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Johns Hopkins-Boston University Women's Lacrosse Game Notes

March 6, 2018

Jill Guise
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

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Opening Draw
Johns Hopkins is back at Homewood Field for the second game of a three-game homestand as the Blue Jays host the Boston University Terriers on Wednesday. Hopkins is coming off a 19-0 win over Furman on Saturday afternoon, while BU lost at 16th-ranked Duke, 21-13, on Sunday.

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 last Thursday. She is tied for the team lead in goals (18), second in draws (16), tied for second in points (20), third in ground balls (9) and tied for third in caused turnovers (4).

In March
Hopkins is 99-40 (.710) under head coach Janine Tucker in the month of March.In addition, the Blue Jays are 23-7 in March since 2014.

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 275-146 (.653), including a 207-130 (.614) 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
Ten different players scored to lead Johns Hopkins to a 19-0 win over Furman on a wind-swept Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. It was the Blue Jays’ fourth shutout in school Division I history and first since a 19-0 win over Fresno State in 2009.

Senior Emily Kenul led Hopkins with four goals and five points with freshman Shelby Harrison totaling a game-high six draws. Senior Caroline Shinske had a career-best three caused turnovers and junior Haley Crosson made four saves in one half of action.

A Save for Each Season
Sophomore goalie Robyn Lipschultz made her first career appearance for the Blue Jays on Saturday and made one save. With that save, she became the first goalie in 21 years to register a save in multiple sports in the same academic year. Lipschultz is also a member of the Johns Hopkins women’s soccer team and made 14 saves in 10 games this past fall. The last to do so was Kelly Hoffman, who turned the same trick for both the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams in 1996-97. Lipschultz is just the second to do so for both women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse, joining Amanda Miller (1992-93).

I’m Honored
Freshman Shelby Harrison has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week it was announced Tuesday afternoon after totaling 14 draw controls, one goal, one caused turnover and three ground balls last week. She controlled a game-high eight draws, scored a free position goal, caused a turnover and picked up a ground ball in a tough 15-14 loss at Georgetown on Wednesday. Harrison followed that with a six-draw, two-ground ball performance in the shutout of Furman on Saturday.

At the Draw
Freshman Shelby Harrison has gotten off to a hot start at the draw for the Blue Jays. Through six games, she has totaled 37 draws which leads the team and the Big Ten and is tied for 10th in the nation. She already ranks fifth in school history, all divisions, for draws in a season. Harrison set the school record for draws in a game by a freshman (9) against Loyola and just three days later set the all-time record for draws in a game (11) at Penn. In that game versus Penn, she outdrew the entire Quaker squad as she had 11 to their eight.

Poll Position
Hopkins dropped three spots to 23rd in this week’s IWLCA Coaches poll with 89 points. The Blue Jays also dropped out of the Nike/US Lacrosse and Inside Lacrosse/Cascade Media Polls and is receiving votes in both polls this week. Eight 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 73 saves to rank 9th (has 47)

Nicole DeMase (Jr. • M):
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 10th and 4 to rank 9th (has 18)

Shannon Fitzgerald (Sr. • A/M):
• Needs 3 points to rank 15th and 8 to rank 14th (has 119)
• Needs 1 goal to rank 13th, 2 to rank 12th and 3 to rank 11th (has 96)
• Needs 4 goals to get to 100 for her career (has 96)
• Needs 3 free position goals to rank 9th (has 19)

Miranda Ibello (Jr. • A):
• Needs 6 assists to rank 10th (has 40)

Emily Kenul (Sr. • A):
• Needs 10 points to rank 9th (has 149)
• Needs 4 goals to rank 10th (has 99)
• Needs 1 goal to get to 100 for her career (has 99)
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 5th and 6 to rank 4th (has 24)
• Needs 1 assist to rank 7th and 5 to rank 6th (has 50)
• Needs 10 draw controls to rank 6th (has 118)

Maggie Schneidereith (So. • A):
• Needs 1 assist to rank 19th and 3 to rank 18th (has 28)

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 (12) and points (26) and is third in goals (14). Ibello leads the Big Ten in assists and assists per game (2.00). In addition, she has had three games this season of six or more points.

Against the Terriers
Wednesday’s game marks just the fourth meeting between the Hopkins and Boston University since the series began in 2004. The Blue Jays have won all three previous meetings, including a 13-12 decision two years ago at Homewood Field.

Scouting the Terriers
Wednesday’s game marks the third of four straight road games for Boston University as the Terriers come to Baltimore from Durham, NC and a 21-13 loss to 16th-ranked Duke. Sophomore Kailey Conry led the Terriers with five points (2g, 3a) while senior Christine Laible had a career-best 13 saves.

Conry leads the NCAA with 3.67 assists per game and is tied for fourth nationally with 6.0 points per game. She has led BU in goals, assists and points in each of its first three games. A Second Team All-Patriot League selection last year, Conry broke the program record with 54 assists and ranked second in the NCAA in assists per game (3.0). She carries an 18-game point streak into Wednesday’s game and has notched 85 points in her last 18 games.

Junior Kaitlin Belval leads the Terriers in draws (10) while junior Kelly Matthews and sophomore Lexi Lewis are tied for second (8). Last season, Matthews ranked second on the team in draws (40) and Belval ranked third (21). Defensively, senior Maria Guerra leads BU with four caused turnovers and eight ground balls.

Century Mark
Seniors Emily Kenul and Shannon Fitzgerald are the Blue Jays’ active career points leader with 149 and 119, 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 99 and Fitzgerald has 96 entering Wednesday’s game.

Oh Captain, My Captain
Seniors CeCe Finney, Emily Kenul, Caroline Shinske and Emily Verica have been selected in a vote of their teammates as captains for the 2018 season.

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.

We’re Streaking!
Seven Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Wednesday’s game versus Boston University. Here’s a look at those streaks:

Nicole DeMase (Jr. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 6 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 6 straight games

CeCe Finney (Sr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

Shannon Fitzgerald (Sr. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 9 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 9 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games

Mackenzie Heldberg (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

Miranda Ibello (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games

Emily Kenul (Sr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 15 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 7 straight games

Maggie Schneidereith (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 7 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 3 straight games

Preseason Players to Watch
Johns Hopkins placed three players on the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list in seniors Emily Kenul and Shannon Fitzgerald and junior Nicole DeMase.

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 50 helpers, which ranks eighth in school history. Junior Miranda Ibello also ranks 11th in school history with 40 career hepers and she leads the Big Ten in assists (12) and assists per game (2.00).

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 425-267-4 (.613) and a 207-130 (.614) 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 124-57 (.685) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field and the Jays are 31-10 (.756) at home since the start of the 2014 season. Hopkins will play 10 regular season games at home this season and is in the midst of a three-game homestand.

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 is back at Homewood Field to host Hofstra on Saturday, March 10. Opening draw for the non-conference contest is slated for 1:00 pm.