Johns Hopkins-Florida Women's Lacrosse Game Notes
May 2, 2014
Johns Hopkins takes on top-seeded Florida in the ALC Semifinals Friday afternoon at Northwestern’s Lakeside Field. Hopkins is coming off a 13-10 win over seventh-ranked Penn State in the quarterfinals and is looking to avenge an earlier one-goal loss to Florida in the regular season. Florida has been idle since a 13-12 win at Northwestern on April 19 and earned a bye in the ALC Tournament after claiming the regular season title.
The Blue Jays won their first 10 games to start the season, breaking the school Division I record set by the 2006 squad. That year, the Blue Jays started the season with eight straight wins before falling to Maryland and finishing the season with a 12-4 mark. The overall school record for wins to start the season was set by the 1994 team that went 16-0 before losing in the NCAA Division III Semifinals. The coach of that 1994 squad was Janine Tucker; it was her first season at Homewood.
For the Record
2014 marks the 39th season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 385-244-4 (.611) and a 167-107 (.609) record as a Division I program. Hopkins has won a school Division I record 14 games this season and is two wins shy of tying the all-time program record of 16 wins (1994). The Blue Jays have posted 29 winning seasons, including 21 straight from 1987 to 2007. Hopkins has also made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including three in the Division I Tournament (2004, 2005, 2007).
Seven different players scored as Johns Hopkins defeated seventh-ranked Penn State, 13-10, in the quarterfinals of the ALC Tournament Thursday. With the game tied at two apiece and 17 minutes to play in the first half, the Blue Jays used a 7-1 run to take control of the game. Penn State would outscore Hopkins, 7-4, in the second half but the six-goal halftime deficit was too much to overcome for the Lions. Senior Sammy Cermack led the Blue Jays with a game-high four points (2g, 2a) while sophomore Dene’ DiMartino (3g) and senior Taylor D’Amore (2g, 1a) added three points apiece. Freshman Caroline Federico finished with a career-high 10 saves to earn the win.
Senior Taylor D’Amore has been named one of 27 women’s nominees for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award it was announced on April 25. Five women’s finalists will be announced May 8 and invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on May 29 in Washington, DC, where the 14th annual recipient will be announced. D’Amore was also selected as a nominee for the Tewaaraton Award as a junior in 2013.
D’Amore is tied with Florida’s Shannon Gilroy with an NCAA best 5.35 points per game and is tied for second in the NCAA with 2.53 assists per game while ranking 23rd in goals per game (2.82). D’Amore is the NCAA’s active career leader with 152 assists and is third among all active players with 292 career points. She also ranks fifth in NCAA Division I history in assists and is 19th in career draws (232).
Senior Taylor D’Amore was named the ALC Offensive Player of the Year, as well as a first team all-league pick on Thursday. She is joined on the first team by classmate and fellow captain, Sammy Cermack. Sophomore Dene’ DiMartino and Haley Schweizer were named to the All-ALC Second Team, giving Hopkins four All-ALC selections. D’Amore is the sixth player in program history to earn All-ALC honors four times and just the third to earn First Team All-ALC honors at least three times. She is the first ALC Offensive Player of the Year in program history. Cermack repeats as an All-ALC selection after earning second team honors a year ago. The 2013 ALC Rookie of the Year, DiMartino repeats as a second team honoree. While Schweizer is the ninth Blue Jay to earn All-ALC honors as a freshman.
Hopkins moved up one spot in the IWLCA Coaches Poll this week and is now eighth with 243 points. The Blue Jays also moved one spot in the Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Media Poll and are tied for sixth with 133 points. In addition to the Blue Jays, five of their 2014 opponents are ranked in this week’s IWLCA Top 20.
Lending a Hand
Senior Taylor D’Amore became Hopkins’ all-time assist leader on Saturday with her 150th career assist. Her second helper of the day surpassed Mary Key’s record of 149, a mark that has stood since 2007. D’Amore also became just the seventh player in NCAA Division I history to accumulate 150 career assists and is currently fifth in NCAA history with 152 assists. She also ranks second in the NCAA this season with 44 assists and 2.44 assists per game.
Century Club - Part I
Senior Sarah Taylor tallied the 100th point of her career at Penn State, becoming the second Blue Jay this season to accomplish the feat. She is also the 16th player in school Division I history to reach the mark and with 106 career points, joins classmates Sammy Cermack and Taylor D’Amore, who count 146 and 292 points in their career, respectively. The trio is the seventh set of teammates with at least 100 career points and it is just the second time that three teammates have done so at the same time (see chart above).
Century Club - Part II
Senior Taylor D’Amore scored four goals on February 22 for her team-leading 15th career hat trick. Even more important, her third goal of the afternoon was the 100th of her career. She is the eighth player in school Division I history to reach the milestone and the first since Candace Rossi in 2012. D’Amore enters this week’s action with 140 career goals. Senior Sammy Cermack is just five goals shy of reaching the milestone herself, as she enters this week with 95 career goals. Should Cermack reach the mark, it will be just the third time in school Division I history that a pair of teammates had at least 100 goals each at the same time.
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:
Sammy Cermack (Sr. • M):
• Needs 13 points to rank 8th (has 146)
• Needs 2 goals to rank 9th and 15 to rank 8th (has 95)
• Needs 5 goals to reach 100 goals (has 95)
• Needs 4 assists to rank 6th (has 51)
• Needs 1 ground ball to rank 18th and 2 to rank 17th (has 98)
• Needs 30 draws to rank 5th (has 98)
Taylor D’Amore (Sr. • A):
• Needs 91 points to rank 1st (has 292)
• Needs 1 goal to rank 4th and 12 to rank 3rd (has 140)
• Needs 1 caused turnover to rank 11th (has 51)
Dene’ DiMartino (So. • M):
• Needs 7 points to rank 16th (has 89)
• Needs 2 goals to rank 16th and 6 to rank 15th (has 80)
• Needs 30 draws to rank 5th (has 98)
KC Emerson (Jr. • GK):
• Needs 13 saves to rank 6th (has 133)
Caroline Federico (Fr. • GK):
• Needs 62 saves to rank 8th (has 58)
Sarah Taylor (Sr. • M):
• Needs 3 points to rank 15th (has 106)
• Needs 4 goals to rank 10th (has 91)
• Needs 3 draws to rank 19th (has 51)
Save the Best for Last
Senior middie Sammy Cermack has saved her best lacrosse for her senior season. She has posted career highs in every statistical category, and leads the team and the ALC in ground balls (42). Cermack ranks second on the team in points (56), assists (20), caused turnovers (16) and is third in goals (36) and draw controls (34). She ranks in the top 10 in school Division I history in career points (146), assists (51) and draw controls (98). Cermack also ranks in the top 20 in goals (95), free position goals (14) and ground balls (98).
No Sophomore Slump
Sophomore middie Dene’ DiMartino was named the ALC Rookie of the Year in 2013 after totaling 35 goals, 38 points, 23 ground balls, 47 draws and eight caused turnovers. She led all freshmen in the ALC in goals, points and draws and was second in ground balls. So far this season, DiMartino has surpassed her goal (45), assist (6), point (51), draw control (51) and caused turnover (12) totals from a year ago and has matched her ground ball total.
At the Circle
Senior Taylor D’Amore became the program’s all-time leader in draw controls on March 16 when her second draw of the day broke Kadie Stamper’s all-time record of 203. D’Amore enters this week’s action with 236 career draws and ranks sixth in the ALC in draws per game (3.24).
A New Standard
Seniors Sammy Cermack and Taylor D’Amore will set a new standard for games played in Hopkins Division I history on Friday as the pair will play in their 71st career game. The duo will break the record for games played (70), held by six different players. In addition, D’Amore will become the first player in school DI history to start 71 games. She will break the mark held by Mary Key, who started 70 games between 2004 and 2007.
Great Eight - Part I
Sophomore middie Dene’ DiMartino has scored a school-record 14 free position goals this season, breaking Danielle Maschuci’s all-time record of 12, set in 1998. In addition, she already ranks seventh in school Division I history and eighth all-time with 22 career free position goals.
Great Eight - Part II
As a team, Johns Hopkins has scored 44 free position goals, breaking the school Division I record of 41, set by the 2008 squad. This marks just the third time since 1999 (first year as Division I), that Hopkins has scored 40 or more free position goals in a season.
200 and Counting
Senior Taylor D’Amore notched her 200th career point on February 15 to become just the fifth player in school Division I history to reach the milestone. She is also the 10th player all-time in school history to tally at least 200 points and the first to do since Mary Key in 2006. On Thursday, D’Amore passed Jenn Ward and now ranks second all-time in school history with 292 career points.
Against the Gators
Hopkins and Florida meet for the second time this season and seventh time since the series began in 2010. The Blue Jays won the first meeting between the two, but the Gators have won five straight since, including a 10-9 win in Baltimore nearly four weeks ago.
Scouting the Gators
Florida is riding a seven-game win streak entering the ALC Tournament, though the Gators have not played since a 13-12 win over host Northwestern on April 19. Florida leads the nation in scoring offense (15.59) and rank fourth in scoring margin (7.24).
The Gators are led by the ALC Midfielder of the Year, Shannon Gilroy, who has tallied 91 points in 17 games. She leads the nation with 75 goals and is tied with JHU’s Taylor D’Amore with an NCAA best 5.35 points per game. Gilroy also ranks second in the league in draws (4.24) and third in caused turnovers (1.35). Florida also boasts the ALC Rookie of the Year in Sammi Burgess, who ranks second on the team with 31 goals and 45 points. Cara Canington and Mary-Sean Wilcox have split time in the cage this season. Canington boasts an 8.31 goals against average and a .482 save percentage, while Wilcox has an 8.40 goals against average and a .437 save percentage.
In the ALC Tourney
Hopkins is 3-7 all-time in the ALC Tournament, including a 2-5 mark at a neutral site. The Blue Jays are the fifth seed for just the second time and the first time since 2009. Hopkins and Florida are meeting in the ALC Tournament for just the second time and the first since 2010. That year, the Gators upset the third-ranked Blue Jays, 14-3, in the quarterfinals. The Blue Jays tied a program record for goals in an ALC Tournament game with the 13 they scored versus the Nittany Lions on Thursday.
We’re Streaking! Part I
Five Blue Jays carry active point, goal and/or assist streaks into this week’s action. Here’s a look their streaks.
Sammy Cermack (Sr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 17 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 10 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 4 straight games
Jen Cook (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 4 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 4 straight games
Taylor D’Amore (Sr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 56 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 21 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 26 straight games
Dene’ DiMartino (So. • M):
• Has at least one point in 14 straight games
• Has at least one goals in 6 straight games
Sarah Taylor (Sr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 5 straight games
• Has at least one goals in 5 straight games
We’re Streaking! Part II
Senior Taylor D’Amore’s point streak of 56 games is the second longest streak in school Division I history. It is the longest streak by a Blue Jay since Mary Key tallied at least one point in a school-record 70 straight games from 2004 to 2007. D’Amore has also tallied at least one assist in each of her last 26 games, the longest streak in JHU DI history.
We are Family
Freshman midfielder Haley Schweizer is following in the footsteps of sister Courtney, who played four years for the Blue Jays and graduated in May. The Schweizers are the ninth pair of sisters to don the Columbia Blue & Black. Haley is not the only freshman to follow in the footsteps of a family member however, as 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).
Home Sweet Home(wood)
Under head coach Janine Tucker, the Blue Jays are 101-48 (.677) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field. After playing seven of its first nine games at home, Hopkins played just three games at Homewood in the final seven weeks of the regular season.
Lights, Camera, Action!
The Blue Jays had three television games on their schedule this season, including a pair slated for ESPNU. Hopkins defeated fifth-ranked Loyola, 6-5, on ESPNU on February 26 and fell at 12th-ranked Penn State, 12-10, on the Big Ten Network on April 18. Hopkins closed out the regular season with an 8-7 win over 10th-ranked Ohio State on ESPNU on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays are 9-19 all-time in games played on tv.
On the World Stage Part I
Two current and one former member of the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team were in action at the 2013 FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario this past July in seniors Taylor D’Amore and Sarah Taylor and 2010 graduate Kim Dubansky. D’Amore was an alternate for the U.S. Women’s National Team, which won its seventh world championship. In January, she was selected to the 36-player roster for the ninth annual Champion Challenge.
Taylor suited up for England, which advanced to the Bronze Medal game before falling to Australia. Dubansky served as team captain of Israel, which was playing in its first world championship. Israel advanced to the seventh place game, but was forced to forfeit due to the game being played on the Sabbath.
Since 2005, six different Blue Jays have played with the U.S. National Team program. In addition to D’Amore, Alyssa Kildare ‘12, Colleen McCaffrey ‘12, Angela Hughes ‘10, Lauren Schwarzmann ‘08 and Mary Key ‘07 have all worn the Red, White & Blue.
On the World Stage Part II
On February 5, assistant coach Steele Stanwick was named to the U.S. Men’s National Team 30-man roster for the 2014 FIL World Championship in Denver. The team was selected following a tryout process that included 98 players and spanned seven months. The 2014 FIL World Championship is scheduled for July 10-19.
At the Helm
The winningest coach in program history, Janine Tucker is in her 21st season as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. She sports a record of 235-123 (.656), including a 167-107 (.609) 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 17 of her 21 years on the bench. She has also guided Hopkins to four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, three ECAC Division I championship games, and the program’s first three NCAA Division I Tournament appearances in 2004, 2005 and 2007. 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.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Seniors Taylor D’Amore and Sammy Cermack will captain the Blue Jays for the second straight season. They are just the third set of classmates to serve as captains for two seasons, joining Brianna Cronin & Brooke Lipinski (2010, 2011) and Liz Davis & Heather Klink (1987, 1988).
A win over Florida would advance Hopkins to the ALC Championship game for the first time since 2007. Hopkins would face either Ohio State or host Northwestern. The title game is set for Sunday, May 4 at 11:00 am.