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Johns Hopkins-Maryland Women's Lacrosse Game Notes

May 14, 2016

Junior Nevi Fernandez and the Blue Jay defense are surrendering just 8.33 goals per game.

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The Last Meeting
Johns Hopkins8
Maryland10
April 6, 2016
College Park, MD
Top-Ranked Maryland Rallies to Defeat Johns Hopkins, 10-8
The 20th-ranked Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team led 6-3 at the half but top-ranked Maryland rallied in the second half to win 10-8 in College Park Wednesday night. Senior Dene' DiMartino scored a game-high five goals to lead the Blue Jays.


Opening Draw
Johns Hopkins makes the short trip back to College Park on Sunday to take on the two-time defending NCAA Champion in Maryland. Hopkins is coming off a 12-10 win over 15th-ranked Virginia on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAAs. The Blue Jays will look to hand the Terps their first home loss since 2012.

Last Time Out
Johns Hopkins showed little sign that it had not played in three weeks as the Blue Jays scored the game’s first three goals in a little over two minutes on Friday versus Virginia. The game consisted mostly of two-goal runs by the two teams and the Cavs pulled within one at the 20:11-mark in the second half. The Blue Jays answered with three straight goals over a span of more than 16 minutes to gain some breathing room. Virginia got the last two goals of the game, but Hopkins was able to take the 12-10 win.

Hopkins got goals from six different players, including a game-high three from junior Haley Schweizer, and 10 saves from classmate Caroline Federico in the win. Senior Dene’ DiMartino controlled five draws and freshman Nicole DeMase handed out a pair of assists.

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 Sunday’s game with 98 draws this season and 262 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.

IWLCA All-Region
Johns Hopkins placed three players on the 2016 IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Teams, which were released Friday afternoon. Senior Dene’ DiMartino leads the way with her third straight first team selection, and fourth overall. Earning second team honors are junior Haley Schweizer and sophomore Emily Kenul. Schweizer earns second team accolades for the third straight time while Kenul grabs her first career all-region selection. Hopkins has produced three ore more all-region honorees for seven straight years and nine of the last 11.

What ACL?
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.

Hats Off
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.

Poll Position
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 2-5 in the NCAA DI Tournament with wins coming at Hofstra (2007) and versus Virginia (2016). 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 Terps
Johns Hopkins and Maryland meet for the second time this season and 14th overall. The Terps have won every meeting between the two programs, including a 10-8 win earlier this year in College Park.

Scouting the Terps
Maryland enters Sunday’s game with a perfect 19-0 record, as well as Big Ten regular season and tournament championships. One of, if not the most dangerous team in the country, Terps lead all of Division I in draws per game (14.58), save percentage (.447), scoring defense (6.84), scoring margin (8.47) and scoring offense (15.32).

Maryland is led by two-time Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings, who ranks fourth in the nation in draws (6.53), 11th in caused turnovers (2.26), 12th in ground balls (3.00), 30th in goals (2.63) and 40th in points (3.53). She’s joined by Megan Whittle, one of the top attackers in the nation, who ranks 11th in the nation in goals (3.21) and 54th in points (3.37). On the other end of the field, Megan Taylor leads the defense and ranks third in the nation in goals against average (6.41) and 22nd in save percentage (.474).

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 2 points to rank 5th and 18 to rank 4th (has 199)
• Needs 1 point to reach 200 career points
• Needs 30 goals to rank 2nd (has 168)
• Needs 4 assists to rank 15th (has 31)

Caroline Federico (So. • GK):
• Needs 52 saves to rank 4th (has 241)

Josie George (Sr. • D):
• Needs 4 caused turnovers to rank 17th (has 43)

Emily Kenul (So. • A):
• Needs 1 free position goal to rank 17th (has 12)
• Needs 4 assists to rank 15th (has 31)
• Needs 1 draw controls to rank 17th and 9 to rank 16th (has 59)

Jenna Reifler (Sr. • A):
• Needs 10 points to rank 18th (has 97)
• Needs 3 points to reach 100 career points
• Needs 7 assists to rank 9th (has 39)

Haley Schweizer (Jr. • M):
• Needs 6 goals to rank 19th (has 67)
• Needs 8 draw controls to rank 16th (has 60)
• Needs 1 caused turnover to rank 15th and 2 to rank 14th (has 47)

Stick Check
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 47 caused turnovers, which ranks 17th in school Division I history.

We’re Streaking!
Five Blue Jays carry active goal, assist and/or point streaks into Sunday’s game. Senior Dene’ DiMartino leads the way with a 52-game point streak, which is the third longest in school Division I history. In addition, her 44-game goal-scoring streak is the longest in school DI history. Here’s a look at those streaks:

Nicole DeMase (Fr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games

Dene’ DiMartino (Sr. • M):
• Has at least one point in 52 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 44 straight games

Shannon Fitzgerald (So. • M):
• Has at least one point in 4 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 4 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games

Miranda Ibello (Fr. • A):
• Has at least one point in 2 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 2 straight games

Emily Kenul (So. • A):
• Has at least one point in 4 straight games
• Has at least one goal in 3 straight games
• Has at least one assist in 2 straight games

Tewaaraton Nominee
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 14 and invited to the 16th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony in Washington, DC, on June 2. DiMartino leads the team in points (53), goals (44) and draws (97). 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 410-257-4 (.614) and a 192-120 (.615) 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. After getting face-guarded at Boston College and held without a single point, Schweizer rebounded with three goals in the win over Virginia on Friday. She ranks third on the team in goals (34) and fourth in points (38).

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.

Milestones
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 260 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 third on the team in assists (10) and is sixth in points (21).

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 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.

I’m Honored
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 260-136 (.656), including a 192-120 (.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 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.

 

 

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