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Johns Hopkins-Towson Women's Lacrosse Game Notes

April 28, 2017

Johns Hopkins-Towson Game Information
Game Date/Time April 30, 2017 / Noon
Location Towson, MD • Johnny Unitas Stadium
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Opening Draw
Johns Hopkins wraps up the regular season on Sunday at 17th-ranked Towson. The Blue Jays have won two straight and secured a berth in the Big Ten Tournament with a 17-9 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Hopkins is looking to strengthen its NCAA Tournament resume with a win over Towson.

The Last Meeting
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April 2, 2016
Baltimore, MD
17th-ranked Towson Defeats Johns Hopkins, 9-4
Visiting 17th-ranked Towson got four goals from Carly Tellekamp in a 9-4 win over 19th-ranked Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field.

The Big Ten Tournament
The Big Ten Tournament is set after Thursday night's action. Fourth-seeded Hopkins will play host and top-seeded Maryland on Friday in the first semifinal. Penn State (number two seed) and Northwestern (number three seed) will meet in the other semifinal in College Park. The winners will face off on Sunday for the Big Ten title.

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 four games of the month, Hopkins has accumulated 28 assists.

Last Time Out
Johns Hopkins beat visiting Rutgers, 17-9, on Thursday night in a battle for the fourth and final spot in the Big Ten Tournament. In what turned into a game of runs, the Blue Jays jumped out to leads of 5-0 and 8-1. The Scarlet Knights trimmed the deficit to four at the half, but JHU scored eight straight to open the second and take control of the game. Rutgers had one final run, scoring five consecutive to pull within 16-9. But Hopkins would get one more before the final horn.

Senior Haley Schweizer scored a game-high six points and five goals, including the 100th of her career. Junior Emily Kenul (3g, 2a) and freshman Maggie Schneidereith (3g, 1a) also had hat tricks and junior Shannon Fitzgerald added three assists. Senior Caroline Federico finished with 12 saves, her fourth double-digit save total of the season.

Poll Position
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 Tigers
Johns Hopkins and Towson meet for the 24th time in a series that began in 1976. The Blue Jays lead the series, 14-9, though the Tigers won the last time the two met. Towson's 9-4 win over Hopkins on April 2, 2016 snapped the Blue Jays' five-game win streak in the series.

Scouting the Tigers
Towson has won two straight and four of its last five entering both teams' season finale on Sunday. The Tigers finished second in the CAA and will play the number three seed in the conference tournament.

The Tigers boast five players with 30 or more points and four of those have at least 30 goals. Samantha Brookhart leads the team with 59 points and 43 assists, which ranks fifth nationally. Carly Tellekamp has scored a team-best 44 goals and ranks third with 52 points. She also leads Towson with 70 draws. Kaitlyn Montalbano (36g, 45pt), Natalie Sulmonte (38g, 54pt) and Emily Gillingham (32g, 38pt) have also eclipsed 30 points this season.

Olivia Conti leads the Tiger defense with 45 caused turnovers, which ranks sixth in the nation, and ranks second on the team in ground balls (40). Tianna Wallpher leads the team with 44 ground balls and is second with 35 caused turnovers. Angie Benson has started 14 games in the cage and boasts an 8.98 goals against average and a .492 save percentage. She ranks 15th in the nation in save percentage and goals against average.

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 18 saves to rank 2nd (has 384) • Needs 2 ground balls to rank 19th and 3 to rank 18th (has 97)

Shannon Fitzgerald (Jr. • M):
• Needs 1 point to reach 100 for her career (has 99)
• Needs 7 goals to rank 17th (has 79)
• 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 13th (has 123)
• Needs 7 goals to rank 17th (has 79)
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 9th (has 18)
• Needs 2 assists to rank ninth and 5 to rank eighth (has 44)
• Needs 4 draw controls to rank 7th (has 98)

Haley Schweizer (Sr. • M):
• Needs 1 point to rank 15th and 6 to rank 14th (has 117)
• Needs 10 goals to rank ninth (has 100)
• Needs 2 draw controls to rank 11th (has 89)
• Needs 1 caused turnover to rank 8th and 2 to rank 7th (has 65)

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 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.

Getting Defensive
Johns Hopkins has held its opponents scoreless for 15 minutes or more 14 times this season. The Blue Jays rank second in the Big Ten and 21st in the nation in scoring defense (9.44). In addition, Hopkins ranks fourth in the league in caused turnovers (8.81) and ground balls (17.25).

Century Mark - Part I
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 Sunday's game with 99 career points.

Century Mark - Part II
Senior Haley Schweizer reached another milestone on Thursday night when she scored the 100th goal of her career. She is just the 10th player in school Division I history to reach the mark and the first since Dene' DiMartino accomplished the feat in 2015.

Thank You Seniors!
The Blue Jay senior class has led Hopkins to 51 wins and three NCAA Tournament appearances in their career. The 51 wins are the most by any class since the program moved to Division I in 1999. It is also four shy of the all-time program record, set by the Class of 1996.

Lending A Hand
Freshman Maggie Schneidereith leads the Blue Jays and ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 20 assists. Her 20 assists are the second most by a freshman in program history and are two shy of Mary Key's record of 22, set in 2004. Sophomore Miranda Ibello ranks second on the team and is seventh in the league with 18 helpers. She is tied for 19th in program history with 28 career assists. Junior Emily Kenul is the program's active assist leader with 44 career helpers, which ranks 10th in school history. As a team, Hopkins ranks third in the league with 5.75 assists per game.

Iron Woman
Senior Haley Schweizer has started all 73 games of her career - tying Dene' DiMartino's program 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 36-of-80 on free position, for a 45.0 percent conversion rate, which is second best in the Big Ten and ranks 34th 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 leads the team lead with 20 assists and is second with 39 points. She also leads all freshmen on the team in goals (19), assists and points. In addition, Schneidereith leads all freshmen in the Big Ten in assists, is second in points and third 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.

We're Streaking!
Seven Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Sunday's game at Towson. Here's a look at those streaks:

Nicole DeMase (So. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games

Maggie Friel (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games

Emily Kenul (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 7 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 6 straight games

Alexis Maffucci (Sr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games

Maggie Schneidereith (Fr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 12 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 4 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 7 straight games

Haley Schweizer (Sr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 8 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 8 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 3 straight games

Emily Verica (Jr. • D):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 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. BTN will also televise the Big Ten Tournament at Maryland.

For the Record
This marks the 42nd season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 421-263-4 (.615) and a 203-126 (.617) 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 120-57 (.678) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field and the Jays are 27-10 (.730) 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 271-142 (.656), including a 203-126 (.617) 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.

On Tap
Hopkins will travel down I-95 to College Park for the 2017 Big Ten Tournament. The Blue Jays will take on the top-seeded Maryland Terrapins in the first semifinal on Friday. Opening draw is slated for 6:00 pm at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.