Achim Younker had a breakout sophomore season that saw him score 17 goals and 35 points to earn First Team All-Centennial Conference and Second Team All-America honors in 2017. His 17 goals and 35 points are the most of any returning player in the conference in 2018.
Cole Rosenberger and Connor Jacobs return to anchor a young defense that lost four starters, including All-Americans Bryan See and Mikey Swiercz. The Blue Jays led the Centennial and ranked third in the nation in goals against average (.0271) and shutouts (16) in 2017. An Honorable Mention All-Centennial pick last season, Rosenberger has started all 58 games of his career and his experience will be a key for the Blue Jays in 2018.
Jacobs earned Second Team All-Centennial and Third Team All-Mid-Atlantic honors a year ago. He ranked third on the team in assists (6) while being a key member of one of the top defenses in the nation.
RJ Moore stepped right into a starting role as a freshman and went on to earn Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year, as well as Second Team All-CC and First Team All-Mid-Atlantic honors. He led the team and the conference in assists (9), while tying the conference record for assists by a freshman. Moore and classmate Alejandro Maclean will anchor an experienced midfield for the Blue Jays.
Maclean and Moore proved to be a dangerous one-two punch in the midfield last season. Maclean, who earned Second Team All-CC honors, scored four goals and handed out six assists to finish second on the team in points (14) and tied for third in goals and assists.
Head coach Craig Appleby is back for his 11th year and will coach his 200th game with the Blue Jays on August 31 versus Hamden-Sydney. The second winningest coach in the program's 83-year history, Appleby boasts a 117-50-32 (.668) record at Homewood. He earned Coach of the Year honors from the Centennial Conference and the United Soccer Coaches (Mid-Atlantic) in 2017.
Johns Hopkins earned its first preseason ranking since 2011 as the Blue Jays are ranked 13th in the United Soccer Coaches 2018 preseason poll. The Blue Jays spent seven weeks in the top 25 last season, climbing as high as ninth in the poll on the strength of an 11-0-0 start.