The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes UMBC to Homewood Field for the 11th all-time meeting between the Baltimore area rivals. This will be the third of six games the Blue Jays play this season against in-state competition.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 4-1 on the year with a 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s at Homewood Field on Tuesday night. UMBC dropped its last game, 14-9, at Fairfield last Saturday. The Retrievers were scheduled to play top-ranked Maryland on Wednesday, but that game was postponed due to inclement weather.
Series History: This week’s game will be the 11th meeting between Johns Hopkins and UMBC in men’s lacrosse. The teams first met in 1983 with JHU taking a 15-4 decision that day. Johns Hopkins has won all 10 previous meetings, including a 10-8 decision in 1984 in what was current UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman’s first game as the head coach at JHU.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against UMBC with an all-time record of 928-299-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
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 win earlier this week against Mount St. Mary’s, JHU is 58-7 (.892) 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.
Loyola • 12-0
Maryland • 8-5
Mount St. Mary’s • 5-0
Navy • 11-2
Towson • 14-0
UMBC • 8-0
Zimmerman to be Inducted in JHU Hall of Fame: Current UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman is one of nine individuals recently elected for induction into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame. Zimmerman and the Class of 2013 will be honored in ceremonies scheduled for April 20.
Zimmerman coached the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team from 1984-90 and guided JHU to three NCAA Championships (1984, 1985, 1987) and one national runner-up finish (1989).
Zimmerman compiled a record of 73-15 (.830) during his time at Homewood and led the Blue Jays to the NCAA Tournament in each of his seven seasons. While patrolling the sidelines at Homewood, Zimmerman coached current Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala and associate head coach Bill Dwan. Current JHU offensive coordinator Bobby Benson also spent two years on Zimmerman’s staff at UMBC (2004 & 2005).
That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 165th career win when JHU knocked off Mount St. Mary’s and he now stands at 165-63 overall. Included in that mark is a 142-46 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala 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.
Must be the Speech: There must be something to what Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala says in the locker room that sparks the Blue Jays as Johns Hopkins holds decided scoring advantages in the first and third quarters through five games. JHU has outscored the opposition 22-7 in the first quarter and 21-8 in the third. By contrast, the Blue Jays hold just a 17-14 scoring margin in the fourth quarter and are deadlocked in the second quarter (11-11).
Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts seven players with four or more goals and 10 players with four or more points through five games. In all, 15 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 19 players have at least one point.
EMO Clicking: The Johns Hopkins extra man unit connected on 5-of-6 chances against Mount St. Mary’s and is now 13-of-23 (.565) on the year. Six different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshman Ryan Brown (4) and junior Brandon Benn (3) leading the way.
Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday as he totaled five goals and four assists for nine points. Previously he had never had more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game.
Stanwick is the first Johns Hopkins player to post nine points in a game since Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy in 2003. His effort against the Mount improved his season totals to 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points.
Poppleton Rolls On: With a 15-of-21 performance against Mount St. Mary’s, senior faceoff specialist Mike Poppleton continued his strong work at the X for the Blue Jays.
Poppleton, who ranks first in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 70-of-93 (.753) on the year and leads the team with 36 ground balls.
Benn Continues Hot Streak: Junior Brandon Benn scored four goals in the win over Mount St. Mary’s to run his season totals to 18 goals and one assist in five games. He currently leads the team in goals and points.
Benn’s four-goal effort marked his fifth straight hat trick, making him the first Johns Hopkins player with five straight hat tricks since Conor Ford turned the trick late in the 2004 season.
Cattoni Emerging: Freshman Holden Cattoni played in two of the Blue Jays’ first three games, but didn’t register a point in those two outings.
That all changed in the last two games as the hard-shooting lefty has punched up back-to-back two-point games against Princeton and Mount St. Mary’s. He fired home a pair of goals againt the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount.
What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has five goals and three assists through five games and leads the team with four extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in four of five games this season.
Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already far surpassed that total as he has scored seven goals through five games. Sanders is tied for third on the team in goals (7) and ranks eighth in points (7).
Bassett Solid Through Four: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of the early season in Baltimore hasn’t slowed him as he currently boasts a .594 save percentage and a 7.61 goals against average. He ranks 12th in the nation in goals against average and 10th in save percentage. He enters this week’s game vs. UMBC just four saves shy of 400 for his career. Only nine Johns Hopkins goalies in school history have amassed 400 or more saves.
Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago.
Durkin currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (12) and leads the team with nine caused turnovers. Durkin counts exactly one-third of JHU’s total caused turnovers (27) to his credit and is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 11th nationally in scoring defense (8.0).
Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches this season.
Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes and all three had two droughts that lasted at least 13 minutes. Princeton was more productive in its win against JHU, but did have one scoring drought that covered more than 11 minutes, while Mount St. Mary’s went more than 18 minutes without a goal at one point.
I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker Durkin, Pierce Bassett and John Ranagan and junior Rob Guida. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors on defense, while Ranagan and Guida grabbed second team honors at midfield. Bassett earned honorable mention honors in goal and he, Durkin and Ranagan are two-time All-America selections for the Blue Jays.
Odd, But True: Years ending in “3” have been kind, and unkind, to the Blue Jays. Since the formation of the NCAA Tournament in 1971, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA Championship game three times (1973, 1983, 2003) and the NCAA Semifinals once (1993) in the years ending in three. JHU fell in each of those three title games with the three loses coming by a total of four goals. In each of those instances the Blue Jays subsequently won a national championship within two years.
Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part I: 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.
Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part II: Johns Hopkins sophomore defender Rob Enright was a member of the United States Team that won the 2012 FIL U-19 World Championship in Turku, Finland. Enright is the 17th Johns Hopkins player to represent the United States at the U-19 Championships since the formation of the event in 1988.
Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.
Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 24-6 in its last 30 games and 29-8 since the start of the 2011 season.
Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and sixth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as well. 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 400 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 398 of those 400 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 377 of the 400 and the top five in 298 of those 400. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.
Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. With that effort, Palmer became the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).
Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer notched two assists against Princeton to run his career assist total to 65. He is currently tied for ninth among all active Division I players in career assists.