February 23, 2011

Hopkins Women Host The Mount Wednesday

from press release

The Game: Johns Hopkins plays host to Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday afternoon at Homewood Field. The Blue Jays are coming off a 19-9 season-opening win over the George Mason Patriots on Saturday. The Mount, meanwhile, are coming off a 12-day hiatus as they opened their season with a 14-4 loss to the Navy Midshipmen on February 11.

For Openers: Johns Hopkins is now 11-7 in season-openers under head coach Janine Tucker and the Blue Jays have won seven of their last nine openers. The only loss during that stretch came in 2008 at George Mason.

Against the Mount: Today's game is the eighth in the series between the Blue Jays and the Mount, which began in 1997. It is the Mount's first visit to Homewood Field since March 6, 2007. The Blue Jays are 7-0 all-time against the Mount and 4-0 at Homewood Field.

In February: Johns Hopkins is 9-5 all-time in the month of February.

Last Time Out: On a blustery day at Homewood Field, the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team got goals from 11 different scorers, including a game-high five from freshman Taylor D'Amore, in a 19-9 win over visiting George Mason Saturday afternoon. Hopkins opened the game on a 7-1 run that spanned the game's first 16 minutes as six different players scored. The Blue Jays would take a 12-4 lead into the half and led 14-4 just three minutes in after back-to-back goals from junior Colleen McCaffrey and D'Amore. Mason made things interesting with a 3-1 run that made it a 15-7 game with 13:32 still to play. But Hopkins would outscore Mason, 4-2, over the final 13 minutes to take the win.

D'Amore led all scorers with five goals and 13 different players notched a point for the Blue Jays, as McCaffrey, Brooke Foussadier, Rachel Ballatori, Candace Rossi, Katie Duffey and Courtney Schweizer all had multi-point games. McCaffrey finished with a game and career-high three assists while she also had a game-high five draw controls. Cosette Larash finished with nine saves and five ground balls to earn the win for the Blue Jays.

Home Sweet Home: The Blue Jays are 78-35 (.690) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field under head coach Janine Tucker. Hopkins has also won five straight at home.

D'Amore Debut: Freshman midfielder Taylor D'Amore had an impressive collegiate debut on Saturday, scoring a game-high five goals to pace Hopkins in a 19-9 win over George Mason. She also dished an assist, controlled two draws and caused a turnover. D'Amore's five goals are the most by a Hopkins freshman in their debut since Mary Key scored five in a 21-5 win over Davidson on February 29, 2004.

Youth's the Game: Though Hopkins returns eight starters from last year's squad, including five players that have started the last two seasons, the Blue Jays are still a young squad with just four seniors on the roster. The junior class has a combined 133 career starts in the last two years, while the sophomore class combined for 29 starts in 2010. Hopkins started one freshman and three sophomores in Saturday's win over George Mason.

Countdown to 350: Johns Hopkins enters Wednesday's game with an all-time record of 342-215-4 (.613), leaving the Blue Jays just eight wins shy of the 350-win mark. In addition, earned its 125th win at the Division I level on Saturday with a 19-9 win over George Mason. The Blue Jays are now 125-80 (.609) since moving to the Division I level in 1999.

Scouting the Mount: Mount St. Mary's and Navy ushered in the 2011 women's lacrosse season for the entire country on February 11 as the Midshipmen came away with a 14-4 victory. The Mount-Navy match was the first official game in Division I this season, beating out George Mason at UMBC and Notre Dame at California, which started one hour later. Nicole Price and Esther Rufolo combined to score all four goals for the Mount.

The Mount returns seven starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's squad that went 8-9. Gone from last year's squad are All-Northeast Conference selections Ashley Johnson and Jackie Kearney, along with more than 61.1 percent of the team's goals. Returning to lead the Mount in 2011 is Rufolo, a Second Team All-NEC a year ago after scoring 25 goals and adding five assists. While returning for the defense are seniors Aly Jost and Lucy Pompa, who combined for 72 ground balls, 53 draw controls and 45 caused turnovers a year ago. Also back is junior goalie Brigid McTavish, who posted a 9.99 goals against average and a .458 save percentage last season.

When Last We Met: Johns Hopkins got 10 of its 11 goals from sophomore or freshmen in an 11-6 win over Mount St. Mary's when the two last met on a cold and rainy afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium on April 13, 2010. Colleen McCaffrey got things going with a natural hat trick in the game's opening 10 minutes. Following a Mount timeout, the Blue Jays pushed their lead to six with three goals in just a 46-second span. Hopkins would go on to take a 9-0 lead before Mount St. Mary's finally got on the board, scoring a pair of goals in just 30 seconds to make it a 9-2 game.

With less than 12 minutes to play in the game, the Mount had cut the deficit to five as Hopkins led 10-5. But that's as close as Mount St. Mary's would get as Monica Fischer and Ashley Johnson would trade goals over the final seven minutes to account for the 11-6 final. Katie Duffey led the Blue Jays with a career-high five points on one goal and four assists, while McCaffrey was the leading goal-scorer on the day with her first-half hat trick. Jackie Kearney and Johnson combined for all six of the Mount's goals while McTavish finished with 13 saves in the cage.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 20th in this week's deBeer Media Poll after receiving 18 votes. The Blue Jays made their return to the poll in the preseason poll, marking their first appearance in the media poll since they were ranked 19th on March 2, 2009. Hopkins is receiving votes in the IWLCA Preseason Poll.

Countdown to 200: Head coach Janine Tucker enters Wednesday's game with a career record of 193-96 (.667) as she needs seven wins to reach the 200-win plateau. Two other active coaches in the nation are also within reach of the mark. Amherst head coach Christine Paradis enters this season with 199 career wins, while Amy Patton of Dartmouth sports 198. Nineteen coaches have reached the milestone all-time.

Preseason Honors: Junior attacker Candace Rossi and junior defender Alyssa Kildare were named to the ALC Preseason All-Conference team as selected by the conference's six head coaches. Rossi earned Second Team All-ALC honors last season after leading the Blue Jays in goals (35), assists (17) and points (52). Kildare is a two-time All-ALC selection and earned first team accolades last season after finishing second in the conference in ground balls (44) and caused turnovers (28).

Records Watch: Several Blue Jays are making their move up the Johns Hopkins Division I record book. Here's a look at where they rank:

Alyssa Kildare (Jr./D):
• Needs 1 caused turnover to rank 16th, 3 to rank 13th and 8 to rank 12th (has 39)

Candace Rossi (Jr./A):
- Needs 9 goals to rank 12th (has 66)
- Needs 1 assist to rank 12th, 3 to rank 11th and 6 to rank 10th (has 22)
- Needs 8 points to rank 12th (has 88)
- Needs 2 draw controls to 14th, 3 to rank 13th and 5 to rank 12th (has 52)

Colleen McCaffrey (So./M):
- Needs 3 goals to rank 14th and 5 to rank 13th (has 61)
- Needs 2 assists to rank 16th, 3 to rank 15th and 4 to rank 13th (has 18)
- Needs 5 points to rank 14th and 9 to rank 13th (has 79)
- Needs 15 draw controls to rank 6th (has 76)

Coaches Pick: Johns Hopkins was picked to finish fifth in the American Lacrosse Conference in a vote of the conference's coaches. The Blue Jays finished in third last season with a 3-2 record.

Red, White and Blue: Junior defender Alyssa Kildare was selected to the 2010-11 US National Team in August. This marks her first time sporting the red, white and blue. Former Blue Jay Lauren Schwarzmann '08 is making her fourth appearance with the national team. Kildare is the fifth Blue Jay to play for the US National Team.

Oh Captain, My Captain: Johns Hopkins will be captained by seniors Brianna Cronin and Brooke Lipinski and junior Rachel Ballatori this season.

On Tap: Johns Hopkins hits the road for the first time this season to take on the Princeton Tigers on Saturday, February 26 at 1:00 pm. The game kicks off a three-game road swing for the Blue Jays.

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