DiMartino Leads No. 13 JHU to 2OT Win at No. 5 Northwestern

EVANSTON, IL - Sophomore Dene' DiMartino scored a career-best and game-high five goals to lead 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins to a 12-11 double overtime win at fifth-ranked Northwestern on Sunday afternoon.

The Blue Jays improve to 11-2 overall and even their ALC record at 2-2 with two league games to go. The Wildcats have their five-game win streak snapped as they fall to 9-4 overall and 3-2 in the ALC. The win is Hopkins' first in Evanston, ending a five-game winless streak at NU.

With the game tied at 11 apiece, senior Taylor D'Amore won the draw midway through the second overtime period. Hopkins then ran 2:40 off the clock before DiMartino dodged down the fan and beat Bridget Bianco to give the Blue Jays the win. It is the Wildcats' first loss at home in nearly two years and only their third in the last 10 seasons.

The Wildcats jumped out to a three-goal lead before the game was seven minutes old with goals from three different scorers. The Blue Jays answered with back-to-back goals less than 90 seconds apart to pull within one by the 19:45-mark. DiMartino got Hopkins on the board at 21:14 and junior Jen Cook followed with a rebound goal to make it a 3-2 game.

Kaleigh Craig pushed the lead back to two at 17:31 with an unassisted goal. But sophomore Maddy Aldave answered with a goal for the Blue Jays just 24 seconds later. Senior Sammy Cermack then converted a free position goal top-shelf to tie the game at four-all with 12:38 to play in the half.

Kat DeRonda, who scored a team-high four goals and seven points for the 'Cats, and Kate Macdonald scored back-to-back goals in a two and a half minute span to stake Northwestern to a 6-4 lead. But Hopkins wasn't going away as the Jays scored a pair of goals just 20 seconds apart to make it a tie game.

D'Amore won the draw following Macdonald's goal and the Blue Jays worked the ball around until sophomore Kristen Cannon's goal with 51 ticks on the clock. D'Amore once again won the draw and this time it was sophomore Jenna Reifler scoring off a Cermack feed with 31 seconds to play. D'Amore again came up with the draw and Cermack earned a free position shot with one second to go, but Bianco came up with the save to make it a tie game at the half.

Northwestern came out firing and scored the first two goals of the second half to push out to an 8-6 lead. But once again, Hopkins came right back as the Jays refused to let the Wildcats go on one of their patented runs. Sophomore Josie George won the next draw and after three straight saves by Bianco, Cermack took a D'Amore pass and beat the NU goalie at the 21:50-mark. That ignited a run that saw the Jays score three goals in just over four minutes to take their first lead of the game. DiMartino followed Cermack' strike with back-to-back goals just over two minutes apart to stake Hopkins to a 9-8 lead.

Hopkins then got back-to-back saves from freshman Caroline Federico but the Blue Jays turned it over on the offensive end and DeRonda would made JHU pay with her fourth goal of the afternoon, tying the game at nine-all. Craig then converted a free position shot and Northwestern led 10-9 with 7:23 to play.

Federico made another save for the Blue Jays with 3:47 left and the 'Cats then turned it over 36 seconds later. Hopkins got the equalizer with 49 seconds to go when D'Amore scored off a Cermack pass, tying the game at 10-all. Northwestern won the ensuing draw and got two shots off in the closing seconds, including one on free position, but both were wide of the cage and the teams headed to overtime.

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