BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins University men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced today that senior midfielder Rob Guida (Chatham, NJ/Chatham), senior short stick defensive midfielder James Malm (Alexandria, VA/Woodberry Forest) and junior long stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino (Oakdale, NY/Connetquot) have been selected in a vote of their teammates as captains for the 2014 season. This is the first time any of the three have served as a captain.
Guida has started all 38 games he has played in since arriving at Johns Hopkins, including all 16 as a freshman and sophomore; he missed eight games last season with injury. He earned Second Team USILA All-American honors as a sophomore and counts career totals of 32 goals and 16 assists for 48 points to his credit. A key member of the Blue Jays’ extra-man unit, Guida also excels on the wing on faceoffs and, despite missing more than half of the 2013 season, has started more games than any returning player on the team.
Malm has played in 27 games during his career, including 24 in the last two seasons. He totaled two assists and seven ground balls last season and was part of a defense that allowed just 7.79 goals per game and held 10 of 14 opponents to nine goals or less. The Blue Jays tied for third in the nation in scoring defense in 2013 and finished seventh in 2012.
The first junior to serve as a team captain at Johns Hopkins since Jake Byrne in 2006, Pellegrino has played in 29 games during his career. One of the most tenacious long stick midfielders the Blue Jays have had since Pietramala arrived in 2001, Pellegrino counts two goals, three assists, 71 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers to his credit. He is adept at jump-starting the Blue Jays’ transition game and has been a key member of a unit that has ranked among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense in each of the last two years.
The trio will officially lead the team for the first time this weekend, as Johns Hopkins will conclude its fall season on Sunday, October 13 by welcoming Massachusetts, Rutgers and Fairfield to Homewood Field. Johns Hopkins will scrimmage UMass (9 am) and Fairfield (3 pm) with additional scrimmages scheduled for 11 am (UMass-Rutgers) and 1 pm (Rutgers-Fairfield). There is no fee to attend the scrimmages at Homewood Field.