March 15, 2011

Hopkins Women Host Hoyas on ESPNU

from press release

Johns Hopkins returns home for the first time since February 23 to take on the 13th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas. The Blue Jays are coming off a 10-1 win at Towson last Wednesday, while the Hoyas are coming off a 13-5 loss to the third-ranked Duke Blue Devils on Saturday. Against the Hoyas: Wednesday's game marks the 15th all-time meeting between the Blue Jays and the Hoyas, with Georgetown holding an 8-6 advantage. The Hoyas have won five straight in the series, including a 15-9 decision in Washington, DC last season. Hopkins last beat Georgetown on May 7, 2005, when the Blue Jays stunned the sixth-ranked Hoyas, 14-10, at Homewood Field and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Marching On: The Blue Jays are 86-31 (.735) in the month of March under head coach Janine Tucker.

On the Road Again: Johns Hopkins wrapped up a three-game road swing last Wednesday at Towson to improve to 2-1 on the road this season. The game against Georgetown marks a brief respite from the road for the Blue Jays as they will travel to Cambridge, MA this weekend to face Harvard.

Last Time Out: Defense was the name of the game for the Blue Jays in last Wednesday's win at Towson as Hopkins held the host Tigers to just one goal in a 10-1 win at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Hopkins held Towson scoreless for more than 34 minutes while holding the Tigers to just 14 total shots. It was the first time the Blue Jays had shutout an opponent for an entire half since a 12-1 win over Drexel on March 31, 2010. x

Seven different Blue Jays tallied a point in the win and six of those had multi-point games, led by senior Brooke Foussadier, junior Colleen McCaffrey and freshman Taylor D'Amore who each had three points. Junior Alyssa Kildare anchored the defense with four caused turnovers, two ground balls and four draw controls.

Home Sweet Home: Wednesday's game marks the Hopkins' first home game in three weeks. The Blue Jays are 79-35 (.690) within the friendly confines of Homewood Field under head coach Janine Tucker. Hopkins has also won six straight at home. Scouting the Hoyas: Georgetown is 0-3 entering Wednesday's game, having faced top-15 opponents in each of its first three games - including a pair of top-five teams in #2 Northwestern and #3 Duke.

Georgetown's offense is led by senior Jordy Kirr, who has nine points on three goals and six assists this season. Sophomores Kelsi Bozel and Sophia Thomas each have five goals to lead the team in that category. Bozel leads the team in draw controls with nine, while Thomas has six draws and leads the team in ground balls with six.

Captains Logan McCraw, a Second Team All-American, and Kelly Barnes, a second team all-region pick, lead the Hoyas on the defensive end of the field. McCraw has five ground balls and four draws with one caused turnover, while Barnes has four ground balls and a team-high five caused turnovers.

Lights, Camera, Action!: Wednesday's game versus Georgetown will be televised by ESPNU. It marks the first of two televised games this season for the Blue Jays as they will face the Penn Quakers, also on ESPNU, on March 23.

This marks the third time in the last four seasons that Hopkins and Georgetown will square off on national television at Homewood Field. The Hoyas have won all three previous meetings.

Century Club: At Stony Brook on March 5, junior Candace Rossi scored two goals and dished out three assists to tally her 100th career point. She became the 12th player in school Division I history to reach the milestone. She is also the first player to do so in her third season since Sarah Walsh hit the milestone in 2006. In addition, junior Colleen McCaffrey is just seven points shy of hitting the 100-point mark. The pair will be the first set of teammates to hit the milestone in the same season since Lauren Schwarzmann and Kadie Stamper both hit the mark as seniors in 2008.

Youth's the Game: Though Hopkins returned 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 has one freshman and three sophomores in its starting lineup this season.

Defensive Notes: The Johns Hopkins' defense has held opponents scoreless for 15 minutes or more six times so far this season, including two droughts of 30 minutes or more.

Countdown to 350: Johns Hopkins enters Wednesday's game with an all-time record of 345-216-4 (.614), leaving the Blue Jays just five wins shy of the 350-win mark. In addition, Hopkins earned its 125th win at the Division I level with a 19-9 win over George Mason on February 19. The Blue Jays are now 128-81 (.612) since moving to the Division I level in 1999.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are receiving votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and are unranked in the deBeer Media Poll.

When Last We Met: Seventh-ranked Georgetown used a 7-2 second half run to break open a two-goal game en route to a 15-9 win over visiting Johns Hopkins on February 24, 2010. Senior Paige Ibello led Hopkins with her fifth career hat trick.

Hopkins struck first on a free position goal from sophomore Candace Rossi just 68 seconds in. Georgetown answered with a pair of goals in a 93-second span from Molly Ford and Ashby Kaestner to give the home team a 2-1 lead. Senior Sam Schrum found Ibello, who scored on a quick-stick shot to knot the game at two apiece just over seven minutes. Erin Lovett gave the lead back to Georgetown with a pair of back-to-back goals, followed by a free position goal from Jacqueline Giles to make it a 5-2 game. Senior Angela Hughes answered with an unassisted tally, followed by a free position goal from Ibello to cut the deficit to one. Ford and Kaestner closed out the scoring for the half, giving Georgetown a 7-4 lead at the break.

Coming out of the break, Ibello completed her hat trick just 1:26 in, to cut the deficit to two. She faked a shot, then dodged to her right and rifled a shot inside the left post. Jordyn Kirr scored off a failed Hopkins clear to make it an 8-5 game and kick start a quick 3-0 Georgetown run. Kelsi Bozel capped the run with a free position goal. Hughes then scored on a right-alley dodge, followed by a goal from sophomore Colleen McCaffrey. Kirr answered with a free position goal just over two minutes later, igniting a 5-2 Hoyas' game-ending run. Junior Brianna Cronin scored both goals for the Blue Jays during the run with some excellent moves through the Georgetown defense.

Ibello's three goals came on just three shots and led three Blue Jays that had multi-goal games. Freshman Cosette Larash finished with nine saves for Hopkins. Ford led all scorers with six goals and seven points for the Hoyas, while Kaestner added a hat trick and a pair of assists. Caitlin Formby finished with 10 saves in the win.

Countdown to 200: Head coach Janine Tucker enters Wednesday's game with a career record of 196-97 (.668) as she needs four wins to reach the 200-win plateau. Amy Patton of Dartmouth became the 20th head coach to reach the 200-win mark on March 2. While Amherst head coach Christine Paradis is also in reach of the milestone as she boasts 199 career wins as of Monday, March 14..

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 5 draw contorls to rank 16th (has 44)
• Needs 2 caused turnovers to rank 12th and 3 to rank 11th (has 45)

Brooke Lipinski (Sr./D):
• Needs 2 caused turnovers to rank 14th (has 40)

Candace Rossi (Jr./A):
• Needs 1 goal to rank 12th and 5 to rank 11th (has 74)
• Needs 9 assists to rank 9th and 10 to rank 8th (has 28)
• Needs 7 points to rank 11th (has 102)
• Needs 1 draw control to rank 12th and 10 to rank 11th (has 58)

Colleen McCaffrey (So./M):
• Needs 2 goals to rank 13th and 3 to rank 12th (has 72)
• Needs 1 assist to rank 14th, 2 to rank 13th and 4 to rank 12th (has 21)
• Needs 3 points to rank 13th and 9 to rank 12th (has 93)
• Needs 7 points to reach 100 career points (has 93)
• Needs 7 draw controls to rank 6th (has 84)

She's Streaking: Junior Candace Rossi ended last season with an 11-game point scoring streak and has kept that going so far in 2011. She dished a pair of assists at Towson on Wednesday to extend her point streak to 16 straight games.

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 this season by seniors Brianna Cronin and Brooke Lipinski and junior Rachel Ballatori.

On Tap: Johns Hopkins hits the road this weekend, traveling to Cambridge, MA to take on the Harvard Crimson on Sunday, March 20. Opening draw from Harvard Stadium is slated for noon.

comments powered by Disqus

More Headlines