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Johns Hopkins-Furman Women's Lacrosse Game Notes

Freshman Emily Kenul is tied for second on the team with nine goals and eight ground balls.
March 17, 2015

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Opening Draw
Johns Hopkins returns to the field on Wednesday as the Blue Jays travel to the Palmetto State to take on the Furman Paladins. Hopkins is coming off a 13-9 win at Hofstra on Saturday to improve to 4-2 on the season. Furman, in its first season of competition, suffered its first loss of the season last Tuesday in an 18-8 loss to George Mason.

For the Record
2015 marks the 40th season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 389-248-4 (.609) and a 171-111 (.606) record as a Division I program. Hopkins won a school Division I record 15 games last season, including a school-record 10-game season-opening win streak. The Blue Jays have posted 29 winning seasons, including 21 straight from 1987 to 2007. Hopkins has also made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including four in the Division I Tournament (2004, 2005, 2007, 2014).

Last Time Out
Johns Hopkins scored four goals in just over two minutes to turn a one-goal deficit into a three-goal lead en route to a 13-9 win over host Hofstra on Saturday at Shuart Stadium.

Hofstra strung together three straight goals in the early going of the second half and took its first lead at 7-6 with 19:19 to play. Hopkins answered with three goals in a span of 61 seconds and four in just 2:04 to go up 10-7. The Pride cut the deficit to two at the 5:57-mark, but the Blue Jays answered with three straight to push out to a 13-8 lead.

Junior Dene' DiMartino led the Blue Jays with four goals (3g, 1a) while classmate Kristen Cannon, freshmen Emily Kenul and CeCe Finney each scored twice. Senior KC Emerson made 10 saves to earn the win.

Watch List
Junior midfielder Dene' DiMartino was named to the 2015 Tewaaraton Award women's watch list it was announced Thursday night. DiMartino is one of 50 women's players named to the watch list. Additions to the watch list, if applicable, will be announced March 19 and April 9. On April 23, the field will be narrowed to 25 women's nominees. Five women's finalists will be announced on May 7 with the winner announced on May 28 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.

Oh Captain, My Captain
Senior goalie KC Emerson and junior middie Dene' DiMartino were selected as the captains for the 2015 Blue Jays in a vote of their teammates. Emerson is just the fifth goalie to serve as captain for Johns Hopkins.

Hey I Know You
Blue Jays' associate head coach Tara Singleton will see an all too familiar face on Wednesday when she looks at the Paladin sidelines. Singleton played at Loyola (MD) with Furman head coach Rachel Whitten. The two then spent three seasons together on the Denver Pioneers staff.

Against the Paladins
Johns Hopkins and Furman meet for the first time on the field.

Scouting the Paladins
Furman won its first five games before suffering an 18-8 loss to George Mason last week. The Paladins are scoring 12.67 goals per game, while shooting 49.0 percent. They are also averaging nearly 13 draws and 10 caused turnovers per game.

Furman is led by freshman Britt Douglass and sophomore captain Devon Horine are tied for the team lead with 19 points, while Douglass has a team-best 19 goals. Freshman Meg Lingo ranks second on the team with 14 goals and is third with 18 points. Sophomore Kristine Knowles leads the team in helpers with eight and has 12 points on the year.

Horine also leads the team in ground balls (19) and caused turnovers (11) and ranks second in draws (20) while sophomore Paige Gamble paces Furman with 21 draws. Freshman Maggie Friel has played every minute in goal and posts an 8.23 goals against average and a .446 save percentage.

Poll Position - Part I
Johns Hopkins moved up one spot to 19th in this week's IWLCA Coaches poll. Hopkins is also receiving votes for the third straight week in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.

Poll Position - Part II
Five of Johns Hopkins' 2015 opponents are ranked in this week's IWLCA Coaches' Poll, including three in the top five (Maryland, Boston College and Duke).

Century Club
Junior Dene' DiMartino needs just two goals to reach 100 for her career. She would be just the ninth player in school Division I hisotory to reach the milestone. On February 18, DiMartino became the 17th player in school DI history to reach 100 career points in the win over George Washington. She is also the 10th player to reach the milestone by her junior year and she enters Wednesday's game with 111 career points.

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:

Jen Cook (Sr. • A):
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 18th (has 9)
• Needs 1 assist to rank 18th and 2 to rank 17th (has 21)

Dene' DiMartino (Jr. • M):
• Needs 2 points to rank 14th and 7 to rank 13th (has 111)
• Needs 12 goals to rank 8th (has 98)
• Needs 2 goals to reach 100 (has 98)
• Needs 2 free position goals to rank 3rd (has 28)
• Needs 8 draw controls to rank 5th (has 120)

KC Emerson (Sr. • GK):
• Needs 38 saves to rank 5th (has 159)

Caroline Federico (So. • GK):
• Needs 31 saves to rank 8th (has 89)

Welcome to Homewood
Head coach Janine Tucker welcomed 12 freshmen to Homewood this season and the class of 2018 makes up 40 percent of the Blue Jays' roster. It is the Blue Jays' largest freshmen class since the program elevated to Division I in 1999. Joining Hopkins this season are Chloe Duke, Eden Epner, CeCe Finney, Shannon Fitzgerald, Maggie Friel, Loring Gearhardt, Emily Kenul, Annie Schindler, Caroline Shinske, Anne Smith, Casey Van Slyke and Emily Verica.

Thinking Outside the Box
The Blue Jay coaching staff went outside the box with this year's recruiting class as the roster features two players from Tennessee, one from Texas and one from Colorado. Loring Gearhardt and Chloe Duke both hail from Memphis, TN where they were teammatees at the Hutchison School. Eden Epner is from Bellaire, TX and played for St. John's School, while Annie Schindler comes to Baltimore from Morrison, CO where she played at Mullen.

Home Sweet Home(wood)
Under head coach Janine Tucker, the Blue Jays are 103-49 (.677) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field, after the Blue Jays went an impressive 9-1 at home last season. Hopkins will play eight regular season games at Homewood Field this season, including six of its last nine games.

Freshman Hat Trick
Freshman Shannon Fitzgerald scored her first career goal with 24:06 to play in the first half against George Washington and she finished with the game with a hat trick. She is the first freshman to notch a hat trick in the same game that she scored her first career goal since Taylor D'Amore did so on February 19, 2011.

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 a third is following in her sister's footsteps.

Sophomore goalie Caroline Federico is the daughter of Mike Federico `80. Mike was a three-time First Team All-American and National Goalie of the Year while helping the JHU men's lacrosse team to three straight NCAA championships (1978, 1979, 1980). Freshman Emily Verica is the daughter of Chris Verica `87, who played football for the Blue Jays. Sophomore midfielder Haley Schweizer is following in the footsteps of her sister Courtney `13, who played four years for the Blue Jays. The Schweizers are the ninth pair of sisters to don the Columbia Blue & Black.

Going Independent
After 13 seasons in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC), Johns Hopkins will compete as an independent this season. Since the Blue Jays no longer have an automatic bid to contest for, every game will count as they look to make the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.

We're Streaking!
Eight Blue Jays carry active goal and/or point streaks into Wednesday's game. Here's a look at those streaks.

Kristen Cannon (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

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

Dene' DiMartino (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 22 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 14 straight games

CeCe Finney (Fr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 4 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 4 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games

Emily Kenul (Fr. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 6 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 6 straight games

Alexis Maffucci (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 6 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 6 straight games

Jenna Reifler (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 4 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games

Haley Schweizer (So. • M):
• Has at least one point in 6 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 6 straight games

On the Tube
Johns Hopkins will have a pair of games televised by ESPNU this season. JHU's game versus Georgetown on March 21 will be live on ESPN3 and will show on ESPNU the following day. Hopkins will later then Maryland on ESPNU on April 15. In addition, Saturday's game at Hofstra will be shown on tape-delayed basis on Verizon FiOS.

I'm Honored
Associate head coach Tara Singleton was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame on January 17, 2015. This marks her fifth season at Johns Hopkins and second as associate head coach. Last season, Singleton's Blue Jay defense led the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) and ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense (7.40). JHU also led the ALC and ranked 19th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game (9.30).

At the Helm
The winningest coach in program history, Janine Tucker is in her 22nd season as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. She sports a record of 239-127 (.653), including a 171-111 (.606) mark at the Division I level. 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 Greyhounds' Athletic Hall of Fame, Tucker has led the Blue Jays to double-digit win totals in 17 of her first 21 years on the bench. She has also guided Hopkins to four 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 Division I history to reach 200 wins when JHU beat host UMBC, 12-7, on April 13, 2011.

On Tap
Johns Hopkins returns home for the first time in 19 days as the Blue Jays host the Georgetown Hoyas. The game will be televised on ESPN3 live and on a tape-delayed basis on March 22.