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Freshman Shannon Fitzgerald scored her first career goal and finished with a hat trick versus GW.
 
 
Feb. 24, 2015

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The Last Meeting
Loyola Maryland5
Johns Hopkins6
February 26, 2014
Baltimore, MD

Opening Draw
Johns Hopkins returns to the field after an unexpected weekend off. Hopkins was scheduled to play at Bucknell on Saturday, but the game was postponed until April 11 due to the snowstorm that hit the area Saturday. The Blue Jays last played on Wednesday, a 16-3 win over the visiting Colonials of George Washington. Loyola opened its season on Saturday, and suffered a 10-8 loss at Princeton.

For the Record
2015 marks the 40th season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 387-247-4 (.609) and a 169-110 (.605) 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 got goals from 10 different players as the Blue Jays beat the visiting George Washington Colonials, 16-3, last Wednesday. Senior Jen Cook and freshman Shannon Fitzgerald each notched hat tricks in the win. Hopkins jumped on GW early, scoring a pair of goals just 66 seconds apart to take a 2-0 lead before the game was three minutes early. The Colonials cut the deficit in half at the 24:18-mark, but the Blue Jays answered with seven straight goals and 14 of the next 15 to put the game out of reach.

Freshman Hat Trick
Freshman Shannon Fitzgerald scored her first career goal with 24:06 to play in the first half against George Washington and she finished with the game with a hat trick. She is the first freshman to notch a hat trick in the same game that she scored her first career goal since Taylor D'Amore did so on February 19, 2011.

Road Warriors
Today's game marks the first of a (now) four-game road swing for the Blue Jays. Hopkins will be away from Homewood Field for more than a month as the Jays will next play at home on March 21. During that stretch, Hopkins will make treks as far north as Hempstead, NY (Hofstra) and as far south as Greenville, SC (Furman).

Against the Patriot League
Under head coach Janine Tucker, Johns Hopkins is 18-3 against current members of the Patrio League. From the Patriot League, Hopkins will face American, Bucknell and Loyola this season. JHU is 8-2 against American, 2-0 against Bucknell and 2-1 against Loyola under Tucker.

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 welcomed 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 teammates 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.

Poll Position - Part I
Johns Hopkins dropped one spot to 18th in this week's IWLCA Coaches and Inside Lacrosse Media Polls. The Blue Jays received 51 points in the coaches poll and 45 in the media poll.

Poll Position - Part II
Five of Johns Hopkins' 2015 opponents are ranked in this week's IWLCA Coaches' Poll, including three in the top 10 (Maryland, Duke, Boston College).

Against the Greyhounds
Johns Hopkins and Loyola meet for the 14th time in a series that first began in 1976. The teams met at least once a year between 1976 and 1982. The series then went dormant for 30 years and resumed in 2012. The Greyhounds lead the all-time series, 11-2. However, since the series resumed, the Blue Jays are 2-1 against their Charles Street neighbors.

Last season, Hopkins prevailed, 6-5, in a defensive battle at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays scored just one goal in the second half, as Jenna Reifler scored off her own rebound to put the Jays up 6-5 and end a scoreless drought that had stretched more than 33 mintues. Hopkins controlled the ensuing draw and ran off all but the final seconds. Taylor D'Amore led Hopkins with three goals and four points and Sammy Cermack notched her 100th career point. In the cage, KC Emerson made five saves in earning the win.

Scouting the Greyhounds
Loyola was picked as the preseason favorite after winning both the regular season and tournament titles last season. The Greyhounds opened their season with a 10-8 loss at 15th-ranked Princeton Tigers, in their first game at Princeton since 2009. Loyola returns 10 starters and more than 75 percent of its scoring, from last year's squad that finished with a 15-6 mark.

Senior Annie Thomas and junior Maddy Lesher were tabbed as the preseason Patriot League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. Thomas led the team with 79 points and 39 assists while also scoring 40 goals to earn PL Offensive Player of the Year and Third Team All-America honors. She needs just one assist to become the first player in Loyola history and the 50th in NCAA history to record 100 career goals and 100 career assists. She currently has 106 goals and 99 assists. Against the Tigers, Taryn VanThof led the Greyhounds with three goals while Thomas had two goals and two assists.

Lesher, the returning PL Defensive Player of the Year, caused 16 turnovers and picked up 25 ground balls a year ago. VanThof ranked second on the team with 29 caused turnovers while leading the team in ground balls (42) and draws (122). Also returning defensively is junior goalie Molly Wolf, who posted an 8.52 goals against average and a .469 save percentage in 2014.

Century Club
Junior Dene' DiMartino became the 17th player in school Division I history to reach 100 career points in last Wednesday's win over George Washington. She is also the 10th player to reach the milestone by her junior year. DiMartino enters Wednesday's game with 101 career points.

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)
• Needs 1 assist to rank 19th and 2 to rank 18th (has 20)

Dene' DiMartino (Jr. • M):
• Needs 6 points to rank 16th (has 101)
• Needs 3 goals to rank 13th (has 89)
• Needs 4 free position goals to rank 3rd (has 26)
• Needs 16 draw controls to rank 5th (has 112)

KC Emerson (Sr. • GK):
• Needs 3 saves to rank 6th and 54 to rank 5th (has 143)

Caroline Federico (So. • GK):
• Needs 36 saves to rank 8th (has 84)

Home Sweet Home(wood)
Under head coach Janine Tucker, the Blue Jays are 102-49 (.675) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field, after 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 games.

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 Wednesday's game. Here's a look at those streaks.

Dene' DiMartino (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 19 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 11 straight games

Kristen Cannon (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 3 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games

Emily Kenul (Fr. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 3 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 3 straight games

Alexis Maffucci (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 3 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 3 straight games

Haley Schweizer (So. • M):
• Has at least one point in 3 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 3 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 237-126 (.652), including a 169-110 (.605) 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 continues its road swing as the Blue Jays travel to our nation's capital to take on the American Eagles on Sunday, March 1. Opening draw at Jacobs Field is slated for 1:00 pm.

 

 

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