April 27, 2012
Johns Hopkins closes out the regular season this afternoon against 13th-ranked Ohio State. The Blue Jays are looking to end the season on a winning note as they head in to the ALC Tournament next weekend in Gainesville. Ohio State (10-4) is coming off a 14-4 non-conference win over American last Saturday and has had all week to prep for the Blue Jays.
For the Record
Hopkins' all-time record stands at 358-233-4 (.605) in 37 seasons. Since moving to Division I, JHU is 140-96 (.593) in 14 seasons.
Johns Hopkins is 45-44 (.506) all-time in the month of April.
Thank You Seniors!
This afternoon's game marks the final home game for the Blue Jays nine seniors. The team will honor their seniors prior to the start of today's game. The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse class of 2012 has led the Blue Jays to 31 wins, with 20 of those coming here at Homewood Field. Together theses seniors have scored 363 goals, dished out 123 assists for 486 points and also controlled 397 draw controls. The class has earned eight All-American Lacrosse Conference honors and five IWLCA All-Region selections in the last three seasons. In addition, two members of this senior class have represented Johns Hopkins on the US National teams.
Senior Rachel Ballatori spearheaded the Blue Jays' "Stick it to Sarcoma" initiative this past fall in honor of her father, Ned, who was battling angiosarcoma. Hopkins raised more than $14,000 at its annual play day on October 22 with all proceeds given to the Hopkins Sarcoma Program. Unfortunately, Ned Ballatori lost his battle with angiosarcoma and passed away on December 25. This season, Rachel and many of her teammates are sporting headbands with Ned's initials and Rachel's number (25) in memory of her father and to raise awareness about angiosarcoma.
Last Time Out
Alicia Krause scored the final two goals of the game for the visiting UMBC Retrievers as they rallied for a 7-6 win over Johns Hopkins on Wednesday night at Homewood Field. Hopkins jmped out to a two-goal lead, but UMBC scored the last two goals of the opening half to send the teams into the half tied at 2-2. The teams traded goals over the first 20 minutes of the second stanza until the Retrievers strung together back-to-back goals for teh win. Senior Colleen McCaffrey tallied her eighth hat trick of the season to pace the Blue Jays while sophomore Taylor D'Amore had three points (1g, 2a) and a game-high four draws. Junior Cosette Larash made eight saves in the loss.
Lending a Hand
Sophomore Taylor D'Amore leads the team and ranks 22nd nationally with a career-high 30 assists. She now has 49 assists for her career to rank tied for sixth in school Division I history. Her 30 helpers so far this season are the most by a Blue Jay since Mary Key handed out 54 in 2007. D'Amore has notched an assist in 24 of her 32 career games and has 16 multi-assist games.
Home Sweet Home(wood)
The Blue Jays are 86-43 (.667) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field under head coach Janine Tucker. Hopkins will play a total of 10 games at home this season, including a four-game home stand that saw the Blue Jays go 2-2 from February 24 to March 7. The Jays will wrap up the regular season this week with a pair of games at Homewood versus UMBC and Ohio State.
On the Road Again
Hopkins opened the season with two straight road games and played just two sest of back-to-back road games this year. In all, Hopkins will played just six regular season games away from home and will travel to Gainesville, FL for the sixth American Lacrosse Conference Tournament.
Scouting Ohio State
The Buckeyes started the year 5-0, the best start for the program in 10 years, and have secured their seventh overall season and second in a row with at least 10 victories. All four of the Buckeye losses have come at the hands of ranked teams this spring, including two among the top 5 in No. 1 Northwestern and then-No. 5 Florida - both of whom also are a part of the ALC. The average margin of defeat is under four goals, while the Buckeyes command their wins by over five goals.
Alayna Markwordt was named to the list of 25 Tewaaraton Award nominees, released Wednesday by the Tewaaraton Foundation. Markwordt currently is fourth in the nation in per game scoring (5.57 ppg) and assists (3.14 apg). She leads the team and power-packed ALC with 78 total points off 34 goals and 44 assists, marking the fourth-consecutive season she has tallied more than 70 points on the year.
Against the Buckeyes
Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 6-4. But the Buckeyes won the last meeting, 19-12, in Columbus in last season's regular-season finale. The Blue Jays are 5-0 at Homewood Field against Ohio State.
Hopkins enters this week's action ranked 19th in the IWLCA coaches' poll and 20th in the deBeer Media Poll. Nine of the Blue Jays' 17 opponents this season are currently ranked in the coaches' poll - including all five ALC opponents.
Watch List - Part I
The Blue Jays placed three players on the American Lacrosse Conference Player to Watch List. Seniors Colleen McCaffrey and Candace Rossi and sophomore Taylor D'Amore were among the 16 players selected by the league's head coaches.
Watch List - Part II
The 2012 Tewaaraton Watch Lists have been announced, highlighting the early pool of players who will be under consideration for college lacrosse's highest individual honor. The list spans all three divisions. Among those selected are Johns Hopkins' sophomore midfielder Taylor D'Amore and senior defender Alyssa Kildare.
At the Helm
Head coach Janine Tucker is in her 19th season at the helm of the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse program. She is the longest-tenured and winningest coach in program history. Her record at Homewood stands at 208-112 (.650) as she has 96 more wins than the next coach on the all-time coaching list at JHU. On April 13, 2011, Tucker became the 11th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the 200-win plateau with a 12-7 win at UMBC.
Century Club - Part I
Senior Candace Rossi entered the season just five goals shy of the century mark and it didn't take her long to reach the milestone. She scored five goals, the last coming with 12:47 to play in the second half, in Hopkins season-opening win at George Mason. She is the seventh player in school Division I history and 20th all-time to reach the milestone. Rossi now has 123 career goals and joins classmate Colleen McCaffrey, who has 138 goals for her career.
Century Club - Part II
Senior Colleen McCaffrey is in some exclusive company. She has 138 goals and 144 draw controls in her career entering Saturday's game. She is one of just four players all-time in Johns Hopkins history to score 100 goals and control 100 draws. McCaffrey joins Jamie Larrimore `02 (198 goals, 202 draws), Sonia Dickson `95 (103 goals, 129 draws) and Mary Key `07 (234 goals, 128 draws).
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:
Rachel Ballatori (Sr./A):
Needs 4 points to rank 16th (has 80)
Needs 3 goals to rank 17th (has 54)
Needs 1 free position goal to rank 17th and 2 to rank 15th (has 8)
Needs 2 assists to rank 13th (has 26)
Taylor D'Amore (So./M):
Needs 3 points to rank 13th and 7 to rank 12th (has 106)
Needs 7 goals to rank 15th (has 57)
Needs 1 free position goal to rank 13th (has 12)
Needs 5 assists to rank 5th (has 49)
Needs 27 draws to rank 4th (has 101)
KC Emerson (Fr./GK):
Needs 63 saves to rank 7th (has 57)
Alyssa Kildare (Sr./D):
Needs 4 ground balls to rank 10th (has 126)
Needs 2 draws to rank 10th (has 74)
Needs 10 caused turnovers to rank 5th (has 80)
Cosette Larash (Jr./GK):
Needs 13 saves to rank 3rd (has 280)
Colleen McCaffrey (Sr./A):
Needs 6 points to rank 5th (has 171)
Needs 14 goals to rank 3rd (has 135)
Needs 3 free position goals to rank 2nd (has 29)
Needs 45 assists to rank 11th (has 33)
Needs 58 draws to rank 2nd (has 144)
Candace Rossi (Sr./A):
Needs 24 points to rank 4th (has 177)
Needs 3 goals to rank 5th (has 123)
Needs 1 free position goal to rank 7th (has 17)
Needs 1 assist to rank 4th and 8 to rank 3rd (has 54)
Needs 2 draws to rank 7th and 3 to rank 5th (has 91)
Needs 5 caused turnovers to rank 14th (has 42)
Rachel Serio (Sr./M):
Needs 4 draw controls to rank 18th (has 45)
Hopkins will travel to Gainesville, FL for the sixth American Lacrosse Conference Tournament. The Blue Jays' seeding will be determined by today's game versus the Buckeyes.