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A lot — to say the least — has happened since August 10, 2018. And ever since, I’ve wanted to speak up. Every week I’ve told myself, “This is the week I’m going to publish my reflection.” And every week, I cowered. I was afraid people would use my words against me, and I have no doubt that they still will.
To no surprise, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams continue to dominate the Centennial Conference. This week, the 23rd-ranked men defeated the Haverford College Fords 7-2 to once again earn the top spot in the Conference.
Back-to-back losses may seem discouraging to most teams, but for the 16th-ranked Hopkins baseball team, the doubleheader sweep Saturday only served as motivation to get back on track. The Blue Jays bounced back from their two losses against the Ursinus College Bears to shut out the Gettysburg College Bullets 15-0 the following day.
This past Saturday, the men’s lacrosse team took home a solid Big Ten victory against the University of Michigan Wolverines. The Blue Jays secured the win after a dominating 10-0 run in the second and third quarters, finishing the game 14-8.
The Hopkins indoor track and field teams have trained all year for this one moment: the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division-III Indoor Track and Field National Championships. Hopkins sent eight women and three men to Boston, Mass. to compete in the final and most important meet of the season.
This past weekend, both Hopkins tennis teams played matches on the road, as the men traveled to Salisbury, Md., while the women headed to Annapolis, Md. While the No. 21-ranked men defeated the Salisbury University Sea Gulls 7-2, the women lost to the United States Naval Academy 5-2.
Carrying a season’s worth of hard work against intense Centennial Conference competition, the Blue Jays headed into the 2019 NCAA Division-III Southeast Regional Championship with confidence and determination. The Jays had a near historic performance, as they finished in fifth place with 85 points in the 20-team tournament. This is the second highest finish at a Regional Championship in school history.
Both the men’s and the women’s swimming teams traveled down to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the Janis Hape Dowd Nike Invitational. The Blue Jays proved that they could compete among Division-I competition, as Hopkins earned multiple top-eight finishes and NCAA-qualifying times throughout the course of the three-day meet.
The Hopkins wrestling team traveled up to York College this past weekend for the New Standard Corporation Invitational. The Blue Jays had the opportunity to see opponents from 16 different schools within the span of two intense days of competition.
This past weekend, the women’s swim team traveled across town to nearby Loyola University to compete in the annual Thomas Murphy Invitational. Four schools arrived at the Mangione Pool, including West Chester University, Drexel Univeristy, Loyola University and our very own Blue Jays.
The 11th-ranked Hopkins field hockey team clinched the program’s first Centennial Conference Championship title in 15 years on Sunday. The Blue Jays headed up to Lancaster, Pa., where the 10th-ranked Franklin & Marshall College Diplomats hosted the Conference Tournament.
The fourth-ranked women’s soccer team closed out their undefeated regular season Conference schedule with a 5-0 shutout against the Franklin & Marshall College Diplomats. After taking the regular season title, the Blue Jays will host the Centennial Conference Tournament, which will decide who will come out with both a championship and a ticket to continue their season into the NCAA Tournament.
This past weekend, the men’s and women’s swim teams traveled to Lewisburg, Pa. to go head-to-head against a Division-I opponent: the Bucknell University Bison. Although both the men and the women took first in multiple races throughout the day, only the men’s team came out victorious, while the women just barely fell short.
This past Saturday, the 17th-ranked field hockey team traveled to the Swarthmore College Garnet. The trip was worth the two-hour, early-morning drive as the Blue Jays came home with another Centennial Conference victory. Along with the team’s dominant offensive efforts, the Hopkins defense kept the Garnet at zero successful shots, as the final score read 4-0.
Last year, the women’s soccer team lost to the Swarthmore College Garnet in the finals of the Centennial Conference Playoffs on their very own Homewood Field, and the fallen Blue Jays had to watch their opponents rush the field and hold up the Championship trophy.
Last weekend both the men’s and women’s swim teams traveled just down the road to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), as they had a dual-meet, racing against two Division I competitors: the UMBC Golden Retrievers and the University of Delaware Blue Hens.
The 17th-ranked field hockey team continues to prove its dominance in the Centennial Conference as it defeated the Haverford College Fords with two first-half goals on Saturday. Although the Fords made the game close in the second half, the Blue Jays finished out the game strong defensively, resulting in a 2-1 final score.
Both the men’s and the women’s tennis teams competed this weekend, as both teams advanced players to the semifinals in their respective tournaments. The men’s team sent 10 players to Philadelphia where they competed in the 10th annual Saint Joseph’s Invitational this past weekend. The women traveled in the opposite direction, as they opened fall competition at the 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southeast Regional Championship in Fredericksburg, Va.
A nearly three-hour lightning delay did not hold the Blue Jays back from defeating the Ramapo College of New Jersey Roadrunners Friday night. Luckily, this was not the first time the Jays had fought through inclement weather, as they had pulled out an overtime victory after another lightning delay the previous weekend.