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Johns Hopkins-UMBC Women's Lacrosse Game Notes

March 13, 2018

Jill Guise
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

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Opening Draw
Johns Hopkins hits the road for the first time in two weeks, and first time this month, on Wednesday to take on host UMBC. The Blue Jays have won three straight and are looking for their first road win of the season. The Retrievers are coming off a 16-10 win at Duquesne on Saturday, also their third straight win.

I’m Honored
The Blue Jays swept the Big Ten weekly awards it was announced Tuesday afternoon as sophomore Maggie Schneidereith, junior Haley Crosson and freshman Aurora Cordingley were honored for their performances in Hopkins’ two wins last week. Schneidereith grabbed Offensive Player of the Week, Crosson Defensive Player of the Week and Cordingley Freshman of the Week honors.

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 on March 1. She leads the team in goals (19), is second in points (22), tied for second in caused turnovers (6), third in draws (19) and tied for fourth in ground balls (13).

In March
Hopkins is 101-40 (.716) under head coach Janine Tucker in the month of March. In addition, the Blue Jays are 25-7 (.781) 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 277-146 (.655), including a 209-130 (.616) 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 outscored visiting Hofstra, 12-1, over the final 34 minutes to win 15-6 on Saturday afternoon. Trailing 5-3 with 4:18 to play in the first half, sophomore Maggie Schneidereith scored to spark a four-goal run that saw the Blue Jays take a 7-5 lead at the half. It was all JHU in the second half, which outscored Hofstra 8-1.

Schneidereith led the Blue Jays with four goals and five points, while senior Shannon Fitzgerald also added five points (2g, 3a). Freshman Aurora Cordingley chipped in her second straight hat trick and junior Haley Crosson made a career-best 13 saves.

At the Draw
Freshman Shelby Harrison has gotten off to a hot start at the draw for the Blue Jays. Through eight games, she has totaled 40 draws which leads the team, ranks second in the Big Ten and is tied for 16th in the nation. She already ranks fourth in school history, all divisions, for draws in a season by a freshman. 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 one spot to 24th in this week’s IWLCA Coaches poll with 77 points. The Blue Jays are also receiving votes in both the Nike/US Lacrosse and Inside Lacrosse/Cascade Media Polls this week. Eight of the Blue Jays’ 2018 opponents are ranked in the top 25 by the IWLCA, including three teams in the top 10 (Stony Brook, Maryland and Northwestern).

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 48 saves to rank 9th (has 72)

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 1 point to rank 14th and 9 to rank 13th (has 126)
• Needs 4 goals to rank 11th (has 98)
• Needs 2 goals to get to 100 for her career (has 98)
• Needs 3 free position goals to rank 9th (has 19)

Miranda Ibello (Jr. • A):
• Needs 3 assists to rank 10th (has 43)

Emily Kenul (Sr. • A):
• Needs 7 points to rank 9th (has 152)
• Needs 1 goal to rank 10th and 8 to rank 9th (has 102)
• Needs 5 free position goals to rank 4th (has 25)
• Needs 1 assist to rank 7th and 5 to rank 6th (has 50)
• Needs 7 draw controls to rank 6th (has 121)

Maggie Schneidereith (So. • A):
• Needs 1 assist to rank 18th and 5 to rank 17th (has 30)

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 (15) and points (31) and is fourth in goals (16). Ibello leads the Big Ten in assists and assists per game (1.88). In addition, she has had three games this season of six or more points.

Against the Retrievers
Wednesday’s game marks the 29th all-time meeting between Hopkins and UMBC. With their 12-8 win last year, the Blue Jays moved above .500 in the series for the first time ever. Hopkins is now 14-13-2 aginst UMBC and has won five straight in the series.

Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC has won three straight entering Wednesday’s game, including a 16-10 win over host Duquesne on Saturday. The Retrievers trailed 5-2 early, but a Caitlin Miller goal with 11:32 to play in the first half sparked a seven-goal run that gave UMBC the lead for good.

Junior Sara Moeller led the team with four goals and six points in the win over the Dukes. Miller was just as impressive with three goals, two assists, three ground balls and a game-high six draws. Kelsey Major made 13 saves, including nine in the second half for the Retrievers.

Moeller leads the team with 42 points off 25 goals and 17 assists. She also leads the nation in points per game (7.00) and is fourth in assists per game (2.83). Senior Carolyn Jamison leads the team in caused turnovers (13) and ground balls (17) while ranking second in goals (18), assists (7) and points (25). Lauren McDonald, who is tied for second on the team with 18 goals, enters Wednesday’s game needing just seven goals to become the 19th player in program history to hit the 100-goal mark in her career.

The Retrievers rank 13th in the country in caused turnovers per game (11.29). Jamison and junior Kayla Renehan rank fourth and seventh in the America East, respectively with 1.86 and 1.71 caused turnovers per game.

Jamison was named the America East Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after totaling eight points (7g, 1a), four ground balls, three caused turnovers and one draw control in wins over Coastal Carolina and Duquesne.

Century Mark - Part I
Seniors Emily Kenul and Shannon Fitzgerald are the Blue Jays’ active career points leader with 152 and 126, 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).

Century Mark - Part II
Last Wednesday, senior Emily Kenul became the 11th player in school Division I history and 24th all-time at Johns Hopkins to score 100 career goals. Senior Shannon Fitzgerald needs just two goals to join Kenul in the 100-goal club.

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 at UMBC. Here’s a look at those streaks:

Aurora Cordingley (Fr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

CeCe Finney (Sr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 4 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 4 straight games

Shannon Fitzgerald (Sr. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 11 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 4 straight games

Mackenzie Heldberg (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 4 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 4 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 3 straight games

Miranda Ibello (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 4 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 4 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 4 straight games

Emily Kenul (Sr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 17 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 9 straight games

Maggie Schneidereith (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 9 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 5 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 3 straight games

A Save for Each Season
Sophomore goalie Robyn Lipschultz made her first career appearance for the Blue Jays on March 3 versus Furman 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).

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 43 career hepers and she leads the Big Ten in assists (15) and assists per game (1.88).

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 427-267-4 (.614) and a 209-130 (.616) 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 126-57 (.688) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field and the Jays are 33-10 (.767) 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 returns to Homewood Field to open Big Ten play on Saturday, March 17 against second-ranked Maryland. Opening draw is slated for Noon as part of a double-header with the men’s lacrosse team. Admission will be charged for the women’s game versus the Terps.