Johns Hopkins-Furman Women's Lacrosse Game Notes
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Johns Hopkins returns to Homewood Field and kicks off a three-game homestand against Furman on Saturday, March 3. The Blue Jays are looking to get back in the win column after suffering back-to-back one-goal losses on the road.
Tewaaraton Watch List
Senior Emily Kenul is one of 50 women’s players to be named to the 2018 Tewaaraton Watch List it was announced Thursday. She ranks second on the team in goals (13) and draws (14), and is third in points (15), ground balls (8) and caused turnovers (4).
Hopkins is 98-40 (.710) under head coach Janine Tucker in the month of March. Last season, the Blue Jays were 5-3 in the third month of the year.
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 274-146 (.652), including a 206-130 (.613) 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
Johns Hopkins scored three goals in less than three minutes to pull within one of host Georgetown with 2:04 to play, but could not get the equalizer in a tough 15-14 loss Wednesday afternoon.
The teams traded runs throughout the game, but a 6-2 Hoyas’ spurt, that spanned more than 18 minutes, turned a tie game into a four-goal lead by the 7:15-mark. That set the stage for the exciting finish.
Junior Miranda Ibello tallied a game-high seven points and five assists while freshman Shelby Harrison controlled a game-high eight draws. Sophomore Mackenzie Heldberg scored not only her first career goal but finished with a game-high four goals. Freshman Trinity McPherson led the Hopkins’ defense with three caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls.
At the Draw
Freshman Shelby Harrison had a record-breaking week at the draw last week 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. Harrison controlled a game-high eight draws at Georgetown on Wednesday and she leads the Big Ten in total draws (31) and draws per game (6.2).
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 (11) and points (22) and is third in goals (11). Ibello has had three games this season of six or more points.
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.
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 77 saves to rank 9th (has 43)
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 2 points to rank 16th and 6 to rank 16th (has 116)
• Needs 1 goal to rank 15th, 3 to rank 12th and 4 to rank 11th (has 94)
• Needs 6 goals to get to 100 for her career (has 94)
• Needs 3 free position goals to rank 8th (has 19)
Miranda Ibello (Jr. • A):
• Needs 7 assists to rank 10th (has 39)
Emily Kenul (Sr. • A):
• Needs 5 points to rank 10th (has 144)
• Needs 2 goals to rank 12th, 3 to rank 11th and 8 to rank 10th (has 95)
• Needs 5 goals to get to 100 for her career (has 95)
• Needs 3 free position goals to rank 5th (has 22)
• Needs 2 assists to rank 7th and 6 to rank 6th (has 49)
• Needs 12 draw controls to rank 6th (has 116)
You Look Familiar!
Furman head coach Rachel Whitten is no stranger to Johns Hopkins associate head coach Tara Singleton. The two played together at Loyola and later coached together at Denver for three seasons.
Against the Paladins
Hopkins and Furman meet for the fourth time in a series that began in 2015 - the Paladins’ inaugural season. The Blue Jays have won all three previous meetings, including a 15-5 win on March 5, 2017 at Homewood Field.
Scouting the Paladins
In the inaugural season of the Southern Conference, Furman was picked as the preseason favorite in a poll conducted by the league’s head coaches. In addition, junior attacker Abby Shields was named preseason All-SoCon after a sophomore campaign that included 38 goals and 31 assists. Junior Sophie Brennan also made the preseason squad at midfield, scoring seven goals and dishing out seven assists in 19 games last season.
Shields leads the Paladins with 11 points and eight assists through four games. Brennan is tied with senior Meg Lingo and senior Britt Douglass for the team lead in goals (6). Brennan also leads the team in draw controls with 20 and is tied for the team lead in caused turnovers (4). Senior Maggie Friel and junior Courtney Baker have shared time in the cage, with Friel starting all four games and posting a 15.68 goals against average with a .419 save percentage.
Furman comes to Baltimore having suffered back-to-back losses to Davidson and Vanderbilt. Lingo led the Paladins with a pair of goals while Brennan had two points (1g, 1a) as well as a game-high five draws in the loss to the Commodores last Saturday in Nashville.
Seniors Emily Kenul and Shannon Fitzgerald are the Blue Jays’ active career points leader with 144 and 116, 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 on one hundred career goals as Kenul has 95 and Fitzgerald has 94 entering Saturday’s game.
Five Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Saturday’s game versus Furman. Here’s a look at those streaks:
Aurora Cordingley (Fr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 5 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games
Nicole DeMase (Jr. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 5 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 5 straight games
Shannon Fitzgerald (Sr. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 8 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 8 straight games
Emily Kenul (Sr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 14 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 6 straight games
Maggie Schneidereith (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 6 straight games
• Has at least one goal 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 49 helpers, which ranks ninth in school history. Junior Miranda Ibello also ranks 11th in school history with 39 career hepers and she leads the Big Ten with 11 assists this season.
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 424-267-4 (.613) and a 206-130 (.613) 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 and kicks off a three-game homestand on Saturday.
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.
Hopkins returns to Homewood Field on Wednesday, March 7 against Boston University. Opening draw for the non-conference contest is slated for 4:00 pm.