Johns Hopkins-Penn State Women's Lacrosse Game Notes
Johns Hopkins is back in the NCAA Tournament and will travel to Charlottesville, VA to take on seventh-ranked Penn State on Friday in the first round. The Blue Jays are making their second straight and fifth NCAA Division I Tournament appearance since 2004. Hopkins has won three straight and 12 of its last 13 games entering Friday's matchup. Penn State has won nine of its last 10 games, including back-to-back games in the Big Ten Tournament to win the inaugural title.
For the Record
2015 marks the 40th season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 399-249-4 (.615) and a 181-112 (.617) 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).
One Win to Go
The Blue Jays are just one win 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 19th all-time in NCAA women's lacrosse history with her 249 wins and she is 15th among active coaches in wins.
Last Time Out
Johns Hopkins methodically built a 9-1 lead over host and third-ranked Duke before holding off the Blue Devils in a 9-8 win last Sunday. Junior Dene' DiMartino and sophomore Haley Schweizer each tallied a hat trick to lead the Blue Jays to their first-ever win over the Blue Devils.
Hopkins scored the game's first two goals and led 2-1 over Duke with 23:45 to play in the first half. Schweizer then kickstarted a run that saw the Blue Jays score seven straight while holding the Devils off the scoreboard for more than 36 minutes. DiMartino won her eighth and final draw of the game with 53 seconds left to help Hopkins secure the win.
In the Dance
Johns Hopkins is in the NCAA Division I Tournament for the fifth time since 2004. Hopkins is making back-to-back tournament appearances for the first time since 2004-05. The Blue Jays are 1-4 in the tournament, including 0-1 at neutral sites. Last season, Hopkins fell 9-8 in overtime to Georgetown in the first round at North Carolina. The Blue Jays and the Nittany Lions are meeting for the first time in the NCAA Tournament.
Johns Hopkins ranks seventh in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 7.06 goals per game, and is seventh in save percentage (.489). 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. Seventeen times this season, the Blue Jays have held their opponents scoreless for 19 minutes or longer. In fact, nine of those 17 droughts are 25 minutes or longer.
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 38 goals, sophomore Haley Schweizer has 27 and freshman CeCe Finney has scored 24. Freshman Emily Kenul ranks fourth with 23 goals and junior Kristen Cannon and sophomore Alexis Maffucci each have 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 (19), is second in ground balls (26), draw controls (29) and goals (27).
Against the Nittany Lions
Friday's game marks the 17th all-time meeting between former American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) foes, Johns Hopkins and Penn State. The Nittany Lions are 11-5 all-time against the Blue Jays and have won five of the last seven meetings.
Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn State is in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time under head coach Missy Doherty. She earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors after leading the Nittany Lions to the inaugural Big Ten Tournament title and a 14-4 record.
Penn State has a potent offensive attack that features seven players with 20 or more points and five with 30+ points. Senior Maggie McCormick leads the way with 63 points and 41 assists and ranks sixth in the nation in assists. Sophomore Steph Lazo has a team-best 38 goals while senior Tatum Coffey ranks a close second with 36 goals and 11 assists while leading the team in caused turnovers (21). Junior Madison Cyr meanwhile leads the team in ground balls (26) and is third in goals (31) and caused turnovers (14). Junior Jenna Mosketti has a team high 65 draw controls, which ranks 33rd in the NCAA. Junior Emi Smith earend Big Ten Goalie of the Year honors after back-stopping Penn State to a 14-win season. She has played over 960 minutes in the cage and boasts a 9.18 goals against average and a .458 save percentage, both of which rank second in the conference.
Poll Position - Part I
Johns Hopkins moved up one spot in both the IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse Media Polls this week. The Blue Jays are now 17th in the coaches poll and 16th in the media poll.
Poll Position - Part II
Six of Johns Hopkins' 2015 opponents are ranked in this week's IWLCA Coaches' Poll, including five in the top 10 (Maryland, Boston College, Duke, Stony Brook and Penn State).
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 6 points to rank 9th (has 143)
• Needs 4 goals to rank 7th (has 122)
• Needs 44 draw controls to rank 3rd (has 158)
KC Emerson (Sr. • GK):
• Needs 72 saves to rank 4th (has 221)
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)
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 Friday's game with 122 goals and 143 points in her career. Cook meanwhile, enters Friday'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 ranks second on the team 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 leads the team lead with 18 assists.
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.
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.
After 13 seasons in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC), Johns Hopkins competed as an independent this season.
Six Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Friday's game. Senior Jen Cook had her 12-game point and six-game goal streak snapped in Sunday's win at Duke. Here's a look at those streaks:
Dene' DiMartino (Jr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 33 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 25 straight games
CeCe Finney (Fr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 7 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 7 straight games
Shannon Fitzgerald (Fr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 5 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 5 straight games
Emily Kenul (Fr. • A/M):
• Has at least one point in 17 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 3 straight games
• Has at least one assist 7 straight games
Alexis Maffucci (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 3 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 3 straight games
Haley Schweizer (So. • M):
• Has at least one point in 9 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 9 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 was also shown on ESPN3.
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 249-128 (.660), including a 181-112 (.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 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.
With a win over Penn State, Johns Hopkins would take on the winner of Winthrop and host Virginia at 4:00 pm on Sunday in the second round.