BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse freshman attacker Kayley Jones (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales) notched the first goal of her career and finished with her first collegiate hat trick, but it was not enough as No. 19 Johns Hopkins defeated the Retrievers 11-5 on Wednesday at the UMBC Stadium.
The Blue Jays have won three of their last four games and improve to 9-5 on the season, while UMBC (8-6) has dropped three-straight for the first time since 2010.
The Retrievers allowed JHU to a five-goal cushion in the opening half, before junior attacker Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley/Florida) got the black and gold on the board with a shot into the bottom corner of the net with 5:26 remaining in the first half.
UMBC notched its second consecutive goal to cut the deficit to three at 5-2 with 3:25 to go before the break. Following a Blue Jay's foul, sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) found Jones, who placed a shot into the top corner for her first score of the year.
Freshman midfielder Dene' DiMartino got one back for Johns Hopkins prior to the half, connecting on a free position shot into the bottom corner of the net, putting the Blue Jays out in front, 6-2.
JHU added two more scores to start the second half, first taking advantage of an extra-man opportunity on a score from junior midfielder Sammy Cermack. Classmate Sarah Taylor added a give and go goal from junior attacker Taylor D'Amore, to take an 8-2 advantage.
The Retrievers tried to chip away at the deficit, with a free position goal from Semones and Jones' second goal of the contest, bringing UMBC within four, 8-4, but Johns Hopkins closed the door on the black and gold comeback with three consecutive scores.
D'Amore and Taylor each finished with five points for the Blue Jays, while DiMartino tabbed a hat trick in the victory.
JHU held an 11-6 advantage on the draws and outshot UMBC 26-13 in the contest.
UMBC goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made seven stops, while Blue Jay's netminder Larash Cosette had five saves.
UMBC returns to America East action on Saturday, April 20 when it travels to Vermont to take on the Catamounts. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Virtue Field.
Alyssa Semones entered UMBC's top-10 for single-season draw controls, with 42 on the year.