March 29, 2014
Vanderbilt snapped a four-game losing streak in a huge way on Saturday - with an upset over No. 9 Johns Hopkins.
The Commodores picked up their second win over a ranked opponent this season with a 12-11 victory over the previously undefeated Blue Jays. Kelly Chandler scored four times and Mallory Schonk and Abby Wheeler each scored twice to lift the 'Dores past JHU (10-1, 1-1 ALC). The Commodores have won eight of their last nine against JHU.
Vanderbilt (4-6, 1-1) won its first game since an upset of No. 13 Stanford on March 2 thanks to a late first-half surge. The Commodores turned a 4-2 deficit into a 7-4 halftime lead with five goals in the last 5:06 of the half.
That included four goals in a 62-second span as Alexa Kunowsky started the spurt after picking up a rebound and firing back into the net. Wheeler scored 11 seconds later. Chandler gave the 'Dores the lead for good on an unassisted goal and then nine seconds later Wheeler scored again after Kunowsky won the draw control and dished out an assist. Schonk gave the 'Dores a three-goal lead with seven seconds left in the half when she scored on a free position shot.
The 'Dores led by as many as four goals twice in the second half but Johns Hopkins battled back in the second half. The Blue Jays pulled to within one, 12-11, with 2:11 left, won the ensuing draw control and called a timeout with two minutes left. Then junior Meggie Ramzy made arguably the defensive play of the day by checking John Hopkins' Haley Schweizer and causing a turnover. The ball plopped right into Alex Duckenfield's stick and the Commodores ran out the clock.
As time ticked away, coach Cathy Swezey leapt in the air. The bench cleared and the celebration ensued on the field as the team swarmed freshman Callahen Kent, who made her first start in goal and had three saves.
It was an ideal way to wrap up a four-game homestand as Vanderbilt hits the road for a 1:30 p.m. tilt on Wednesday against Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.