to make it a 4-4 game. Cermack fed a pass to D'Amore, who was cutting down the right alley, and with a defender on her, scored her second goal of the game. Loyola had the final say of the half as Thomas scored an unassisted goal with 58.9 left in the half. Hopkins had one last chance before the half, but could not get a shot off before the horn, as the Greyhounds led 5-4 heading into the locker room.

The story of the second half was draw controls for the Blue Jays. After losing the draw control battle in the first half 8-2, freshman Erica Matz came in to take the draws. She took every draw in the second half and Hopkins won the battle in the circle 9-2, with Matz controlling four. D'Amore and DiMartino each had hat tricks, while Cook and Cermack also finished with three points apiece. Larash finished with seven saves, including five in the first half. Paton, Schmitt, VanThof and Thomas combined for all eight Greyhound goals while Molly Wolf made five saves in the cage.