March 30, 2013

D'Amore Scores Twice in OT as Hopkins Edges Vandy

from press release

BALTIMORE - Junior Taylor D'Amore scored a pair of goals in the first overtime, including the game-winner with 5.5 seconds remaining, as 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins beat visiting Vanderbilt, 12-11, on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays snap a seven-game losing streak to the Commodores and improve to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the ALC. The `Dores slip to 1-11 overall and 0-3 in the conference.

Carly Linthicum scored for Vanderbilt with 1:12 to play in the overtime period to knot the score at 11 apiece. D'Amore won the ensuing draw and the Blue Jays held for one shot. The strategy worked as D'Amore dodged from left to right across the top of the fan and scored on a laser from 10 yards out with 5.5 ticks on the clock. Neither team was able to come up with the draw before time expired on Hopkins took the win.

It was a close one from the opening draw as there were nine ties in the game and neither team led by more than two goals. Mallory Schonk put the visitors on the board first, scoring on a dodge down the right alley at 26:33. Hopkins came right back with a goal from freshman Caroline Turco as the Jays capitalized in transition. D'Amore intercepted a pass on the Vanderbilt clear and carried into the offensive end. She drew a pair of defenders before finding Turco open at the top of the fan. Turco took the pass and took several steps before firing home her third of the season at 25:52. Alex Kunowsky put the `Dores back on top with a free position goal at 23:41. Junior Sammy Cermack then scored on a high-to-low shot two minutes later to tie the game at 2-2.

Linthicum responded with the first of her four goals on the afternoon to push Vanderbilt back ahead. Olivia Goodman dumped a pass down low to Linthicum in the fan, she caught the pass high and quickly scored at 21:03. The Blue Jays once again answered, this time just nine seconds later to tie the game. From behind the cage, Cermack fed a pass to freshman Jenna Reifler in traffic in front. Reifler avoided a defender and scored from in tight to ignite a three-goal Blue Jay run. Junior Sarah Taylor gave Hopkins its first lead of the day when she spun around her defender and dodged to the cage, scoring on a hard shot at 18:20. D'Amore followed with a highlight-reel goal to stake JHU to a 5-3 lead as the Jays capitalized again off a failed clear. In transition, Reifler fed a pass to D'Amore, who was right goal line extended. As she was falling down, D'Amore whipped a shot behind her back and inside the left post for the first of her three goals on the day.  

The Commodores answered with a three-goal run of their own to take a 6-5 lead with 3:11 to go in the half. Goodman got things going, scoring a transition goal off an Annie Vreeland helper at 9:25. Abby Wheeler then converted a free position shot and the game was tied with 4:20 on the clock. Linthicum capped the run with her second of the day at 3:11 off an Emma Dagres pass. Taylor closed out the scoring with her team-leading 27th of the season at 2:52 to tie the game at six goals apiece.

Linthicum needed just 38 seconds into the second half to put Vandy back on top, one-timing a pass from Courtney Kirk past sophomore KC Emerson to make it a 7-6 game. Wheeler followed with her second free position goal of the afternoon, scoring at 20:10 to give the `Dores a two-goal advantage. Hopkins put together another three-goal burst to retake the lead with 14:30 to go. Reifler scored on a side-arm shot in the slot off a D'Amore feed from goal line extended at 18:21. Cermack then notched back-to-back goals in just over two minutes and JHU led 9-8.

Schonk tied the game once again, as she scored off a dodge from goal line extended at 11:41. But the Blue Jays came right back. Freshman Dene' DiMartino earned a free position shot at 7:20, but she rung her shot off the cross bar. Sophomore Jen Cook corralled the ricochet and buried a quick shot to put the Jays ahead. Cermack won the draw but the Blue Jays were unable to run out the clock and turned it over with 1:32 to play. Dagres was able to get a shot at 1:15, but she missed wide and Emerson backed it up for the Blue Jays. Hopkins was able to clear, but turned it over with 27 seconds to go. Ashlin Dolan got the equalizer with just 8.4 seconds on the clock, when she turned on her defender and snuck a low shot just inside the right post.

After a scoreless first half of the overtime period, D'Amore would put Hopkins on top with a free position goal with 1:39 to go. Vanderbilt won the draw and Schonk found Linthicum in the right alley, where Vandy's leading scorer converted to tie the game just 27 seconds later. D'Amore came up with the draw and got the winner, for her third goal of the game, as Hopkins beat Vanderbilt for the first time since May 4, 2007.

D'Amore led the Blue Jays with three goals and three assists and also controlled two draws to move into a tie for second place in school Division I history with 153 career draws. Cermack finished with three goals and an assist, and also grabbed four ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers. Reifler and Taylor also notched a pair of goals each. Emerson, who came into the game with 3:11 to go in the first half, made six saves to earn the win. Linthicum led all scorers with four goals for the `Dores, while Schonk and Wheeler also scored two apiece. Chelsea Pasfield finished with seven saves in the loss.

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