April 15, 2011
The Game: Johns Hopkins returns to Homewood Field and ALC play to host second-ranked Northwestern. The Blue Jays (8-5, 0-2 ALC) are coming off a 12-7 win at UMBC but are still looking for their first conference win of the season. The Wildcats (12-1, 2-1 ALC) meanwhile, are coming off their first loss of the season and their first conference loss since a 10-9 overtime defeat to Vanderbilt on May 6, 2004.
Against the Wildcats: Saturday's meeting between the Blue Jays and the Wildcats will be the 11th in the series that dates back to 2002 - when Northwestern reinstated its program and the American Lacrosse Conference was formed. Hopkins won the first two meetings between the two clubs, but Northwestern has won eight straight including an 11-7 decision at Lakeside Field on April 16, 2010.
Home Sweet Homewood: Hopkins finally returns home to the friendly confines of Homewood Field on Saturday, April 16 as the Blue Jays host the second-ranked Northwestern Wildcats. Hopkins will play back-to-back games at home before its regular-season finale at Ohio State. The Blue Jays are 4-2 at home this season and 81-37 (.686) under head coach Janine Tucker at Homewood Field.
With the game tied at 1-1, senior Brooke Foussadier scored at 23:09 to ignite a three-goal spurt for the Blue Jays as they pushed out to a 4-1 lead. UMBC cut it back to two with 11:40 to play in the half, but freshman Sammy Cermack and junior Colleen McCaffrey would add tallies in the final 10 minutes to send Hopkins into the half with a 6-2 lead.
UMBC jumped on the board just seven seconds into the second half as the teams traded scores over the next 12 minutes. Following an Alicia Krause goal at 18:31, Foussadier once again scored to kick start a three-goal run as Hopkins took an 11-5 lead with just over 11 minutes to play. UMBC would cut the deficit to four with 5:01 to play, but Hopkins got one more from D'Amore to account for the final.
D'Amore's six points tied her career-high, while her three assists are a career-best. Foussadier, McCaffrey and juniors Rachel Ballatori and Candace Rossi all had multi-goal games on a night when six different Blue Jays combined for 12 goals. Junior Alyssa Kildare was all over the field for the Blue Jays, grabbing three ground balls, controlling a career-high-tying four draws and causing one turnover, while sophomore Cosette Larash finished with five saves in the win.
Countdown to 200: Head coach Janine Tucker earned the 200th win of her career on Wednesday with Hopkins 12-7 triumph at UMBC. That win improves her record to 200-101 (.664) (all at Johns Hopkins) as she became the 14th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the milestone.
Taylor Times Two: Freshmen middies Taylor D'Amore and Sarah Taylor have made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. D'Amore leads the team in assists (14), ranks second in draws (26)and points (37), third in goals (23) and is fourth in caused turnovers (10). She also has 11 ground balls and was named the ALC Rookie of the Week on March 7. Her 14 assists are a school Division I record for assists by a freshman midfielder and is the second most by a freshman in school DI history.
Taylor meanwhile, has scored eight goals and added five assists to go along with six ground balls, eight draws and one caused turnover. She ranks fifth on the team in assists, sixth in points (13) and is seventh in goals. Taylor is second only to D'Amore in those categories for a freshman. Taylor was named the ALC Rookie of the Week on March 1.
Scouting the Wildcats: Northwestern brings one of the nation's most prolific offenses to Homewood Field as the Wildcats rank fourth in the nation with 15.83 goals per game. NU also leads the country in draw controls with 17.50 per game.
Individually, junior Shannon Smith leads the nation with 72 points and 6.0 per game. She also ranks eighth with 3.5 goals and third with 2.5 assists per game. Freshman Alyssa Leonard is sixth in the NCAA with 4.5 draw controls per game. While junior Brianne LoManto ranks 10th in goals against average (8.12) and 14th in save percentage (.486).
Six-Point Night: Freshman middie Taylor D'Amore notched her second six-point game of the season on Wednesday in the Blue Jays win at UMBC. She first turned the trick in Hopkins' season-opener on February 19 vs. George Mason. Three different players have had six points in a game this season for the Blue Jays as juniors Candace Rossi and Colleen McCaffrey have also done so.
Poll Position: The Blue Jays are receiving votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll for the third straight week but are unranked in the deBeer Media Poll.
Defensive Notes: The Johns Hopkins' defense has held opponents scoreless for 15 minutes or more nine times so far this season, including two droughts of 30 minutes or more.
When Last We Met: Johns Hopkins led top-ranked and five-time defending NCAA Champion Northwestern at the half, but a 6-0 Wildcats' run to open the second proved to be the difference as the Blue Jays fell 11-7 to the Wildcats on April 16, 2010.
Hopkins led Northwestern 3-2 at the half, but the Wildcats, who rank second in the nation with 16.36 goals per game, wouldn't be held in check for long. Coming out of the break, Northwestern opened a one-goal game with a methodical six-goal run that spanned nearly 11 minutes and saw six different players score. Alexandra Frank scored 93 seconds into the second half to tie the game at 3-3 and ignite the run.
Colleen McCaffrey ended the run with the first of her two with 9:46 to play in the game. The teams would traded goals for the remainder of the game as Northwestern took the win.
The teams had gone back-and-forth over the course of the first half as a pair of Sam Schrum goals paced Hopkins to a 3-2 lead at the break.
Records Watch: 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 (Jr./A):
Needs 1 assist to rank 18th and 3 to rank 17th (has 17)
Brianna Cronin (Sr./M):
Needs 17 goals to rank 15th (has 47)
Brooke Foussadier (Sr./A):
Needs 5 goals to rank 17th (has 42)
Needs 11 points to rank 19th (has 53)
Alyssa Kildare (Jr./D):
Needs 1 ground ball to rank 18th and 5 to rank 17th (has 94)
Needs 7 draw controls to rank 12th (has 60)
Needs 4 caused turnovers to rank ninth (has 58)
Brooke Lipinski (Sr./D):
Needs 2 caused turnovers to rank 11th and 10 to rank 10th (has 48)
Candace Rossi (Jr./A):
Needs 1 goal to rank 10th, 2 to rank ninth and and 7 to rank seventh (has 88)
Needs 5 assists to rank ninth (has 32)
Needs 7 points to rank eighth (has 120)
Needs 1 draw control to rank 11th, 2 to rank 10th and 5 to rank ninth (has 67)
Colleen McCaffrey (So./M):
Needs 5 goals to rank eighth (has 90)
Needs 2 assists to rank 12th and 5 to rank 11th (has 23)
Needs 5 points to rank 10th and 7 to rank ninth (has 113)
Needs 27 draw controls to rank third (has 101)
She's Streaking: Junior Candace Rossi ended last season with an 11-game point scoring streak and has kept that going so far in 2011. She scored a pair of goals and added an assist in the win at UMBC on Wednesday to extend her point streak to 24 straight games.
Century Club: Junior Colleen McCaffrey scored a game-high four goals in Hopkins' March 23 upset of fourth-ranked Penn to become the 13th player in school Division I history, and second this year, to reach the 100-career point mark. She enters Saturday's game with 113 career points.
McCaffrey joined classmate Candace Rossi, who reached the milestone on March 5 at Stony Brook. The pair are the first set of teammates to hit the milestone in the same season since Lauren Schwarzmann and Kadie Stamper both hit the mark as seniors in 2008. Rossi has 120 career points heading into Saturday's game.
Youth's the Game: Though Hopkins returned eight starters from last year's squad, including five players that have started the last two seasons, the Blue Jays are still a young squad with just four seniors on the roster. The junior class has a combined 133 career starts in the last two years, while the sophomore class combined for 29 starts in 2010. Hopkins has one freshman and three sophomores in its starting lineup this season.
Countdown to 350: Johns Hopkins enters Saturday's game with an all-time record of 349-220-4 (.612), leaving the Blue Jays just one win shy of the 350-win mark. In addition, Hopkins earned its 125th win at the Division I level with a 19-9 win over George Mason on February 19. The Blue Jays are now 132-85 (.608) since moving to the Division I level in 1999.
Preseason Honors: Junior attacker Candace Rossi and junior defender Alyssa Kildare were named to the ALC Preseason All-Conference team as selected by the conference's six head coaches. Rossi earned Second Team All-ALC honors last season after leading the Blue Jays in goals (35), assists (17) and points (52). Kildare is a two-time All-ALC selection and earned first team accolades last season after finishing second in the conference in ground balls (44) and caused turnovers (28).
Coaches Pick: Johns Hopkins was picked to finish fifth in the American Lacrosse Conference in a vote of the conference's coaches. The Blue Jays finished in third last season with a 3-2 record.
Red, White and Blue: Junior defender Alyssa Kildare was selected to the 2010-11 US National Team in August. This marks her first time sporting the red, white and blue. Former Blue Jay Lauren Schwarzmann `08 is making her fourth appearance with the national team.
On Tap: Johns Hopkins hosts Penn State on Senior Day at Homewood Field on Saturday, April 23. Opening draw for the Blue Jays final regular season home contest is slated for 1:00 pm.