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Johns Hopkins-Duke Women's Lacrosse Game Notes

Freshman Emily Kenul is tied for the team lead with 17 assists and is second in points (39).
May 1, 2015

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Opening Draw

Johns Hopkins is back on the road, traveling to Durham, NC to take on fourth-ranked Duke on the final day of the regular season. The Blue Jays have won two straight and are looking to bolster their NCAA Tournament resume heading into Sunday's selection show. The Blue Devils are coming off a disappointing loss to the ACC Champion Syracuse Orange in the tournament semifinals.

For the Record
2015 marks the 40th season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 398-249-4 (.614) and a 180-112 (.616) record as a Division I program. Hopkins won a school Division I record 15 games last season, including a school-record 10-game season-opening win streak. The Blue Jays have posted 30 winning seasons, including 21 straight from 1987 to 2007. Hopkins has also made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, including four in the Division I Tournament (2004, 2005, 2007, 2014).

The Last Meeting
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May 19, 2007
Durham, NC
Duke Ends Hopkins Run, 12-7 in NCAA Quarterfinals
Second-seeded Duke used a strong first half to defeat seventh-seeded Johns Hopkins 12-7 in the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Championship Saturday. The Blue Jays finished the season with a 12-8 record, having tied the school record for wins in a season.

Two Wins to Go
The Blue Jays are just two wins away from the 400th win in program history. Hopkins would be the 16th program in NCAA history (all divisions) to reach the mark. Two more wins would also mark the 250th of head coach Janine Tucker's career. She is tied for 19th all-time in NCAA women's lacrosse history with her 248 wins and she is 15th among active coaches in wins.

Last Time Out
Johns Hopkins scored three goals in the final 6:58 of regulation to force overtime before defeating host Towson, 11-10, on sophomore Haley Schweizer's goal last Saturday afternoon. The game featured six ties, the final one coming with 3:11 to play when freshman CeCe Finney tied the game at 10-all.

Junior Dene' DiMartino, sophomore Alexis Maffucci, Schweizer and freshman Shannon Fitzgerald all had two goals for the Blue Jays while freshman Emily Kenul added a goal and an assist. Senior KC Emerson made 10 saves and picked up a pair of ground balls in the win. Senior Octavia Williams and sophomore Kirsti Paavola each had three caused turnovers to anchor the defense.

Getting Defensive
Johns Hopkins ranks seventh in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 7.00 goals per game, and is seventh in save percentage (.495). Hopkins has allowed double digit goals just three times this season, a 12-10 overtime loss at 14th-ranked Loyola, a 17-9 setback to top-ranked Maryland and an 11-10 overtime win at Towson. Sixteen times this season, the Blue Jays have held their opponents scoreless for 19 minutes or longer. In fact, eight of those 16 droughts are 25 minutes or longer.

Spread Offense
It has been offense by committee this season for the Blue Jays as 15 players have scored at least one goal and nine of those have scored in double digits. In addition, eight players have tallied at least 20 points so far this season. Junior Dene' DiMartino leads the Jays with 35 goals, sophomore Haley Schweizer has 24 and freshman CeCe Finney has scored 23. Freshman Emily Kenul ranks fourth with 22 goals and junior Kristen Cannon is fifth with 21 goals.

What Sophomore Slump?
Sophomore Haley Schweizer had an outstanding rookie season in 2014 as she started all 20 games on a defense that ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense (7.40 goals per game). She earned Second Team IWLCA All-Mid Atlantic and All-ALC honors and was also named to the Inside Lacrosse All-Rookie Team. This year, Schweizer made the move from defense to the midfield and she has flourished there. She leads the team in caused turnovers (18), is second in ground balls (26), draw controls (29) and goals (24).

Against the Blue Devils
Sunday's game marks the eighth all-time meeting between the Blue Jays and the Blue Devils. Duke leads the all-time series 7-0, which began in 1999. The two last met in the 2007 NCAA Quarterfinals, which Duke won 12-7.

Scouting the Blue Devils
Opponents are averaging just 7.71 goals per game against a tough Duke defense, which led the ACC this season and currently ranks 13th nationally. The Blue Devil defense has held 13 of its 17 opponents to single-digit scoring. On the other end of the field, Duke ranks 18th in the nation in scoring offense (13.00 gpg) and 11th in scoring margin (+5.29).

Senior Kerrin Maurer guides the offense with 62 points on 36 goals and 26 assists while classmates Brigid Smith (33g, 17a), Katie Trees (29g, 16a) and freshman Kyra Harney (27g, 13a) have also topped the 40-point mark for the season. In all, nine different players have reached double digits in goals for the Blue Devils. Maurer leads Duke at the draw (66) and ranks 26th in the nation. Defender Gabby Moise paces the team in takeaways with 16 and in goal, junior Kelsey Duryea has been solid, ranking 12th nationally in goals against average (7.50) and 10th in save percentage (.490) heading into Sunday's game.

Poll Position - Part I
Johns Hopkins is still 18th in the IWLCA Poll and moved up a spot in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll to rank 17th (55 points).

Poll Position - Part II
Five of Johns Hopkins' 2015 opponents are ranked in this week's IWLCA Coaches' Poll, including four in the top 10 (Maryland, Boston College, Duke and Stony Brook).

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:

Jen Cook (Sr. · A):
· Needs 1 point to rank 16th and 5 to rank 15th (has 108)
· Needs 3 goals to rank 18th (has 72)
· Needs 1 free position goal to rank 18th (has 9)
· Needs 1 assist to rank 12th, 2 to rank 11th and 3 to rank 10th (has 36)

Dene' DiMartino (Jr. · M):
· Needs 1 point to rank 10th and 9 to rank 9th (has 140)
· Needs 7 goals to rank 7th (has 119)
· Needs 3 draw controls to rank 4th and 52 to rank 3rd (has 150)

KC Emerson (Sr. · GK):
· Needs 78 saves to rank 4th (has 215)

Caroline Federico (So. · GK):
· Needs 19 saves to rank 8th (has 101)

Jenna Reifler (Jr. · A):
· Needs 2 assists to rank 17th (has 23)

Octavia Williams (Sr. · D):
· Needs 1 caused turnover to rank 15th and 3 to rank 11th (has 49)

Century Club
Senior Jen Cook tallied three points in the win at Bucknell to become the 18th player in school Division I history to reach 100 for her career. She is also the second player this season to reach the milestone as junior Dene' DiMartino achieved the mark on February 18 versus George Washington. DiMartino is also the 10th player to reach the 100-point milestone by her junior year and she enters Sunday's game with 119 goals and 140 points in her career. Cook meanwhile, enters Sunday's game with 72 goals and 36 assists for her career. In addition, DiMartino scored her 100th career goal on March 18 at Furman, becoming the ninth player in school DI history to eclipse the mark.

Lending a Hand
Senior Jen Cook handed out five assists in the win at Furman on March 18 in the first five-assist performance by a Blue Jay since April 21, 2013 when Taylor D'Amore had five versus Penn State. It was also the most assists by a JHU player since D'Amore had six helpers versus Georgetown on May 9, 2014. She is tied for the team lead with 17 assists and currently ranks 13th in school Division I history with 36 helpers. Freshman Emily Kenul handed out a career-best four assists in Hopkins' win at UMBC and had three straight multi-assist games from April 1 to April 11. She is tied with Cook for the team lead in assists.

Watch List
Junior midfielder Dene' DiMartino was named to the 2015 Tewaaraton Award women's watch list it was announced February 27. DiMartino is one of 50 women's players named to the watch list. Additions to the watch list, were announced March 19 and April 9 and the field was narrowed to 25 nominees on April 23. Five women's finalists will be announced on May 7 with the winner announced on May 28 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.

Oh Captain, My Captain
Senior goalie KC Emerson and junior middie Dene' DiMartino were selected as the captains for the 2015 Blue Jays in a vote of their teammates. Emerson is just the fifth goalie to serve as captain for Johns Hopkins.

Welcome to Homewood
Head coach Janine Tucker welcomed 12 freshmen to Homewood this season and the class of 2018 makes up 40 percent of the Blue Jays' roster. It is the Blue Jays' largest freshmen class since the program elevated to Division I in 1999. Joining Hopkins this season are Chloe Duke, Eden Epner, CeCe Finney, Shannon Fitzgerald, Maggie Friel, Loring Gearhardt, Emily Kenul, Annie Schindler, Caroline Shinske, Anne Smith, Casey Van Slyke and Emily Verica.

Thinking Outside the Box
The Blue Jay coaching staff went outside the box with this year's recruiting class as the roster features two players from Tennessee, one from Texas and one from Colorado. Loring Gearhardt and Chloe Duke both hail from Memphis, TN where they were teammates at the Hutchison School. Eden Epner is from Bellaire, TX and played for St. John's School, while Annie Schindler comes to Baltimore from Morrison, CO where she played at Mullen.

Home Sweet Home(wood)
Under head coach Janine Tucker, the Blue Jays are 109-50 (.685) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field and the Jays are 16-3 at home in the last two seasons. Hopkins played eight regular season games at Homewood Field this season, including six of its last nine games.

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 a third is following in her sister's footsteps.

Sophomore 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). Freshman Emily Verica is the daughter of Chris Verica `87, who played football for the Blue Jays. Sophomore midfielder Haley Schweizer is following in the footsteps of her sister Courtney `13, who played four years for the Blue Jays. The Schweizers are the ninth pair of sisters to don the Columbia Blue & Black.

Going Independent
After 13 seasons in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC), Johns Hopkins will compete as an independent this season. Since the Blue Jays no longer have an automatic bid to contest for, every game will count as they look to make the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.

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

Jen Cook (Sr. · A):
· Has at least one point in 12 straight games
· Has at least one goal in 6 straight games

Dene' DiMartino (Jr. · M):
· Has at least one point in 32 straight games
· Has at least one goal in 24 straight games
· Has at least one assist in 7 straight games

CeCe Finney (Fr. · M):
· Has at least one point in 6 straight games
· Has at least one goal in 6 straight games

Shannon Fitzgerald (Fr. · M):
· Has at least one point in 4 straight games
· Has at least one goal in 4 straight games

Emily Kenul (Fr. · A/M):
· Has at least one point in 16 straight games
· Has at least one goal in 2 straight games
· Has at least one assist 6 straight games

Alexis Maffucci (So. · A):
· Has at least one point in 2 straight games
· Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

Haley Schweizer (So. · M):
· Has at least one point in 8 straight games
· Has at least one goal in 8 straight games

On the Tube
Johns Hopkins played a pair of games on ESPNU this season. JHU's game versus Georgetown on March 21 was shown live on ESPN3 and on tape-delay on ESPNU the following day. Hopkins then hosted Maryland on ESPNU on April 15. In addition, the game at Hofstra was shown on a tape-delayed basis on Verizon FiOS. Hopkins' game at Duke will be shown on ESPN3.

I'm Honored
Associate head coach Tara Singleton was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame on January 17, 2015. This marks her fifth season at Johns Hopkins and second as associate head coach. Last season, Singleton's Blue Jay defense led the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) and ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense (7.40). JHU also led the ALC and ranked 19th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game (9.30).

At the Helm
The winningest coach in program history, Janine Tucker is in her 22nd season as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. She sports a record of 248-128 (.659), including a 180-112 (.616) 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 Greyhounds' Athletic Hall of Fame, Tucker has led the Blue Jays to double-digit win totals in 18 of her first 22 years on the bench. She has also guided Hopkins to four 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 Division I history to reach 200 wins when JHU beat host UMBC, 12-7, on April 13, 2011.