After outscoring their first two opponents by a combined score of 70-20, the Blue Jays continued their early season dominance with a resounding 49-15 victory over Moravian at Homewood Field. They racked up a season-high 582 yards of offense in the process and tied a NCAA Division III all-time record with 40 total first downs. Equally as impressive, head coach Jim Margraff crossed the 150 win threshold, becoming only the second head coach in Maryland collegiate history to do so (former Morgan State head coach Jon Hurt being the other, accumulating 154 wins from 1929-1959). With the victory, the Jays extended their regular season win streak to 17 straight games dating all the way back to 2010. Senior back Jonathon Rigaud starred for the Blue Jays, rushing for 114 yards and three scores to lead his team. The Blue Jays opened the game with a masterful 15-yard play, 77-yard drive, with junior quarterback Robbie Matey going six of seven, including a nine-yard scoring strike to fellow junior Daniel Wodicka. Rigaud gained 35 yards on the march, which took up nearly five minutes of the opening quarter. After Hopkins stopped Moravian, Rigaud capped off a five-yard play, 40-yard drive with a four yard touchdown run to put the Jays up 14-0 midway through the first quarter. The drive went quickly, taking up just over a minute and a half. Moravian’s Tyler Thompson then executed a beautifully placed 39-yard punt to pin the Jays deep in the shadow of their own goalpost at their own one yard line. Despite this setback, Hopkins would essentially ice the game with a devastating 15 play, 99-yard masterpiece that was finished off by a one-yard J.D. Abbott plunge to put the Jays up three touchdowns with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half. After a rare miscue in which Matey would be picked off by Moravian’s Travis King for a touchdown, Hopkins responded by closing out the half with a four play, 48-yard march that took less than 30 seconds and ended with a 13-yard Rigaud scoring run. Going into the half, Hopkins had piled up an astounding 387 total yards of offense, and led Moravian 28-7. After stifling any comeback attempt on Moravian’s opening drive of the second half, Jonathan Rigaud blew the game wide open with a one yard touchdown, capping a 45 yard drive to give the Jays a commanding four-touchdown lead. The Jays would punch it in twice more in the game, on drives of 45 and 77 yards, with Brandon Cherry and Jason Blades joining in on the scorefest with touchdowns of their own. Overall, the Jays racked up 338 yards on the ground and 244 yards through the air. Matey would complete 23 of 27 attempts for an incredibly accurate 85.2% clip, with sophomore Braden Anderson chipping in with 20 yards, going five for eight. Not to be outdone by the prolific output of the offense, the Jays imposing defense held Moravian to an anemic 18-yards rushing on 17 attempts, and just 171 yards passing on 37 attempts. Moravian’s only substantial drive of the day came during garbage time, late in the fourth quarter — until that point the Jays’ defense had shut out Moravian’s attack. Hopkins’s defense allowed only one third-down conversion attempt in 12 tries, a dominant performance. The Jays’ secondary picked off Moravian quarterback Jimmy Lahue twice, including crucial interceptions late in the first half and early in the second by freshman safety T.J. Reeves and senior safety Adam Dweyer respectively, that dealt huge blows to any comeback hopes Moravian might have had. Senior lineback Taylor Maciow led the team with seven tackles and recorded two of the Blue Jays three sacks on the afternoon. Hopkins’s defense has not yet allowed a 2012 opponent to cross the 200-yard mark offensively, and Hopkins’s front-seven has produced an impressive 14 sacks so far on the season. Hopkins faces its toughest test so far this season as it travels to Allentown, PA to take on Muhlenberg in a battle of unbeatens, as the Mules are also now 3-0 following a 33-0 blowout over McDaniel.
The Hopkins field hockey team entered Sunday’s matchup with top-ranked and undefeated College of Central New Jersey with a .500 record of 3-3. In this non-conference match at Homewood field, TCNJ rode a quick start to a resounding 5-1 victory. Early on in the game TCNJ’s Erin Healy scored back-to-back goals in two minutes to open the score for the Lions. Coming off a Lions corner, Erin Waller passed the ball to Healy, who one-timed the shot past senior Elizabeth Peijnenberg at 5:39. Shortly after Healy again scored off a rebound in front of the net at 7:58. After the game, junior midfielder Storm Kodde reflected on the Lions’ offensive attack, “From the get-go the Lions were incredibly aggressive. They stopped us in the midfield quite often, not even letting us get to our offensive circle. They executed on all their corners which was a huge advantage for them. Every time they entered the 25-yard line they were looking to score.” The Lions lead grew at the 26:10 mark as the visitors capitalized on yet another corner. Camille Passucci shot top left to beat Peijenberg pushing the lead to three. However, Hopkins would answer back at the 31:27 mark as senior Liane Tellier inserted the corner to Kodde at the top of the circle. Kodde settled the ball and riffled a shot past Roisin Dougherty to put the Jays on the board. Minutes before the end of the half, Hopkins had an opportunity to make it a one-goal game as senior Meghan Kellet earned a penalty stoke after being taken out from behind on a breakaway. Kellet would be denied, not by the goalie but by the post, as the Jays went into the locker room trailing 3-1. At the start of the half, TCNJ would add to its lead at 42:36 when Waller took the ball off a Passucci corner and blasted it into the net. Passucci then capped off the scoring herself with a score at 46:16 to ice the game at 5-1. TCNJ ended up with the dominant advantage in shots (24-7) and corners (14-6). In the Blue Jays cage, net-minder Peijnenburg finished with five saves in just over fifty-two minutes of action before being pulled for freshman Zoey Atabek who made three saves without surrendering a goal. For TCNJ, Dougherty finished with three saves and the win. In order to improve in upcoming games Kodde explained, “We really need to bring the intensity. Our skills are absolutely there and we can outrun many teams but it’s this third component [intensity] that will make our game click in our upcoming matches.” Stay tuned as the Blue Jays takes on Muhlenburg this Friday at 7 p.m. in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Currently, Hopkins ranks ninth in the Centennial Conference with a CC record of 0-1 and an overall record of 3-3. Muhlenberg currently holds fourth place in the Centennial with a 1-0 conference record and an overall record of 4-0.
The Hopkins volleyball team traveled to Pittsburgh this past weekend to compete in the Carnegie Mellon Invitational. The Blue Jays dominated the event, taking the title, and improving upon their perfect record which now stands at 12-0. The Blue Jays first squared off against John Carroll University on Friday evening. John Carroll proved to be no match for the Jays. The Blue Jays posted sixteen kills on thirty-seven attempts for a .351 attack percentage. Freshman Jasmine Warmington led the squad with thirteen of the sixteen kills. Fellow classmate Carolyn Zin led the team with sixteen assists. The Blue Jays were delighted to see such strong performances coming from their freshmen players. It is no doubt a challenge to come into a strong program like Hopkins’ and contribute right away, yet these two freshmen have done a tremendous job for the squad. Hopkins won in straight sets 3-0 and moved on to face host Carnegie Mellon in the night match. This match boasted the same story against a different team. Hopkins once again powered past Carnegie Mellon, winning straight sets 3-0. Senior Amelia Thomas led the Blue Jays with fifteen digs and Katie Schwarz had fourteen kills to lead the team to their second victory of the day. This set the Blue Jays up nicely going into the final matches of the tournament. Winning the opening two matches set the tone for the rest of the tournament and put the team in a favorable position to take the title going into the weekend. The Blue Jays were slated to take on Muskingum Saturday morning and proved to be just as dominant in the morning as they were the previous night. The Blue Jays did not win in straight sets this time. However, they would still come through with the victory. The Jays won the first set, but Muskingum took the second set 25-21. The Blue Jays kept their composure and came back to win the next two sets to take the match 3-1. Sophomore Anne Cohen notched twenty-four digs while teammates Mariel Metalios and Becky Paynter combined for 48 assists. After the morning win, the Jays faced Wooster in their toughest test to date. The Blue Jays found themselves in uncharted territory down late in the match 2-1. Hopkins was potentially looking at their first loss of the season. However, they were not about to let that happen. Freshman Jasmine Warmington once again stepped up and took charge in the Blue Jays’ comeback. She totaled twenty-one kills and five blocks to put the Jays back in contention. Fellow classmate Carolyn Zin also stepped up and posted career-high 36 assists. The team rallied and took the next two sets en route to a comeback 3-2 victory. This performance proved the tough character of the team — when they faced adversity they responded resoundingly. Senior co-captain Amelia Thomas explained the win. “It felt like a huge accomplishment for our team since we faced our toughest opponent so far in the title match,” the Baltimore-native said. Winning the Carnegie Mellon Invitational propelled the Jays to 12-0, but, says Thomas, the team is more proud of the national recognition they have received to begin the year. “12-0 is a great record but the thing we are most proud of is being nationally ranked 28th and increasing our votes for the top 25.” The Blue Jays will look to continue the undefeated start to their season this Thursday in Goldfarb Gym against Gallaudet.
For the last seven years, Hopkins women’s soccer has been a Centennial Conference dynasty. Since the start of the 2005 conference season, the Lady Jays have posted an astounding 62-6-2 regular season record while earning seven consecutive Centennial tournament crowns. The key to Hopkins’ string of dominance can be traced to the program’s ability to recruit and develop young players who immediately contribute alongside wily senior veterans. With time, these youngsters become the elder statesmen around which the team revolves. In just the past three years, the examples are aplenty. As a freshman, Jenn Paulucci (’11) was a first-team all-conference selection; as a senior, she was the National Defender of the Year. As a freshman Erica Suter (’12) was also a first-team all-conference selection; as a senior, she was the National Midfielder of the Year. And last season, sophomore forward Hannah Kronick, The News-Letter’s Athlete of the Week, was also named a first-team all-conference selection as a freshman. She tied for the team lead with 19 goals scored. Though any comparisons to Paulucci and Suter are lofty — they are among the women’s soccer program’s all-time greatest — Kronick has already begun to live up to the expectations. This past week, Kronick tied a conference record with four goals scored, supplying all the horsepower in the Jays’ 4-0 romp with Washington College. She was named Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week, her fourth such honor all-time. We caught up with the Hopkins soccer star to discuss what has clicked for her since arriving at Homewood.
This past Saturday, the 26th ranked men’s cross country team participated in the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, MD. As the only Division III competitor, Hopkins took fourth place out of seven schools with 104 points, finishing ahead of neighboring schools UMBC and Loyola University. Navy finished on top winning the team title with thirty-four points. American University finished in second with Malone University taking third place. Navy and American got out to a fast start, but the Blue Jays were able to stay close to them, with the vast majority of the runners keeping a 4:55 pace on the first mile. Unfortunately, they slowed during the second mile and all but one Blue Jay fell behind. Standout junior Max Robinson finished ninth overall and first for the Blue Jays with a time of 25:22. Sophomore Austin Stecklair finished 16th overall with a time of 25:53. The top six for the Blue Jays was rounded out by senior Josh Baker, juniors Julian Saliani and Ryan Alvarez, and sophomore Andrew Ceruzzi who all finished within 17 seconds of each other. After cruising to an easy first place finish two weeks ago at the Baltimore Metro Invitational, this meet was a solid measuring stick for the Blue Jays to see where they stand at this point in the season. Hopkins’s next competition will be the famous Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. in two weeks on Sept.28. The women’s team also competed this past saturday in the Salty Dog Invitational in Annapolis, Md. They took second place overall behind Navy and ahead of Division I programs from the University of Maryland, Loyola, George Washington University, and UMBC. The Blue Jays were headed by the freshman phenom, Hannah Oneda, who finished first overall in the 6K race with a time of 21:50. A testament of her recent dominance, this was her second first place finish in as many meets. Junior Holly Clarke stressed the importance of Oneda’s skill set, “We lost our top runner from last year, Hannah Eckstein, who transferred to Notre Dame. But, this year we’ve found her replacement, another Hannah (Oneda) who is just as fast as the old one.” Keeping pace with the front, Oneda fell behind two Navy runners in the second mile. Yet, she pulled ahead in the final mile and kept her pace going down the home stretch to take first place by two seconds. Hopkins was also headed by juniors Clarke and Lara Shegoski. Clarke and Shegoski kept pace at the front of the pack with Navy’s top three runners throughout the entire race. Clarke finished fourth overall with a time of 22:10 and Shegoski finished eighth with a time of 22:57. Hopkins was also led by senior Annie Monagle, who finished 12th overall with a personal record time of 23:05. As the national qualifier in the 800-meter outdoor event, Monagle used her experience to race a strong finish and pass Maryland and Loyola’s number two runners. Sophomore Ashley Murphy rounded out the top five for Hopkins with a finish time of 23:23. Sophomore Lindsey Sanborn and freshmen Sophia Meehan and Courtney Kelly had gritty performances as well. When questioned about the difference between last year’s team and this year’s team, Clarke responded, “Last year we thought we were a young team, but this year we’re even younger. Our depth has grown significantly with the talent of the new freshmen and sophomores.” Hopkins will compete in the Paul Short Invitational in two weeks against several top ranked Division I programs including Georgetown University, Villanova University, and the University of Tennessee. The teams are excited for the challenge. “I’m excited for Paul Short because we get to race the top Division I programs in the nation and it really puts into perspective how good our team is even though we’re Division III,” said Clarke. “I’m hoping we can contend with the Ivys, especially Brown and Harvard. “It’s also nice to see where we individually match up to these Division I runners. If Hannah and I work together I think we could easily place in the top 100. It’s a huge race, but our girls, as young as they are, know who to race with and how to race smartly. We placed 29th as a team last year and I’m looking for a top 20 finish this year.” Clarke’s ambition bodes well for a young team looking to climb the national D-III rankings. Currently sitting at sixth overall in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Hopkins could jump if Clarke and the Blue Jays can deliver against difficult competition at the Paul Short Invitational
On the heels of two solid showings at the Navy Labor Day Open and Princeton Invitational to begin the year, Hopkins water polo cruised through five opponents in another Navy Invitational this past weekend. The Blue Jays entered the weekend with a 6-2 record, but promptly swept through the Annapolis, Md.-based tournament by outscoring their competitors 91-31. They then defeated George Washington University, 19-11, on Wednesday night at home to improve to 12-2 on the year. The Jays finished the previous weekend at Princeton with a tough 13-11 defeat at the hands of MIT, and came out full-throttle in the first game of the weekend against Washington and Jefferson College to regain some momentum. Led by sophomore Wes Hopkins who scored three goals and added a career-high six assists, the Jays dominated the Presidents, 22-6. For Hopkins, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Silver Spring, Pa., it was the start of a career afternoon in which he scored 11 times and dished eight assists. Also adding goals in the game were freshman Blake Range, and seniors Kielan Crow and Ross Schofield. Schofield took the reigns in game two against Northern Virginia. Behind his four goals, the Jays dodged University of Northern Virginia, 18-12, the closest contest of the weekend. Hopkins also saw six other players notch two scores each, and received solid goal play from freshman Erik Henrikson who has been splitting time with last year’s starter, sophomore Danny Ovelar. Henrikson had seven saves and one steal in the game. To complete the first day of action, Hopkins then tackled Notre Dame of Ohio in a showdown of unfamiliar foes. However, unlike the rest of the tournament, the Blue Jays had a distinct advantage in their 20-6 romp — they played in their home pool. The Jays gained an early lead and ran to a 17-1 lead at the half. Sophomore Hopkins was at the forefront of the offense’s efforts, scoring a career-best six goals, just one off the all-time single-game mark for the program. Schofield also impressed with four goals and four assists, and the Jays used four goalkeepers: Ovelar, Henrikson, and sophomores Jacob Dorn and Scott Weigel. The Blue Jays’ dominance continued on Sunday when the team defeated Fordham University, 13-3, and Connecticut College, 18-4, to give them five straight wins. Against Fordham, the Jays were led by senior Alex Whittam, freshman Kevin Lee, and sophomore Johnny Beal. Whittam and Lee scored hat tricks apiece while Beal added four assists and a goal of his own. Beal and Whittam were back it again later that afternoon against Connecticut College, scoring a hat trick and recording five steals, respectively. Crow and Range also added hat tricks. On Wednesday, Hopkins’ winning ways continued against the Colonials of George Washington led again by Schofield. The Jays’ unique blend of upperclassmen and rookies has them sitting pretty as they head into league play. With just three home games remaining on the schedule, Hopkins will play two of them this Sunday against Bucknell and Princeton. Game times are slated for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
This past Sunday, the Blue Jays men’s soccer team welcomed Haverford College to Homewood Field for the opening game of the Centennial Conference. With a quick pair of second half strikes, the Blue Jays were able to dismantle Haverford’s defense, securing a 2-0 victory for the Jays. The win was a perfect way to start off the Conference season and helped the team improve to 3-2 on the season overall. In the first half of the match, neither team took control of the game. Both teams seemed to have equal scoring opportunities without being able to find the back of the net. Haverford had a strong attack force against the Blue Jays in the beginning of the game but were soon neutralized by a solid wall of defending from Hopkins defense and sophomore goaltender Nick Cerrone. With many chances wasted and no goals to show for hard work, the two teams went into halftime deadlocked at 0-0. However, the Jays opened up the second half with solid possessions and a good amount of scoring chances, putting the Haverford defense back on their heels. Finally, senior Nick White scored the first goal in the 60th minute in beautiful fashion for his team leading third goal of the season. The goal was made possible by crafty possession and a perfect cross from junior Danny Reategui who found White at the edge of the box for a header that snuck by far post to give Hopkins the 1-0 lead and the momentum. After withstanding a flurry of shots from the Haverford offense, the Jays struck again in the 73rd minute when freshman Josh Hong crashed the net for a rebound to put Hopkins up 2-0. Sophomore Kotaro Mitsuhashi made some excellent dribbles and kicked a hard initial shot towards the goal. The Haverford goalkeeper got his glove on the ball for a brilliant save, but Hong was left wide open to put away the rebound, giving Hopkins some breathing room to finish out the game. Hopkins’s defense played well and deservs high praise for limiting Haverford’s scoring chances. Haverford ended up firing more shots on goal with a slight 15-11 advantage but couldn’t get on the board. Cerrone finished with five saves on the day and his third shutout of the season after recently being named Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week. His recent shutouts against St. Mary’s and now against Haverford certainly make him a worthy recipient of this award. He has been a wall in net and has kept Hopkins in games when it has mattered the most. His statistics in net are excellent: posting a .900 save percentage and a 0.58 goals against average with three shutouts over the first five games are impressive to say the least. Hopkins looks to build off of this recent surge of shutouts in games this coming week against York and Muhlenberg. The Jays have had a solid start to the season posting a 3-2 record. White and Mitsuhashi who lead the team in goals and points scored, have helped tremendously in securing key victories for Hopkins against Kean, St. Mary’s and Haverford. However, the team has also had to overcome tough losses, including an overtime defeat in the season opener against William Paterson and a double-overtime loss to Elizabethtown.
A week and a half into the season, the Hopkins field hockey team has already hit the ground running, winning three of their first four games in impressive fashion. Looking to improve from last year’s season record of 10-8, the team has already shown skill, determination, and a “never give up” attitude, leading to key victories. Hopkins bested Centre College 4-3 in overtime, Eastern Mennonite University 8-2 and most recently, Washington and Lee University 3-0.
A year ago, Hopkins volleyball played the role of underdog. Although the Blue Jays were picked to finish second in the Centennial Conference preseason coaches’ poll in 2011, Hopkins had never won a Centennial title and was last competing for a league crown in 2004— seven years in the making.
A year ago, Hopkins football enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in program history. The Blue Jays hosted a NCAA tournament game, a reward for their undefeated regular season (10-1 overall). But the Blue Jays lost several players from their Centennial Conference title team, including two of the most prolific offensive players in program and conference history in quarterback Hewitt Tomlin and wide receiver Sam Wernick, so no one would have blamed 2012’s version for any early season struggles.
After racing in the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1977, the Hopkins men’s cross country team looked to build on the success of 2011 as they opened the 2012 campaign at the Baltimore Metro Invitational in Cockeysville, Md.
With three weeks remaining in the Major League Baseball season, we take some time to look at how the playoff picture is shaping up. Certain divisions have been locked up for quite some time, but others are far from determining a division winner. This year’s postseason race has become even more intense with the MLB’s addition of a second wild card team.