Johns Hopkins-Georgetown Women's Lacrosse Game Notes
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Opening Draw: Johns Hopkins is back on the road Wednesday afternoon to take on Georgetown in the nation’s capital. The Blue Jays are coming off their first loss of the season, a tough 12-11 setback at the 14th-ranked Penn Quakers on Saturday.
One Team For One Love: On Saturday, Penn and Hopkins played in support of the One Love Foundation and its efforts to end relationship violence by educating, empowering, and activating young people in a movement for change. Both teams pledged donations for each goal scored in the game and they combined to raise $1,755.
In February: Hopkins is 31-13 (.705) under head coach Janine Tucker in the month of February. Now in their 43rd 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.
Silver Tucker: The 2018 season is head coach Janine Tucker’s 25th with the Blue Jays. The winningest coach in program history, she sports a record of 274-145 (.654), including a 206-129 (.615) mark in Division I. 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 20 of her 24 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 on February 12, 2016 and she currently ranks eighth in NCAA Division I history in wins. She coached her 400th career game at Loyola on February 22, 2017.
Last Time Out: Host and 14th-ranked Penn scored a pair of goals in the final 2:19 to defeat Johns Hopkins, 12-11, Saturday afternoon at a rain-soaked Franklin Field.
The teams traded runs throughout the first half and Penn took a 7-5 lead into lockerroom. Hopkins tied the game by the 20:29-mark of the second however, the Quakers answered with a pair of goals in a 41-second span to go up 9-7. Sophomore Maggie Schneidereith scored on free position to spark a 4-1 Blue Jay run that staked the visitors to an 11-10 lead with jsut 4:05 to play. Penn would tie the game at 2:19 and then Zoe Belodeau’s goal with 52 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner.
Junior Nicole DeMase scored a game-high five goals to lead the Blue Jays while senior Emily Kenul tallied a hat trick. Freshman Shelby Harrison outdrew the entire Penn team, controlling a school-record 11 draws.
At the Draw: Freshman Shelby Harrison had a record-breaking week at the draw as she totaled 20 draws in just two games. Going up against one of the top draw specialists in the nation, she controlled a game-high nine versus Loyola. Her nine draws were the most by a freshman in a game in program history. Harrison followed that with an 11-draw performance at Penn, breaking the program’s single-game record of 10. Her 11 draws were three more than the Quakers had as a team.
Welcome Back Miranda: Just 10 months removed from tearing her ACL, junior Miranda Ibello was back in the starting lineup in the season-opener on February 9 and led the Blue Jays with four goals, two assists, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. She followed that with two goals, four assists and two caused turnovers in Hopkins’ win over Drexel. Ibello is the first player with back-to-back six-point games to open the season since Taylor D’Amore did so in 2014. She leads the team in assists (6), is tied for the team lead in points (15) and ranks third in goals (9).
B1G Lax: Johns Hopkins was picked to finish fourth in the 2018 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll of the league’s seven head coaches, it was announced January 29. Defending champion Maryland was the unanimous pick to win the title, followed by Penn State, Northwestern and Hopkins. Rutgers (fifth), Ohio State (T-6th) and Michigan (T-6th) round out the poll.
Poll Position: Hopkins moved up to spots to 20th in this week’s IWLCA Coaches poll with 125 points. The Blue Jays also jumped into the Nike/US Lacrosse (20th) and Inside Lacrosse/Cascade Media Polls (19th) this week. Seven of the Blue Jays’ 2018 opponents are ranked in the top 25 by the IWLCA, including four teams in the top 10 (Stony Brook, Maryland, Northwestern and Towson).
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:
Haley Crosson (Jr. • GK):
• Needs 86 saves to rank 9th (has 34)
Nicole DeMase (Jr. • M):
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 14th and 2 to rank 11th (has 16)
Shannon Fitzgerald (Sr. • A/M):
• Needs 5 points to rank 16th (has 113)
• Needs 1 goal to rank 15th, 3 to rank 13th and 5 to rank 12th (has 92)
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 10th and 3 to rank 9th (has 18)
Miranda Ibello (Jr. • A):
• Needs 1 assist to rank 16th, 2 to rank 15th, 3 to rank 14th and 4 to rank 13th (has 34)
Emily Kenul (Sr. • A):
• Needs 8 points to rank 10th (has 141)
• Needs 2 goals to rank 13th and 4 to rank 12th (has 93)
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 8th and 4 to rank 5th (has 21)
• Needs 1 assist to rank 8th and 3 to rank 7th (has 48)
• Needs 16 draw controls to rank 6th (has 112)
Against the Hoyas: Hopkins and Georgetown meet for the 23rd time in a series that began back in 1977. The series is even at 11 wins apiece, with the Blue Jays winning the last three meetings. Hopkins won last year’s meeting, 11-10, in overtime at Homewood Field.
Scouting the Hoyas: Wednesday’s game kicks off a six-game homestand for Georgetown, which is coming off a 16-8 win at Drexel on Saturday. Sophomore attacker Michaela Bruno led the way with six points (3g, 3a) while junior Morgan Ryan totaled four points (3g, 1a) and sophomore midfielder Natalia Lynch added three goals and a team-best six draws.
Bruno leads the Hoyas with 14 points and is tied for the team lead in goals (9). Sophomore Emily Ehle leads the squad in assists (9) and ranks second in points (13). Junior Taylor Gebhardt has also reached double figures in points (10) through three games with nine goals and one assist. Junior Francesca Whitehurt, who earned Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America honors, leads the Hoyas with 22 draws. She entered the season ranked 15th in program history with 92 career draws.
Century Mark: Seniors Emily Kenul and Shannon Fitzgerald are the Blue Jays’ active career points leader with 138 and 111, respectively. Fitzgerald joined the 100-point club on April 30, 2017 - the 21st player in program history to reach the mark. This is the 17th time in school history that two or more players have had 100 career points at the same time (see chart above). The pair are also closing in one hundred career goals as Kenul has 93 and Fitzgerald has 92 entering Wednesday’s game.
We’re Streaking!: Five Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Wednesday’s game at Georgetown. Here’s a look at those streaks:
Aurora Cordingley (Fr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 4 straight games
Nicole DeMase (Jr. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 4 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 4 straight games
Shannon Fitzgerald (Sr. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 7 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 7 straight games
Emily Kenul (Sr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 13 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 5 straight games
Maggie Schneidereith (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 5 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games
Welcome to Homewood: Head coach Janine Tucker welcomes eight freshmen to the Blue Jays this season. Joining Hopkins are Keegan Barger, Aurora Cordingley, Haley Reitz, Jeanne Kachris, Trinity McPherson, Shelby Harrison, Kathleen Garvey and Caitlin Ohnmacht.
Lending A Hand: Sophomore Maggie Schneidereith led the Blue Jays with 24 assists and ranked fifth in the Big Ten in assists per game (1.33) as a rookie. She also led all freshmen in the league in assists and ranked second among freshmen in points. Her 24 assists are the most by a freshman in Johns Hopkins history, a mark she set at top-ranked Maryland in the Big Ten semifinals. Senior Emily Kenul is the program’s active career assist leader with 48 helpers, which ranks ninth in school history. Junior Miranda Ibello also ranks in the top 20 in school history with 34 career hepers and she is tied for first in the Big Ten with six assists.
On the Tube: Hopkins has three games scheduled for national television this season. Hopkins’ games at Penn State (March 22) will be shown on the Big Ten Network. In addition, Hopkins’ games versus Ohio State (April 20) and Towson (April 25) will be televised on ESPNU. In addition, Hopkins game at Penn was shown on ESPN3.
For the Record: This marks the 43rd season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 424-266-4 (.614) and a 206-129 (.615) record as a Division I program. The Blue Jays have posted 32 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 123-57 (.683) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field and the Jays are 30-10 (.750) at home since the start of the 2014 season. Hopkins will play 10 regular season games at home this season, including the first three games of the season.
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 two more are following in their sisters’ footsteps.
Senior Emily Verica is the daughter of Chris Verica ‘87, who played football for the Blue Jays. Junior 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. Sophomore Shannon Logan joined the Blue Jays and her older sister, Shannon, last season. 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 Sam and Megan Schrum played together in 2009.
One of Four: Unlike her teammates Holly and Shannon Logan, sophomore attacker Maggie Schneidereith will not be playing along side her sister or sisters, for that matter. Schneidereith, who hails 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.
On Tap: Hopkins returns to Homewood Field on Saturday, March 3 to take on Furman. Opening draw for the non-conference contest is slated for 1:00 pm.