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Johns Hopkins-Loyola Women's Lacrosse Game Notes

Feb. 21, 2017

Johns Hopkins-Loyola Game Information
Game Date/Time February 22, 2017 / 4:00 pm
Location Baltimore, MD • Ridley Athletic Complex
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The Last Meeting
Loyola Maryland8  
Johns Hopkins7(2OT)
February 24, 2016
Baltimore, MD
Loyola Tops Johns Hopkins, 8-7, in Double Overtime
Sabrina Tabasso scored the game-winning goal with 56.6 seconds remaining in the second overtime to lead visiting Loyola to an 8-7 win over the 16th-ranked Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team Wednesday night.

Opening Draw
Johns Hopkins wraps up its three-game season-opening road swing at Loyola on Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Jays are coming off back-to-back wins while the Greyhounds have yet to play. Wednesday's game also marks the 400th game of head coach Janine Tucker's career.

In February
Hopkins is 28-11 (.718) under head coach Janine Tucker in the month of February. Now in their 42nd season, the Blue Jays did not play a game in 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
Johns Hopkins got hat tricks from senior Haley Schweizer and junior Shannon Fitzgerald to hold off upset-minded Marquette, 12-10, on Saturday. The Blue Jays never trailed versus the Golden Eagles, but they also never led by more than three goals - and that came with 2:28 to play.

Lax Across the USA
Saturday's game at Marquette was the Blue Jays' first trip to the state of Wisconsin and the 21st different state that the Blue Jays have played a game in. Outside of the traditional East Coast lacrosse areas, Hopkins has played games in Oregon, California, Hawaii and Texas, to name a few.

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 members 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 18th 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, Penn) in the top 10.

Against the Greyhounds
Johns Hopkins and Loyola meet for the 16th time in a series that first began in 1976. The two met at least once a year between 1976 and 1982. Then, despite being separated by just a mile, the teams did not meet again until 2012. Loyola is 13-2 all-time in the series, including 3-2 since the series resumed in 2012.

Scouting the Greyhounds
Wednesday's game marks the season-opener for Loyola, which is once again the preseason favorite to win the Patriot League. The Greyhounds have won the PL regular season and tournament titles in each of their first three seasons in the league.

Senior defender Bailey Mathis was named the PL's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. This is the fourth straight time the `Hounds have had the preseason defensive player of the year as 2016 graduate Maddy Lesher earned the honor in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Loyola will not only have to replace Lesher, but also Molly Wolf, who started in goal for every game of her four-year career. She finished her career ranked fourth in program history in saves (612) and seventh in goals against average (8.72).

Sophomore Sabrina Tabasso returns after leading the team with 60 draw controls in 2016. She ranked fourth on the team in goals (23) and points (42), and third in ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (15) as a rookie. Sophomore Hannah Powers was the top-ranked rookie in the Patriot League in goals, assists and points in the 2016 season. She finished second on the team in goals (33), assists (23) and points (56), and was tied for third in assists among all freshmen in the NCAA.

You Look Familiar
Head coach Janine Tucker, associate head coach Tara Singleton and Manager of Lacrosse Operations Jeff Chase will also be facing their alma mater on Wednesday when the Blue Jays take on the Greyhounds. Tucker is a 1989 graduate of Loyola and a member of the University's Athletic Hall of Fame. Singleton graduated from Loyola in 2004 after an All-American playing career for the Greyhounds. Chase is a 2016 graduate of Loyola and won a national championship with the Greyhounds in 2012.

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 30 saves to rank 4th (has 263)

Emily Kenul (Jr. • A):
• Needs 4 points for 100 career points (has 96)
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 12th and 2 to rank 10th (has 16)
• Needs 1 assist to rank 15th and 2 to rank 14th (has 34)
• Needs 3 draw controls to rank 14th and 7 to rank 13th (has 69)

Haley Schweizer (Sr. • M):
• Needs 2 goals to rank 19th (has 71)
• Needs 4 draw controls to rank 17th (has 64)
• 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, 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 Wednesday's game with 96 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. Junior Emily Kenul had a career-best four caused turnovers and senior Claudia Flister had three in the win at Marquette on Saturday. As a team, Hopkins had 14 caused turnovers versus Marquette and has 27 total through two games.

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!
Six Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Wednesday's game at Loyola. Here's a look at those streaks:

CeCe Finney (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

Shannon Fitzgerald (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 7 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

Emily Kenul (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 7 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 6 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games

Maggie Schneidereith (Fr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games

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

Lexi Souder (Fr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 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 412-258-4 (.614) and a 194-121 (.615) 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 262-137 (.656), including a 194-121 (.615) 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 will finally play at Homewood Field on Saturday, February 25 as the Blue Jays host the 10th-ranked Penn Quakers. Opening draw is slated for 1:00 pm.