Maryland gets top seed; Hopkins, Loyola, Towson women also prepare for Tournament

May 05, 2014 | WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team has earned an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament and will face Georgetown in Chapel Hill, NC in the first round. Hopkins is making its first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance since 2007 and fourth overall. The Blue Jays earned one of 13 at-large bids after finishing in a tie for third in the American Lacrosse Conference, which got five teams in.

Hopkins and Georgetown, which met previously this season, will square off in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The Blue Jays are 8-10 all-time against the Hoyas; including an 11-10 overtime win in Washington, DC on March 21. The game will be played at North Carolina’s Fetzer Field on Friday, May 9 at 5:00 pm. The defending champion Tar Heels earned a number three seed and will face the winner of the Blue Jays and Hoyas on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Hopkins carries a 15-4 record into the NCAA Tournament, a school Division I record for wins. The Blue Jays finished with a 3-3 mark in the ALC before beating Penn State in the first round of the conference tournament. Hopkins then lost to eventual champion and top seed Florida in the ALC Semifinals.

Hopkins is led by seniors Taylor D’Amore and Sammy Cermack and sophomore Dene’ DiMartino. The trio have combined for 135 goals, 209 points and 154 draw controls. A Tewaaraton nominee, D’Amore leads the nation in points per game with 5.35 while ranking second with 2.44 assists per game. She is the NCAA’s active career leader with 155 assists, while she ranks 19th in career draws (238). Cermack, a First Team All-ALC selection, has posted career-highs in every statistical category and leads the team in ground balls (42) and is second in caused turnovers (16), assists (20) and points (57). DiMartino, a second team all-league pick, ranks second on the team in goals (46) and draws (59), and is third in points (53). Freshman Caroline Federico has played 14 games and started 12 in the cage and boasts a 7.14 goals against average with a .453 save percentage.

Georgetown is in the NCAA Tournament thanks to an at-large bid after falling in the finals of the BIG EAST Tournament. The Hoyas are making their 14th trip to the NCAA Tournament and eighth in the last 11 seasons. Georgetown (10-8) is 13-13 all-time in the tournament and played in both the 2001 and 2002 title games. The Hoyas have five players with 20 or more goals this season, led by Kelyn Freedman’s 34 goals. Caroline Tarzian ranks second with 28 goals and has dished out a team-high 14 assists. Maddy Fisher has started 11 games for the Hoyas and posts a 9.26 goals against average with a .385 save percentage. Adrianne Devine leads the defense with 32 caused turnovers and 27 ground balls.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Advance tickets will be on sale at the Ticket Center.

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