BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins field hockey team had a tough 2016 season as the Blue Jays finished with a 7-10 record and missed out on a 13th Centennial Conference Tournament appearance.
Sixteen different players scored at least one goal for the Blue Jays this season, led by junior Clare Kavanagh’s career-high seven tallies. Eleven of those 16 players will return next season while six have at least two years of eligibility remaining. Kavanagh’s seven goals more than tripled her career total (2) entering the season. Freshman Katie McErlean led all newcomers with eight points (2g, 4a) and was tied for the team lead in assists.
LENDING A HAND
Junior Francesca Cali and freshman Katie McErlean led the team with four assists each this season. Cali’s four helpers were a career high and brought her career total to six. McErlean’s four helpers are two shy of the school freshmen record and the most since Leslie MacManus in 2012. Senior Abby Grant also had a career high in assists (2) while classmates Lindsey Adams (2 assists) and Austin Davis (3 assists) each matched their career highs.
Freshman midfielder Katie McErlean was honored as a Second Team All-Centennial Conference selection. She was the only freshman to earn All-Centennial honors this season and is just the fifth in program history to do so. McErlean started all 17 games this season and finished with eight points on two goals and four assists. In addition, she was tied for the league lead among all freshmen in assists and tied for third in points.
The Blue Jays faced a tough slate in 2016 as they faced four opponents that were ranked in the top 20 and five that went onto the NCAA Tournament. Hopkins’ losses came to teams that combined for 134 wins. Arguably the toughest stretch came in early October when JHU faced fifth-ranked Franklin & Marshall and sixth-ranked Ursinus in just a three-day span.
Seven of Hopkins games this season were decided by just one goal. The Blue Jays came out on the winning end in four of those, including back-to-back overtime wins in mid-September.
CLIMBING THE RANKS – PART I
Junior Morgan Pothast is making her mark on the Johns Hopkins record book. After three years, she is tied for 15th in career goals with 20. In addition, she needs just three points to move into a tie for 25th in that category.
CLIMBING THE RANKS – PART II
Junior Francesca Cali made a big jump in the record book this season as well. She moved from a tie for 20th to a tie for fifth in career defensive saves with nine. Her six defensive saves in 2016 are tied for the fourth most in school single-season history. On September 21, Cali made a career-high three D saves versus fifth-ranked Salisbury, that is one shy of the school single-game record.
IN THE CAGE
The Blue Jays returned a pair of experienced goalies this season in senior Zoey Atabek and junior Greta Helvie. Both goalies’ names are sprinkled throughout the JHU record book. Atabek ranks fourth in saves (351), 10th in save percentage (.783), 15th in goals against average (2.60), 11th in minutes played (2609:22) and tied for sixth in wins (17). Helvie meanwhile, ranks 14th in saves (205), 14th in save percentage (.724), 13th in goals against average (2.37), 13th in minutes (2302:08) and tied for eighth in wins (14).
BY THE NUMBERS
1 – All-Centennial Conference selections
4 – Games versus ranked opponents
5 – Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll selections
5 – Games versus NCAA Tournament participants
6 – Defensive saves by Francesca Cali, ranked third in the Centennial
31 – Wins for the Senior Class
42 – Seasons
389 – Program wins