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Johns Hopkins-Ohio State Women's Lacrosse Game Notes

April 20, 2017

Johns Hopkins-Ohio State Game Information
Game Date/Time April 22, 2017 / 10:45 am
Location Columbus, OH • Ohio Stadium
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The Last Meeting
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March 5, 2016
Columbus, OH
Ohio State Tops Johns Hopkins, 8-7
Host and 17th-ranked Ohio State took a two-goal lead with 12:21 to play in the game and held off the 18th-ranked Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team, 8-7, on Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.

Opening Draw
Johns Hopkins travels to Columbus to take on Ohio State in the Blue Jays' first game in 11 days. It is also Hopkins' first road game in more than three weeks. Hopkins is seeking its second straight Big Ten win and first conference win over Ohio State since 2014.

The Road to the Tournament
Only the top four teams in the Big Ten make the tournament, which is scheduled for May 5 and 7 at Maryland. Maryland and Penn State are each 4-0 in league play and have secured berths in the tournament. Northwestern (3-1), Rutgers (2-2), Hopkins (1-3) and Michigan (1-4) are battling for the final two tournament spots. Northwestern and Rutgers meet this weekend while Michigan is idle until its April 30 meeting with Penn State. If Hopkins wins its last two games and Rutgers loses its last two, Hopkins would secure a spot in the Big Ten Tournament.

Assist for Literacy
Johns Hopkins hosted its first "Coaching for Literacy" game on April 11. All month long, the Blue Jays will be raising money for Reading Partners of Baltimore. Fans can join the fight by pledging a donation for each assist the Blue Jays make in the month of April ( Hopkins is the first NCAA lacrosse program to participate in Coaching for Literacy's Fight for Literacy -- an effort that included over 20 NCAA basketball programs this year. In its first two games of the month, Hopkins has accumulated 10 assists.

Last Time Out
Fourth-ranked Stony Brook used a seven-goal run that bridged halftime to take control en route to a 16-6 win over host Johns Hopkins on April 11.

The Blue Jays cut into the Seawolves' lead, making it a 6-3 game with 8:10 to play in the first half. Stony Brook answered with seven straight goals to push out to a 13-3 lead. The teams traded goals over the final 22 minutes and Stony Brook took the win. Senior Haley Schweizer led the Blue Jays with two goals and three points, while also picking up three ground balls. Senior Caroline Federico made nine saves and freshman Lexi Souder controlled three draws.

Poll Position
Hopkins is receiving votes in all three national polls this week. Six of the Blue Jays' 2017 opponents are ranked in the top 20 of the IWLCA poll, including four (Maryland, Stony Brook, Penn State, Penn) in the top 10.

Against the Buckeyes
Johns Hopkins and Ohio State meet for the 16th time in a series that began in 2002 with the inception of the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC). The Blue Jays lead the all-time series, 9-6, though the Jays are just 2-5 in Columbus. Eight of the 15 previous meetings were decided by just one goal, including each of the last four.

Scouting the Buckeyes
Ohio State is coming off a tough 18-9 loss at top-ranked Maryland last Saturday. Freshman Sage Darling led the Buckeyes with three goals on just four shots and classmate Jillian Rizzo finished with 13 saves and three ground balls.

Rizzo leads the Big Ten and the nation with 170 saves. She also leads the league in ground balls (3.06), ranks third in save percentage (.461) and sixth in goals against average (12.62). Junior Molly Wood paces the Buckeyes in goals (41), points (47) and draws (69). Sophomore Mackenzie Maring leads the squad in assists (16) and ranks fourth in points (28). Senior Christina Turner leads the defense with 17 caused turnovers and she ranks third with 26 ground balls.

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:

Maddie Bodden (Sr. • D):
• Needs 4 caused turnovers to rank 18th (has 43)

Nicole DeMase (So. • A/M):
• Needs 2 free position goals to rank 18th (has 11)

Caroline Federico (Sr. • GK):
• Needs 40 saves to rank 2nd (has 362)

Shannon Fitzgerald (Jr. • M):
• Needs 5 points to reach 100 for her career (has 95)
• Needs 1 goal to rank 18th and 8 to rank 19th (has 78)
• Needs 2 free position goals to rank 12th (has 15)

Miranda Ibello (So. • A):
• Needs 1 assist to rank 18th and 3 to rank 17th (has 28)

Emily Kenul (Jr. • A):
• Needs 4 points to rank 14th (has 114)
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 10th (has 17)
• Needs 5 assists to rank ninth (has 41)
• Needs 3 draw controls to rank 11th (has 88)

Haley Schweizer (Sr. • M):
• Needs 2 points to rank 17th and 6 to rank 16th (has 107)
• Needs 2 goal to rank 12th and 4 to rank 11th (has 93)
• Needs 3 draw controls to rank 11th (has 88)
• Needs 1 caused turnover to rank 8th and 2 to rank 7th (has 65)

Lending A Hand
Sophomore Miranda Ibello and freshman Maggie Schneidereith lead the Blue Jays and are tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 18 assists each. Ibello is tied for 19th in program history with 28 career assists while Schneidereith's 18 assists are the fourth most by a freshman in program history. Junior Emily Kenul is the program's active assist leader with 41 career helpers, which ranks 10th in school history. As a team, Hopkins ranks third in the league and 47th nationally with 5.36 assists per game.

Stick Check
Senior Haley Schweizer is the Blue Jays' active career leader with 65 caused turnovers, which ranks ninth in school Division I history. Senior Claudia Flister leads the Blue Jays this season and ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 18 caused turnovers. Schweizer ranks second on the team with 17 caused turnovers, while junior Shannon Fitzgerald ranks third with 16. Senior Maddie Bodden, who led the team last year with 27 caused turnovers, is tied for 19th in program history with 43 career caused turnovers.

Getting Defensive
Johns Hopkins has held its opponents scoreless for 15 minutes or more 13 times this season. The Blue Jays rank third in the Big Ten and 26th in the nation in scoring defense (9.71). In addition, Hopkins ranks second in the league in caused turnovers (9.21) and third in ground balls (18.07).

Century Mark
Senior Haley Schweizer notched three points (2g, 1a) versus Penn State on March 25, including the 100th point of her career. She is the second Blue Jay this season to earn her 100th point as junior Emily Kenul reached the mark on February 22 at Loyola. Schweizer is the 20th player in school Division I history and 37th all-time at Johns Hopkins to reach the milestone. She and Kenul are the eighth set of teammates with at least 100 career points and the first since 2014 (see chart below). Junior Shannon Fitzgerald is closing in on the mark as well as she enters Saturday's game with 95 career points.

On the Eight
A pair of records were broken in Hopkins' win over UMBC on March 8. The Blue Jays' scored seven free position goals, breaking the single-game record of six. Hopkins had scored six free position goals in a game three times, the most recent coming on February 15, 2014 versus Marquette. Sophomore Nicole DeMase accounted for four of the Blue Jays' seven free position goals. Her four goals broke the individual record of three, which had been accomplished seven times. She leads the Blue Jays and ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 11 free position goals on the season. As a team, Hopkins is 33-of-70 on free position, for a 47.1 percent conversion rate, which leads the Big Ten and ranks 25th in the nation.

The Tewaaraton
Johns Hopkins placed two players on the 2017 Tewaaraton Award Watch List it was announced on February 28. Senior Haley Schweizer and junior Emily Kenul are two of the 50 women's players named to the list. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2017 Tewaaraton Award, presented by Under Armour.

Freshmen Six
Freshman Maggie Schneidereith's six points (4g, 2a) against Georgetown on March 1 were not just a career high. It was also the most points by a freshman since Taylor D'Amore had six (3g, 3a) at UMBC on April 13, 2011. Schneidereith is tied for the team lead with 18 assists and is tied for third with 32 points. She also leads all freshmen on the team in goals (14), assists and points. In addition, Schneidereith leads all freshmen in the Big Ten in assists and is third in points.

B1G Things Ahead
After two seasons as an independent, Johns Hopkins will once again have conference affiliation as the Blue Jays begin their first season in the Big Ten in 2017. The Blue Jays spent 13 years as members of the American Lacrosse Conference before going independent in 2015.

Hopkins was picked to finish fourth in the preseason vote of the conference's coaches. Defending champion Maryland was the unanimous pick to win the 2017 title. Penn State was picked to finish second, followed by Northwestern and Hopkins to round out the top four. The top four teams in the final regular season standings qualify for the Big Ten Women's Lacrosse Tournament, which will take place at Maryland on May 5-7.

We're Streaking!
Five Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Saturday's game versus Ohio State. Here's a look at those streaks:

CeCe Finney (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 3 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 3 straight games

Shannon Fitzgerald (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 10 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 9 straight games

Emily Kenul (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 5 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 4 straight games

Maggie Schneidereith (Fr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 10 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 5 straight games

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

Preseason Honors
Seniors Caroline Federico and Haley Schweizer and junior Emily Kenul have garnered preseaon honors. The trio was named to the Big Ten Players to Watch list while Schweizer and Kenul were also named preseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse.

Oh Captain, My Captain
Senior middie Haley Schweizer and senior defender Maddie Bodden have been selected in a vote of their teammates as captains for the 2017 season.

On the Tube
Hopkins has four games scheduled for national television this season. Hopkins' games versus Georgetown (March 1) and Stony Brook (April 11) will be shown on ESPNU. In addition, Hopkins' games at Maryland (March 19) and Northwestern (March 30) will be shown on the Big Ten Network.

For the Record
This marks the 42nd season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 419-263-4 (.613) and a 201-126 (.615) record as a Division I program. The Blue Jays have posted 31 winning seasons, including 21 straight from 1987 to 2007. Hopkins has also made 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, including six in the Division I Tournament (2004, 2005, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016).

Home Sweet Home(wood)
Under head coach Janine Tucker, the Blue Jays are 119-57 (.676) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field and the Jays are 26-10 (.722) at home since the start of the 2014 season. Hopkins will play nine regular season games at home this season.

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 three more are following in their sisters' footsteps.

Junior Emily Verica is the daughter of Chris Verica `87, who played football for the Blue Jays while senior 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).

Senior midfielder Haley Schweizer is following in the footsteps of her sister Courtney `13, who played four years for the Blue Jays. Sophomore 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. Joining the Blue Jays and her sister, Holly, this season is freshman Shannon Logan. The Logans are the 11th pair of sisters to don the Hopkins Blue & Black and the first to do so at the same time since 2009 that Hopkins. The last pair of sisters to play on the same team were Sam and Megan Schrum.

One of Four
Unlike her teammates Holly and Shannon Logan, freshman attacker Maggie Schneidereith will not be playing along side her sister or sisters, for that matter, this season. Schneidereith, who hails from nearby Towson, is a quadruplet and all four sisters are playing Division I lacrosse. Midfielders Jamie and Lucy are playing at Drexel while goalie Georgia is playing for Albany.

Welcome to Homewood
Head coach Janine Tucker welcomes 10 freshmen to the Blue Jays this season. Joining Hopkins are Becca, Mackenzie Heldberg, Morgan Hendry, Caroline Hoeg, Eva Klaus, Robyn Lipschultz, Shannon Logan, Michelle Poirier, Maggie Schneidereith and Lexi Souder.

At the Helm
The winningest coach in program history, Janine Tucker is in her 24th season as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. She sports a record of 269-142 (.655), including a 201-126 (.615) 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 19 of her 23 years on the bench. She has also guided Hopkins to six 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 history to reach 250 wins when JHU beat Marquette, 11-8, on February 12, 2016. She currently ranks eighth in NCAA Division I history for coaching wins and she coached her 400th career game at Loyola on February 22.

On Tap
Hopkins returns to Homewood Field on Thursday, April 27 and will host Rutgers on Senior Day. Opening draw is slated for 6:00 pm.