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December 1, 2023


Stifling defense brings M. soccer to victories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Athlete of the Week: Ross Schofield

Despite their 13-3 record and arguably the toughest schedule of any Hopkins sports team, Blue Jay water polo often goes overlooked around Homewood. But it’s largely no fault of their own: because the team plays in a shallow 25-yard pool (there is technically no standard pool-size for water polo), the Jays only have four home games during the 2012 season. In the last week, Hopkins hosted three of those four, racking up a 2-1 record against George Washington University, 19-11, Bucknell University, 14-13, and Princeton University, 6-9. For senior Ross Schofield, the homestand marked some of the last opportunities to compete at Hopkins, and he made them count. Schofield, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound utilityman, knocked home 19 goals in the three-game set, including back-to-back eight-goal games to set a school record for the most goals scored in a game. As a result, he won the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s Southern Division Player of the Week. We caught up with Ross to ask about the team’s terrific start.

W. Soccer handed rare Conference loss

After playing one of the toughest out of conference schedules in all of Division III women’s soccer, the Lady Jays carried a 6-1-1 record into Saturday’s match up with Centennial Conference rival Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. For Hopkins, their only blemishes had come in a loss to defending national champion Messiah College and a tie with then number two ranked Emory University. Despite dealing with a rash of injuries that had left the Blue Jay lineup depleted, they came into the game riding a four game winning streak in which they out-scored opponents 14-1. However, on this past gorgeous Saturday afternoon, the Lady Jays ran into a buzz saw in the form of Mules’ goalkeeper Francesca Cobuzzi. Despite outshooting Muhlenberg by a tally of 32-7, the Jays dropped a shocking 2-0 decision, one of the biggest upsets in the early goings of all of DIII women’s soccer. Cobuzzi posted an amazing 17 saves, and the Mules capitalized in their limited chances. Although Hopkins dominated the start of the game with four shots on Cobuzzi, it would be the Mules who would score first with their first shot on goal. In the 16th minute of action, CJ Graetzer would finish off a long punt from Cobuzzi by beating senior goalkeeper Meredith Maguire, putting the Mules ahead 1-0 early. While Hopkins continued to barrage the Muhlenberg net with shots, Cobuzzi held her own to finish off the first half with seven of her 17 saves, preserving the 1-0 lead. The second half played out much like the first with 20 total shots for the Blue Jays compared to just four for the Mules. However, with time winding down it was still Muhlenberg holding onto their one-goal lead. As the Blue Jays began pressing for a late, game-tying goal, Muhlenberg’s Taylor Pini put the game away with a goal in the 79th minute after a steal in the Blue Jays’ defensive zone. In earning the win, the Mules were able to do what few teams have been able to do this season: contain sophomore forward Hannah Kronick. Kronick was limited to just two shots, both on goal, a far cry from her typically dominant play. The Lady Jays have been hurt badly this season with injuries that have led to a short bench, requiring younger players to step up into big roles on the team. However, no one has stepped up quite like Kronick. Despite being just a sophomore, the Westfield, NJ native has already established herself as one of the team’s top offensive threats. She leads the team with 11 goals and 23 total points through nine games. To put that in perspective, the next highest goal scorer on the Blue Jays is junior Kelly Baker with two goals. Kronick’s 11 tallies accounts for just over half of Hopkins’ goal total as a team. Kronick has notched three hat-tricks including a four goal performance against Washington College. Following an historic freshman campaign (19 goals, 10 assists, NSCAA All-Region Second Team, First Team All-Centennial), she is looking to top the impressive numbers and personal accolades. On the other side of the field, the defense is anchored by senior captain Taylor Schulte and goalkeepers senior Meredith Maguire and junior Kelly Leddy. The Jays have combined to give up just nine goals over the first nine games of the season, while the offense has averaged 2.33 goals per game, putting the team in a position to win day in and day out. In addition to the Blue Jay goalkeepers splitting time, head coach Leo Weil has also had to make do without certain key players such as juniors Pamela Vranis and Kylie Fuller who have been sidelined with injuries. In response to this, Weil has shuffled his lineup so much that 17 different players have started for the Jays. Despite the lack of consistency in the lineup, the ability to mix and match the roster while still winning games speaks to the depth that the Blue Jays will need to utilize if they hope to make a push to win the Centennial Conference and go deep in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays next contest will be against the Garnet of Swarthmore College at home on September 30th on historic Homewood Field with first whistle scheduled for noon. In the meantime the Jays will take the time to get healthy and prepare themselves to take the Centennial Conference head on. Because of the Blue Jays top 10 national ranking, recent Centennial Conference Championship history, and utter dominance of rival teams over the last few years they must be ready for each opponent’s best effort. Come out and support the Lady Jays as they hope to bounce back this weekend and get back to their winning ways against Swarthmore.

M. Soccer thwarted by Mules defense

It was a cold rainy evening last Saturday as Muhlenburg College (5-1-0) hosted the Blue Jays (3-4-0), concluding ‘Mule Week’ athletic competition between the two schools. The Jays’ high pressure approach wasn’t enough to stop the unwavering Muhlenburg offense, powered by senior All-American Cody Antonini. For Hopkins, sophomore keeper Nick Cerrone played a phenomenal game, notching a career high 13 saves, despite the 2-0 final result. Often, corner kick statistics are indicative of the possession and flow of the game. Such was the case as most of the first half play was limited to the Hopkins half. Right from the start, the Mules earned a corner in the 35th second, just one of ten to the Jay’s three overall. The game remained scoreless until the 37th minute when senior forward Danny Way of Muhlenburg tucked a header inside the far post from junior Chris Royer to put the Mules up 1-0 over Hopkins. As the rain increased to a downpour, Hopkins had a flurry of promising plays at the start of the second half. In recent games, the creative and daring play of sophomore midfielder Kotaro Mitsuhashi and Junior Danny Reategui has produced some exciting goals. Although Mitsuhashi managed to get a couple good looks at net and was a major contributor to the overall offensive effort that evening, Muhlenburg ended up outshooting Hopkins 25-6. Mitsuhashi commented on the loss Saturday evening, citing several issues that led to the result. “We were not used to their field, since most of us freshman [and] sophomores have never played on their field,” pointed out the Midfielder. When asked about the Jay’s offense, Mitsuhashi acknowledged the difference in the two halves saying, “In the first half of the game we relied too heavily on long balls... we changed it up in the second half to a more possession style play which created many more scoring chances.” Soon after the exciting opening moments of the second half, the play once more turned in favor of Muhlenburg. Keeper Nick Cerrone posted yet another solid effort, one that opposing teams have no doubt come to expect and fear. However, Muhlenburg kept Cerrone and the Hopkins defense at work the entire game, with Cerrone tallying four saves in one particular two minute span in the second half. The relentless Mule attack would convert once more in the 62nd minute with the elusive footwork and tactical finishing of the All-American Cody Antonini. Scoring unassisted, Antonini slid in behind the left flank and fired a supremely placed shot past Cerrone, despite the tight angle. With Saturday’s performance, Antonini has earned 90 points in his overall career. As the closing minutes of the game approached, a myriad of substitutions from the Hopkins bench could not break the Muhlenburg possession. The game ended with a solid 2-0 win over Hopkins, allowing Muhlenburg to clinch the uncontested first place position in the Centennial Conference. Hopkins, now 1-1 in conference play, will return to the pitch on familiar Homewood turf this Thursday against the Gettysburg Bullets. Gettysburg is also 3-4 overall, however only 0-2 in conference play.  Along with the consistent play of Cerrone, the Blue Jays’ offense will turn to the colorful play of Sophomore captain Rob Hueler, as well as Mitsuhashi and Reategui, to connect with Senior captian Nick White’s exceptional finishing. Hueler leads the team in assists with three so far this year while correspondingly, White’s three goals top the team scoring statistics. Also a player to keep an eye on is Forward Matt Carey, a quick and tenacious Sophomore, looking to increase his overall contribution to the Blue Jay offense this season. When asked about personal goals this year, Mitsuhashi had this to say, “...I’d like to score ten goals this season. I only have two goals right now so I’m a little behind but hopefully this Thursday I can start scoring again.” With the season hitting the halfway mark, the team is very motivated about their upcoming Gettysburg game. Says Mark Spencer, Sophomore Defender, “We know we’re better than our record shows and we’re looking to improve it.”

Lady Jays end skid with 2-0 shutout

The Hopkins field hockey team has had a determined season thus far, complete with a few hard losses, close games and big-time wins. After taking their first game 4-3 against Centre College, they went on to win two more, winning by at least three goals each game. However, they have also lost three games, putting their record at an even 3-3. Most recently, Hopkins travelled to Allentown, Pennsylvania to take on Muhlenburg College. This game held double the importance for the Lady Jays as it would not only serve as the deciding game between a winning and losing record but would also contribute to their record within the Centennial Conference. Fortunately for Hopkins, senior Elizabeth Peijnenburg took the net; knocking down all seven shots that came her way and helping the Jays make their way to a 2-0 shutout. Things got off slow for both sides, with the game remaining scoreless for the first seventeen minutes of play. But Peijnenburg wasn’t sitting idly. With the Mules delivering seven shots during the game, the Netherlands-native had plenty to keep her occupied. “Our very first shot on goal resulted in a goal, which is great. We definitely controlled most of the game, though not the first 10 minutes of the first half,” noted Peijnenburg. A few minutes into the latter part of the first half, things started to pick up when the Jays got a corner call in their favor, giving them an excellent scoring opportunity. Senior Liane Tellier took advantage sending the ball around the circle before knocking it in herself to put Hopkins up 1-0. Peijnenburg helped to keep the Jays on top, blocking four back-to-back shots in a little over eight minutes. “In the end Muhlenberg actually had one more shot on goal, they had 7, we had 6, but we used our chances and converted two of the six shots on goals,” she commented. Having played field hockey for far longer than most of her U.S. teammates, Peijnenberg explains that the challenge of being the last line of defense was what attracted her to the position of goalie. “At the beginning of 11th grade, I started off as a defender. Then, during the indoor season, my coach decided to put me in goal to see what the game was like. It is very different from regular outdoor hockey. It’s much faster and there are only 6 people on the field at a time. The field is also a lot smaller. I enjoyed the challenge of being the last defender and never left the cage.” In the second half, both teams continued to play aggressively with the Mules sending two shots at Peijnenburg within a minute of each other. However, both were blocked, giving the Jays more time to extend their lead. After firing off a series of shots to no avail, the Lady Jays capitalized on another corner when Tellier shot one into the circle, giving freshman Elena Gresick the chance to score, putting Hopkins up 2-0 and giving Gresick her first career goal. When asked about her interest in the sport, Peijnenburg pointed to her roots. “Field hockey is a much more popular sport in the Netherlands, where I grew up, than it is in the US. I started playing when I was six though switched to horse riding (show jumping) when I was ten. I picked up hockey again in eleventh grade and half way through the season decided to become a goalie.” While enjoying many other activities before coming to Hopkins and playing for the field hockey team, Peijnenburg says that the one thing in particular that draws her to the sport is its team aspect. Peijnenburg, like all members of the team, hopes to be able to take the team to the NCAA tournament, a feat that hasn’t happened since 2008. As for more personal goals, Peijnenburg plans to play hard and focus on the game at hand. “It would be great to end my hockey career at Hopkins by winning the Centennial conference.” Hopkins’ next game comes this Wednesday at Homewood Field against the Salisbury University Sea Gulls at 7 p.m.

Ground game drives football to 33-21 win

The Hopkins football team was ranked 16th in the first AFCA poll of the year, the 11th consecutive week they’ve been ranked nationally in Division III college football. They looked to maintain their stellar all-around play against the Muhlenberg College Mules this past Saturday and give the American Football Coaches Association reason to move them up in the rankings. Senior Johnathon Rigaud’s 56 yard touchdown run just two minutes into the game kick-started the Blue Jays as they rolled to a 33-21 victory over host Muhlenberg. The Jays led by only six, 20-14, late in the fourth quarter before JD Abbott iced the game with a pair of rushing touchdowns to secure Hopkins’ fourth victory of the season in as many games. The win extended Hopkins’ regular season winning streak to 18 games and their Centennial Conference winning streak to 16 games. The Blue Jays’ first possession needed just five plays to cover 83 yards, as Hopkins went up a quick 7-0 on the nations top scoring defense, who had only allowed seven points combined in their three previous games. The Mules responded well, taking 13 plays to trek 84 yards to tie it up at seven apiece with just over 10 minutes remaining in the quarter. The Jays’ defense held Muhlenberg scoreless for the remainder of the half, as junior Richie Carbone would tack on two field goals following drives of 63 and 54 yards, including an remarkable 42-yard boot, to put Hopkins up 13-7 at the break. In fact, Carbone was recently named CC Special Teams Player of the week. After stifling the Mules’ opening drive of the second half, the Jays upped their lead to 13 points following a 7-play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by a 35-yard bullet from junior Robbie Matey over the middle to junior Bob D’Orazio. D’Orazio snagged the ball just in front of a defender, dodged two potential tacklers, and out-raced the rest of the team for the score. Hopkins maintained the lead for five minutes before the Mules’ Tyler Dandridge ran from 13 yards out for the touchdown to cut the lead to six. Faced with their first close late quarter game of the 2012 season, the Jays showed their mental resolve with a statement of a drive, going 75 yards in 15 plays to push the lead back to double digits. A nine-yard JD Abbott touchdown plunge on the first play of the fourth quarter finished the march off and gave the Blue Jays some breathing room. The Jays missed the two-point conversion attempt and the lead stayed at 12 points, 26-14. The Mules attempted to answer and stay in the game on their next possession, but their drive was stymied at the Jays’ 45-yard line, and they were forced to punt. Pinned down at its own 16, Hopkins put together perhaps the most impressive drive of the game. Needing just six plays to reach the Mules’ 41-yard line, Matey went deep down the sideline. D’Orazio continued his spectacular performance as he stretched out for an acrobatic, diving catch to put the Jays down at the Mules’ 5-yard line. The pass went for 36 yards and put Hopkins in terrific position to essentially put the game on ice with little over seven minutes left. JD Abbott’s 3-yard score did just that with 6:45 remaining in the game, and the Jays went up 33-14. Muhlenberg’s John Hoghs would return a block punt 25 yards for a touchdown to make the score 33-21, but the touchdown served no purpose other than to change the final score, as Hopkins’ Brady Watts secured the subsequent on-side kick. The Blue Jays gained the necessary first down to run out the clock on their opponents to remain undefeated on the season and tally their third victory in four years against the Mules. Once again, Hopkins dominated on the ground, racking up 273 yards rushing, with Rigaud leading the way, running for a game-high 131 yards and a score, while Abbott chipped in with 98 yards and two TDs. Matey completed 70% of his passes for 207 yards and a score, with one pick. The Hopkins D held Muhlenberg to 315 yards, 100 yards below their season average, with junior strong safety John Arena accounting for a team-high eight tackles in the winning effort. Next on the Jays’ slate is Juniata College, as Hopkins hosts the Eagles for its third home game of the 2012 season at Homewood Field. Kickoff is at noon.

Women's soccer continues domination of CC

Under the guidance of Coach Leo Weil, the Hopkins women’s soccer team has had an incredibly good run since the program’s birth in 1992. In the last decade particularly, the Lady Jays have boasted at least 13 wins every season with two 19-win seasons and a record breaking 21-win season last fall. Off to a strong start thus far, the Lady Jays hold a 5-1-1 record and are currently maintaining a three game win streak. On Sept. 15, Hopkins garnered their fifth win with a home victory against Washington College. Sophomore Hannah Kronick not only helped sweep Washington 4-0 but also set a new Centennial Conference record for most goals in a single game. Hopkins jumped on Washington College early as Kronick, assisted by sophomore Alyssa Conti, blasted one past the Washington College goalie for the early lead. The Jays continued to play both strong defense and offense, surrendering no goals and firing sixteen shots in the first half alone. Maintaining a one-goal lead for the rest of the first half, Hopkins dominated the latter portion of the game, playing an aggressive offense while continuing to thwart the Shorewomen’s scoring efforts. A series of goals commenced in the 58th minute when Kronick knocked her second goal of the night into the net. She was assisted by a sharp pass from freshman Issy Berkey into the box after a short scramble in front of the net. Kronick then proceeded to score two more goals, the first coming off a pass from sophomore defender Amanda Masse. Kronick’s fourth goal of the night came less than a minute later when she headed a kick from Berkey past the Shorewomen’s goalie. With 19 goals last season, Kronick seems to aim to break that impressive stat. She has already racked up eight goals in a mere seven games. She also achieved the elusive title of Centenial Conference offensive player of the week and currently leads the conference with eight goals and two game-winning goals. Currently, Kronick is ranked ninth in Hopkins history for goals and 12th for points with 27 and 65 respectively. Hopkins, whose current Centennial Conference record is 1-0, ranks third in the conference after Haverford College and Gettysburg College, neither of whom Hopkins has played yet this year. The game against Washington was Hopkins’s first conference game of the year.  The Lady Jays will face Muhlenburg next. Hopkins, who won all of their conference games in 2011(and had a perfect regular season overall) swept Muhlenburg 3-0 but before that had not beat the mules since 2008. The Lady Jays will play in the regular season until October 27th when they play their last conference game against first-ranked Gettysburg. Championship play will start on Halloween and will continue into November. Stay tuned for the Lady Jays next conference game on Sept. 22 in Allentown, PA against Muhlenburg. The Mules are currently ranked last in the Centennial Conference with a conference record of 0-2 and an overall record of 2-5-1.

MLB dog days turn to October chase

Part I of his MLB Playoff Picture Outlook, Staff Writer Jared Frydman broke down the American League. This week in Part II, Jared takes a look at how the National League could shake out.