March 6, 2012
Johns Hopkins wraps up its four-game home stand on Wednesday afternoon as the 19th-ranked Towson Tigers visit Homewood Field for a nationally televised game on ESPNU. The Blue Jays are looking to snap a two-game losing skid and improve to 4-2 on the young season. The Tigers are coming off an upset at then 12th-ranked Loyola on Saturday.
For the Record
Hopkins’ all-time record stands at 354-227-4 (.608) in 37 seasons. Since moving to Division I, JHU is 136-90 (.601) in 14 seasons.
Johns Hopkins is 69-29 (.704) all-time in the month of March.
Senior Rachel Ballatori spearheaded the Blue Jays’ “Stick it to Sarcoma” initiative this past fall in honor of her father, Ned, who was battling angiosarcoma. Hopkins raised more than $14,000 at its annual play day on October 22 with all proceeds given to the Hopkins Sarcoma Program. Unfortunately, Ned Ballatori lost his battle with angiosarcoma and passed away on December 25. This season, Rachel and many of her teammates are sporting headbands with Ned’s initials and Rachel’s number (25) in memory of Ned and to raise awareness about angiosarcoma.
Last Time Out
Claire Petersen scored a free position goal with just nine seconds to play in a tie game to lift undefeated Stony Brook to a 15-14 win over host Johns Hopkins on Saturday at Homewood Field. The goal capped a back-and-forth affair that saw nine ties and six lead changes and a combined 18 goals in the game’s opening 23 minutes. Hopkins led 10-7 with 8:41 to play but a four-goal spurt by Stony Brook, that bridged halftime, saw the Seawolves take an 11-10 lead with 21 minutes still to play. The teams went back-and-forth from there but the visitors would score the final two goals of the game to complete the comeback.
Senior Candace Rossi and junior Courtney Schweizer had hat tricks for the Blue Jays. Rossi totaled a season-high seven points as she handed out a career-high-tying four assists to go with her three goals. Sophomore Taylor D’Amore doled out a career-high four assists to go along with a pair of goals for a six-point outing. She also controlled six draws as Hopkins edged Stony Brook, 18-13, in draws. Freshman KC Emerson had a career-best nine saves in just over 45 minutes of action in the cage off the bench.
Home Sweet Home(wood)
The Blue Jays are 83-40 (.675) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field under head coach Janine Tucker. Hopkins will play a total of 10 games at home this season, including a four-game home stand from February 24 to March 7.
On the Road Again
Hopkins opened the season with two straight road games - at George Mason (February 18) and at Mount St. Mary’s (February 22). The Blue Jays will play just one more set of back-to-back road games this year with games at Northwestern (April 15) and Penn State (April 21).
Scouting the Tigers
Senior Mary Teeters led the Tigers to wins over UMBC and 12th-ranked Loyola with a 4.50 goals against average and 20 saves in 120 minutes last week. She made nine saves, including seven in the second half, to help the Tigers secure an 11-3 victory over the Retrievers on Wednesday. She then stopped 11 shots, including two saves in the final five minutes, to preserve the one-goal lead of the 7-6 win over the Greyhounds. Teeters is now 3-0 this season with a 4.71 goals against average and a .682 save percentage. Junior Alexa Demski has been the Tigers’ defensive leader with five caused turnovers in the first three games and now ranks fourth on the Tigers’ career list with 62.
The Tigers have taken advantage of their free position shots in their first three games, going 10-for-14 (.714) on the eight-meter. In the opener against Oregon, Towson was 5-for-6 on free position attempts and then went 1-of-2 against UMBC. In the upset of Loyola on Saturday, Towson was 4-for-6 on free position. Six different Tigers have scored a free position goal so far this season. Ten different players have scored for Towson in its three games so far this season, led by Andi Raymond and Ashleigh Rohrback with five goals apiece. Sarah Appelt paces the Tigers with three assists and is tied for the team lead with seven points.
Against the Tigers
Hopkins is 10-8 all-time against Towson in a series that began in 1976. The two teams, separated by just five miles, met just five times between 1976 and 1984. The two renewed their series in 1999 and have played every year since then. The Blue Jays won last year’s meeting by a 10-1 score thanks to a hat trick from Colleen McCaffrey and an eight-save performance from Cosette Larash. The Tigers had won two straight in the series prior to the Jays’ win at Johnny Unitas Stadium last March.
Hopkins dropped out of both the IWLCA and the deBeer Media Polls this week. Nine of the Blue Jays’ 17 opponents this season are currently ranked in the coaches’ poll.
Battle of Baltimore
For the first time since 1982, Hopkins will play all three Baltimore-area schools. Hopkins dropped an 11-7 decision to Loyola on February 29 and will face Towson on March 7 and UMBC on April 25. The Blue Jays are a combined 19-33-2 (.370) against the three schools.
Watch List - Part I
The Blue Jays placed three players on the American Lacrosse Conference Player to Watch List. Seniors Colleen McCaffrey and Candace Rossi and sophomore Taylor D’Amore were among the 16 players selected by the league’s head coaches.
Watch List - Part II
The 2012 Tewaaraton Watch Lists have been announced, highlighting the early pool of players who will be under consideration for college lacrosse’s highest individual honor. The list spans all three divisions. Among those selected are Johns Hopkins’ sophomore midfielder Taylor D’Amore and senior defender Alyssa Kildare.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Hopkins will play a pair of games on national television this year. Hopkins will face Towson (March 7) and Virginia (April 11) on ESPNU.
At the Helm
Head coach Janine Tucker is in her 19th season at the helm of the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse program. She is the longest-tenured and winningest coach in program history. Her record at Homewood stands at 204-106 (.658) as she has 92 more wins than the next coach on the all-time coaching list at JHU. On April 13, 2011, Tucker became the 14th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the 200-win plateau with a 12-7 win at UMBC.
Century Club - Part I
Senior Candace Rossi entered the season just five goals shy of the century mark and it didn’t take her long to reach the milestone. She scored five goals, the last coming with 12:47 to play in the second half, in Hopkins season-opening win at George Mason on Saturday. She is the seventh player in school Division I history and 20th all-time reach the milestone. Rossi now has 111 career goals and joins classmate Colleen McCaffrey, who has 112 goals for her career.
Century Club - Part II
Senior Colleen McCaffrey is in some exclusive company. She has 112 goals and 124 draw controls in her career entering Wednesday’s game. She is one of just four players all-time in Johns Hopkins history to score 100 goals and control 100 draws. McCaffrey joins Jamie Larrimore ‘02 (198 goals, 202 draws), Sonia Dickson ‘95 (103 goals, 129 draws) and Mary Key ‘07 (234 goals, 128 draws). Senior Candace Rossi could join this exclusive club this season as she has 111 goals and 77 career draws.
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:
Rachel Ballatori (Sr./A):
• Needs 2 points to rank 19th and 5 to rank 17th (has 66)
• Needs 3 goals to rank 17th (has 44)
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 19th and 2 to rank 18th (has 5)
• Needs 1 assist to rank 15th and 3 to rank 14th (has 22)
Taylor D’Amore (So./M):
• Needs 1 point to rank 17th and 3 to rank 16th (has 71)
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 18th and 2 to rank 17th (has 6)
• Needs 7 assists to rank 10th (has 30)
• Needs 4 draws to rank 13th, 7 to rank 12th and 8 to rank 11th (has 61)
Alyssa Kildare (Sr./D):
• Needs 3 ground balls to rank 14th and 5 to rank 13th (has 112)
• Needs 4 draws to rank 12th (has 64)
• Needs 21 caused turnovers to rank 5th (has 69)
Cosette Larash (Jr./GK):
• Needs 47 saves to rank 3rd (has 246)
Colleen McCaffrey (Sr./A):
• Needs 12 points to rank 6th (has 142)
• Needs 14 goals to rank 4th (has 112)
• Needs 6 free position goals to rank 2nd (has 26)
• Needs 7 assists to rank 10th (has 30)
• Needs 4 draws to rank 3rd and 78 to rank 2nd (has 124)
Candace Rossi (Sr./A):
• Needs 5 points to rank 5th (has 154)
• Needs 1 goal to rank 5th and 15 to rank 4th (has 111)
• Needs 2 free position goals to rank 8th (has 15)
• Needs 3 assists to rank 6th and 6 to rank 5th (has 43)
• Needs 14 draw to rank 7th (has 77)
• Needs 2 caused turnovers to rank 15th and 7 to rank 14th (has 40)
Hopkins is back in action on Wednesday, March 14 as the Blue Jays make their first road trip since February 22. Hopkins will make the hour trip to Washington, DC to take on 15th-ranked Georgetown at 7:00 pm.