2016 Johns Hopkins Field Hockey Season Preview
BALTIMORE, MD -- The 42nd season of Johns Hopkins field hockey opens on Friday, September 2 as the Blue Jays host the Washington & Lee Generals at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays are looking to bounce back after a tough 2015 season and head coach Megan Callahan, now in her 20th season, is cautiously optimistic about this year's squad.
Hopkins brings a wealth of experience into the season as there are 14 juniors and seniors on the roster. Those two classes have a combined 472 games played, including 270 starts, under their belt. In addition, the Blue Jays return seven starters as well as their top five goal-scorers from 2015.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Senior midfielders Alex Clay and Shannon Cosgrove will captain the Blue Jays this season. Clay, who missed last season due to injury, started all 18 games as a sophomore, while Cosgrove started every game in 2015 and totaled six points and three defensive saves.
IN THE CAGE
Hopkins returns a pair of experienced goalies in senior Zoey Atabek and junior Greta Helvie. Atabek, who did not play last season, started all 17 games as a sophomore and 13 games as a junior. She earned First Team All-Centennial Conference and Second Team NFHCA All-South honors in 2014 after posting a 2.30 goals against average and a .809 save percentage. Helvie started every game last season, playing all but 10 minutes, and finished with a 3.25 goals against average and a .716 save percentage. Having such solid experience and leadership in the cage and been a huge boost to the team. Freshman Jodie Baris, who is very vocal and energetic, will push Atabek and Helvie this season.
Junior Francesca Cali returns to anchor the back line for Callahan. She started every game last season and finished tied for the team lead in defensive saves (3). A strong defender, she also provides the Blue Jays a threat in transition. Sophomore Grace Hillman played in all 17 games last season, starting seven, and led all freshmen with 10 points (4g, 2a). She's making the move from the midfield, bringing her speed and individual defense to the back line. Junior Amy Hallowell and sophomore Lucy Reider will also see significant time on defense. Freshman Hope Sullivan has great hands and can give the Blue Jays a boost on the offensive end as well. Freshmen Sophie Kim and Priscilla Barton-Metcalfe also add depth to the Hopkins defense.
IN THE MIDFIELD
Senior Austin Davis will anchor the Hopkins midfield after playing primarily on the forward line in the first three years of her career. She brings great vision and composure to the midfield, where she can take some one-on-one or distribute the ball. Cosgrove and freshman Katie McErlean will see significant time in the midfield, as well Clay and senior Abby Grant. Cosgrove, Clay and Grant bring great senior leadership and experience to the field.
Callahan is looking for a lot from her forwards, hoping they will be much more dynamic and really push the envelope this season. The unit, which brings great depth and experience, is very solid in front of the cage with lots of tips and deflections.
Junior Morgan Pothast is back after leading the team in goals (10) and points (22) as a sophomore. She is the Blue Jays' active leading scorer with 14 career goals. Joining her up top are classmates Princess Sutherland, Clare Kavanagh and senior Bridget Hampton. The trio combined for 12 goals and 28 points last season. Senior Victoria Piscopo and Lindsey Adams, sophomores Claire Fox and Megan Ophel as well as freshmen Christina Glaser and Maddie Stabinski will all compete for time on the forward line.
Johns Hopkins will host Swarthmore in the Blue Jays' second annual "Yellow Game" on September 30 to promote DIPG awareness. The Blue Jays will play in support of the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation and its Executive Director, Jenny Mosier. She was a four-year member of the JHU field hockey team and lost her son, Michael, to DIPG in 2015. Mosier, along with her husband, Mark, and daughter, Lila, will serve as guest coaches for Hopkins.