The draw control unit, vital to controlling the tempo of the game, has been significantly bolstered by the addition of two transfers who bring a wealth of experience and proven skill. Jennifer Barry, an exceptional draw specialist from Boston U, joins with an impressive record in the 99th percentile for draw control-related production. Her 139 draw controls from last season indicate that she could be a central figure in the Blue Jays’ strategy. Complementing Barry is Kacie Riggs from California, who secured 44 draw controls last season. With these two joining a unit that retains a substantial 93% of its production, the hope for Johns Hopkins is that they can dominate draw controls even more effectively than last season, when they ranked in the 87th percentile nationally on an opponent-adjusted basis.
Offensively, the Blue Jays are in an enviable position, returning 98% of their production. This speaks to a consistent and seasoned offense, with no glaring gaps left by departing players. Ava Angello, who took 15% of the team’s shots last season, is expected to continue as a key contributor and Bailey Cheetham and Maeve Barker are also set to return, each bringing their own strengths to the table. While efficiency could be improved upon, as Barker’s individual player efficiency was in the 45th percentile, the existing foundation is solid. With the offense already ranked in the 64th percentile nationally, if the returning players can continue to develop, this unit could become a real strength for the team.
The defensive end of the field also looks promising, and the Jays are set in goal. They return Maggie Tydings, who recorded 118 saves with a save percentage of 37.7%, leading a defense that finished in the 87th percentile. The addition of freshman Heidi Rosely and especially Madison Doucette makes this a formidable goalie room.
Taking everything into account, the Johns Hopkins roster for the 2024 season does more than suggest stability—it indicates a potential for growth and improved success…if their returning contributors can take that next step forward. With an already strong draw control unit receiving a significant boost, a returning offensive core that can only benefit from another year of experience, and a steadfast defensive lineup anchored by a reliable goaltender, the Blue Jays have a chance to improve upon last year’s solid performance and continue their upward march in the lacrosse world.
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P.S. What did I miss? Data-centric analyses like this can miss things that don’t show up in the stats (i.e. injuries/coaching changes). If you can help explain any of the above, put it in the comments.