The Game: Johns Hopkins makes a quick turnaround from its game against Maryland on Saturday as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Emmitsburg, Maryland to take on Mount St. Mary’s. Faceoff from Waldron Family Stadium is set for 4 pm. The Johns Hopkins-Mount St. Mary’s game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, but snow forced the game to be postponed.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up its second straight win with an 11-6 win over rival Maryland before a crowd of 9.553 at Homewood Field on Saturday. Mount St. Mary’s gave 17th-ranked Bryant all it could handle before falling 9-7 on the road on Saturday.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Mount St. Mary’s are meeting for the sixth time in a series that dates to a 19-6 Johns Hopkins victory in 2006. The Blue Jays have won each of the five previous meetings, including a 15-3 victory in 2007 in JHU’s only other trip to Mount St. Mary’s.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Mount St. Mary’s with an all-time record of 940-306-15 (.751). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins was ranked ninth in last week’s USILA Coaches Poll and eighth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Mount St. Mary’s was not ranked in either poll. Rankings for April 14 were not available in time to be included in this edition of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse notes, but JHU’s official ranking at the time of the game will be what the Blue Jays check in at in the USILA Poll.
Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 154th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 11-6 victory against Maryland and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.
Career Win Number 177: In addition to his 154-53 (.744) mark as the head coach at JHU, Dave Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 177-70 (.717). Pietramala’s 177 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.
New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Holden Cattoni(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.
New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.
Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine – Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova – have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.
For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.
An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Mount St. Mary’s averaging 12.2 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. Entering the game against Maryland, JHU ranked 11th in the nation in scoring offense, second in assists per game and eighth in points per game. Updated NCAA statistics are published on Mondays and were not available at press time.
Sharing the Ball: An effective part of the Blue Jay offense this season has been the ability to move the ball and that has shown up in the percentage of the team’s goals that have been assisted thus far. Through 10 games, 78 of JHU’s 122 goals have been assisted, or 63.9%. Only three times since 2003 has Johns Hopkins finished a season with more than 60% of its goals being assisted. The 2003 team assisted on 67.4% of its goals, while the 2004 (64.3%) and 2009 (62.4%) teams also eclipsed the 60% mark.
Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on two of its four extra-man opportunities last week against Maryland and is now 18-of-33 (.545) for the year. The Blue Jays ranked third in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Maryland game. Brandon Benn (6 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (5), Ryan Brown (4) and Wells Stanwick (3) have combined to score all 18 EMO goals for JHU this season.
Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shines: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranked third in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering the game against Maryland. Despite a rare off day against the Terps (JHU was 6-of-21), the Blue Jays have still won 150-of-248 (.605) as a team on the year.
For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 143-of-228 (.627) through 10 games and also has a team-high 100 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage and ground balls per game (10.0) after winning 21-of-25 faceoffs with 15 ground balls against Syracuse, following that with a 16-of-25 performance with 11 ground balls at Virginia and capping a three-week run against top 10 teams with a 20-of-26 showing with 13 GBs against North Carolina. The 21 faceoff wins and 15 ground balls against the Orange are both career highs.
Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 10 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 13 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 10 of 15 minutes or longer. JHU held Maryland scoreless for stretches of 20:11 to open the game and 18:52 immediately after the Terps scored their first goal.
More Holding Them Down: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 10 opponents under its season scoring average (current average) thus far. The Blue Jays held Albany to just eight goals (just over half of what the Great Danes entered the game averaging), and Maryland to just six goals (less than half the Terps’ average entering the game). In all, JHU has held eight of its 10 opponents to nine goals or less.