D'Amore Lifts No. 12 Johns Hopkins Past Vanderbilt in Overtime

BALTIMORE, MD - 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.

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