Johns Hopkins returns to Baltimore to host sixth-ranked Boston College in the Blue Jays' 2015 home opener. Hopkins is coming off an 8-7 double-overtime win over Marquette in Houston on Sunday. For the Eagles meanwhile, Saturday's game marks their season opener.
For the Record
2015 marks the 40th season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 386-246-4 (.610) and a 168-109 (.606) record as a Division I program. Hopkins won a school Division I record 15 games last season, including a school-record 10-game season-opening win streak. The Blue Jays have posted 29 winning seasons, including 21 straight from 1987 to 2007. Hopkins has also made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including four in the Division I Tournament (2004, 2005, 2007, 2014).
The Blue Jays opened the season at a neutral site for the first time in program history last Sunday against the Golden Eagles of Marquette. The Jays are now 26-13-1 (.663) all-time in season openers and have won their last seven openers.
Last Time Out
Johns Hopkins beat Marquette, 8-7, in double overtime on sophomore Alexis Maffucci's goal last Sunday in both teams' season-opener. The game, the first-ever Division I women's lacrosse game played in Houston, featured five ties and three lead changes. Twice the Blue Jays took a two-goal lead, once in the second half and once in the first overtime, only to see the Golden Eagles battle back and tie it up.
Junior Kristen Cannon scored a pair of goals in the first overtime and Maffucci would score the game-winner 33 seconds into the second OT. Maffucci led Hopkins with a career-best three points (2g, 1a) while junior Dene' DiMartino and sophomore Haley Schweizer each had two points. Junior Josie George led the defense with career highs of seven ground balls and four caused turnovers.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Senior goalie KC Emerson and junior middie Dene' DiMartino were selected as the captains for the 2015 Blue Jays in a vote of their teammates. Emerson is just the fifth goalie to serve as captain for Johns Hopkins.
Welcome to Homewood
Head coach Janine Tucker welcomes 12 freshmen to Homewood this season and the class of 2018 makes up 40 percent of the Blue Jays' roster. Joining Hopkins this season are Chloe Duke, Eden Epner, CeCe Finney, Shannon Fitzgerald, Maggie Friel, Loring Gearhardt, Emily Kenul, Annie Schindler, Caroline Shinske, Anne Smith, Casey Van Slyke and Emily Verica.
Thinking Outside the Box
The Blue Jay coaching staff went outside the box with this year's recruiting class as the roster features two players from Tennessee, one from Texas and one from Colorado. Loring Gearhardt and Chloe Duke both hail from Memphis, TN where they were teammatees at the Hutchison School. Eden Epner is from Bellaire, TX and played for St. John's School, while Annie Schindler comes to Baltimore from Morrison, CO where she played at Mullen.
Against the Eagles
Hopkins and Boston College are meeting for the first time on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays and the Eagles had just two common opponents last season - Loyola and Ohio State. Both JHU and BC swept those two opponents a year ago.
Scouting the Eagles
Boston College is coming off a historic 15-6 season and a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Eagles are led by 2014 All-Americans Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix along with All-Northeast selection Sarah Mannelly.
Stanwick led BC with 91 points and 38 assists while Rix, a three-time All-American, had team highs of 57 goals and 79 draws. Mannelly ranked third on the team in goals (51), tied for second in assists (17) and third in points (68). She also grabbed 22 ground balls and caused 15 turnovers for the Eagles' defense. Sophomore Zoe Ochoa returns in the crease after starting four games and posting an 8.63 goals against average and a .408 save percentage.
Johns Hopkins dropped a pair of spots in this week's IWLCA Coaches Poll, going from 16th to 18th with 61 points. Meanwhile, in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, Hopkins remained in 17th with 43 points.
Junior Dene' DiMartino needs just four points to become the 17th player in school Division I history to reach 100 career points. She would be the 10th player to reach the milestone by her junior year. Sarah Taylor `14 was the last Blue Jay to reach the mark as she did so at Penn State on April 18, 2014.
A Pair of Stanwicks
There will be a pair of Stanwicks on the sidelines on Saturday in Steele and Covie Stanwick. Steele is the assistant coach and offensive coordinator for Johns Hopkins while his sister, Covie, is a senior attacker for Boston College.
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 a third is following in her sister's footsteps.
Sophomore goalie Caroline Federico is the daughter of Mike Federico `80. Mike was a three-time First Team All-American and National Goalie of the Year while helping the JHU men's lacrosse team to three straight NCAA championships (1978, 1979, 1980). Freshman Emily Verica is the daughter of Chris Verica `87, who played football for the Blue Jays. Sophomore midfielder Haley Schweizer is following in the footsteps of her sister Courtney `13, who played four years for the Blue Jays. The Schweizers are the ninth pair of sisters to don the Columbia Blue & Black.
After 13 seasons in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC), Johns Hopkins will compete as an independent this season. Since the Blue Jays no longer have an automatic bid to contest for, every game will count as they look to make the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.
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:
Jen Cook (Sr. A):
Needs 1 free position goal to rank 18th (has 9)
Dene' DiMartino (Jr. M):
Needs 11 points to rank 16th (has 96)
Needs 4 points to reach 100 (has 96)
Needs 1 goal to rank 15th and 4 to rank 14th (has 85)
Needs 1 free position goal to rank 4th (has 24)
Needs 17 draw controls to rank 5th (has 111)
KC Emerson (Sr. GK):
Needs 9 saves to rank 6th (has 137)
Caroline Federico (So. GK):
Needs 45 saves to rank 8th (has 75)
Home Sweet Home(wood)
Under head coach Janine Tucker, the Blue Jays are 101-48 (.667) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field. The Blue Jays went an impressive 9-1 at home last season. Hopkins will play eight regular season games at Homewood Field this season, including six of its last nine game.
Junior co-captain Dene' DiMartino carries a pair of streaks into Saturday's game. She has tallied at least one point in each of her last 17 games and has scored at least one goal in each of her last nine games.
On the Tube
Johns Hopkins will have a pair of games televised by ESPNU this season. JHU's game versus Georgetown on March 21 will be live on ESPN3 and will show on ESPNU the following day. Hopkins will later host Maryland on ESPNU on April 15.
Associate head coach Tara Singleton was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame on January 17, 2015. This marks her fifth season at Johns Hopkins and second as associate head coach. Last season, Singleton's Blue Jay defense led the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) and ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense (7.40). JHU also led the ALC and ranked 19th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game (9.30).
At the Helm
The winningest coach in program history, Janine Tucker is in her 22nd season as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. She sports a record of 236-125 (.654), including a 168-109 (.606) mark at the Division I level. 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 Greyhounds' Athletic Hall of Fame, Tucker has led the Blue Jays to double-digit win totals in 17 of her first 21 years on the bench. She has also guided Hopkins to four 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 Division I history to reach 200 wins when JHU beat host UMBC, 12-7, on April 13, 2011.
The Blue Jays return to Homewood Field to host the George Washington Colonials on Wednesday, February 18. Opening draw is slated for 4:00 pm.