Johns Hopkins-Rutgers Women's Lacrosse Game Notes
|Johns Hopkins-Rutgers Game Information|
|Game Date/Time||April 27, 2017 / 6:00 pm|
|Location||Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field|
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Johns Hopkins is back at Homewood Field for its final regular season home game of the season. Hopkins is coming off a 12-6 win at Ohio State and is looking to secure a berth in the Big Ten Tournament with a win over Rutgers.
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 (5-0), Penn State (4-1) and Northwestern (4-1) have all secured berths in the tournament with Hopkins (2-3) and Rutgers (2-3) battling for the final spot.
Thank You Seniors!
The Blue Jays will honor their seven seniors - Maddie Bodden, Caroline Federico, Nevi Fernandez, Claudia Flister, Alexis Maffucci, Lily Schmitt, Haley Schweizer - prior to Thursday’s game versus Rutgers. These seniors have led Hopkins to a combined 50 wins and three NCAA Tournament appearances in their career. They have played in a combined 372 games while totaling 137 goals and 28 assists for 165 points to go with 394 ground balls, 145 draw controls, 218 caused turnovers and 372 saves.
The Class of 2017’s 50 wins are tied for the most by any class since the program moved to Division I in 1999. It is also five shy of the all-time program record, set by the Class of 1996.
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 (pledgeit.org/assistforliteracy). 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 three games of the month, Hopkins has accumulated 18 assists.
Last Time Out
Johns Hopkins scored five straight goals midway through the second half to pull away for a 12-6 win at Ohio State on Saturday. Junior Emily Kenul paced the Blue Jays with three goals, four points and six draws. Seniors Caroline Federico and Maddie Bodden anchored a defense that held the Buckeyes to just six goals. Federico made 10 saves in the cage and Bodden held Molly Wood, Ohio State’s leading scorer, to just one goal.
Hopkins is receiving votes in both the Inside Lacrosse/Cascade Media Poll and the Nike/US Lacrosse Poll 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 Scarlet Knights
Johns Hopkins and Rutgers meet for just the third time ever and for the first time as conference foes. Hopkins won the first two meetings, including a 14-2 decision in Piscataway last February.
Scouting the Scarlet Knights
Rutgers is coming off a tough 14-7 loss at home to Northwestern on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights held a 5-4 lead at the half, but the Wildcats outscored them, 10-2, in the second half.
Nine players have scored more than 10 points and 10 goals this season for Rutgers. Kristina Dunphey leads the way offensively with 29 goals, while Nicole Kopyta is second with 24. Amanda Turturro leads the team in assists (18) while ranking second in points (38) and third in goals (20). Alana Navaroli leads the Scarlet Knights with 49 draws and had a game-high seven in their loss to the Wildcats.
Dunphey has been on fire lately as she’s scored 22 goals in her last nine games. Her streak started with Rutgers’ upset of then 18th-ranked James Madison on March 11. Dunphey now has 121 career points, which ranks 17th in program history. Turturro had a goal and an assist on Saturday to become the 24th player in school history to reach 100 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:
Maddie Bodden (Sr. • D):
• Needs 3 caused turnovers to rank 18th (has 44)
Nicole DeMase (So. • A/M):
• Needs 2 free position goals to rank 18th (has 11)
Caroline Federico (Sr. • GK):
• Needs 30 saves to rank 2nd (has 372)
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 9 points to rank 13th (has 118)
• Needs 2 goals to rank 19th and 3 to rank 18th (has 76)
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 10th (has 17)
• Needs 4 assists to rank ninth (has 42)
• Needs 8 draw controls to rank 7th (has 94)
Haley Schweizer (Sr. • M):
• Needs 2 points to rank 16th and 7 to rank 15th (has 111)
• Needs 2 goals to rank 11th and 3 to rank 10th (has 95)
• Needs 2 draw controls to rank 11th (has 89)
• Needs 1 caused turnover to rank 8th and 2 to rank 7th (has 65)
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 20 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, ranks 19th in program history with 44 career caused turnovers.
Johns Hopkins has held its opponents scoreless for 15 minutes or more 13 times this season. The Blue Jays rank second in the Big Ten and 20th in the nation in scoring defense (9.47). In addition, Hopkins ranks third in the league in caused turnovers (9.13) and ground balls (17.93).
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 Thursday’s game with 95 career points.
Lending A Hand
Freshman Maggie Schneidereith leads the Blue Jays and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 19 assists. Sophomore Miranda Ibello ranks second on the team and is tied for fifth in the league with 18 helpers. She is tied for 19th in program history with 28 career assists. Schneidereith’s 19 assists are tied for the second most by a freshman in program history. Junior Emily Kenul is the program’s active assist leader with 42 career helpers, which ranks 10th in school history. As a team, Hopkins ranks third in the league with 5.47 assists per game.
Senior Haley Schweizer has played and started all 72 games of her career. With her next start, she will match Dene’ DiMartino’s record of games played and games started.
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-75 on free position, for a 44.0 percent conversion rate, which is second best in the Big Ten and ranks 40th in the nation.
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.
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 leads the team lead with 19 assists and is tied for second with 35 points. She also leads all freshmen on the team in goals (16), assists and points. In addition, Schneidereith leads all freshmen in the Big Ten in assists, is second in points and is fourth in goals.
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.
Four Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Thursday’s game versus Rutgers. Here’s a look at those streaks:
CeCe Finney (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 4 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 4 straight games
Emily Kenul (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 6 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 5 straight games
Maggie Schneidereith (Fr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 11 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 3 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 6 straight games
Haley Schweizer (Sr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 7 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 7 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games
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.
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 420-263-4 (.614) and a 202-126 (.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.
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 270-142 (.655), including a 202-126 (.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 20 of her 24 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.
Hopkins makes the short trip to Towson on Sunday to take on the 17th-ranked Tigers in both teams’ regular season finale. Opening draw at Johnny Unitas Stadium is slated for Noon.