No. 12 Commodores End Slide, Hold off No. 17 Blue Jays

Just eight seconds later the Blue Jays were within one. Sophomore Sammy Cermack won the ensuing draw and found Rossi open for a two-on-one in the Vanderbilt end. Rossi drew the defender and dumped the ball down low to Ballatori, who faked twice before burying her fourth of the afternoon. Cermack then pulled the Blue Jays even when she took a pass from D'Amore in the slot, turned and fired home the tying goal.

Vanderbilt would have the final say of the half when Carey won the ensuing draw and went right to the cage where she scored her second of the day. But junior Cosette Larash would keep it a one-goal game with a pair of saves in the waning seconds to make it a 7-6 game at the break.

Coming out of the half, Vanderbilt pushed its lead to two when Kendall Pittinger scored a low shot off a Carey feed just 23 seconds into the second stanza. Just over a minute later however, Hopkins answered to once again make it a one-goal game after Rossi connected with Ballatori for her career-high fifth goal of the game. Pittinger answered with her second straight goal for the 'Dores on a dodge up the middle at 26:42.

Alex Priddy followed with a transition goal at 20:03 to put Vanderbilt on top 10-7. She got a stick on a Blue Jay pass on the clear and Kelly Connors picked up the loose ball before finding Priddy streaking to the goal unguarded for the quick strike. Junior Courtney Schweizer then kicked off a 3-1 spurt for Hopkins with her 15th off the season two minutes later off a nice dodge down the middle. Carey won the draw for the 'Dores and went right to the cage to complete her hat trick just nine seconds later.

D'Amore dished out her third assist of the afternoon at 16:47, finding McCaffrey wide open on the left post for a one-timer. D'Amore then scored a free position goal at 15:09 to make it an 11-10 game. Priddy answered with another transition goal for the 'Dores as they capitalized off a failed Blue Jay clear to go up 12-10 with 14:13 on the clock.

McCaffrey cut it back to one as she completed her hat trick at 9:13 on a right alley dodge, but Vanderbilt answered with two goals from Kacie Connors in just over two minutes to push out to a 14-11 lead with 5:15 left.

Ballatori paced the Blue Jay offense with her career-high five goals, while McCaffrey had three goals, D'Amore had one goal with three assists and Rossi also had three helpers. McCaffrey's hat trick gives her 126 career goals as the senior is now tied for fourth in school Division I history. D'Amore meanwhile, jumped from 11th to eighth in the career ranks with her 36th career assist.

Kacie Connors led the way for the 'Dores with four goals and two assists, while Carey scored three and added a helper. Carey was dominating at the center circle with 10 draw controls on the day. Freshman KC Emerson got the start in goal and made a pair of saves before giving way to Larash, who finished with six stops. Willis finished with eight saves for the win.

Vanderbilt won the draw control battle (16-11) and it marks the first time this season that JHU has lost the draw battle. Shots were even at 26 apiece, while the 'Dores held an 18-14 advantage in ground balls. It is Vanderbilt's seventh straight win in the series and the fourth straight at home in the series.

Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, April 7 as the fourth-ranked Florida Gators visit Homewood Field. The ALC tilt is slated for a 1:00 pm start.

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