March 28, 2013
BALTIMORE - The Vanderbilt lacrosse team returns to American Lacrosse Conference action Saturday, traveling to Maryland to face Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field for a 1 p.m. ET start.
The Commodores have won the last seven meetings against the Blue Jays, dating back to an 11-10 double-overtime win in Nashville in 2008. The series between Vanderbilt and Johns Hopkins spans all the way to the 2002 season, and four of the 14 meetings have been decided by only one goal.
Vanderbilt is looking to rebound from its most lopsided defeat of the 2013 season. The Commodores fell to Stanford, 15-4, on Tuesday in Nashville. Senior goalkeeper Chelsea Pasfield made 12 saves in the contest. Pasfield entered week ranked in the nation's top 10 in saves per game, averaging 9.2 stops per contest.
Johns Hopkins had ascended to No. 12 in the latest IWLCA poll on the strength of a 6-3 record, but the Blue Jays were defeated in the midweek at American University. JHU freshman Dene' DiMartino--the reigning ALC Rookie of the Week--ranks second on the team with 22 goals this season.
Saturday's game will be a homecoming of sorts for seven Commodores from the state of Maryland, including seniors Carly Linthicum--who leads VU in scoring--and Courtney Kirk.