The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes Delaware to Homewood Field for the ninth all-time meeting between the two teams. The Blue Jays (1-0) opened the 2012 season with a 12-6 win over Towson last Friday night, while the Blue Hens are 2-1 on the year after dropping a 13-8 decision at Loyola on Saturday.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Delaware are meeting for the ninth time in a series that dates to a 19-6 Johns Hopkins victory in 1980. The Blue Jays have won all eight previous meetings, including last season’s 18-5 victory at frigid Delaware Stadium.
In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 14 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 11-3 in those 14 games.
For Openers: Johns Hopkins improved to 10-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season-openers with the 12-6 win over Towson.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Delaware with an all-time record of 913-294-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
Career Win Number 150: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up career win number 150 with the 12-6 victory vs. Towson in the season opener. He now sports an all-time record of 150-58 (.721), including a 127-41 (.756) record at Johns Hopkins. He ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.
Noting JHU in the NCAA Tournament: Johns Hopkins made its 40th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. By comparison, the next six longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to exactly 40 consecutive appearances.
First to 900: Johns Hopkins’ 10-6 win at Towson in the 2011 season opener not only got the season off on the right foot for the Blue Jays, but also made history. The win was the 900th all-time in school history, making Johns Hopkins the first program to record 900 all-time wins. JHU now has 913 all-time wins.
That’s 619 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 913-294-15 (.753) … that’s 619 games over .500. To put this in perspective: JHU has played an average of just over 15 games per season under head coach Dave Pietramala. Using a 15-game season as a reference, if the Blue Jays posted a 5-10 record for 123 straight seasons, they would still be four games over .500.
13-Win Seasons: With a 13-3 record last season, Johns Hopkins reached the 13-win mark for the fifth time under head coach Dave Pietramala and the 12th time in school history.
Home Cookin’: Johns Hopkins will enter this week’s game against Delaware having won seven straight games at Homewood Field. The streak is tied for the third-longest under head coach Dave Pietramala, who sports a gaudy 74-12 (.861) record at Homewood Field in his 12 seasons.
JHU won a school and national-record 37 straight home games from 2001-06 under Pietramala’s guidance and the current seven-game home winning streak is the fourth home streak of seven or more since he arrived.
Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first shot of the game seven times in 2011. The Blue Jays weren’t nearly as fortunate in the season-opening win vs. Towson … it took JHU all the way until its second shot of the game to find the back of the net vs. the Tigers.
Attack Oriented: The starting attack unit of senior Chris Boland, junior Zach Palmer and sophomore Brandon Benn combined for nine goals and three assists in the 12-6 win vs. Towson. Add in two assists by freshman Wells Stanwick,who played a regular role throughout the game, and JHU got nine goals and five assists from its four primary attackmen.
Boland punched up four goals before leaving the game midway through the third quarter, while Palmer added three goals and three assists. Benn (2g) and Stanwick (2a) also enjoyed multi-point games for the Blue Jays, who saw the quartet tally their nine goals on just 15 shots.
Bassett Among National Leaders: Sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 17th career victory in goal with the 12-6 win vs. Towson last Friday night as he posted seven saves and allowed six goals to improve to 17-7 in his 24 career starts. He is 14-3 in his last 17 starts dating back to the start of the 2011 season.
Bassett concluded his first full season as the starter for the Blue Jays last season and posted a 7.07 goals against average and a .570 save percentage last season. He finished fifth in the nation in GAA and 10th in save percentage. His fifth-place finish in GAA is the highest by a JHU goalie since Jesse Schwartzman led the nation in 2005 (6.68), while he is just the third Blue Jay to finish in the top 10 in save percentage since the NCAA began tracking men’s lacrosse statistics in 2000.
Bassett’s 7.07 goals against average is the second best by a JHU goalie since 1993 (Schwartman’s 6.68 GAA in 2005 is the best since records became available in ‘93).
The Fab Five: While the Blue Jays had just one midfielder earn All-America honors last season (John Ranagan), they return four others who performed steadily throughout the 2011 season. The first unit of sophomores John Greeley and Ranagan and freshman Rob Guida started all 16 games together, while the second group returns senior Mark Goodrich, and junior Lee Coppersmith.
The five combined for 58 goals and 30 assists in 16 games last season. While the first two lines, which also include sophomore Greg Edmonds, totaled just two goals and two assists vs. Towson, this is an area the Blue Jays will look to as the season unfolds.
Must be the Speech: Whatever the coaching staff said in the locker room before the game and at halftime worked throughout the 2011 season. Johns Hopkins outscored the opposition 44-25 in the first quarter last season and 51-29 in the third quarter. While JHU was a bit slow getting going against Towson, the halftime speech worked to perfection as the Blue Jays held the Tigers scoreless in the third quarter and tallied the first six goals of the second half to stretch a 5-3 halftime lead to 11-3.
Streaking: Johns Hopkins is 102-29 in its last 131 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 119-37 (.763) overall since the start of the 2002 season.
Poll Position: The Blue Jays check in at number three in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and second in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.
More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 385 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 383 of those 385 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 362 of the 385 and the top five in 288 of those 385.
State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including the season-opening win vs. Towson, JHU is 54-4 (.931) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.
Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against teams from the state of Maryland under Pietramala.
Mount St. Mary’s (4-0)
Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes about the JHU offense:
• JHU scored at least two goals in all four quarters vs. Towson and three or more in three of the four.
• Hopkins fired 42 shots on Towson last week. JHU generated 40 or more shots just four times last season.
• The Blue Jays scored on their first shot of the game seven times last season.
• Johns Hopkins finished 10th in the nation in scoring offense (11.25), second in scoring margin (+4.0), 12th in assists per game (6.19) and 10th in points per game (17.44) last season.
Defensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest concerning the JHU defense:
• Hopkins held Towson to just 18 shots – the fewest the Blue Jays have surrendered since holding Mount St. Mary’s to 16 shots on April 27, 2009.
• JHU held Towson scoreless for a stretch of 31:05 midway through the game.
• One year after holding the opposition to one goal or less in 32 of 64 (50%) quarters, JHU hit .500 in the season opener as Towson scored just once in the second quarter and was held scoreless in the third.
• Johns Hopkins held the opposition scoreless for a stretch of 15 minutes or longer 16 times in 16 games last season. The Blue Jays held the opposition scoreless for 10 minutes or longer 33 times.
• The Blue Jays finished sixth in the nation in scoring defense (7.25) last season.
• The starting attack units the Blue Jays faced last season combined for a total of 39 goals and 36 assists (4.69 points per game). Six of those units were held to three points or less and only five generated more than five points. The JHU starting defense of Tucker Durkin, Chris Lightner and Gavin Crisafulli picked up where they left off last season as Towson’s starting attack totaled just two goals and two assists against JHU.