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Johns Hopkins-Maryland Big Ten Women's Lacrosse Notes

May 4, 2017

Johns Hopkins-Maryland B1G Semifinals Game Information
Game Date/Time May 5, 2017 / 6:00 pm
Location College Park, MD • Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex
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Opening Draw
Johns Hopkins enters postseason play this week as the Blue Jays travel to College Park for the 2017 Big Ten Tournament. Hopkins earned the number four seed in the tournament with a 3-3 record and will face top-seeded and undefeated Maryland in the semifinals.

The Last Meeting
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March 19, 2017
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Top-Ranked Maryland Tops Johns Hopkins in Big Ten Opener
Top-ranked Maryland scored seven straight goals to open the second half en route to a 17-4 win over the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team in both teams’ Big Ten opener.

All-Big Ten
Johns Hopkins had three players named to the 2017 All-Big Ten Team it was announced on Wednesday. Senior midfielder Haley Schweizer was a unanimous selection and senior defender Nevi Fernandez and junior attacker Emily Kenul joined her on the All-Big Ten Team. In addition, senior defender Maddie Bodden was one of seven Sportsmanship Award recipients in the league.

Assist for Literacy
Johns Hopkins hosted its first “Coaching for Literacy” game on April 11. For the whole month of April, the Blue Jays raised 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. Hopkins accumulated 31 assists in the month of April.

Last Time Out
Host and 17th-ranked Towson jumped out to 7-0 lead and didn’t look back in an 18-5 win over Johns Hopkins Sunday afternoon.

Senior Alexis Maffucci (2g) and junior Emily Kenul (2a) led the Blue Jays offensively, while Kenul also controlled four draws. Senior Lily Schmitt led the defense with three caused turnovers.

Poll Position
Hopkins is receiving votes in 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 Terps
Johns Hopkins and Maryland meet for the second time in less than two months. The Terps beat the Blue Jays, 17-4, in College Park on March 19 and have won all 15 meetings in the series. Friday’s game will be Hopkins’ fifth in College Park in the last 13 months. Last season, JHU played Maryland on April 6 and May 15 as well as Virginia on May 13 in College Park. Hopkins then returned in March to face Maryland in both teams’ Big Ten opener.

Scouting the Terps
Maryland finished the regular season undefeated for the third straight season and 10th time in program history. The Terps clinched the Big Ten regular season title outright with an 18-9 win at Northwestern on Thursday night. Maryland leads the nation in scoring (16.88) and ranks fourth in scoring margin (+7.88).

The Terps boast seven players with 30 or more points, including five with 50 or more. Megan Whittle leads the way with 54 goals and 64 points, while Caroline Wannen ranks second with 59 points and a team-best 28 assists. Zoe Stukenberg is second on the team with 38 goals and third with 20 assists and 58 points.

Stukenberg also leads Maryland with 53 draws and 37 ground balls and ranks third with 16 caused turnovers. Nadine Hadnagy leads the defense with 23 caused turnovers and also has 22 ground balls. Megan Taylor boasts an 8.93 goals against average and a .555 save percentage. She leads the Big Ten in both categories and ranks second nationally in save percentage and 15th in 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 11 saves to rank 2nd (has 391)
• Needs 1 ground ball to rank 18th and 2 to rank 17th (has 99)

Shannon Fitzgerald (Jr. • M):
• Needs 6 goals to rank 17th (has 80)
• 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 2 points to rank 13th and 10 to rank 12th (has 125)
• Needs 7 goals to rank 17th (has 79)
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 9th (has 18)
• Needs 3 assists to rank 8th (has 46)
• Needs 26 draw controls to rank 6th (has 102)

Haley Schweizer (Sr. • M):
• Needs 1 point to rank 15th and 8 to rank 14th (has 117)
• Needs 10 goals to rank 9th (has 100)
• Needs 1 draw control to rank 11th, 3 to rank 9th and 4 to rank 8th (has 90)
• Needs 1 caused turnover to rank 7th and 17 to rank 6th (has 66)

Iron Woman
Senior Haley Schweizer has started every game of her career and on Sunday, she broke Dene’ DiMartino’s record of game started with her 74th career start. DiMartino, who graduated in 2016, also started every game of her career. Senior Nevi Fernandez played in her 71st career game on Sunday, which is tied for fifth in program history.

Century Mark - Part I
Junior Shannon Fitzgerald became the third player this season to earn her 100th career point on Sunday when she scored just 1:48 into the second half. She joins senior Haley Schweizer (117 points) and junior Emily Kenul (125 points) in the 100-point club. Kenul reached the milestone on February 22 at Loyola and Schweizer did so against Penn State on March 25. Fitzgerald is the 21st player in school Division I history to reach the 100-point mark. This is just the fifth time since 1999 (when the program moved to Division I), and 10th overall, that three players have had 100 or more career points at the same time (see chart below).

Century Mark - Part II
Senior Haley Schweizer reached another milestone last Thursday night versus Rutgers 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.

Stick Check
Senior Haley Schweizer is the Blue Jays’ active career leader with 66 caused turnovers, which is tied for eighth in school Division I history. Senior Claudia Flister leads the Blue Jays this season and ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 21 caused turnovers. Schweizer ranks second on the team with 18 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 27th in the nation in scoring defense (9.94). In addition, Hopkins ranks fourth in the league in caused turnovers (8.65) and ground balls (16.94).

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 46 career helpers, which is tied for ninth in school history. As a team, Hopkins ranks third in the league with 5.58 assists per game.

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-81 on free position, for a 44.4 percent conversion rate, which is second best in the Big Ten and ranks 40th 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.

We’re Streaking!
Four Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Friday’s game at Maryland. Here’s a look at those streaks:

Nicole DeMase (So. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 3 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

Shannon Fitzgerald (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

Emily Kenul (Jr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 8 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 7 straight games

Alexis Maffucci (Sr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 3 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 3 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 421-264-4 (.614) and a 203-127 (.615) record as a Division I program. The Blue Jays have posted 32 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 271-143 (.655), including a 203-127 (.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.