Johns Hopkins-Virginia Women's Lacrosse Game Notes
Johns Hopkins is making its third straight and sixth overall appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament as it travels to College Park to take on 15th-ranked Virginia. The Blue Jays have been idle for nearly three weeks after finishing the regular season on April 23.
Last Time Out
Johns Hopkins got the signature win it needed to boost its NCAA Tournament resume on April 23 when the Blue Jays beat the host and 16th-ranked Boston College Eagles. Trailing 7-3 at the half, the Blue Jays outscored the Eagles, 9-2, to come from behind to win 12-9.
Playing in front of her hometown crowd, sophomore Shannon Fitzgerald poured in a career-high six points, with five of those coming in the second half. BC scored the first goal of the second half to take an 8-3 lead, but Hopkins answered with seven straight goals to take its first lead of the game with 14:15 to play. The Eagles answered just 12 seconds later to tie the game at 9-9, but the Jays came right back with the final three goals to grab the win. Sophomore Emily Kenul finished with a hat trick and five points (3g, 2a) and assisted on Fitzgerald's game-winner.
B1G Things Ahead
After two seasons as an independent, Johns Hopkins will once again have conference affiliation as the Blue Jays have accepted membership in the Big Ten. Hopkins will begin play in the league in 2017 but faced four of its future conference opponents (Rutgers, Penn State, Ohio State, Maryland) this season. The Blue Jays spent 13 years as a member of the American Lacrosse Conference before going independent in 2015.
At the Draw
Against UMBC on April 13, senior Dene' DiMartino became the program's all-time leader in draw controls in a season and career. She enters Friday's game with 93 draws this season and 257 in her career. Earlier this year, in the win at Vanderbilt, she broke the school's single-game record with 10 draws versus the Commodores as she now holds the school's single-game, single-season and career records. DiMartino ranks ninth in the nation with 5.47 draws per game and is 10th among all active players in Division I in career draws.
Senior Kristen Cannon tore her ACL for the third time in the Blue Jays' season-opener and missed the next six games. She returned to the field against Hofstra on March 13, just 30 days after her injury. Since Cannon returned to the field, she has totaled five goals, three assists, six ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Senior Dene' DiMartino has notched 34 hat tricks in her career, with 27 of those coming since 2014. In her career, Hopkins is 26-8 when she has a hat trick, including 22-5 since 2014. Her 34 hat tricks are the third most in school Division I history.
Junior Maddie Bodden had a career-high five caused turnovers versus Penn State. That is one shy of the school single-game record and is tied for the fifth most in NCAA Division I this season. Bodden's five caused turnovers are the most by a Blue Jay since Lacey-Leigh Hentz had five against George Mason on May 3, 2003. She leads the Blue Jays with 25 caused turnovers this season while junior Haley Schweizer is the Blue Jays' active career leader with 46 caused turnovers, which ranks 18th in school Division I history.
Entering the week, Johns Hopkins is ranked 20th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, 19th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and is receiving votes in the Nike/Lax Magazine Poll. Eight of the Blue Jays' 2016 opponents are ranked in the top 20 of the IWLCA poll, including three (Maryland, Stony Brook, Stanford) in the top 10.
In the Big Dance
Johns Hopkins is making its sixth NCAA Division I Tournament appearance and 15th overall. Hopkins is 1-5 in the NCAA DI Tournament with its lone win coming in 2007 at Hofstra. This is the first time since 1995 - when JHU was a Division III program - that it has made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Against the Cavaliers
Johns Hopkins and Virginia meet for the sixth time and first since 2013. This will be the second meeting between the two in the NCAA Tournament, with the Cavs winning the first meeting (10-8) in 2005. Virginia leads the all-time series, 3-2, though Hopkins won the last meeting 9-8 in Charlottesville.
Scouting the Cavaliers
Virginia is making its 21st consecutive and 29th overall trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers are 34-25 all-time in NCAA games, tied for second most wins in Division I history.
The Cavs boast a pair of players with more than 30 goals and four with 30 or more points. Kasey Behr leads the team with 36 goals and has scored a goal in every game this season. A Second-Team All-ACC selection, she is tied for second in points (40) and is second in draws (35). Posey Valis is tops on the team with 40 points (34g, 6a) while Besser Dyson leads in assists (18) and is tied with Behr in points.
Rachel Vander Kolk has played all but nine minutes in the cage for Virginia and she boasts a 10.73 goals against average and a .408 save percentage. She is also tied for the team lead in ground balls (35), with Mary Alati, a second team all-league pick. Alati leads the team with 22 caused turnovers and is also second in with 15 assists. Anchoring the defense is All-ACC defender, Maggie Preas. She has totaled 34 draws, 15 caused turnovers and 23 ground balls on the season.
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:
Dene' DiMartino (Sr. • M):
• Needs 4 points to rank 5th (has 197)
• Needs 3 points to reach 200 career points
• Needs 32 goals to rank 2nd (has 166)
• Needs 4 assists to rank 15th (has 31)
Caroline Federico (So. • GK):
• Needs 62 saves to rank 4th (has 231)
Josie George (Sr. • D):
• Needs 1 caused turnover to rank 19th and 4 to rank 18th (has 42)
Emily Kenul (So. • A):
• Needs 2 free position goals to rank 17th (has 11)
• Needs 1 assist to rank 16th and 5 to rank 15th (has 30)
• Needs 9 draw controls to rank 16th (has 59)
Jenna Reifler (Sr. • A):
• Needs 1 point to rank 19th and 12 to rank 18th (has 95)
• Needs 5 points to reach 100 career points
• Needs 7 assists to rank 9th (has 39)
Haley Schweizer (Jr. • M):
• Needs 9 goals to rank 19th (has 64)
• Needs 2 draw controls to rank 17th and 11 to rank 16th (has 57)
• Needs 1 caused turnover to rank 17th and 2 to rank 15th (has 46)
Four Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Friday's game. Senior Dene' DiMartino leads the way with a 51-game point streak, which is the third longest in school Division I history. In addition, her 43-game goal-scoring streak is the longest in school DI history. Here's a look at those streaks:
Dene' DiMartino (Sr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 51 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 43 straight games
CeCe Finney (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games
Emily Kenul (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 3 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games
Shannon Fitzgerald (So. • M):
• Has at least one point in 3 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 3 straight games
Senior Dene' DiMartino was one of 25 women's players selected as a nominee for the 2016 Tewaaraton Award. The five men's and five women's finalists will be announced on May 12 and invited to the 16th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony in Washington, DC, on June 2. DiMartino leads the team in points (51), goals (42) and draws (93). She is the third Johns Hopkins player to be selected as a Tewaaraton Nominee, joining Taylor D'Amore (2013, 2014) and Mary Key (2005, 2006, 2007). The original women's watch list was announced February 23, with additions made March 17 and April 7, and was ultimately comprised of 55 women's players.
On the Tube
Hopkins hosted a pair of nationally-televised games on ESPNU this year against Loyola and Stanford. The Blue Jays lost both games in double overtime.
For the Record
2016 marks the 41st season for Johns Hopkins, which sports an all-time record of 409-257-4 (.613) and a 191-120 (.614) record as a Division I program. Hopkins won 14 games last season, one win shy of the school Division I record. 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).
Six for Schweizer
Junior Haley Schweizer poured in six goals and seven points in the win at Rutgers on February 21. Her previous career high for points and goals in a game was three. Her six-goal outing was the most by a Blue Jay since Taylor D'Amore did so against Bucknell on February 23, 2013 and is tied for the fourth most in NCAA Division I this season. Schweizer's six goals were the third most by a Blue Jay since the program went Division I in 1999. In addition, her seven points were the most since D'Amore had seven versus Florida on April 5, 2014. Schweizer ranks third on the team in goals (31) and fourth in points (35).
Home Sweet Home(wood)
Under head coach Janine Tucker, the Blue Jays are 114-54 (.678) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field and the Jays are 21-7 (.750) at home since the start of the 2014 season. Hopkins played 10 regular season home games this season.
The season-opening win over Marquette marked a pair of milestones for the Blue Jays as it was the 250th career win for head coach Janine Tucker and the 400th in program history. Hopkins is the 17th program in NCAA history (all divisions) to reach 400 wins. Tucker ranks 19th all-time in NCAA women's lacrosse history with 259 wins and she ranks 14th among active coaches in wins.
Freshman Hat Trick
Freshman Miranda Ibello not only scored her first career goal in the season opener against Marquette, she finished with a hat trick versus the Golden Eagles. This is the second straight year that a freshman finished with a hat trick in the same game that she scored her first career goal. Sophomore Shannon Fitzgerald turned the same trick versus George Washington on February 18, 2015. In addition, Ibello is the first freshman to notch a hat trick in her first career game since Taylor D'Amore did so on February 19, 2011. She is second on the team in assists (10) and is sixth in points (20).
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 two more are following in their sister's footsteps.
Junior 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). Sophomore Emily Verica is the daughter of Chris Verica `87, who played football for the Blue Jays. Junior midfielder Haley Schweizer is following in the footsteps of her sister Courtney `13, who played four years for the Blue Jays. Freshman 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. The Ibellos are the 10th pair of sisters to don the Hopkins Blue & Black.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Senior middie Dene' DiMartino and senior defender Kirsti Paavola have been selected in a vote of their teammates as captains for the 2016 season. DiMartino is serving as captain for the second straight year and is the 17th player in program history to do so.
Welcome to Homewood
Head coach Janine Tucker welcomes seven freshmen to the Blue Jays this season. Joining Hopkins this season are Haley Crosson, Nicole DeMase, Miranda Ibello, Holly Logan, Lexee Pinsky, Morgayne Rix and Alexandra Seward.
Sophomore Shannon Fitzgerald was named the National Player of the Week by both Inside Lacrosse and the IWLCA for her performance in Hopkins' win at Boston College on April 23. The Newton, MA native scored four goals, including the game-winner, and handed out two assists as the Blue Jays rallied from a four-goal halftime deficit to win 12-9.
At the Helm
The winningest coach in program history, Janine Tucker is in her 23rd season as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. She sports a record of 259-136 (.656), including a 191-120 (.614) 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 18 of her 22 years on the bench. She has also guided Hopkins to five 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 250 wins when JHU beat Marquette, 11-8, on February 12, 2016.