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Sophomore Haley Schweizer ranks second on the team in draws and third in goals.
 
 
Feb. 17, 2015

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The Last Meeting
Johns Hopkins17
George Washington3
March 8, 2014
Washington, DC
Johns Hopkins Cruises Past George Washington, 17-3
Three players tallied hat tricks, six players had multi-point games and junior KC Emerson made 16 saves as 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins defeated host George Washington, 17-3, on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action. The Blue Jays improve to 7-0 on the season while the Colonials fall to 3-3. Senior Sarah Taylor and junior Jen Cook led the Blue Jays with four goals each, while senior Sammy Cermack had one goal and four assists.

Opening Draw
Johns Hopkins plays its second straight home as the George Washington Colonials visit Homewood Field for their season opener. The Blue Jays are coming off a tough 9-5 loss to the sixth-ranked Eagles of Boston College. In addition, Hopkins is facing its third straight opponent playing its season opener.

For the Record
2015 marks the 40th season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 386-247-4 (.609) and a 168-110 (.604) 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).

Last Time Out
Johns Hopkins used a four-goal run in the final 16 minutes of the first half to take a 5-4 lead over sixth-ranked Boston College at the break. It was all BC in the second half however as the Eagles outscored the host Blue Jays, 5-0, in the stanza to win 9-5. Junior Dene' DiMartino (2g) and freshman Emily Kenul (1g, 1a) led Hopkins with two points each. Junior Kirsti Paavola had a game-high three draw controls and classmate Josie George had four ground balls and a pair of 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. It is the Blue Jays' largest freshmen class since the program elevated to Division I in 1999. 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 Colonials
Johns Hopkins and Goerge Washington meet for the 12th time in a series that began in 2003. The Blue Jays have won every meeting and last season, beat the Colonials by a 17-3 score.

Sammy Cermack `14 (1g, 4a) and junior Jen Cook (4g, 1a) each had five points while Sarah Taylor `14 scored four goals to lead Hopkins in last year's meeting with George Washington. KC Emerson was outstanding in the cage with a career high 16 saves in the win.

Scouting the Colonials
George Washington enters a new era in 2015 as Tracy Coyne takes over as the Colonials' fourth head coach. Coyne was the head coach at Notre Dame for 15 seasons and was named the 2006 National Coach of the Year. She returns a pair of All-Atlantic 10 selections to this year's squad.

Senior attacker Jamie Bumgardner is a two-time All-A10 selection and led the Colonials in assists (38) and points (65) a year ago. She also ranked second in goals (27). Sophomore middie Michaela Lynch was named to the A10 All-Rookie squad after ranking second on the team in assists (7) and third in points (25) and goals (18). She also led the team in draws (39).

Coyne also returns both goalies from a year ago in senior Mackenzie Lynch and sophomore Erin Long. Lynch started 14 games and posted a 11.63 goals against average with a .389 save percentage. Long played in seven games and started two with a 9.94 goals against avearge and a .426 save percentage.

Poll Position - Part I
Johns Hopkins moved up one spot in this week's IWLCA Coaches Poll and is now ranked 17th with 61 points. Meanwhile, in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, Hopkins remained in 17th with 38 points.

Poll Position - Part II
Five of Johns Hopkins' 2015 opponents are ranked in this week's IWLCA Coches' Poll, including four in the top 10. In addition, two of the Blue Jays' opponents are receiving votes in this week's poll.

Century Club
Junior Dene' DiMartino needs just two 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.

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 9 points to rank 16th (has 98)
• Needs 2 points to reach 100 (has 98)
• Needs 2 goals to rank 14th and 5 to rank 13th (has 87)
• Needs 5 free position goals to rank 3rd (has 25)
• Needs 16 draw controls to rank 5th (has 112)

KC Emerson (Sr. • GK):
• Needs 5 saves to rank 6th and 56 to rank 5th (has 141)

Caroline Federico (So. • GK):
• Needs 42 saves to rank 8th (has 78)

Home Sweet Home(wood)
Under head coach Janine Tucker, the Blue Jays are 101-49 (.673) 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.

Family Affair
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.

Going Independent
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.

We're Streaking!
Five Blue Jays carry active goal and/or point streaks into Saturday's game. Here's a look at those streaks.

Dene' DiMartino (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 18 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 10 straight games

Kristen Cannon (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games

Emily Kenul (Fr. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

Alexis Maffucci (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

Haley Schweizer (So. • M):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight 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.

I'm Honored
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 236-126 (.651), including a 168-110 (.604) 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.

On Tap
Johns Hopkins kicks off a five-game road swing, including three straight Patriot League opponents, on Saturday as the Blue Jays travel to Lewisburg, PA to take on the Bucknell Bison. Opening draw at Graham Field is slated for 1:00 pm.

 

 

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