Johns Hopkins-American Women's Lacrosse Game Notes
|Johns Hopkins-American Game Information|
|Game Date/Time||February 15, 2017 / 3 pm|
|Location||Washington, DC • Jacob's Field|
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Johns Hopkins opens the 2017 season with three straight road games, beginning at American University on Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Jays are coming off an 11-8 season and a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Hopkins is 16-7 in season openers under head coach Janine Tucker and 27-13-1 (.671) all-time. The BlueJays have won eight straight and 12 of the last 13 on opening day. This is the first time Hopkins and American have faced off in the Blue Jays’ season opener.
Hopkins is 26-11 (.703) under head coach Janine Tucker in the month of February. Now in their 42nd 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.
Last Time Out
The last time we saw Johns Hopkins, the Blue Jays were taking on the top-ranked and host Maryland Terrapins in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Terps jumped out to an 8-3 halftime lead and went on to win 14-8. Emily Kenul scored a game-high four goals to pace the Blue Jays, while Dene’ DiMartino had a game-high five draws.
B1G Things Ahead
After two seasons as an independent, Johns Hopkins will once again have conference affiliation as the Blue Jays begin their first season in the Big Ten in 2017. The Blue Jays spent 13 years as a member of the American Lacrosse Conference before going independent in 2015.
Hopkins was picked to finish fourth in the preseason vote of the conference’s coaches. Defending champion Maryland was the unanimous pick to win the 2017 title. Penn State was picked to finish second, followed by Northwestern and Hopkins to round out the top four. The top four teams in the final regular season standings qualify for the Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, which will take place at Maryland on May 5-7.
Seniors Caroline Federico and Haley Schweizer and junior Emily Kenul have garnered preseaon honors. The trio was named to the Big Ten Players to Watch list while Schweizer and Kenul were also named preseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse.
Welcome to Homewood
Head coach Janine Tucker welcomes 10 freshmen to the Blue Jays this season. Joining Hopkins are Becca Boyle, Mackenzie Heldberg, Morgan Hendry, Caroline Hoeg, Eva Klaus, Robyn Lipschultz, Shannon Logan, Michelle Poirier, Maggie Schneidereith and Lexi Souder.
Entering the week, Johns Hopkins is ranked 20th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, 17th in the Cascade Media Poll and 13th in the Nike/Lax Magazine Poll. Six of the Blue Jays’ 2017 opponents are ranked in the top 20 of the IWLCA poll, including four (Maryland, Stony Brook, Penn State, Northwestern) in the top 10.
Against the Eagles
Johns Hopkins and American meet for the 13th time in a series that began in 1999. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series, 10-2, and have won three straight. The Eagles last win came on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. American upset Hopkins, 10-9, in overtime. The Blue Jays are 3-2 versus the Eagles in Washington, DC.
You Look Familiar
American is coached by Emma Wallace, who graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2007 after a four-year playing career under head coach Janine Tucker. Wednesday’s game will be the fifth meeting between the two.
Scouting the Eagles
Wednesday’s game marks American’s season opener as well. The Eagles lost only three of their regular starters from last season, including two of the team’s top scorers in Jessica Wojciechowski and Olivia Mangan. Wojciechowski led the 2016 squad with 50 points (36 goals, 14 assists), followed closely by Mangan with 48 points (24 goals, 24 assists). AU also graduated 2015 All-Patriot League Second Team member, Terese Buechli, who started 15 games during her senior campaign, contributing 16 points to the team’s tally with 10 goals and six assists.
Looking to step into the holes left by last year’s graduates is 2016 All-Patriot League Second Team honoree Madison Hoon and junior Jennifer DeSimone. Hoon led the squad with a school-record 64 draw controls last season, tied for the team lead in caused turnovers (16) and ranked second in ground balls (29). DeSimone tied with Mangan with 48 points off of a team-high 40 goals and eight assists last 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:
Caroline Federico (Sr. • GK):
• Needs 43 saves to rank 4th (has 250)
Emily Kenul (Jr. • A):
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 17th (has 12)
• Needs 4 assists to rank 15th (has 31)
• Needs 1 draw controls to rank 17th and 9 to rank 16th (has 59)
Haley Schweizer (Sr. • M):
• Needs 6 goals to rank 19th (has 67)
• Needs 3 draw controls to rank 17th and eight to rank 16th (has 60)
• Needs 1 caused turnover to rank 14th and 2 to rank 13th (has 48)
Senior Maddie Bodden led Hopkins with a career-best 27 caused turnovers last season, which ranked 55th in the nation and 13th in school Division I history. Senior Haley Schweizer is the Blue Jays’ active career leader with 48 caused turnovers, which is tied for 15th in school Division I history.
Three Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Wednesday’s season-opener at American. Here’s a look at those streaks:
Nicole DeMase (So. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 3 straight games
Shannon Fitzgerald (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 5 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 3 straight games
Emily Kenul (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 5 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 4 straight games
On the Tube
Hopkins has two games scheduled for national television this season. Hopkins’ games versus Georgetown (March 1) and Stony Brook (April 11) will be shown on ESPNU. Additional games may be added to the Big Ten Network.
For the Record
This marks the 42nd season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 410-258-4 (.613) and a 192-121 (.613) record as a Division I program. The Blue Jays have posted 31 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 114-54 (.678) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field and the Jays are 21-7 (.750) at home since the start of the 2014 season. Hopkins will play nine regular season home games this season, with the home opener set for February 25 against Penn.
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 three more are following in their sisters’ footsteps.
Junior Emily Verica is the daughter of Chris Verica ‘87, who played football for the Blue Jays while senior 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). One of Four
Unlike her teammates Holly and Shannon Logan, freshman attacker Maggie Schneidereith will not be playing along side her sister or sisters, for that matter, this season. Schneidereith, who hales 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.At the Helm
The winningest coach in program history, Janine Tucker is in her 24th season as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. She sports a record of 260-137 (.655), including a 192-121 (.613) 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 Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame, Tucker has led the Blue Jays to double-digit win totals in 19 of her 23 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 Division I history to reach 250 wins when JHU beat Marquette, 11-8, on February 12, 2016.
Hopkins travels to the “America’s Dairyland” on Saturday to take on Marquette. Opening draw at Valley Fields is slated for Noon CT.