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Johns Hopkins-Marquette Women's Lacrosse Game Notes

Feb. 17, 2017

Johns Hopkins-Marquette Game Information
Game Date/Time February 18, 2017 / Noon CT
Location Milwaukee, WI • Valley Fields
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Opening Draw
Johns Hopkins hits the road for the second of three straight road games to open the season as the Blue Jays travel to the “Dairy State” to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles. The Blue Jays are coming off an 18-6 win over the American Eagles on Wednesday in their season opener.

Season Openers
Hopkins is now 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.

In February
Hopkins is 27-11 (.710) 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
Hopkins got goals from nine different scorers, including a career-best five from junior Emily Kenul, in the Blue Jays’ season-opening 18-6 win at American on Wednesday. Hopkins scored the game’s first six goals while holding host American scoreless for more than 22 minutes.

Sophomore Holly Logan and freshmen Maggie Schneidereith and Lexi Souder each scored their first career goals while freshman Eva Klaus notched her first assist. Senior Caroline Federico finished with eight saves while allowing just the six goals. Hopkins caused 13 turnovers and forced American into just 11-of-22 on the clear.

Lax Across the USA
This is the Blue Jays’ first trip to the state of Wisconsin and is the 21st different state that the Blue Jays will play a game in. Outside of the traditional East Coast lacrosse areas, Hopkins has played games in Oregon, California, Hawaii and Texas, among others.

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.

Poll Position
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 Golden Eagles
Johns Hopkins and Marquette meet for the fourth time in a series that began in 2014 with the Blue Jays having won the three previous meetings. Last season, Hopkins beat Marquette, 11-8, in Baltimore for head coach Janine Tucker’s 250th career win and the 400th win in program history.

Scouting the Golden Eagles
Four days after a tough one-goal loss to then 18th-ranked Louisville, Marquette traveled to 10th-ranked Notre Dame. The Golden Eagles held a 2-1 lead early, but a 10-2 Fighting Irish run turned the game around in favor of the home team, which went on to win 21-9. Julianna Shearer led Marquette with four goals while also controlling five draws. Grace Gabriel was dominant in the center circle as she tied the program record with eight draw controls. Freshman goalie Jules Horning made her debut early in the first half and made 13 saves, one shy of the school record.

Shearer and Gabriel lead the Golden Eagles with five goals each and Gabriel has a team-best six points and 10 draws. Meanwhile, Claire Costanza has a team-high four helpers through two games. Allison Lane and Fran Meyer are tied for the team-lead with four caused turnovers each as Marquette has caused 20 turnovers in its first two games.

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 35 saves to rank 4th (has 258)

Emily Kenul (Jr. • A):
• Needs 7 points for 100 career points (has 93)
• Needs 2 free position goals to rank 12th (has 15)
• Needs 3 assists to rank 15th (has 32)
• Needs 1 draw control to rank 16th, 2 to rank 15th and 5 to rank 14th (has 67)

Haley Schweizer (Sr. • M):
• Needs 5 goals to rank 19th (has 68)
• Needs 6 draw controls to rank 17th (has 61)
• Needs 1 caused turnover to rank 11th and 11 to rank 10th (has 51)

Oh Captain, My Captain
Senior middie Haley Schweizer and senior defender Maddie Bodden have been selected in a vote of their teammates as captains for the 2017 season.

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.

Century Mark
Junior Emily Kenul is closing in on the century mark as she enters Saturday’s game with 93 career points. She would be the 19th player in school Division I history to reach the mark.

Stick Check
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 51 caused turnovers, which ranks 13th in school Division I history. She had three caused turnovers in the Blue Jays’ opener on Wednesday and as a team, Hopkins had 13 caused turnovers.

Preseason Honors
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.

We’re Streaking!
Three Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Saturday’s game at Marquette. Here’s a look at those streaks:

Nicole DeMase (So. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 4 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

Shannon Fitzgerald (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 6 straight games

Emily Kenul (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 6 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 5 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 411-258-4 (.613) and a 193-121 (.614) 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.

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 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).

Senior midfielder Haley Schweizer is following in the footsteps of her sister Courtney ‘13, who played four years for the Blue Jays. Sophomore 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. Joining the Blue Jays and her sister, Holly, this season is freshman Shannon Logan. 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 2009 that Hopkins. The last pair of sisters to play on the same team were Sam and Megan Schrum.

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 261-137 (.656), including a 193-121 (.614) 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 history to reach 250 wins when JHU beat Marquette, 11-8, on February 12, 2016. She currently ranks eighth in NCAA Division I history for coaching wins.

On Tap
Hopkins returns to the “Old Line State” to wrap up its three-game road swing on Wednesday, February 22 at Loyola. Opening draw at Ridley Athletic Complex is set for 4:00 pm.