BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team is in its first week of fall practice and a full slate of fall events are on the horizon for the Blue Jays.
“I was very pleased with the energy and competitiveness of our Blue Jays this first week of fall practice,” said head coach Janine Tucker. “Our freshmen have meshed beautifully with our upperclassmen and I am loving the chemistry and camaraderie I am seeing.”
2018 Roster Available
The team’s official 2018 roster is now available online. The Blue Jays welcome eight freshmen who hail from Florida, Maryland and Ontario. Aurora Cordingley is the first women’s lacrosse player from Canada in more than 30 years.
“Our team captains have set a terrific tone for the fall,” noted Tucker “I am excited to see how we match up against some quality competition over the next few weeks.”
Johns Hopkins opens the fall portion of it schedule on Saturday, September 30 against James Madison at Homewood Field. Eight days later, Hopkins will host the seventh annual Stick it to Sarcoma event. The Blue Jays make the short trip to Sparks, MD and the US Lacrosse Headquarters for scrimmages versus Georgetown, Louisville and Boston University on October 14. Hopkins wraps up the fall with a trip to Delaware to face the host Blue Hens as well as Army and George Mason on October 28.
Stick it to Sarcoma
The Blue Jays will host the seventh annual Stick it to Sarcoma event on Sunday, October 8 at Homewood Field. Hopkins will host UMBC, William & Mary, Villanova, Rutgers and Keio University with games beginning at 9:00 am and running until 6:00 pm. The event began in 2011 in honor of Ned Ballatori, father of 2012 graduate Rachel Ballatori, who passed away in December 2011 after his battle with angiosarcoma.
All proceeds will be donated to the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery and Sarcoma Research, which provides comprehensive care for pediatric and adult patients with bone and soft tissue sarcomas. Over the past six years the Stick it to Sarcoma Foundation has raised nearly $80,000 and has fully funded three research grants.
Donations will be collected on October 8 at the Stick it to Sarcoma Fall Play Day. Fans can also make a donation online.
Freshmen Trio Ranked by Inside Lacrosse
Hopkins had a trio of freshmen make Inside Lacrosse’s 2017 Power 100 Freshman Rankings. Midfielder Shelby Harrison (Ocean City, MD/St. Mary’s) is ranked fifth, the highest ranking of any freshman in the Big Ten. Midfielder Keegan Barger (Fallston, MD/Notre Dame Prep) is ranked 29th and goalie Kathleen Garvey was named to the Watchlist. To see the complete list, click here.
20th Division I Season
Johns Hopkins is set to open its 20th season of Division I lacrosse on February 9 at home against Marquette. The Blue Jays are 203-128 (.611) since moving to Division I in 1999 and are 421-265-4 (.613) in 42 seasons all-time.
Tucker’s 25th Season
Tucker begins her 25th season at Johns Hopkins this year. In her first five seasons, she guided the Blue Jays to a 68-16 (.809) record, four Centennial Conference titles and three NCAA semifinal appearances in Division III. She guided the program’s transition to Division I in 1999 and has since led Hopkins to 203 wins and six NCAA Tournament appearances. Tucker ranks 19th in NCAA history with her 271 career wins.