The Game: Seventh-ranked and second-seeded Johns Hopkins (11-3) welcomes Stony Brook to Homewood Field for the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. Faceoff is set for 3 pm on Sunday, May 13 with a live national television broadcast on ESPNU.
Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins closed the regular season with a 13-6 win over Army on Homecoming last Saturday at Homewood Field. Stony Brook punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament by winning the America East Tournament last week. The Seawolves topped Hartford, 9-8, in the semifinals and Albany, 14-8, in Saturday’s championship game.
A Look Ahead: The winner of this week’s first round game between Johns Hopkins and Stony Brook will advance to the quarterfinals to take on the winner of the first round game between seventh-seeded Lehigh and Maryland. That quarterfinal game will take place on Saturday, May 19 at Navy.
Noting JHU in the NCAA Tournament: Johns Hopkins is making its 41st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. By comparison, the next five longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to 37 consecutive appearances (Maryland-10, Virginia-8, Notre Dame-7, Duke-6, North Carolina-6).
Home in the NCAAs – Historically: This week’s game against Stony Brook will be the 48th home NCAA Tournament game in school history. The Blue Jays will carry a 43-4 (.915) record in home playoff games into this weeks’ game against the Seawolves.
Home in the NCAAs Under Pietramala: Johns Hopkins is 10-0 all-time at Homewood Field in NCAA Tournament games under head coach Dave Pietramala.
More About JHU at Home in the NCAAs: Here are a few additional notes about Johns Hopkins playing at home in the NCAAs:
• JHU has won 16 straight home playoff games. Hopkins’ last loss at home in the NCAAs was an 11-8 loss to Syracuse in the 1991 quarterfinals
• Hopkins has outscored the opposition 141-65 in its 10 NCAA home playoff games under head coach Dave Pietramala.
• Johns Hopkins has scored 10 or more goals in 11 straight home playoff games
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Stony Brook are meeting for the first time. The teams shared six common opponents this season with JHU posting a 6-0 record against those teams, while Stony Brook was 4-3.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Stony Brook with an all-time record of 923-297-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
A Win For Johns Hopkins Would …
• Advance Johns Hopkins to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 39th time in 41 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
• Give the Blue Jays 12 wins for the seventh time in 12 seasons under head coach Dave Pietramala.
• Give JHU 12 wins for the 17th time in school history.
• Improve Johns Hopkins’ overall home winning streak in the month of May to 25 games. JHU last lost a home game in the month of May on May 2, 1992 when Towson topped the Blue Jays, 14-13.
• Improve Hopkins’ record to 33-9 (.786) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in the month of May.
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 160-61 (.724), including a 137-44 (.757) 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.
Representing the Stars and Stripes: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala will serve as an assistant coach for the United States at at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver Colorado. Pietramala will serve under Richie Meade, the head coach at Navy from 1995-2011.
Durkin, Bassett Among Tewaaraton Nominees: Johns Hopkins placed two players among the top 25 men’s nominees for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award it was announced on April 25. Juniors Tucker Durkin (D) and Pierce Bassett (G) are among the 25, making Johns Hopkins one of just five schools with two nominees.
The 12th-annual Tewaaraton Award will be presented to the top male and female lacrosse players on May 31 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Durkin is one of just three close defensemen among the final 25, while Bassett is one of just four goalies among the final 25.
Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to last season and are now 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.
Play it and They Will Come: Johns Hopkins played in front of its second sellout crowd in three weeks at Loyola (April 28) as LU sold all 6,000 tickets available for its home game against JHU. JHU also played in front of a packed house of 8,500 on April 14 when Maryland visited Homewood Field.
Playing in front of large crowds is nothing new for the Blue Jays, who lead the nation in average attendance for all games played (6,876).
Six Over Six: The crowd of 6,000 that watched the Johns Hopkins-Loyola game on April 28 was the sixth crowd of 6,000 or more that Johns Hopkins has played in front of in 2012.
Eight of Nine: Johns Hopkins has played in front of a crowd of 5,130 or more in eight of its last nine games.
Against Number One: The 10-9 overtime victory at Loyols (April 28) was JHU’s second win of the season against a team ranked number one in the nation. Earlier this season (March 24) the Blue Jays knocked off then top-ranked Virginia, 11-10, in overtime.
The game against Loyola was also the 11th Johns Hopkins has played against a team ranked number one under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays are now 7-4 in their 11 games against the nation’s top-ranked team under his guidance. This is the first time in school history that Johns Hopkins has defeated a top-ranked team twice on the road in the same season.
Close Calls: Eight of the 11 games Johns Hopkins has played against teams ranked number one under head coach Dave Pietramala have been decided by one goal. JHU is 6-2 in those eight one-goal games.
Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 19-4 in its last 23 games, 24-6 since the start of the 2011 season and 26-8 in its last 34 games.
Bassett Now 24-6 in Last 30 Starts: Junior goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 27th career victory in goal with the 13-6 win over Army. Bassett is now 24-6 in his last 30 starts dating back to the start of the 2011 season and counts a 27-10 career record to his credit.
Through 14 games Bassett currently ranks fifth in the nation in goals against average (7.08) and 20th in save percentage (.542).
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. He finished fifth in the nation in GAA and 10th in save percentage. Bassett’s 7.07 goals against average is the second best by a JHU goalie since 1993 (Jesse Schwartman’s 6.68 GAA in 2005 is the best since records became available in ‘93).
Boland Returns: Senior attackman Chris Boland returned to the lineup against North Carolina after missing seven consecutive games with an injury he suffered 35 minutes into the season opener against Towson. Boland scored twice and dished out a pair of assists against the Tar Heels and came back with a three-goal, two-assist showing against Albany and a one-goal, one-assist effort against Maryland to push his season totals to 10 goals and five assists. He had 13-game goal and point-scoring streaks snapped at Navy, but tallied a pair of assists at Loyola and three goals and two assists against Army.
Boland pushed his career totals to 79 goals and 47 assists for 126 points with his effort against Army. He now has 11 career hat tricks, 30 career multi-point games and 19 games with four points or more.
Stanwick in Rare Company: Freshman Wells Stanwick scored the fifth goal in JHU’s game-opening 5-0 run at top-ranked Loyola and added the final goal in a 4-1 game-opening run in the win last week over Army.
Stanwick has eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points in 11 games played. He missed three games early in the season with an injury, but still ranks second on the team in assists and tied for fifth in points.
Stanwick ran his streak of consecutive multi-point games to seven with one goal and two assists in the win over Albany before being held scoreless by Maryland and Navy. His run of seven straight multi-point games to open his career is the longest by a Johns Hopkins player (freshmen only – not transfers) since all-time leading scorer Terry Riordan opened his career with 18 consecutive multi-point games from 1992-93.
Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU offense:
• JHU has scored at least one goal in 51 of 56 quarters this season and two or more in 42 of the 56 quarters.
• For all the talk about JHU being a slow down team, the Blue Jays are averaging 35.9 shots per game. That number compares favorably to JHU’s averages in 2005 (38.1) and 2007 (36.3) – the most recent years in which Johns Hopkins won the national championship.
• Johns Hopkins ranks 27th in the nation in scoring offense (10.07), 11th in extra-man offense (.429) and ninth in scoring margin (+3.07).
Defensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU defense:
• Hopkins is surrendering an average of just 28.7 shots per game.
• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in 16 of 56 quarters this season (28.6%).
• The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense (7.00), 15th in man-down defense (.737) and ninth in scoring margin (+3.07) this season. • Johns Hopkins has held each of its 14 opponents scoreless for a stretch of at least 14:25 and 10 of the 13 have gone scoreless for 19:30 or longer. Now That’s a Drought: The Johns Hopkins defense did not allow an even-strength goal for an amazing stretch of 116:37 from late in the win at Princeton through early in the fourth quarter of the win over UMBC.
About the Shutout: Shutouts in college lacrosse are rare, but JHU notched one with the 11-0 victory over Manhattan on March 6. Prior to that, the Blue Jays had last posted a shutout on March 26, 1988, when they knocked off Princeton, 9-0. The shutout vs. Manhattan was the 61st in JHU history with 57 of those coming prior to 1950.
Poll Position: The Blue Jays check in at number seven in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week. 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 396 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 394 of those 396 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 373 of the 396 and the top five in 295 of those 396. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.
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 923 all-time wins.
That’s 626 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 923-297-15 (.753) … that’s 626 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 125 straight seasons, they would still be six games over .500.