Johns Hopkins is back on the road this weekend as the Blue Jays travel to Lewisburg, PA to take on the Bucknell Bison. The game was originally scheduled for February 21 but was postponed due to snow. Hopkins defeated ninth-ranked and previously unbeaten Stony Brook, 7-5, on Tuesday night. The win ran the Blue Jays' win streak to nine and was the Jays' eighth over a top-10 team since the start of the 2011 season.
For the Record
2015 marks the 40th season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 395-248-4 (.614) and a 177-111 (.614) 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 30 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).
Five Wins to Go
The Blue Jays are just five wins away from the 400th win in program history. Hopkins would be the 16th program in NCAA history (all divisions) to reach the mark. Five more wins would also mark the 250th of head coach Janine Tucker's career. She ranks 20th all-time in NCAA women's lacrosse history with her 245 wins and she is 15th among active coaches in wins.
Last Time Out
Johns Hopkins scored the last three goals of the game and killed the final seven minutes in a 7-5 upset of ninth-ranked and previously unbeaten Stony Brook on Tuesday night. The Seawolves scored back to back goals to take a 5-4 lead with 21:54 to play in the game. But the Blue Jays would answer with three goals, from three different players, to go up by two at the 10:01-mark. Hopkins relied on its defense from there, holding Stony Brook to just one shot in the final 10 minutes.
Junior Dene' DiMartino (2g, 1a) and freshman Emily Kenul (1g, 2a) paced the Blue Jays in their eighth win over a top-10 team since 2011. Junior Kristen Cannon also had a multi-point day (1g, 1a) while DiMartino and junior Josie George each controlled two draws. Senior KC Emerson finished with four saves in earning the win.
Johns Hopkins ranks fourth in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 6.17 goals per game, and is third in save percentage (.523). Hopkins has allowed double digit goals just once this season, a 12-10 overtime loss at 14th-ranked Loyola. Fourteen times this season, the Blue Jays have held their opponents scoreless for 19 minutes or longer. In fact, seven of those 14 droughts are 25 minutes or longer.
It has been offense by committee this season for the Blue Jays as 15 players have scored at least one goal and seven of those have scored in double digits. In addition, 18 players have tallied at least one point so far this season. Junior Dene' DiMartino leads the Jays with 25 goals while classmate Kristen Cannon already has a career-high 19 and sophomore Alexis Maffucci and freshman Emily Kenul each have 17.
Against the Patriot League
Under head coach Janine Tucker, Johns Hopkins is 18-4 against current members of the Patriot League. Hopkins will face Patriot League members American, Bucknell and Loyola this season. The Blue Jays are 8-2 against the AU Eagles, 2-0 against the BU Bison and 2-2 against the LU Greyhounds under Tucker.
What Sophomore Slump?
Sophomore Haley Schweizer had an outstanding rookie season in 2014 as she started all 20 games on a defense that ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense (7.40 goals per game). She earned Second Team IWLCA All-Mid Atlantic and All-ALC honors and was also named to the Inside Lacrosse All-Rookie Team. This year, Schweizer made the move from defense to the midfield and she has flourished there. She leads the team in caused turnovers (14), is second in draw controls (25) and ground balls (19) and sixth in goals (15).
Against the Bison
Saturday's game marks just the third meeting between the Blue Jays and the Bison, with JHU having won the two previous meetins. Bucknell and Hopkins have two common opponents this season - American and Loyola. JHU beat American (19-6) and lost to Loyola (12-10 OT) while Bucknell lost to both.
Scouting the Bison
Sophomore Maddy Molinari leads the Bison in scoring with 33 points on 25 goals and eight assists. She led the team with six points (4g, 2a) in a 14-11 loss to Lafayette on Wednesday. Sophomore Christina Manis paces the squad in assists with 13, to go along with 13 goals. Freshman Gretchen Richter ranks second in the Patriot League and eighth nationally in draw controls with 75 in 14 games. Even though she is just finishing her rookie season, Richter has already joined the Bucknell's top-10 list for career draw controls. Sophomore goalie Elizabeth Duswalt has 106 saves on the season, the most among all Patriot League goalies and 14th-most nationally. Sophomore Lucia Smircich has 21 caused turnovers and 27 ground balls to lead a defense that ranks in the middle of the pack in the Patriot League in taking the ball away from the opposition.
Poll Position - Part I
Johns Hopkins did not move in either the IWLCA Coaches Poll or Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week. The Blue Jays are 20th in both polls with 28 and 20 points, respectively.
Poll Position - Part II
Five of Johns Hopkins' 2015 opponents are ranked in this week's IWLCA Coaches' Poll, including four in the top 10 (Maryland, Boston College, Duke and Stony Brook).
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 9 points to rank 17th (has 98)
· Needs 2 points to reach 100 for career (has 98)
· Needs 8 goals to rank 18th (has 67)>
· Needs 1 free position goal to rank 18th (has 9)
· Needs 4 assists to rank 13th (has 31)
Dene' DiMartino (Jr. · M):
· Needs 8 points to rank 11th (has 127)
· Needs 1 goals to rank 8th and 15 to rank 7th (has 109)
· Needs 3 free position goals to rank 1st (has 32)
· Needs 20 draw controls to rank 4th (has 133)
KC Emerson (Sr. · GK):
· Needs 4 saves to rank 5th and 100 to rank 4th (has 193)
Caroline Federico (So. · GK):
· Needs 26 saves to rank 8th (has 94)
Jenna Reifler (Jr. · A):
· Needs 2 assists to rank 17th (has 23)
Octavia Williams (Sr. · D):
· Needs 3 caused turnovers to rank 16th (has 44)
Senior Jen Cook needs just two points to reach 100 for her career. She would be the second player this season and 18th in school DI history to reach the milestone. She enters Saturday's game with 67 goals and 31 assists for her career. Against Furman on March 18, junior Dene' DiMartino became the ninth player in school Division I history to score 100 career goals. Earlier this year, she became the 17th player in school DI history to reach 100 career points in the win over George Washington. DiMartino is also the 10th player to reach the milestone by her junior year and she enters Saturday's game with 109 goals and 127 points in her career.
Lending a Hand
Senior Jen Cook handed out five assists in the win at Furman on March 18. It is the first five-assist performance by a Blue Jay since April 21, 2013 when Taylor D'Amore had five versus Penn State. It is also the most assists by a JHU player since D'Amore had six helpers versus Georgetown on May 9, 2014. Cook dished three assists in the win over UC Davis, the fifth multi-assist game of her career and she is tied for the team lead with 12 assists and currently ranks 14th in school Division I history with 31 helpers. Freshman Emily Kenul handed out a career-best four assists in Hopkins' win at UMBC last Wednesday. It was her first career multi-assist game and she is tied with Cook with a team-best 12 helpers.
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, were 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.
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 teammates 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 107-49 (.686) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field and the Jays are 15-2 at home in the last two seasons. Hopkins will play eight regular season games at Homewood Field this season, including six of its last nine games.
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.
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.
Six Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Saturday's game. Here's a look at those streaks:
Kristen Cannon (Jr. · M):
· Has at least one point in 8 straight games
· Has at least one goal in 8 straight games
Jen Cook (Sr. · A):
· Has at least one point in 8 straight games
Dene' DiMartino (Jr. · M):
· Has at least one point in 28 straight games
· Has at least one goal in 20 straight games
· Has at least one assist in 3 straight games
CeCe Finney (Fr. · M):
· Has at least one point in 2 straight games
· Has at least one goal in 2 straight games
Emily Kenul (Fr. · A/M):
· Has at least one point in 12 straight games
· Has at least one goal in 12 straight games
· Has at least one assist 2 straight games
Haley Schweizer (So. · M):
· Has at least one point in 4 straight games
· Has at least one goal in 4 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 then host Maryland on ESPNU on April 15. In addition, the game at Hofstra was shown on a tape-delayed basis on Verizon FiOS.
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 245-127 (.658), including a 177-111 (.614) 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 18 of her first 22 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.
Johns Hopkins is back at Homewood Field on Wednesday, April 15 to take on top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion Maryland. ESPNU will be televising the game and opening draw is slated for 8:32 pm.