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DiMartino scores five in JHU’s win over American

Dene' DiMartino led Johns Hopkins with five goals and six draw controls as she led the Blue Jays to a victory over the American Eagles.

Dene’ DiMartino led Johns Hopkins with five goals and six draw controls as she led the Blue Jays to a victory over the American Eagles.

She had a hat trick in the season opener and followed it up with a five-goal performance on seven shots. Dene’ DiMartino was unstoppable as the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team beat American, 16-0. ALong with her five goals she led the Blue Jays with six draw controls and scooped up two ground balls.

The Blue Jays held a 14-5 lead midway through the second half before American made a run to get closer, but it was nowhere near enough at the Blue Jays close out the contest for the victory.

Shannon Fitzgerald opened the scoring just 39 second into the game as she scored on a tight angle on the right goal line extended. Haley Schweizer and DiMartino then scored in just a minute and a half span of each other to put Towson ahead 3-0 less than six minutes into the game.

That was only half of Towson’s run at the start of the game. Towson led 6-0 with 18:52 remaining in the half. Jenna Reiflr followed DiMartino’s goal with a free position goal three and a half minutes later, but Kenul followed that with goals just 32 seconds part. The first goal was after she intercepted a pass at the midfield. She then ran at the goal and beat American goalkeeper Fiona Geier one-on-one.

Then off the ensuing draw control Miranda Ibello passed the ball to Kenul in front of the goal and the sophomore made the quick shot and put it in the net.

The Eagles finally got on the board with 12:44 remaining in the half after Madison Hoon netted a score in transition. Just over a minutes later Jessica Wojcieckowski scored off a free position shot to make it a 6-2 game.

But they would get no closer than four goals the rest of the game.

The Blue Jays responded with three-straight goals as Carolina Turco, DiMartino and Fitgerald all scored in succession in less than a three-minute span of each other.

Then, while Jennifer DeSimone scored off a free position shot with 3:02 remaining in the first half, DiMartino score for a third time in the game. Olivia Mangan responded for the Eagles, but with two seconds left before halftime, Kenul found Reifler in transition and the senior put the ball away to get UMBC up by seven goals at the break.

DeSimone scored another goal for the Eagles early in the second half. Six minutes into the second half she scored off a free position shot, but just 50 seconds later DiMartino scored again and sparked another three-goal run by the Blue Jays. She took the ball on the run and ripped a shot past Geier for the score. A minute later, Reifler feed Kunel as she completed her hat trick. CeCe Finney capped off his run after scooping up a ground ball and ripping a sidearm show from the left wing.

Johns Hopkins led 14-5 after that goal, but the Eagles went on a 5-1 run over a five-minute span. DeSimone scored two more goals during that run to bump her total up to four in the game. However, DiMartino netted a free position shot during the middle of it to complete her five-goal game that tied a career-high.

At the end of American’s run they had cut their deficit down to five with 6:05 to go, but Johns Hopkins shut them down the rest of the way and Chloe Duke scored off a high-to-low shot for her first goal of the season with little time remaining to put the final exclamation point on the victory.

Carolina Federico finished the game with six saves for the Blue Jays, including four in the second half. The Blue Jays out-shot the Eagles 35-20 and beat them on ground balls, 22-17. Johns Hopkins also forced 20 turnovers and held them to only 8-for-16 on clear attempts.

The Blue Jays will hit the road for the first time on Sunday when they play at Rutgers before returning home to host Loyola and Penn State the next two Wednesdays.

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