March 16, 2012
Johns Hopkins returns home to take on the Harvard Crimson as the Blue Jays are looking to avenge a 12-8 loss in Cambridge last season. Hopkins has won back-to-back games and is aiming to make it three straight in the win column. Harvard is coming off a tough overtime loss at ninth-ranked Penn last Saturday.
For the Record
Hopkins’ all-time record stands at 356-227-4 (.609) in 37 seasons. Since moving to Division I, JHU is 138-90 (.605) in 14 seasons.
Johns Hopkins is 71-29 (.710) 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 her father and to raise awareness about angiosarcoma.
Last Time Out
Sophomores Taylor D’Amore and Sammy Cermack combined for nine goals and freshman KC Emerson made a career-high 13 saves to lead Johns Hopkins to a 16-12 win at 15th-ranked Georgetown Wednesday night. The win snapped a six-game losing streak in the series and is the Blue Jays’ first win over the Hoyas since 2005. Hopkins jumped out to a 7-1 lead and led 10-4 at the half behind eight first-half goals from D’Amore and Cermack. They Hoyas actually outscored the Blue Jays, 8-6, in the second half. But the home team was not able to get closer than four in the final 30 minutes. Hopkins used a 3-0 goal spurt in a five-and-a-half minute span to help stem the tide midway through the second.
Home Sweet Home(wood)
The Blue Jays are 84-40 (.677) 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 that saw the Blue Jays go 2-2 from February 24 to March 7. Hopkins is back at home on March 17 and March 25 to face a pair of Ivy League opponents in Harvard and Princeton.
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 Crimson
Harvard played its second overtime game of the week in search of its second straight top 20 upset, but Courtney Tomchik’s goal with 0:24 remaining in the extra session proved to be the difference as ninth-ranked Penn took the victory, 14-13, Saturday in Philadelphia, PA
Melanie Baskind, Micaela Cyr and Danielle Tetreault each registered a hat trick for the Crimson with Baskind’s season-high four goals leading the way. Cyr recorded a team-high four ground balls and three draw controls, while Tetreault added four draw controls. Tetreault converted all three of her free position shots as Harvard went 5-of-7 for the day. Kelly Weiss tallied six saves in goal.
On the other side of the field, Weis made 10 saves while helping the Crimson to a 9-8 double-overtime victory over 13th-ranked James Madison on March 6, marking the most saves a Harvard goalie has made in a single game since Katherine Martino ‘10 recorded 12 in a 17-9 win over Boston College on May 5, 2010. Weis has made all three starts in goal for the Crimson, posting an 8.88 goals against average and a save percentage of 49.1.
Against the Crimson
Saturday’s game marks just the fourth all-time meeting between the Blue Jays and the Crimson. Harvard leads the all-times series, 2-1, including a 12-8 win last season in Cambridge. In last season’s meeting, Harvard outscored visiting Hopkins 7-1 in the second half, rallying from a first half deficit of 7-4, to win. Taylor D’Amore led the Blue Jays with a hat trick, while the Crimson were paced by Jess Halpern’s four goals.
Hopkins is not ranked in the IWLCA or the deBeer Media Polls this week. Ten 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 then beat Towson, 5-4, on March 7. The Blue Jays will wrap up the series against UMBC on April 25. The Blue Jays are a combined 20-33-2 (.382) 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.
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 206-106 (.660) as she has 94 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 112 career goals and joins classmate Colleen McCaffrey, who has 117 goals for her career.
Century Club - Part II
Senior Colleen McCaffrey is in some exclusive company. She has 117 goals and 130 draw controls in her career entering Saturday’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 112 goals and 80 career draws.
Freshman KC Emerson was named the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) Rookie of the Week on Monday for her performance in Hopkins’ 5-4 win over 19th-ranked Towson. She made six saves, including four in the first half, and scooped up one ground ball in the defensive battle with the Tigers.
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 3 points to rank 18th and 5 to rank 17th (has 69)
• Needs 1 free position goals to rank 18th (has 6)
• Needs 2 assists to rank 14th and 5 to rank 13th (has 23)
Taylor D’Amore (So./M):
• Needs 6 points to rank 15th (has 78)
• Needs 17 goals to rank 15th (has 47)
• Needs 3 free position goals to rank 13th (has 10)
• Needs 6 assists to rank 10th (has 31)
• Needs 1 draw to rank 13th, 3 to rank 12th and 4 to rank 11th (has 63)
Alyssa Kildare (Sr./D):
• Needs 1 ground ball to rank 14th and 3 to rank 13th (has 114)
• Needs 2 draws to rank 12th (has 66)
• Needs 20 caused turnovers to rank 5th (has 70)
Cosette Larash (Jr./GK):
• Needs 47 saves to rank 3rd (has 246)
Colleen McCaffrey (Sr./A):
• Needs 12 points to rank 5th (has 147)
• Needs 9 goals to rank 4th (has 117)
• Needs 4 free position goals to rank 2nd (has 28)
• Needs 7 assists to rank 10th (has 30)
• Needs 72 draws to rank 2nd (has 130)
Candace Rossi (Sr./A):
• Needs 42 points to rank 4th (has 159)
• Needs 5 goals to rank 5th and 14 to rank 4th (has 112)
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 8th (has 16)
• Needs 2 assists to rank 5th and 8 to rank 4th (has 47)
• Needs 11 draws to rank 7th (has 80)
• Needs 2 caused turnovers to rank 15th and 7 to rank 14th (has 40)
Hopkins is back in action on Sunday, March 25 as the Blue Jays host the Princeton Tigers. Opening draw is slated for 1:00 pm at Homewood Field.