Emma Johnson played collegiate lacrosse at James Madison University. Johnson a defender and 2-time captain that started and played in all 87 games of her career. As a freshman, Johnson was a part of the Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) All-Rookie Team and was Rookie of the Week once in her opening campaign. Johnson was a member of the historic National Championship Team in 2018, where the Dukes once its first national title. Along with the 2018 National Title, Johnson won 4 straight CAA conference titles in her time as a Duke. Johnson was a part of the the 2021 JMU team was the first program in CAA conference history to accomplish 4 straight titles. Johnson utilized the NCAA spring sport relief fund to return to JMU for her fifth year after the shortened 2020 season. In 2021, Johnson was a Preseason Inside Lacrosse All-American and a Tewaaraton Award Watch List nominee. As a redshirt senior, Johnson was recognized as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year for the 2021 season. One of the biggest accomplishments of her career was breaking the JMU program record in career caused turnovers, as she stands alone at the top with 126. Johnson currently stands in second place in the JMU record books with 180 career ground balls. In her time Johnson became the most winningest player in JMU Women’s Lacrosse history.
Emma graduated with her undergraduate degree in Intelligence Analysis in May 2020 and decided to use the NCAA spring-sport eligibility relief to return to JMU for her fifth and final season. Emma is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Intelligence and will graduate in August 2021.
Emma attended Atholton High School in Columbia, MD where she played soccer and lacrosse for the Raiders. She was also a member of the M&D 2016 Black team.
Most recently Emma coached at SouthShore Lacrosse Club in Richland, New Jersey where she coached their 2022 team.
JMU Lacrosse Accolades:
CAA All Rookie Team 2017
JMU Lacrosse Rookie of the Year
JMU Athletics Unsung Hero Award
JMU Lacrosse MVP 2020
5 NCAA Tournament Bids
7 NCAA Tournament Wins
3 Sweet 16 Appearances
1 Final Four Appearance
Tewaaraton Award Watch List
First Team All-CAA 2021
CAA Defensive Player of the Year
CAA All-Tournament Team 2021
Second Team All-CAA 2019
4 CAA Conference Championship titles (first athlete in CAA women’s lacrosse history)
1st in JMU Lacrosse Career Caused Turnovers
2ns in JMU Lacrosse Career Groundballs
2018 NCAA National Champion