Johns Hopkins-Furman Women's Lacrosse Game Notes
Johns Hopkins, in the midst of a three-game homestand, is back at Homewood Field to take on Furman on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays are looking to rebound after a tough 10-9 double overtime loss to the eighth-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Wednesday.
Last Time Out
Eighth-ranked Stanford scored 2:01 into the second overtime to beat host and 19th-ranked Johns Hopkins, 10-9, on Wednesday night. Senior Dene' DiMartino, junior Haley Schweizer and sophomores Emily Kenul and Shannon Fitzgerald each scored two goals for the Blue Jays.
Trailing 9-7 with 12:40 to play in the half, the Blue Jays got goals from Schweizer and Kenul to tie the game at 9-all with 1:25 to force regulation. After a scoreless first overtime period, the Cardinal got the gamewinner from Lucy Dikeou.
DiMartino also controlled a game-high seven draws and junior Caroline Federico made nine saves and grabbed four ground balls.
B1G Things Ahead
After two seasons as an independent, Johns Hopkins will once again have conference affiliation as the Blue Jays have accepted membership in the Big Ten. Hopkins will begin play in the league in 2017 but will face four of its future conference opponents (Rutgers, Penn State, Ohio State, Maryland) this season. The Blue Jays spent 13 years as a member of the American Lacrosse Conference before going independent in 2015.
Senior Kristen Cannon tore her ACL for the third time in the Blue Jays' season-opener and missed the next six games. She returned to the field against Hofstra on March 13, just 30 days after her injury. Since Cannon returned to the field, she has scored two goals and handed out two assists.
Senior Dene' DiMartino has notched 30 hat tricks in her career, including 23 since 2014. In her career, Hopkins is 25-5 when she has a hat trick, including 21-2 since 2014.
Tewaaraton Watch List
Senior Dene' DiMartino and junior Haley Schweizer are among the 50 women's players named to the 2016 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, it was announced on February 23. The list includes players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse. DiMartino leads the team in points (31) and draw (60) and ranks second with 24 goals while Schweizer leads the team in goals (25) and ranks second in points (28).
Junior Maddie Bodden had a career-high five caused turnovers versus Penn State. That is one shy of the school single-game record and is tied for the fourth most in NCAA Division I this season. Bodden's five caused turnovers are the most by a Blue Jay since Lacey-Leigh Hentz had five against George Mason on May 3, 2003. She leads the Blue Jays and is 15th in the nation with 19 caused turnovers this season. Junior Haley Schweizer is the Blue Jays' active career leader with 41 caused turnovers, including five this season. As a team, Hopkins ranks 11th in the nation with 92 caused turnovers.
At the Draw
Senior Dene' DiMartino leads the Blue Jays and ranks seventh in the nation with 5.45 draws per game. She broke the school's all-divisions single-game record with 10 draws in the win at Vanderbilt. In addition, she has had six games this season with six or more draws. Her 60 draws this season are already a career high and the fifth best total in school Division I history. DiMartino has totaled 224 draws in her career, ranking her second in school history, among all divisions. She became the fourth player in school history to reach 200 career draws in the win over Hofstra and she needs 16 draws to tie Taylor D'Amore for tops in program history. DiMartino also ranks 10th among all active players in Division I in career draws.
Johns Hopkins enters the week ranked in the top 20 in all three polls. Hopkins is ranked 19th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, 18th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and 20th in the Nike/Lax Magazine Poll. In addition, seven of the Blue Jays' 2016 opponents are ranked in the top 20 of the IWLCA poll, including three (Maryland, Stanford, Penn State) in top 10.
Against the Paladins
Hopkins and Furman meet for just the second time in a series that began last year. The Blue Jays won that meeting in Greenville by a 17-3 score.
Scouting the Paladins
Furman visits Baltimore having won back-to-back one-goal games, including a 15-14 overtime win over Campbell last Friday night. Hannah Feinberg led the Paladins with four goals and five points while Meg Lingo scored the game-winner 66 seconds into overtime.
Devon Horine leads the Paladins with 17 goals and has scored in each of the last six games. She scored a career-best six goals in Furman's 18-6 win over St. Francis. She also leads the team with 19 ground balls and ranks second in points (19) and draws (23). Paige Gamble leads the Paladins with 20 points and seven assists and is tied for second in goals (13). Furman leads the Atlantic Sun and ranks 23rd in the nation with 12.88 draws per game. Gamble ranks fourth in the league with 3.13 draws per game, while Horine ranks fifth (2.88). Gamble led the squad in draws in its inaugural season, controlling 56 and Horine ranked second with 43.
Rachel Whitten, the first head coach in program history, is in her third season at Furman. She played at Loyola with JHU associate head coach Tara Singleton and the two then spent three seasons together on the Denver Pioneers' staff.
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:
Dene' DiMartino (Sr. M):
Needs 9 points to rank 6th (has 177)
Needs 4 goals to rank 3rd (has 148)
Needs 4 assists to rank 15th (has 29)
Needs 16 draw controls to rank 1st (has 224)
Caroline Federico (So. GK):
Needs 3 saves to rank 6th and 32 to rank 5th (has 194)
Emily Kenul (So. A):
Needs 2 free position goals to rank 17th (has 11)
Needs 3 assists to rank 18th (has 25)
Jenna Reifler (Sr. A):
Needs 1 assist to rank 14th and 2 to rank 13th (has 34)
On the Tube
Hopkins hosted a pair of nationally-televised games on ESPNU this year against Loyola and Stanford. The Blue Jays lost both games in double overtime.
For the Record
2016 marks the 41st season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 406-254-4 (.614) and an 188-117 (.616) record as a Division I program. Hopkins won 14 games last season, one win shy of the school Division I record. The Blue Jays have posted 30 winning seasons, including 21 straight from 1987 to 2007. Hopkins has also made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, including five in the Division I Tournament (2004, 2005, 2007, 2014, 2015).
Six for Schweizer
Junior Haley Schweizer poured in six goals and seven points in the win at Rutgers on February 21. Her previous career high for points and goals in a game was three. Her six-goal outing was the most by a Blue Jay since Taylor D'Amore did so against Bucknell on February 23, 2013. Schweizer's six goals were the third most by a Blue Jay since the program went Division I in 1999. In addition, her seven points were the most since D'Amore had seven versus Florida on April 5, 2014. Schweizer leads the team with 25 goals and is second with 28 points.
Home Sweet Home(wood)
Under head coach Janine Tucker, the Blue Jays are 112-53 (.678) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field and the Jays are 19-6 (.760) at home since the start of the 2014 season. Hopkins will play 10 regular season games at Homewood Field this season, including the next three.
Four Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Wednesday's game. Senior Dene' DiMartino leads the way with a 45-game point streak, which is the fourth longest in school Division I history. In addition, her 37-game goal-scoring streak is the second longest in school history while junior Haley Schweizer now has a goal in 21 straight games. Here's a look at those streaks:
Dene' DiMartino (Sr. M):
Has at least one point in 45 straight games
Has at least one goal in 37 straight games
Shannon Fitzgerald (So. M):
Has at least one point in 17 straight games
Has at least one goal in 7 straight games
Jenna Reifler (Sr. A):
Has at least one point in 11 straight games
Has at least one goal in 5 straight games
Haley Schweizer (Jr. M):
Has at least one point in 21 straight games
Has at least one goal in 21 straight games
The season-opening win over Marquette marked a pair of milestones for the Blue Jays as it was the 250th career win for head coach Janine Tucker and the 400th in program history. Hopkins is the 17th program in NCAA history (all divisions) to reach 400 wins. Tucker ranks 19th all-time in NCAA women's lacrosse history with 256 wins and she ranks 14th among active coaches in wins.
Freshman Hat Trick
Freshman Miranda Ibello not only scored her first career goal in the season opener against Marquette, she finished with a hat trick versus the Golden Eagles. This is the second straight year that a freshman finished with a hat trick in the same game that she scored her first career goal. Sophomore Shannon Fitzgerald turned the same trick versus George Washington on February 18, 2015. In addition, Ibello is the first freshman to notch a hat trick in her first career game since Taylor D'Amore did so on February 19, 2011. She is tied for second on the team in assists (7) and is sixth in points (12).
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 sister's footsteps.
Junior 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). Sophomore Emily Verica is the daughter of Chris Verica `87, who played football for the Blue Jays. Junior midfielder Haley Schweizer is following in the footsteps of her sister Courtney `13, who played four years for the Blue Jays. Freshman 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. The Ibellos are the 10th pair of sisters to don the Hopkins Blue & Black.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Senior middie Dene' DiMartino and senior defender Kirsti Paavola have been selected in a vote of their teammates as captains for the 2016 season. DiMartino is serving as captain for the second straight year and is the 17th player in program history to do so.
Welcome to Homewood
Head coach Janine Tucker welcomes seven freshmen to the Blue Jays this season. Joining Hopkins this season are Haley Crosson, Nicole DeMase, Miranda Ibello, Holly Logan, Lexee Pinsky, Morgayne Rix and Alexandra Seward.
Senior Dene' DiMartino and junior Haley Schweizer were named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America teams. DiMartino was named to the second team while Schweizer was named honorable meniton. In addition, freshman Miranda Ibello was named to IL's Preseason Rookie Watch list. She is one of 14 freshman in the nation named to the list.
At the Helm
The winningest coach in program history, Janine Tucker is in her 23rd season as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. She sports a record of 256-133 (.658), including a 188-117 (.616) 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 Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame, Tucker has led the Blue Jays to double-digit win totals in 18 of her 22 years on the bench. She has also guided Hopkins to five 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 250 wins when JHU beat Marquette, 11-8, on February 12, 2016.
Hopkins wraps up its three-game homestand on Saturday, April 2 as 17th-ranked Towson visits Homewood Field. Opening draws between the Charles Street rivals is slated for 1:00 pm.