BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced the addition of Ohio State and Villanova to the Blue Jays’ 2014 schedule today. Both games will take place at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field. The addition of the Buckeyes and Wildcats will end the current scheduling agreements Johns Hopkins has with Siena and Army.
Tentatively, the Blue Jays will open the 2014 season against Ohio State with a late-season midweek game against Villanova. The complete 2014 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse schedule, with game dates and times, should be available in October.
Johns Hopkins and Ohio State have meet four times previously with all four meetings taking place between 1999 and 2002. Johns Hopkins won all four of those games, including a 12-9 decision at Ohio State in the teams’ last meeting during the 2002 season. PIetramala is 3-0 all-time against Ohio State, with two of those three wins coming during his tenure as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. Ohio State posted a 13-4 record, won the ECAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2013.
Villanova was a regular on the Johns Hopkins schedule from 1997-2002 as the teams met six times during that period. Johns Hopkins won all six of those games and took a 10-7 decision at Villanova in the teams’ last meeting midway through the 2002 season. The Wildcats shared the 2013 BIG EAST regular season title and advanced to the league championship game before falling to eventual national runner-up Syracuse. Villanova ended the 2013 season with a 7-8 record.
Ohio State finished the 2013 regular season ranked third in the USILA Coaches Poll, while Villanova was ranked 20th in that poll (the USILA does not release a poll after the NCAA Tournament). The Buckeyes also drew a number eight national ranking in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, while the Wildcats were listed as receiving votes. The final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll was released after the NCAA Tournament.
In the final 2013 Men’s Lacrosse RPI rankings (also issued after the NCAA Tournament), Ohio State was ranked sixth, while Villanova was ranked 21st.