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Terps rally to defeat Blue Jays, 10-8

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Posted at 11:23 PM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 23:23:01-04

Top-ranked Maryland rallied in the second half to defeat Johns Hopkins, 10-8 Wednesday night.

The Blue Jays started the game strong, scoring the first goal. Senior Jenna Reifler got the assist from junior Haley Schweizer and beat goalie Megan Taylor with a bounce shot that hit the top of the net. Maryland answered with a shot from Megan Whittle just 54 seconds later. 

Johns Hopkins senior Dene' DiMartino scored back-to-back goals, giving the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead. 

The Terps stayed persistent. They scored two goals to the tie the game at 3-3 with just over 12 minutes to play in the first half. Zoe Stukenberg found Caroline Wannen who scored a one-timer. Whittle then hit a tight bouncer to give Maryland three. 

The Blue Jays answered with a 3-0 run. Hopkins held Maryland to just three goals in the first half. 

Despite going into the half 6-3, Maryland turned it up in the second half. Taylor Hensh got things started with a free position goal. Her goal ended a 20-minute scoreless drought, something very unfamiliar for the No. 1 team in the nation.

DiMartino scored to put the Blue Jays up 7-4. She tied her career high with five goals and recorded her 32nd career hat trick. She's now scored a goal in 40 consecutive games. DiMartino now ranks sixth in Johns Hopkins Division I history with 187 career points. 

The Terps responded with three straight goals to tie the game 7-7 with 17 minutes remaining.

Hopkins scored again to take the lead, but they couldn't keep Maryland's attack silent any longer. Kacie Longo's free position goal tied the game 8-8. Caroline Steele found Hensh on a free position opportunity and she was able to sink one to take the lead. 

Taylor Cummings sealed the deal with her only goal of the game with just three minutes remaining. The Terps won the ensuing draw and were able to hold possession until time expired. 

Wednesday's game was the final non-conference match-up between Maryland and Johns Hopkins before the Blue Jays enter the Big 10 next season.

Maryland's 10 goals was the second lowest goals scored all season. The Blue Jays held the Terps to nearly six goals below their season average. They also held two-time Tewaarton Award winnter Cummings, to just two points - a goal and an assist. 

Maryland improved to 11-0, while Johns Hopkins fell to 8-6. 

The Blue Jays return to Homewood field Wednesday, April 13 to host the UMBC Retrievers at 4 p.m.

The Terps travel to Rutgers Saturday, April 9 to face the Scarlet Knights at 7 p.m.

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