Johns Hopkins-Marquette Women's Lacrosse Game Notes
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Johns Hopkins opens the season on Friday afternoon at Homewood Field against visiting Marquette. This is the Blue Jays' earliest opening date since a February 8, 2015 matchup against the Golden Eagles in Houston, TX. Hopkins is coming off an 11-7 season that saw the Blue Jays advance to the Big Ten semifinals in their first season in the league.
Hopkins is 17-7 (.708) in season openers under head coach Janine Tucker and 28-13-1 (.678) all-time. The Blue Jays have won nine straight and 13 of the last 14 on opening day. This is the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Blue Jays have opened the season against the Golden Eagles.
Hopkins is 29-12 (.707) under head coach Janine Tucker in the month of February. Now in their 43rd season, the Blue Jays did not play a game in the month of February until 2002. Hopkins, then in just its fourth season as a Division I program, lost to Vanderbilt, 7-4, on February 24.
The 2018 season is head coach Janine Tucker's 25th with the Blue Jays. The winningest coach in program history, she sports a record of 271-144 (.653), including a 203-128 (.613) mark in Division I. Tucker took over the Blue Jay women's lacrosse program in August 1993 and coached five seasons in Division III before successfully guiding the program's transition to Division I in 1999. A 1989 graduate of Loyola (MD) and a member of the Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame, Tucker has led the Blue Jays to double-digit win totals in 20 of her 24 years on the bench. She has also guided Hopkins to six NCAA Division I Tournament appearances, three ECAC Division I championship games, and four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. Tucker became the 14th coach in NCAA history to reach 250 wins on February 12, 2016 and she currently ranks eighth in NCAA Division I history in wins. She coached her 400th career game at Loyola on February 22, 2017.
Johns Hopkins was picked to finish fourth in the 2018 Big Ten Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll of the league's seven head coaches, it was announced January 29. Defending champion Maryland was the unanimous pick to win the title, followed by Penn State, Northwestern and Hopkins. Rutgers (fifth), Ohio State (T-6th) and Michigan (T-6th) round out the poll.
Welcome to Homewood
Head coach Janine Tucker welcomes eight freshmen to the Blue Jays this season. Joining Hopkins are Keegan Barger, Aurora Cordingley, Haley Reitz, Jeanne Kachris, Trinity McPherson, Shelby Harrison, Kathleen Garvey and Caitlin Ohnmacht.
Last Time Out
Johns Hopkins dropped a heartbreaker, 19-16, at top-ranked Maryland in the Big Ten Semifinals last May. The Blue Jays led 3-1 early after scoring three straight goals in a two-minute span. The Terps answered with one of their patented runs, this one a 9-1 run that gave the home team what appeared to be a commanding 10-4 lead with 13:34 to play in the half. Hopkins responded with four unanswered goals to pull within two but a pair of Maryland goals in the final four minutes of the half made it a 12-8 game at the break. The teams traded blows throughout the second half and Maryland held on for the thrilling 19-16 win.
Haley Schweizer (3g, 2a), Shannon Fitzgerald (4g, 1a) and Maggie Schneidereith (1g, 4a) led the Blue Jays with five points apiece, while Emily Kenul totaled four (3g, 1a) and three ground balls. Schweizer also grabbed five draws and Caroline Federico finished with eight saves in her final game in the cage.
Hopkins is ranked 22nd in the IWLCA Preseason Coaches poll with 94 points. The Blue Jays are also receiving votes in both the Nike/US Lacrosse and Inside Lacrosse/Cascade Media Preseason Polls. Seven of the Blue Jays' 2018 opponents are ranked in the top 25 by the IWLCA, including three (Maryland, Stony Brook, Penn State) that are ranked in the top five.
Climbing the Ranks
Several Blue Jays are making their move up the Johns Hopkins Division I record book. Here's a look at where they rank:
Haley Crosson (Jr. GK):
Needs 3 saves to rank 11th and 12 to rank 10th (has 7)
Nicole DeMase (Jr. M):
Needs 2 free position goals to rank 19th (has 11)
Shannon Fitzgerald (Sr. A/M):
Needs 2 goals to rank 17th (has 84)
Needs 2 free position goals to rank 13th (has 15)
Miranda Ibello (Jr. A):
Needs 1 assist to rank 18th and 3 to rank 17th (has 28)
Emily Kenul (Sr. A):
Needs 6 points to rank 12th (has 129)
Needs 2 goals to rank 18th and 4 to rank 17th (has 82)
Needs 1 free position goal to rank 9th (has 18)
Needs 2 assists to rank 8th and 4 to rank 7th (has 47)
Needs 26 draw controls to rank 6th (has 102)
Against the Golden Eagles
Hopkins and Marquette meet for the fifth time in a series that began in 2014. The Blue Jays have won all four previous meetings, though the last three have been decided by a total of just six goals. In last season's meeting in Milwaukee, the Blue Jays scored three straight goals in a run that spanned more than nine minutes to take a 12-9 led with just 2:28 to play. The Golden Eagles would get one back, but the Jays' defense was able to lock down and secure the 12-10 win.
Scouting the Golden Eagles
Marquette is coming off its most productive offensive season ever, when it scored 219 goals in 17 games, an increase of more than two goals per game from the previous season. 2017 graduate Julianna Shearer was the BIG EAST's top goal scorer after notching a school-record 55 goals. She and junior Grace Gabriel (41 goals ), were First Team All-BIG EAST honorees and were also named to the IWLCA All-West/Midwest team. Also returning are seniors Riley Hill and Allison Lane, who combined for 45 goals a season ago.
As a team, MU has gone from just 8.65 draws per game in 2015 - last in the league - to a whopping 14.71 in 2017, which ranked second in the league and 15th in the nation. Additionally, the Golden Eagles have boasted the BIG EAST's leader in draws per game in each of the past two seasons. Last season, Gabriel set the Marquette record with 81 total draws and led the league with 5.67 draws per game following a 2016 campaign that saw Lane lead the BIG EAST with 3.43 draws per contest.
Seniors Emily Kenul and Shannon Fitzgerald are the Blue Jays' active career points leader with 129 and 105, respectively. Fitzgerald joined the 100-point club on April 30, 2017 - the 21st player in program history to reach the mark. This is the 17th time in school history that two or more players have had 100 career points at the same time (see chart above).
Lending A Hand
Sophomore Maggie Schneidereith led the Blue Jays with 24 assists and ranked fifth in the Big Ten in assists per game (1.33) as a rookie. She also led all freshmen in the league in assists and ranked second among freshmen in points. Her 24 assists are the most by a freshman in Johns Hopkins history, a mark she set at top-ranked Maryland in the Big Ten semifinals. Senior Emily Kenul is the program's active career assist leader with 47 helpers, which ranks ninth in school history.
A pair of Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Friday's season-opener. Here's a look at those streaks:
Shannon Fitzgerald (Sr. A/M):
Has at least one point in 3 straight games
Has at least one goal in 3 straight games
Emily Kenul (Sr. A):
Has at least one point in 9 straight games
Has at least one assist in 8 straight games
On the Tube
Hopkins has three games scheduled for national television this season. Hopkins' games at Penn State (March 22) will be shown on the Big Ten Network. In addition, Hopkins' games versus Ohio State (April 20) and Towson (April 25) will be televised on ESPNU.
For the Record
This marks the 43rd season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 421-265-4 (.613) and a 203-128 (.611) record as a Division I program. The Blue Jays have posted 32 winning seasons, including 21 straight from 1987 to 2007. Hopkins has also made 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, including six in the Division I Tournament (2004, 2005, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016).
Home Sweet Home(wood)
Under head coach Janine Tucker, the Blue Jays are 120-57 (.678) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field and the Jays are 27-10 (.730) at home since the start of the 2014 season. Hopkins will play 10 regular season games at home this season, including the first three games of the season.
Athletics at Johns Hopkins is a family affair as a pair of Blue Jays have followed in their fathers' footsteps at the Homewood campus while two more are following in their sisters' footsteps.
Senior Emily Verica is the daughter of Chris Verica `87, who played football for the Blue Jays. Junior Miranda Ibello is not only following in the cleats of her sister, Paige `10, but also of her brother-in-law, Max Venker `10, who was a four-year standout on the JHU men's soccer team. Sophomore Shannon Logan joined the Blue Jays and her older sister, Shannon, last season. The Logans are the 11th pair of sisters to don the Hopkins Blue & Black and the first to do so at the same time since Sam and Megan Schrum played together in 2009.
One of Four
Unlike her teammates Holly and Shannon Logan, sophomore attacker Maggie Schneidereith will not be playing along side her sister or sisters, for that matter. Schneidereith, who hails from nearby Towson, is a quadruplet and all four sisters are playing Division I lacrosse. Midfielders Jamie and Lucy are playing at Drexel while goalie Georgia is playing for Albany.
Hopkins is back at Homewood Field on Wednesday, February 14 to take on Drexel. Opening draw for the non-conference contest is slated for 4:00 pm.