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Football claims CC crown with 49-7 win

November 15, 2012

For the fourth straight year, the Hopkins Blue Jays football team is your Centennial Conference Champion. Following a 14-12 loss last week against Franklin & Marshall, the Blue Jays won sole possession of the title with a decisive 49-7 win over conference rival McDaniel College. The Blue Jays jumped to an early 21-0 lead in the first quarter, largely from the help of two Jonathan Rigaud rushing touchdowns. Riguad’s second touchdown was his 20th of the year, making him the second player in school history to reach this mark in a season. Hopkins went into the half with a comfortable 28-0 lead, with the other two touchdowns coming from freshman running back Brandon Cherry. The Blue Jays tallied up over 500 total offensive yards for the fifth time this season. Their rushing attack has been their bread and butter all year, as they racked up 309 yards. The addition of 215 yards passing was just too much for the Green Terror to handle. The defense proved strong again, forcing four sacks and two interceptions on the day. Senior linebacker Adam Schweyer recorded his 200th tackle of his career, with 201 tackles now to his credit. The defensive statistic that stood out the most was holding McDaniel to just 2 for 16 on third-down conversions. The Blue Jays' dominating performance on both sides of the ball, prove that they are a different team from a year ago. Their biggest wins have come with a balanced offense attack and solid, consistent defensive play. The Blue Jays have averaged 38.6 points per game while racking up 495 yards per game. Not to be outdone, the defense has been strong all season, allowing just 14.9 points per game and 272.4 yards per game. With their most recent win, Hopkins also earned the Centennial Conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA playoffs. This is the Blue Jays’ fourth appearance in the NCAA playoffs, and their third in just the last four years. During Sunday’s selection show, the Blue Jays received the news they would host the Washington & Jefferson College Presidents. This is the second time ever that Hopkins has hosted a home playoff game. The first was just last year, when the Blue Jays saw a promising 10-0 season end shortly with a devastating loss in the first round. There is no doubt that this loss has fueled the Jays this season as they have improved greatly on both sides of the ball. Washington & Jefferson enters the game 8-2 after winning the Athletic Conference championship last week against previously unbeaten Waynesburg College. This is the 22nd NCAA playoff appearance for the Presidents, including two finishes as the national runner-up in 1992 and 1994. Washington & Jefferson poses a balanced offensive attack similar to Hopkins, with a smart, efficient quarterback and powerful running game. Defensively it’s the same story; the Presidents don’t allow many yards or points and get to the quarterback. However, with the bitter taste of last year’s loss still lingering in the player’s mouths, look for the Blue Jays to come out with a strong performance. Coming off one of the best seasons ever for a Blue Jay, Rigaud scooped up the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year award. With Rigaud, and Matey passing for a yard short of 2,000 yards this season and a conference high 70% completion rate, the offense is high powered and they score relentlessly. In addition to the backfield, the Jays have weapons all over the field. Junior Dan Wodicka earned his third all-conference selection and has been Matey’s top target all year. Much of the offenses success would not be possible without the Blue Jays’ most unheralded about group: the offensive line. There were four all-conference selections on the O-line this season: junior Armand Jenifer, junior Ben Cranston, junior Vincenzo Bonaddio, and junior Kevin Quinn. This unit has provided incredible protection all year for the skill position players. The defensive side is the same story, led by Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Taylor Maciow. Maciow is backed by first team all-conference linebacker Adam Schweyer, and second team all-conference linebacker John Arena. The defense has made the game the Blue Jays play well rounded and strong going into the first round. The game is slated to start at 12 pm noon Saturday, November 12th. Come out and support your Blue Jays as the 2012 Centennial Conference Coach of the Year, Jim Margraff, looks to lead the Jays deep into the NCAA and grab their first national title.


Disappointing end for Blue Jays Volleyball

November 15, 2012

After coming off a record setting season, the Hopkins women’s volleyball team entered Friday evening's first round match-up with high expectations. Unfortunately the Blue Jays season came to an abrupt end after a disappointing five set thriller. Hopkins was dispatched (25-19, 15-25, 25-21, 23-25, 14-16) by Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. From the onset, the Blue Jays were dominant as sophomore Megan Cohan tallied three kills and three blocks. Hopkins won a series of important rallies that were led by freshman Jasmine Warmington and sophomore Ellen Rogers to extend their lead to 17-13 in the first. The Blue Jays finished off the set with an incredible dig from Amelia Thomas to win 25-19. In the second set Richard Stockton rebounded, coming out on fire to take a 15-7 lead. Even two team timeouts taken by head coach Matt Troy could not suppress the Osprey’s run as they went on to win 25-15 with .636 hitting percentage. Richard Stockton carried the momentum into the third set taking a 15-8 lead to start. However, after a timeout the Blue Jays went on a clutch 8-0 run led by Rogers. She was a key contributor for Hopkins the entire match, tallying a career high 20 kills. The Blue Jays finished out the set 25-21 to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The fourth set was back and forth the whole way as the lead changed seven times. Unfortunately, Stockton’s Nicole Serekian was too much of a force, recording nine kills in the set to lead the Ospreys to a tense 25-23 fourth set win. Not only did the Blue Jays lose the set, but were forced to enter the fifth and final deciding set without their second leading hitter sophomore Katie Schwarz due to injury. The fifth set did not stop the back and forth play, as the Blue Jays traded the lead eight times. The Blue Jays seemed destined for victory as they held a 14-12 lead, but the Ospreys fired back with four straight points to win the match 16-14 and advance to NCAA’s Second Round. The Ospreys were led by Serekian and Stephanie Warner who each tallied 22 kills. The Blue Jays’ freshman Carolyn Zin and sophomore Mariel Metalios combined for 47 assists. Warmington added 14 kills for Hopkins. Nonetheless it seemed head coach Matt Troy was proud. "I think it was obvious in the match Hopkins gave it everything they had. Towards the end there was a lot of passion and I'm very pleased." Even with the loss Warmington and fellow freshman Gabi Rothman were able to express pride in their team’s ability to repeat as conference champs even after suffering some untimely losses. Warmington commented, “I’m so proud of my team for being able to fight regardless of the situation.” Though the loss is undoubtedly disappointing, Hopkins has a bright future. Earlier in the week, Warmington was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year along with Rookie of the Year. “I’m so honored to be considered the Conference Player of the Tear. I hope to continue performing for my team in the years to come.” By leading the conference in total kills, kills per set and total points Warmington became only the third Blue Jay in history to win Conference Player of the Year. As the week progressed the awards continued to pile up for Warmington who became the first Blue Jay to receive the AVCA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year award and only the second player in conference history to win the award. She was also one of only two freshmen in the region to earn a spot on Mid Atlantic First Team. Warmington’s success could certainly be credited in her ability to learn quickly. “The most important thing I learned was that it doesn’t matter what game it is or what the score is, you have to give your team your all.” Warmington also credits much of her success to her team, stating, “The sport goes beyond the individual, you have to play for each other.” With such a regard for those around her, Warmington’s success is certain to continue in the coming years. Also joining Warmington on the All-Centennial Conference team are Thomas and Schwarz. Metalios and Rogers were also named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Volleyball team. The pair became the first Hopkins volleyball players along with the first sophomores in school history to receive the award. Metalios is a public health major with a minor in global environmental global change who currently boasts a 3.80 GPA. The native of Huntington, NY is second on the team in assists and service aces. Rogers, a native of Macedonia, OH holds a 3.74 GPA as a double major in economics and international studies while also pursuing a minor in financial economics. Rogers led the team in blocks per set. Though the Blue Jays season ended with disappointment, Hopkins has a bright future to look towards. The team loses only three seniors while returning six sophomore and two freshmen who logged time in all five sets during Friday’s match. The frustrating loss already has the girls motivated for next year. Hopkins will certainly look to build on their success this season. Warmington simply stated “We want that title!” With such high aspirations and a limitless supply of talent, Hopkins looks primed for success in the coming seasons.


M. and W. Swimming start a combined 8-1

November 8, 2012

On November 2nd and 3rd, the Hopkins men’s and women’s swimming team competed in the Thomas Murphy Invitational at Loyola University.  The men’s team brought their ‘A’ game, defeating Loyola 249-96 while also beating Marywood 281-65. The team swept all five relays, and came out victorious in 15 of the 20 total events.


F&M hands Hopkins first CC loss in 20 games

November 8, 2012

As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Sponaugle-Williamson Field, the Hopkins sideline looked bewildered and shocked as the Blue Jays were handed their first loss of the season, a 14-12 heartbreaker against Franklin & Marshall. The win marked the first win F&M recorded against Hopkins since 2007 and brought the Jays’ 22 regular season winning streak to a close, as they were unable to build a lead against a tough F&M team. The win also snapped Hopkins' impressive 20-game Centennial Conference winning streak. Heading into the weekend, the Blue Jays were ranked ninth in the nation among Division III football, making this loss one of the biggest upsets of the season.


W. Soccer falls in CC title game to Fords

November 8, 2012

The 24th-ranked Blue Jays women’s soccer team stormed past Swarthmore in the Centennial Conference semifinal matchup 3-1 on Saturday, on the strength of two goals by junior Christina Convey and a goal by sophomore Hannah Kronick.


Volleyball wins Centennial Conference crown

November 8, 2012

After finishing up the regular season with a seven game win streak, the Hopkins women’s volleyball team entered the conference tournament primed to take on Swarthmore College. However, any hopes for a normal week of practice were erased after Hurricane Sandy rolled through the region. Even with the aftermath of the hurricane, The Jays knew they needed to come in ready to play.


Athlete of the Week: Christina Convey

November 8, 2012

Within the past seven seasons, the Blue Jay women’s soccer team has taken the Centennial Conference crown all seven times. However, against a hard-nosed Haverford team, 2012 would fail to see Hopkins win their 8th straight conference title.


Schofield sets new Blue Jays goal scoring mark

November 8, 2012

The Hopkins water polo team came in fifth place at the Southern Championship this weekend. The Blue Jays finished the season with a school record 25 wins and nine losses. Given their fifth place finish in the tournament, the Blue Jays will not advance to the CWPA Eastern Championship for the first time in seven years despite their strong overall record.


Men's Soccer falls just short of CC title game

November 8, 2012

While most students were preparing for Halloween festivities last Wednesday night, Hopkins men's soccer played the most exciting game of their season with a dazzling overtime win against Franklin & Marshall (F&M). Defeating F&M in regular season play 1-0, Hopkins had the home field advantage once more in the conference playoffs.


Dramatically, M. Soccer claims spot in CC tournament

November 1, 2012

One week ago, with two games remaining in the 2012 regular season the Hopkins men’s soccer team was sitting at 5-7-2 overall with a less than stellar conference record of 3-3-1 after dropping three straight games. The team was truly on the bubble of the Centennial Conference Tournament, threatening to drop an 11 year streak of consecutive playoff appearances.


W. Soccer clinch #1 overall seed in CC playoffs

November 1, 2012

The Lady Jays women’s soccer team concluded a dramatic week that included a 5-0 romp at home against McDaniel and a thrilling comeback win, featuring two goals in the final 20 minutes, to defeat Gettysburg 2-1.


Navy hands Hopkins 12-5 L

November 1, 2012

The Hopkins Blue Jays fell to Navy this past weekend, in what was a rematch of a match earlier in the year in which Hopkins won 14-13.


Tough loss finishes field hockey season

November 1, 2012

On Friday, the Hopkins field hockey team traveled to Gettysburg for their regular season finale. Coming off of two straight conference wins against Bryn Mawr College and McDaniel College, the Lady Jays knew their competition would be much stiffer against conference power Gettysburg College.


Athlete of the Week: Holly Clarke & Hannah Oneda

November 1, 2012

Through six meets this Fall season, the Hopkins women’s cross country team dominated the competition with four number one finishes and a number two national ranking. That success has been driven by the tandem of junior Holly Clarke and freshman Hannah Oneda, two of the top runners in the nation, who have provided the Blue Jays with a formidable punch.


Volleyball impressive in CC Tournament tune-up

November 1, 2012

After a strong performance the previous weekend, the Hopkins women’s volleyball team returned to action last Wednesday to take on conference opponent McDaniel College. Despite McDaniel’s last place position in the conference standings, the Blue Jays knew they needed to stay focused. Despite already clinching a spot in the Centennial Conference tournament, Hopkins still needed to be on top of their game with this final regular season home matchup holding playoff implications.


Men's and Women's swim dominate F&M

November 1, 2012

The Hopkins men’s and women’s swimming teams took on Franklin and Marshall this past weekend. Both squads dominated the Diplomats en route to two victories. Each team took 13 of 14 in their respective meets.


Rigaud, Hopkins pound Ursinus

November 1, 2012

For the second week in a row, senior running back Jonathan Rigaud rushed for over 200 yards to lead the 10th ranked Blue Jays past Centennial Conference opponent, Ursinus, 35-17.