Feb. 28, 2008
At a Glance: The #14 Johns Hopkins opens its home slate with the #7 Princeton Tigers Saturday afternoon. JHU is coming off a 12-2 win at George Washington on Tuesday. For the Tigers, today's game marks their season opener.
Against the Tigers: The series between Johns Hopkins and Princeton has been all about home field advantage. The Tigers lead the series, 2-1 with both their wins coming at Class of `52 Stadium. The Blue Jays win came at Homewood Field. Each of the last two meetings have been decided by a single goal, with last year's going to double overtime.
Last Time Out: After suffering a season-opening loss, Johns Hopkins rebounded nicely on Tuesday with a solid 12-2 win at George Washington. Seven different Blue Jays scored in the win, led by senior Kadie Stamper's three goals. Sophomores Paige Ibello and Angela Hughes and freshman Ashley White all scored their first career goal in the win. Freshman Julianne Wisner, making her collegiate debut, posted eight saves in the cage, including a fast-break two-on-one late in the second half.
Leading 2-1 just 8:30 into the game, Hopkins rattled off nine unanswered goals in a scoring run that stretched deep into the second half. The Blue Jays defense meanwhile held the Colonials scoreless for 48:26.
10th Anniversary: The 2008 season is the 10th anniversary of Johns Hopkins' move to the Division I level. The Blue Jays are 102-53 (.658) in 10 DI seasons. Hopkins was a Division III team from 1976 to 1998 and posted a 217-135 (.616) record. The Blue Jays made nine trips to the NCAA DIII tournament and won two MAC and four Centennial Conference titles.
Rebounding: JHU dropped its season opener last Saturday, 11-10 at George Mason but rebounded with a 12-2 win at George Washington three days later. Since moving to the Division I level, the Blue Jays are 38-15 in games following a loss.
Scouting the Tigers: Today's game is the season opener for the #7 Princeton Tigers. Princeton went 10-7 last season, with a 5-2 mark in the Ivy League. The Tigers lost 19-10 to the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Princeton has one of the most prolific scorers in the nation in senior Katie Lewis-Lamonica, a U.S. Developmental Team member who could finish in the top five on Princeton's all-time goal scoring list by season's end. Her team-high 51 goals in 2007 ranked among the top goal-scoring seasons in team history.
Senior Norris Novak, on defense, is one of Princeton's two returning All-America picks. A third-team All-America and first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, she had 27 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers in 2007.
Records Watch: Senior Kadie Stamper ranks second all-time in JHU history with 173 career draw controls, just 29 shy of tying the program's all-time record of 202 (Jamie Larrimore `02). Stamper also ranks 10th in school Division I history with 74 career goals and 11th with 89 career points.
Senior Lauren Schwarzmann ranks seventh in JHU DI history with 31 career assists. She is also 11th in career goals (59) and points (88).
Tewaaraton Watch List: Senior middie Lauren Schwarzmann has been named to the 2008 Warrior Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List. She is one of 44 players named to the list. The Tewaaraton Trophy is presented annually to the top male and female lacrosse players in the nation.
The 2007 season was the finest of Schwarzmann's career, after she set career highs in goals (30), points (40) and draws (36). She earned First Team All-American Lacrosse Conference and Second Team All-Mid Atlantic Region honors. Schwarzmann, a member of the U.S. Developmental Team, enters the 2008 season ranked 11th in JHU Division I history in career goals (57) and 10th in career points (88).
Home Sweet Home: Today's game marks the first of five straight home games for Johns Hopkins. In fact, the Blue Jays will play seven of their next eight games within the friendly confines of Homewood Field. Hopkins went 9-3 at home last season and is 61-24 at home under head coach Janine Tucker since 1999.
All-Time Record: The Blue Jays are in their 33rd season of lacrosse with an all-time record of 319-188-4 (.628). As a Division I program, Johns Hopkins boasts a 102-53 (.658) record in 10 seasons.
21 In a Row: Johns Hopkins has posted 21 consecutive winning seasons overall, including nine as a Division I program. Among DI schools, the Blue Jays streak of nine consecutive winning seasons is tied for eighth all-time.
Among all divisions, Hopkins' streak of 21 consecutive seasons with a winning record ranks fourth all-time.
We're Going Streaking: Four Blue Jays have active scoring streaks entering today's game. Senior Lauren Schwarzmann leads the way with an 11-game scoring streak. Junior Gina Maranto, sophomore Paige Ibello and freshman Briana Cronin all have a two-game scoring streak.
Preseason Honors: Seniors Lauren Schwarzmann and Kadie Stamper, along with sophomore Sam Schrum have been named to the American Lacrosse Conference Preseason All-Conference Team. Schwarzmann is a three-time All-ALC selection who was tied for second on the team in 2007 with 30 goals. Stamper, who is coming off a fall injury, has earned All-ALC honors twice. Schrum, the 2007 ALC Rookie of the Year, was tied with Schwarzmann with 30 goals last season.
In addition, Stamper was named a preseason Third Team All-American by Inside Lacrosse. She earned All-America honors from Inside Lacrosse in 2005 and 2006.
Red, White and Blue: Senior Lauren Schwarzmann was named to the U.S. Developmental Team last August. She is the second player under head coach Janine Tucker in the last two years to represent the United States. Mary Key `07 was named to the Developmental Team in 2005 and 2006. Last fall, Key was named to the U.S. Elite Team.
Gallion is the Blue Jays leader on defense. A four-year starter, she ranked second on the team last season with 42 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. Houck scored a career-high 22 goals last season and is one of Hopkins' center draw specialists. Schwarzmann is coming off a 40-point season (30g, 10a) that saw her earn second team all-region honors.
Preseason Pickings: Johns Hopkins has been picked to finish second in the ALC behind three-time NCAA Champion Northwestern. The Blue Jays, who were the runners-up at the inaugural ALC Tournament last May, just edged out the Vanderbilt Commodores for the number two slot. Penn State is picked to finish in fourth, followed by Ohio State in fifth.