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Janine Tucker, a five-time IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year, is the all-time winningest coach at Johns Hopkins with a 249-129 (.658) record in 22 seasons, including a 191-113 (.616) mark at the Division I level. She took over the Blue Jay women's lacrosse program in August 1993 and successfully guided the program's transition from Division III to Division I without missing a beat.
A 1989 graduate of Loyola (MD) and a member of the Greyhounds Athletic Hall of Fame, Tucker led the Blue Jays to double-digit win totals in 17 of her 21 seasons, including four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, three ECAC Division I championship games, and four NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. Tucker reached yet another milestone in 2011 as she became the 14th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach 200 wins when JHU beat host UMBC, 12-7, on April 13.
Tucker led the Blue Jays to a 14-4 record and a return trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2015. Hopkins earned a pair of top-10 wins, defeating 9th-ranked Stony Brook (7-5) and fourth-ranked Duke (9-8) to help secure the bid to the tournament. Junior Dene' DiMartino went on to earn Third Team All-America honors and three other Blue Jays earned all-region honors. The Blue Jays ranked seventh in the nation in save percentage (.481), eighth in scoring defense (7.44), 10th in win percentage (.778), tied for 13th in scoring margin (4.39) and 25th in caused turnovers (8.89).
Tucker guided Hopkins to one of its finest seasons at the Division I level in 2014. The Blue Jays won a school-record 15 games and started the season on a school-record 10-game win streak. Hopkins matched program records for winning percentage (.750) and games played (20). The Blue Jays made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in seven seasons, produced the 2014 American Lacrosse Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a pair of IWLCA All-Americans. Hopkins also set program records for goals scored (247), free position goals (45) and goals against average (7.26). The JHU defense led the ALC and ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense (7.40); while also ranking 12th in the NCAA in scoring margin (4.95) and 25th in scoring offense (12.35).
In her 20th season at the helm, Tucker led JHU to a 10-7 record, an appearance in the ALC Quarterfinals and the Blue Jays were ranked as high as 12th by the IWLCA. Junior Taylor D'Amore earned Second Team All-America honors after leading the team in four statistical categories, including points (78) and draws (64). Hopkins took down a pair of teams ranked in the top 11 during the season in seventh-ranked Loyola (11-8) and 11th-ranked Virginia (9-8). Hopkins also ended a seven-game losing streak to Vanderbilt with a thrilling 12-11 win in overtime to close out March. Hopkins had an up and down season in 2012, culminating in an ALC Semifinals appearance. The Blue Jays finished the season with a 9-9 record, but with five wins over ranked teams and one of the toughest schedules in the nation, they just missed out on an NCAA Tournament berth. JHU was also ranked in the IWLCA Top 20 for the final nine weeks of the season. Sophomore Taylor D'Amore and seniors Alyssa Kildare and Colleen McCaffrey earned All-ALC and IWLCA All-Region honors at the end of the season. D'Amore also broke the 15-year-old school single-season record with 74 draw controls.
Last season, Hopkins posted a 9-8 record including marquee wins over fourth-ranked Penn (8-5) and second-ranked Northwestern (12-11). Hopkins placed four players on the ALC All-Conference and IWLCA All-Region teams. Candace Rossi, McCaffrey and Kildare and D'Amore earned both all-conference and all-region honors.
The Blue Jays followed a tough 2009 campaign with a 10-7 record in 2010, including a 3-2 mark in the ALC and the three seed in the conference tournament. Hopkins doubled its win total from the previous season and placed five players on the All-ALC team, including Kildare, McCaffrey and Rossi and freshman goalie Cosette Larash. The 2009 season was one of growing pains for Johns Hopkins as the Blue Jays fielded a team with just five seniors on the roster and just two of those five saw significant playing time. Hopkins went 5-12 on the season and lost in the first round of the ALC Tournament. Three Blue Jays went on to earn All-ALC honors, with junior defender Angela Hughes grabbing first team honors. She would also go on to earn IWLCA First Team All-Region honors.
The 2008 season saw a young Blue Jay squad go 8-9, with wins over #16 Oregon and #19 Denver. Hopkins earned the three seed in the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament, falling in the semifinals to #9 Vanderbilt. Five players earned All-ALC honors, the most in one season since Hopkins began playing at the Division I level. Seniors Sarah Gallion, Kirby Houck and Lauren Schwarzmann led the way earning first team honors. The Blue Jays, who were ranked 20th in the IWCLA's final poll of the 2008 season, were ranked in the final poll for the ninth consecutive season.
The 2004 to 2007 seasons were the most successful in the history of the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse program, as the Blue Jays posted a 47-23 record against a lineup of nationally ranked teams and made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In 2007, Hopkins tied the school Division I record with 12 wins, finishing with a 12-8 record. The Blue Jays advanced to the first ever ALC title game, falling to eventual national champion Northwestern. Hopkins then made its third trip in four seasons to the NCAAs, advancing to the Elite 8 for the first time in school Division I history. Senior Mary Key led the nation in points for the third time, finishing with a school record 121. She was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, was named the Attacker of the Year by the IWLCA and earned First Team All-America honors for the second consecutive season.
In 2006, Tucker guided Johns Hopkins to an 8-0 record to start the season as the Blue Jays climbed to #2 in the national polls. The team finished the season at 12-4 to tie the school Division I record for wins. Key led the nation in scoring for the second consecutive season and was a nominee for the Tewaaraton Trophy. In 2005, Hopkins earned a 14-10 win at #6 Georgetown in its final regular-season game to finish the season at 11-6. The win helped the Blue Jays earn their second straight berth in the NCAA Tournament, where they met the defending national champion, Virginia, in the first round. Hopkins led Virginia until the final minutes, but the Cavaliers pulled out a 10-8 win and eventually finished as the NCAA runners-up. Key ended the year as the nation's leading scorer in Division I, averaging 5.12 points per game.
A year earlier, the Blue Jays won a school Division I record 10 straight games to open the season and defeated four ranked teams, including #6 Notre Dame, the highest-ranked team ever defeated by Hopkins at the time. JHU also tied school Division I records for most wins and fewest losses in a season (12-5). Heidi Pearce became the third Hopkins player to earn All-America honors at the Division I level and the first Blue Jay selected to the first team.
Indicative of the steady improvement of the Hopkins women's lacrosse program, the 2004 season was a step up from 2003, when Tucker guided the Blue Jays to an 11-5 record that included a 12-2 win over #14 North Carolina in the final home game of the season. The Blue Jays finished the year ranked #17 in the Brine/IWLCA Poll. Tucker's 2002 squad finished 10-8 and advanced to the ECAC championship game for the third consecutive year. Hopkins won two games against ranked teams during that season, defeating #19 William & Mary, 11-9, on March 9 and #13 Ohio State, 11-10, on April 6.
The 2001 season was a benchmark as Tucker earned her 100th victory with a 13-9 win over #15 George Mason and two weeks later Hopkins won its first ECAC Championship as a Division I team, defeating Penn, 18-12, in the title game. The Blue Jays finished with an 11-6 record and a #17 ranking in the final Brine/IWLCA Poll.
A year earlier, Tucker led the 2000 Johns Hopkins team to its first Division I postseason appearance as it reached the ECAC final and concluded the season ranked 16th in the final IWLCA Poll with a 12-6 record. The 1999 Blue Jays posted a 10-4 mark in their inaugural Division I campaign, opening the season with four consecutive wins. At the Division III level, Tucker guided the Blue Jays to the brink of the NCAA championship game four times. In Tucker's debut season, Johns Hopkins finished with its best record to date, posting a 16-1 mark and advancing to the 1994 NCAA Division III semifinals. Tucker led the Blue Jays back to the semifinals in 1995 and 1997 and to the quarterfinals in 1998. In five years of play in the Centennial Conference, Hopkins posted a striking 49-1 record, won four conference titles and finished undefeated in conference play in each of its four championship seasons.
Tucker and her staff have been instrumental in the development of the Blue Jay student-athletes on and off the field, including two players, Mary Ann McGuire and Laura Ekas, who never played lacrosse prior to arriving at Hopkins. In 1997, McGuire became the first JHU women's lacrosse player to be named NCAA Division III Defensive Player of the Year while Ekas earned a role as a starter and captain.
Tucker has coached 23 IWLCA All-Americans, including IWLCA Division I All-America selections Key (2007, 2006 & 2005), Lacey-Leigh Hentz (2005), Pearce (2004), Danielle Maschuci (2000) and Jamie Larrimore (2001). In addition, she has coached one IWLCA Defensive Player of the Year and one Attacker of the Year, four Centennial Conference Players of the Year, one ALC Rookie of the Year, 59 all-conference selections and 72 all-conference academic selections.
Six of her former players, Beth Cariello `94, Rebecca Savage `94, Jenn Ward `95, Francine Brennan `96, Mary Ann McGuire `97 and Danielle Maschuci `00 have been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame. Cariello Fifer and Savage Keller were key members of the 1994 Blue Jay lacrosse team that enjoyed the greatest season in school history as the Blue Jays won their first 16 games, won the Centennial Conference title and advanced to the national semifinals. Savage Keller earned First Team All-America honors in each of her last two years and finished her career ranked first all-time in goals (177) and third in points (194). She still holds the program's all-time single-season goals record (77), set in 1994 when she earned Centennial Conference Player of the Year honors.
Ward, a three-time All-American, graduated as the program's all-time leader in goals (209), points (290) and ground balls (234). Ward still ranks in the top-five in JHU history in all three categories. The 1996 Centennial Conference Player of the Year and a two-time All-American, Brennan finished her career as Hopkins' all-time career assists leader with 120 helpers. She still ranks in the top-five all-time in assists (2nd • 120), points (4th • 260) and ground balls (4th • 223). In addition, Brennan holds the program's all-time single-season record for ground balls with 100. A three-time IWLCA All-American, Maschuci led Hopkins to a 48-17 record in her four seasons, including the program's first two years at Division I. The Blue Jays went 26-7, including an undefeated 20-0 in the Centennial Conference, in the program's final two years at Division III (1997, 1998). Hopkins won back-to-back Centennial Conference titles and made the NCAA Semifinals (1997) and NCAA Quarterfinals (1998) before making the move to Division I. Maschuci finished her career ranked second in school history, among all divisions, in career goals (197) and still ranks fourth. She also ranks third in school history, among all divisions, with 262 career points. Maschuci still holds school records for career free position goals (35), career goals per game (3.44) and consecutive games with a goal scored (64). She led the team in goals for three straight seasons (1998-2000) and as a senior, totaled a then school-record 72 points which still ranks as the fifth highest total in school Division I history.
In addition, Lauren Carney `01 will be inducted into the JHU Athletic Hall of Fame this spring. She was a two-sport athlete during her career at Homewood, playing for both the JHU field hockey and women's lacrosse teams. A four-year letterwinner under Tucker, Carney helped Hopkins to a 47-19 record and the 2001 ECAC Championship her senior year.
After a successful career as an All-American lacrosse player at Loyola, Tucker broke into the coaching ranks at her alma mater as an assistant. She helped coach the nationally-ranked Greyhounds for four seasons, and her success as an assistant for a prominent Division I power led her across town to Hopkins when the women's lacrosse position became available in 1993. A 1989 graduate of Loyola, Tucker was inducted into the Greyhounds' Athletic Hall of Fame in March 1998 and is involved with the promotion of women's lacrosse through camps, clinics and speaking engagements. She is the director of the Johns Hopkins Blue Jay Lacrosse Camp each summer as well as the Blue Jay Breakout Lacrosse Camp (formerly Elite 300), whose purpose is to bring together and instruct the nation's top high school girls' lacrosse players.
Tucker co-wrote a book with Maryalice Yakuchik entitled "The Baffled Parents' Guide To Coaching Girl's Lacrosse" which was published in February 2003. The pair collaborated again in writing "Women's Lacrosse: An Advanced Guide for Players and Coaches" which was published in February 2008.
Tucker is married to John Tucker, the Director of Admissions for Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore. John was previously the head coach for the Washington Bayhawks and LA Riptide of Major League Lacrosse and was named the 2007 Brine Coach of the Year after guiding the Riptide to the MLL championship game. He has also coached at perennial prep power Gilman and Severn, and served as the athletic director at nearby Loyola Blakefield. John is a former Hopkins and United States World Team lacrosse standout. Both Janine and John were inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in January 2003. The Tuckers have two sons, Ryan, who played four years on the lacrosse team at the Unviersity of Virginia, and Devin, a senior at Johns Hopkins.
Updated June 2015