When: Saturday, February 15, at 11am Central
Where: Homewood Field, in Baltimore, MD
Audio/Visual: JHU is awesome, so there's FREE streaming video. Also, live stats are this-a-way.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWLax
Last year, Marquette opened the season with two fellow first year programs. This year, they open the season against a Johns Hopkins program that's beginning its 39th season just outside of the national rankings.
So, yeah, it's a little different of a beginning.
Marquette returns two 20 goal scorers from last year in Kenzie Brown and Hayley Baas, along with Claire Costanza, who ranked in the top 60 in the country - yes, the country - in assists last season. All three women are sophomores now, and will be leaned on from the get go to provide the scoring punch for the Golden Eagles. Elizabeth Goslee and Kayce Haverstick return after starting all 17 games last year as field defenders, as does goalie Sarah Priem. Priem was voted team MVP last season, and led the team in ground balls as well.
This will be the opener for JHU, and the first of 10 home games for the Blue Jays. Johns Hopkins was picked to finish fourth in the American Lacrosse Conference, which isn't a terrible shame. National power Northwestern was picked to win the league, followed closely behind by Florida and Penn State, and all three teams are in the top 7 of the Brine preseason poll. The ALC doesn't release a preseason all-conference team, but they do release a "Players To Watch" list. There are two Blue Jays on that list, senior attacker Taylor D'Amore and sophomore midfielder Dene DiMartino. D'Amore had the team lead in points last year with 78 (29G, 49A), while DiMartino was more of a scorer, rattling in 35 goals against three assists.
KC Emerson is the incumbent goalie for JHU after playing 144 minutes in six games last season. She may get challenged for her spot in net by freshman Caroline Federico, who was a US Lacrosse First Team All American last year. Federico was also a teammate of Marquette freshman Amanda Bochniak at Maryvale Prep, which is just nine miles away from Johns Hopkins.
We'll leave you with two preview videos from the athletic department. First, Sarah Priem, Jenaye Coleman, and Julianna Shearer:
And head coach Meredith Black: