EVANSTON, Ill. -- 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. The Blue Jays improved to 11-2 overall and evened their ALC record at 2-2 with two league games to go. The Wildcats had their five-game win streak snapped as they fell 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, 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 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 Maddy Aldave answered with a goal for the Blue Jays just 24 seconds later. 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 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. Josie George won the next draw and after three consecutive 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 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.
Hopkins won the first draw of overtime and after Reifler missed a shot wide, DiMartino earned and converted a free position shot. Northwestern would draw even after the teams switched sides as Kelly Rich scored off a pass from DeRonda with 2:02 to play in the period. The `Cats then won the draw and Sheila Nesselbush fired off a shot, but Federico made the save to keep the game tied and eventually force a second overtime. DiMartino would then score the winner with just 20 seconds remaining in the second overtime.
DiMartino led the Jays with her five goals, including two on free position, while Cermack had four points (2g, 2a) and D'Amore had a goal and an assist. D'Amore controlled a team-high seven draws for the Blue Jays, one shy of her career high and two shy of the school single-game record. She also extended her point streak to 51 games and her assist streak to 21 games, while Cermack pushed her point streak to 12 games. Cermack and Octavia Williams caused two turnovers apiece and Williams had a team-high three ground balls on the defensive end. Federico finished with nine saves for her second career win, both coming in overtime. DeRonda led the Wildcats with a game-high seven points, while Craig (2g), Alyssa Leonard (1g, 1a) and Christy Turner (1g, 1a) all had two points each for the `Cats. Leonard also controlled a game-high nine draws, as Northwestern edged Hopkins, 15-13, at the center circle. Bianco finished with 11 saves in the loss.
Hopkins earns its second win in the last four years over Northwestern and improves to 4-11 all-time against the `Cats. Hopkins' last win over Northwestern was also by a 12-11 score, in regulation, on April 16, 2011 at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays' 12 goals are tied for the most allowed by the Wildcats this season and JHU is the first team to score double digits against NU since Syracuse had 11 on March 23.