Sports


X-Country shines in tune-up to championships

October 11, 2012

After a long break for both the men’s and women’s cross country teams, the Hopkins runners got back into it at the Goucher Invitational and the Pre-National Invitational on October 6th.


M. Tennis takes down Amherst

October 11, 2012

This past weekend, the Hopkins men’s tennis team welcomed Amherst College to the courts on Homewood campus for a great day of tennis. In the end, Hopkins was able to beat out Amherst 6-3, winning two of three doubles matches while taking four of six singles matches. The match could be described as a miniature marathon, lasting nearly five hours but it was one that was well worth the time. Hopkins was able to celebrate another victory coming off strong performances from the ITA Championships the previous weekend. The win marked the first time Hopkins had ever beaten Amherst, as the Blue Jays had been defeated in their previous four matches against the Lord Jeffs.


Volleyball rebounds after loss against F&M

October 11, 2012

Last week the Hopkins volleyball team suffered a tough loss to Franklin & Marshall College, losing 1-3 (21-25, 25-18, 23-25, 24-26). The loss broke the Blue Jays team streak of 17 consecutive regular season conference victories. With the unexpected and disappointing loss, Hopkins knew they needed to rebound Saturday in their return to Goldfarb Gym.


Athlete of the Week: Nick Cerrone

October 11, 2012

Two weeks ago, after two consecutive shutouts over St. Mary’s College and Haverford College, Hopkins sophomore keeper Nick Ceronne was named Centennial Conference Defensive player of the week. This award marked the second time he has won the honor in his brief career.


Lady Jays win behind high-powered offense

October 11, 2012

The 17th ranked Blue Jays women’s soccer team won their third game in a row and their ninth overall this season, beating Ursinus 6-0 on the wings of sophomore Hannah Kronick’s fourth hat trick of the season. “We played a really good game, even though the team wasn’t the strongest opponent we’ll face this year,” Kronick said, “I think we all really stepped up and played at our level of play and it ended up fueling our success.” Her unprecedented number of hat tricks broke the previous record for a single season and in a career, previously set 14 years ago by Sarah Parola. All six of the Jays’ goals were scored in the first half.


Seniors lead Water Polo to win at home

October 11, 2012

Hopkins water polo traveled all the way to Claremont, Calif. to compete in the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament this past weekend. The extended road trip was a huge success, resulting in a 3-1 record, which included a monumental victory over Pomona-Pitzer, previously the number one ranked Division III school.


Stifling defense brings M. soccer to victories

October 11, 2012

The Hopkins men’s soccer team got back on track this past Saturday, trouncing Centennial Conference rival Ursinus College by a score of 5-0. The Blue Jays struck five times in the game with goals by five different players, each of which were the respective player’s first goal of the season.


Blue Jays double up Juniata Eagles, 40-20

October 4, 2012

The 15th-ranked Hopkins football team extended their regular season winning streak to 19 games this past Saturday with a decisive 40-20 win over Centennial Conference opponent Juniata. The Blue Jays were led by Scott Cremens, the Centennial Conference player of the week. Cremens slashed the Eagles’ defense for nine receptions, a career-high 178 receiving yards and three touchdowns.


Young stars emerging for Blue Jays M. Soccer

October 4, 2012

Men’s soccer was back in action this week, hosting a marquee matchup with the 10th ranked Gettysburg Bullets on Thursday evening. Although the weekend got off to a slow start with a grueling 110 minute 0-0 draw with the Bullets, the Blue Jays took home a hard-fought 1-0 victory on Saturday night after upsetting Franklin & Marshall, who were previously ranked 5th in the country.


Kellett's career high three assists leads Jays

October 4, 2012

The Hopkins field hockey team played host to Swarthmore in a Centennial Conference match-up this past Sunday. The Blue Jays coasted past the Garnet 4-1, and improved their conference record to 2-1, with an overall 5-4 record. The Garnet fell to 1-3 in the Centennial Conference and 6-5 overall. The Lady Jays’ strong performance in the Centennial Conference thus far has set the team up nicely going forward with the conference schedule.


Athlete of the Week: Scott Cremens

October 4, 2012

After their mastery over Juniata this past weekend at Homewood Field, where they doubled the Eagles 40-20, the Hopkins football team (5-0) climbed two spots in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Poll, ascending to the 13th slot.


Volleyball starts fresh win streak

October 4, 2012

After the Stevenson Mustangs snapped the Blue Jays newly set team record for consecutive matches won at 16 last Tuesday, the Hopkins women’s volleyball team returned to action Thursday against Washington College.


Men's Tennis brings home the hardware

October 4, 2012

Over the weekend, the Hopkins men’s tennis team traveled down to Fredericksburg, Va. to compete in the ITA Southeast Regional Championship against numerous other schools. As the final day of the championship concluded, it was clear that the Hopkins tennis team had a lot to be proud of.


Charm City Magic at work for 2012 Orioles

September 27, 2012

Coming into the 2012 season, the Orioles already had a core of solid offensive players led by the likes of Mark Reynolds, Adam Jones, JJ Hardy, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters, and a promising, yet uncertain set of young pitchers dubbed the “cavalry”. However, Vegas odds predicted that they would win fewer than 70 games. In the offseason, Baltimore signed Dan Duquette as their General Manager, a former Boston GM known for turning around the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox, yet had been out of the game for nearly a decade. Duquette, along with manager Buck Showalter, had historically winning pasts, and made it clear that they were ready to win now. Instead of signing big name free agents, Duquette chose to sign several defensive-oriented players at backup and platoon roles. Such names include a 27 year-old Taiwanese southpaw with pinpoint control out of the Japanese Nippon Professional League named Wei-Yin Chen, a 28 year-old former pitching prospect named Miguel Gonzalez out of the Mexican Winter League, and traded fan favorite Jeremy Guthrie for a journeyman starter named Jason Hammel. With an opening day payroll of $81 million, less than half that of the Red Sox and Yankees, Duquette was fully aware of the fact that he would have to exploit a market inefficiency in order to contend, and he did so by focusing on the development of the bullpen. As of Sunday, the bullpen had amassed 520 innings, more than 100 innings higher than the Yankees. This year has seen its share of wild extra inning games, starting in early May, when designated hitter Chris Davis earned the victory for the Orioles after coming in for relief in the 16th and 17th innings. Since then, the Orioles have won 16 straight extra inning games, a feat not accomplished since 1949. While the Orioles have had their fair share of late and extra inning offensive heroics this season, none of these would be possible without their stellar bullpen, led by All-Star closer and MLB saves leader Jim Johnson. All the more remarkable about the bullpen group, is the fact that they have won 16 of the Orioles 87 wins this year — accounting for nearly 20% of the Baltimore’s wins. As a result, the Orioles have out-scored their opponents by 28 runs in extra innings, compared to a far less than stellar minus-33-run differential in innings one through nine. Throughout the last few months, Duquette has made a number of seemingly head-shaking moves that somehow have proved successful. These transactions include picking up washed-up former stars off of waivers in late August and giving them occasional spot starts, trading for future Hall of Famer, Jim Thome, and calling up outfielder Nate McLouth and others from Triple A. Furthermore, on August 9, in an effort to bolster the defense and provide the team with a spark, Duquette promoted 20 year-old shortstop prospect Manny Machado from Double A Bowie to play third base. Despite his youth, Machado homered twice in his second game, once more in his third game, and has transformed the Orioles from one of the worst defenses into a rock-solid one. When leadoff hitter Nick Markakis broke his thumb in a game against the Yankees on September 8, the O’s chances of making the playoffs looked bleak. Since then, however, several role players have won games for Baltimore, most notably McLouth, who has been a major spark plug for this team with his late-inning offensive heroics. In fact, the Orioles are performing feats of an almost mythological nature on a daily basis. Just this past Tuesday the O’s scored two runs in the ninth to tie the game against Seattle, and when the Mariners failed to score in the bottom of the ninth, an extra innings battle ensued. Finally, in the top of the 18th after Orioles relievers managed to get out of several scary situations, backup catcher Taylor Teagarden produced the game winning RBI. Following this game, which ended just minutes short of four AM East-coast time, Duquette once again surprised all by calling up 19 year-old über prospect Dylan Bundy — the top pitching prospect in baseball and a once-in-a-generation type talent--to pitch out of the bullpen. Duquette has truly utilized all his resources and has proved his desire to win now. While Showalter, Duquette, the bullpen, and the statistical oddities have all been remarkable stories for Baltimore, these are just a few aspects of a handful of legendary Orioles magic that has unfolded this season. Needing only three more victories to reach 90 wins, the O’s will have done so with only a single pitcher on the staff with 10 or more victories. That campaign comes in the form of Wei-Yin Chen. Furthermore, the Birds have had 51 players on the big league club and 75 in Triple-A Norfolk. Despite these continuous roster changes, several players have individually carried the Orioles at variously points in the season, resulting in a 67-0 record when leading after 7 innings, 27-9 record in one run games, and a 16-2 mark in extra inning games. On Sunday, following another walkoff win in twelve innings against the Red Sox, Baltimore lost a heartbreaker 2-1 in Boston, putting their six game winning streak to a halt. However, Bundy debuted in the eighth in a crucial situation with runners on, and the young righty gave up no hits and stranded the base-runners. With ten games left to play, Baltimore trails New York by one game in the American League East and holds a one-game lead over Oakland for the first of two wild card spots. Thanks to a rule change that added extra wild card teams this season, if the Orioles do not win the division, yet clinch the first wild card spot, they will face Oakland in a one game playoff at Camden Yards to determine who will play the other division winners. When all is said in done, whatever happens to this team will be a step in the right direction. The Birds have already won 20 more games then they were supposed to and are on the brink of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1997, a time when many of us had a core curriculum of ABC’s and naptime. Despite the fact that much of the Orioles feats this year are statistical oddities, they seem primed to win in coming years with Bundy, Machado, Jones, Wieters, and company. So for now, my only advice is to sit back, grab some Bohs, and wait for that Orioles Magic to strike yet again.


Schofield’s eight leads Water Polo to victory

September 27, 2012

The Hopkins water polo team beat Southern Conference rival, George Washington University, this past weekend. The Jays out-scored the Colonials 19-11 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division opener. In a display of dominance, senior Ross Schofield tied the school record for most goals in one game. Ross “Putting on a Scho” Schofield (as his teammates sometimes call him) scored a total of eight goals. Schofield had this to say after the game, “Of course I am super pumped about tying the school record, but more importantly our win against GW was huge. It was the first of ours against a Southern Division team this season and gave us a huge boost for the two more to come later in the week.” In addition to the invigorating win and the school record, both Schofield and senior Alex Whittam surpassed the 200-goal mark for their respective careers, reaching another school milestone. On Sunday afternoon, the team went on to play two more CWPA Southern Division matches against Bucknell and Princeton. The first game against Bucknell led to another victory for the Jays. The Bucknell Bison started strong with a 5-3 lead in the first quarter, but Hopkins contested with four goals in the second quarter, taking a 7-5 lead. The Bison answered by taking a 11-10 lead, but the game ended in a thrilling 14-13 victory for Hopkins. The second game posed a familiar challenge for the Jays against 15th-ranked Princeton. Last year, the Jays overpowered the Tigers by just one point in an extremely close and suspenseful game. This year, however, the team could not repeat their success and lost 9-6. Hopkins started strong in the first quarter, taking the advantage 4-2, but the Tigers tied the game in the second quarter by scoring 3 to the Jay’s 1. Princeton saw the back of the net once in the third quarter, advancing the Tigers to six while Hopkins stayed at five. Princeton scored another three goals in the final quarter, taking home the win. The water polo team will be back in the pool next weekend to play Toronto University and Harvard University in the Bison Invite in Lewisburg, Pa.


W. Volleyball runs win streak to 16 games

September 27, 2012

Over the past three days, the Hopkins women’s Volleyball team broke old records and set new ones by defeating four different teams to start their season at 16-0. Hopkins has now shattered their previous consecutive wins record of 15 games straight. This is, without a doubt, the fastest start for the volleyball team in history, as the team has shown determination, heart, and a willingness to strive for perfection. Hopkins entered the weekend with a record of 12 wins and zero losses. In their first game they faced a tough opponent in Gallaudet on Friday night in Baltimore. The perfect season seemed in jeopardy as the Bison took control in the first set against a startled Blue Jays team. Despite having the lead in the set, Hopkins was unable to contain a Gallaudet attack that went on an 8-3 run to secure the first set. However, the girls put the tough start behind them and unleashed a powerful attack to salvage the second set, 25-22. With the momentum swinging to their favor, the Jays became a cohesive unit, going on a remarkable 17-3 run in the third set. They were led by sophomore Anne Cohen’s 10 consecutive points on serve to claim the third set 25-8. With a 2-1 set lead, freshman Jasmine Warmington and sophomore Ellen Rogers led the offense with a combined 16 kills while senior captain Amelia Thomas played solid defense to help the team secure a 25-20 win in the fourth set and keep the perfect season intact. However, the weekend was far from over for the Blue Jays who made the trip up the turnpike to Allentown, PA to take on Muhlenberg College. Hopkins took control from the first point to the last in the first set, winning 25-17 behind a strong balance of aggressive offense and stellar defense. In the second half, the offense erupted behind star attacker Warmington, concluding a quick second half in professional fashion 25-9. Warmington’s heroics prevailed again in the second half as the Jays held on 25-22 to secure a 3-0 victory. Warmington finished the game with 13 kills with help from sophomore Mariel Metalios who dished out 18 assists. Thomas led the way on defense with 17 digs, helping the Jays preserve the undefeated season. Finally, the team finished off the weekend with a doubleheader in St. Mary’s, MD where they faced two tough opponents in Messiah College and St. Mary’s College. Still clinging onto the perfect season, the girls entered the doubleheader determined to leave with that record still intact. The first match of the afternoon was against Messiah in which the Blue Jays took a commanding 2-0 sets lead after pummeling Messiah 25-9 in the first set and 25-18 in the second set. However, the momentum seemed to shift when the two teams were deadlocked deep into the late stages of the third set. The defense, led by Thomas, was able to prevail and help Hopkins overcome the Messiah effort by edging out a 26-24 third set win. With a 15-0 record, the Jays went into the second game of the doubleheader confident and ready to finish off the weekend on a high note with a win against St. Mary’s. Early on in the match, it didn’t appear as though a new school record would be achieved as St. Mary’s took a commanding 2-0 sets lead over the Blue Jays. When it appeared that the perfect season was quickly coming to a close, the Jays came together stronger and more determined than they ever had before. In impressive fashion, Hopkins stormed back to win the third set 25-20, proving that the match was far from over. The momentum clearly had shifted when the Jays absolutely dominated all aspects of the fourth set, winning easily 25-14. With the game knotted 2-2 in sets, Hopkins worked harder than they had all season to secure a fifth set victory 15-11 and set a new Hopkins volleyball record for 16 consecutive victories in a single season. Warmington, who leads the Centennial Conference in most offensive categories, was once again a crucial contributor to the victory with help from sophomore Katie Schwarz. Unfortunately, the win streak came to an end this Tuesday as the Stevenson Mustangs defeated Hopkins in straight sets, falling to 16-1. The team had won an impressive 29 regular season matches in a row dating back to September 27th of last year. Despite the loss, Hopkins is poised and ready to continue their surge towards the Centennial Conference crown and a run to the NCAA Championship. They’ve not only shown how they can work together to achieve their goals but also have demonstrated that they’re resilient and unwilling to accept anything short of their best. The Jays will next look to get back on track against Washington (Md.) tonight at 7PM and against Swarthmore College this weekend.