March 5, 2008
At a Glance: The #12 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays host the #9 Georgetown Hoyas this afternoon in the 12th meeting between the two schools. Today's game is the second of a five-game homestand for the Blue Jays, as they are coming off a 7-5 loss to the #7 Princeton Tigers. The Hoyas are undefeated on the season at 4-0.
Against the Hoyas: Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series with Georgetown, 6-5. Though the Hoyas have won the last two meetings and three of the last four. Today's game is the earliest ever in the series. The two teams had traditionally met in either April or May.
Last Time Out: The Blue Jays suffered a tough 7-5 loss at the hands of the Princeton Tigers in their home opener last Saturday. Princeton never trailed in a back-and-forth game, though the Tigers were never up by more than one goal until the last 5:25 of the game.
Five different players scored in the loss for Hopkins, with the Blue Jays midfield scoring four of the five goals. Freshman Brianna Cronin extended her goals scored streak to three consecutive games. Freshman Julianne Wisner got the start in goal and made three saves.
10th Anniversary: The 2008 season is the 10th anniversary of Johns Hopkins' move to the Division I level. The Blue Jays are 102-54 (.657) 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: Johns Hopkins is looking to rebound today after dropping a 7-5 decision to Princeton in its last outing. Since moving to the Division I level, the Blue Jays are 38-15 in games following a loss.
Marching On: The Blue Jays have had much success in the month of March, especially under head coach Janine Tucker. Hopkins is 99-35-1 (.737) all-time in games played in March. Under coach Tucker, the Blue Jays are 71-23 (.755) in games played in March.
Scouting the Hoyas: Georgetown enters today's game with an undefeated 4-0 record. The Hoyas have picked up wins against George Washington, Loyola, George Mason and Denver.
Leading the Hoyas so far this season are sophomores Ashley Kaestner and Molly Ford and freshman Jordy Kirr. Ford leads the team with a 21 points on 15 goals and six assists. Kaestner and Kirr have 19 points apiece. Kaester has scored a team-high 16 goals, while Kirr has tallied a team-high 14 assists.
Sophomore Caitlin Formby has started all four games in the cage and posts a 7.98 goals against average with a .464 save percentage.
Records Watch: Senior Kadie Stamper ranks second all-time in JHU history with 174 career draw controls, just 28 shy of tying the program's all-time record of 202 (Jamie Larrimore `02). Stamper is also tied for ninth in school Division I history with 75 goals, 10th in points (89) and eighth in caused turnovers (57).
Senior Lauren Schwarzmann ranks seventh in JHU DI history with 31 career assists. She is also 11th in career goals (59), tied for 10th in points (89) and eighth in draw controls (65).
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 is the second of five straight home games for Johns Hopkins. In fact, the Blue Jays will play six of their next seven games within the friendly confines of Homewood Field. Hopkins went 9-3 at home last season and is 61-25 (.709) 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 319-189-4 (.627). As a Division I program, Johns Hopkins boasts a 102-54 (.654) 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: Three Blue Jays have active scoring streaks entering today's game. Senior Lauren Schwarzmann leads the way with an 11-game scoring streak. Freshman Briana Cronin has scored in each of the last three games, while senior Kadie Stamper has a goal in each of the last two games.
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.