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Loyola/Johns Hopkins to resume lacrosse series in 2016

Posted on 17 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola-Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse Series To Resume in 2016

BALTIMORE – The head men’s lacrosse coaches Loyola University Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, Charley Toomey and Dave Pietramala, announced that the two schools will not play a regular-season game during 2015, but the series will resume in 2016.

With both programs joining new conferences over the past year – Loyola began play in the Patriot League in 2014, and Johns Hopkins will be a member of the Big Ten starting next year – the traditional late-season date on which the teams have played was not an option.

The teams will play a scrimmage at Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, and will then meet in the 2016 season in a game to be played at Loyola’s Ridley Athletic Complex.

“We are disappointed that we will not be playing during the regular-season in 2015, but we are certainly looking forward to picking back up in 2016,” said Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey. “Playing this game on a Saturday was something that was very important to both programs, and I am pleased that we have been able to do that going forward. Our scrimmage against Johns Hopkins in 2015 is going to be a great way for our team to prepare for tough early-season games against Virginia and Penn State.”

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“It could be worse” shaping into 2014 theme for Orioles

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“It could be worse” shaping into 2014 theme for Orioles

Posted on 15 June 2014 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — The theme of the 2014 season has begun taking shape through the first 68 games as the Orioles stand at 35-33 and 4 1/2 games out of first place in the American League East.

It could be worse. 

A 5-5 homestand doesn’t sound too devastating when acknowledging seven of those contests came against the two best teams in the AL, but it feels very underwhelming when the Orioles’ normally-maligned rotation provided nine quality starts against Oakland, Boston, and Toronto. A 5-2 loss on Sunday prevented Baltimore from taking three of four from the first-place Blue Jays despite a fourth straight quality start against an offense entering Sunday ranked second in runs and first in on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) in the league.

No, they didn’t lose any ground to the first-place club in the division and remain firmly in the race in an underwhelming AL East, but the weekend and the homestand could have been better. The Orioles were electing to focus on the positive after Sunday’s loss.

“Not frustrating,” center fielder Adam Jones said. “They’re a good team. We could have gotten swept; we could have swept them. Look at the bright side — we got two out of four. Now, let’s go on the road and start the series off right [Monday] in Tampa.”

The loss came at the hands of Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ, who entered Sunday with a 4.37 ERA after giving up 12 earned runs in his previous three starts. The Orioles were held to a meager 29 runs over these last 10 games, with the high point of frustration coming in the Red Sox series when they allowed just one run total but still couldn’t complete a three-game sweep.

Any offense will go through its peaks and valleys over the course of a 162-game schedule, but the Orioles just haven’t been able to put it together. When they’re clicking offensively, the pitching has gone down the tubes, and the Orioles’ better stretches of pitching have come when the lineup struggles as it did during the second-longest homestand of the year.

Of course, the pitching issues were expected this season, but the Orioles entered Sunday ranked ninth in the AL in runs scored. The offensive inconsistency is that much more frustrating when they enter a rare stretch in which the starting pitching thrives.

“If you go through a little spell and you’re not swinging the bats well, your pitching allows you to stay competitive to that point,” manager Buck Showalter said. “So, it just depends how you want to look at it, but you’d like to have both of them clicking. But we haven’t been able to do that consistently yet.”

The silver lining in Sunday’s loss was the performance of right-hander Chris Tillman, who turned in his second straight quality start after a disastrous one-inning start in Texas on June 4 that had everyone questioning his status in the rotation. Both Tillman and Ubaldo Jimenez have disappointed through the first 2 1/2 months of the season, but the rest of the rotation has pitched well recently, including 23-year-old Kevin Gausman after his latest promotion.

Even with others pitching well, the Orioles need Tillman to regain his 2013 All-Star form and can only hope his 13 innings of work during the homestand are steps in the right direction despite the two losses. Against Toronto on Sunday, he allowed three earned runs over seven innings, his longest outing since his complete-game shutout in Kansas City on May 16.

“We’re getting somewhere. Starting to feel like my old self,” said Tillman, who didn’t record any strikeouts or walks against the Blue Jays. “Making better pitches and feeling confident in the ability to make a pitch. Command the strike zone, that’s big. Made some big pitches at times, but also left some balls up.”

The Orioles’ long list of issues and misfortunes have been repeated over and over this year.

Catcher Matt Wieters will visit Dr. James Andrews for a second time on Monday and may officially learn he will need season-ending elbow surgery.

First baseman Chris Davis is on pace to hit roughly half the number of home runs he hit last year and shortstop J.J. Hardy is still looking for his first long ball of the season in the middle of June.

Third baseman Manny Machado has been a mess at the plate and fetched a five-game suspension for his embarrassing bat-throwing incident last weekend.

And Tillman and Jimenez have been the rotation’s worst two pitchers after being identified as the duo to lead the staff back to the postseason. The Orioles entered Sunday ranking 11th in starter ERA and sixth in bullpen ERA in the AL.

Still, the Orioles remain within striking distance and show no evidence of dropping out of the race anytime soon in such an underwhelming division. The problem is they’re not displaying any signs of being on the verge of snapping off an extended winning streak to stake their claim to the top of the division, either.

As we enter the second half of June, the Orioles have offered a vibe similar to last season — three steps forward, two steps back, two steps forward, three steps back.

Decent, but not good enough.

“It’s the game of baseball. Frustration is every day,” Jones said. “But that’s how the cookie crumbles. You can’t dwell on things. If you’re put in the situation, try and succeed. If you don’t, wait for another opportunity.”

Other opportunities will come, but you can’t help but feel the Orioles missed one over these last 10 games.

Yes, it could’ve been worse.

But it could have been better.

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Gausman’s upside too good to pass up for Orioles rotation

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Gausman’s upside too good to pass up for Orioles rotation

Posted on 13 June 2014 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn’t ready to commit to a decision, but he had to know the truth following a series-opening 4-2 win over the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays.

Following a second straight quality start and an impressive six-inning performance over another first-place team, 23-year-old right-hander Kevin Gausman deserves to remain in the rotation — at least, for now. Sure, the details might be a little foggy at the moment with Miguel Gonzalez — who turned in four straight quality starts before suffering an oblique strain — slated to return from the 15-day disabled list early next week, but Gausman’s upside is too much to overlook as the Orioles closed the gap to 3 1/2 games in the AL East on Thursday night.

“He’s done what it takes to be considered,” Showalter said. “He’s taking care of his end of it. And the good news for us is we’ve got some other people capable of pitching well, too. … ‘Gaus’ has pitched well in his two outings. I hope he’s starting to grasp what it takes to consistently help this team win.”

Pitching well against average opponents is one thing, but Gausman held Oakland and Toronto — two of the best offenses in the major leagues — to two runs in 13 innings to earn his first two wins as a major league starter. After being selected with the fourth overall pick of the 2012 draft, Gausman is starting to provide major-league substance to go along with the sizzle of a high-90s fastball that caused many to project him as a future ace coming out of Louisiana State University.

Already possessing a plus fastball and an impressive split changeup, Gausman has credited the development of two additional pitches in his repertoire to make himself a more viable option as a major league starter. Those pitches have been on display in his two outings since replacing Gonzalez in the starting rotation last week.

“I didn’t throw a circle change until I got to the big leagues last year, and I think it’s one of my better pitches now,” said Gausman, who relied on the pitch even more than his splitter on Thursday night. “My slider has gotten better as the year has gone on. It’s tremendously better than last year.”

The problem for Showalter is figuring out exactly how to handle his starting rotation. He’s spent the last few days downplaying the discussion of a six-man rotation that started last week before the season-ending Achilles injury suffered by veteran Johan Santana, but that always remains a distinct possibility.

Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen, and Bud Norris are currently pitching too well to remove from the rotation, and the Orioles remain hopeful that 2013 All-Star selection Chris Tillman will build on his most-recent start against Boston to eventually regain his form from the last two seasons. That leaves right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and the $50 million contract he signed during spring training.

His 5.01 ERA is the worst among the five starters as Jimenez is coming off his worst start of the season in a disastrous 11-1 loss to Oakland on Sunday. Of course, the Orioles should have known that Jimenez wasn’t a model of consistency when they signed him to a four-year deal but recognized his upside of being able to dominate when his unorthodox mechanics are in check.

Would the organization consider temporarily shifting him to the bullpen or attempt to find a physical concern to put him on the DL to give him time to revamp his mechanics? It’s difficult to say after the Orioles made the biggest long-term commitment to a pitcher in franchise history just a few months ago.

Still, the questions about how to accommodate Gausman should not overshadow what he could bring to the rotation over the final 3 1/2 months of the season as the Orioles try to advance to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. A simple assessment from one of the best hitters in a tough Athletics lineup told everything you need to know about the pitcher’s ability after he held Oakland to one run in seven innings last Saturday night.

That included a dominating sequence in which he struck out Josh Donaldson on an 85 mph splitter and Brandon Moss on a 99 mph fastball to leave runners stranded on second and third in the sixth. It was a big-boy performance in which a starter shows that rare ability to reach a new level late in an outing.

And it left one of the best offenses in the majors thoroughly impressed.

“I got to home plate in my first at-bat and I looked at [the catcher] and said, ‘How is that guy in Triple A?’” said Moss, who has 16 home runs and 53 runs batted in this season. “From what I understand, he’s had some command issues [in the past] and stuff like that. The way he pitched [Saturday] night was the best stuff we’ve seen all year.

“The first at-bat, you could tell he had [velocity], but you never know how that’s going to go. We can adapt to that. But the second and third at-bats, he started to mix in off-speed for strikes and balls and keeping it down. And then he had 99 in the tank when he had to hump up. You’re going to run into guys like that every now and then. We tried to battle.”

The Orioles must use a similar line of thinking with Gausman to what they did upon signing Jimenez to a four-year contract in focusing on the upside. The jury’s still out on whether the Jimenez contract will prove to be a wise one, but the goal of finding a pitcher who can dominate for important stretches of time — such as in a September pennant race or in a tight five- or seven-game series in October — should make it an easy decision to keep Gausman around for now.

If he regresses or proves incapable of building upon what he did against Oakland and Toronto, you can always send him back to Triple-A Norfolk. At the very least, Gausman deserves the chance to prove he doesn’t belong in the majors after these two starts that suggested the very opposite.

Perhaps he can be that missing piece that Showalter wasn’t necessarily depending on at the beginning of the season but will ultimately need. The Orioles manager would certainly take it if Gausman is ready to become that guy.

“Every team, to get where you want to get at the end of the season, the last team standing, if you look back at the characteristics of all of those teams, something that they weren’t particularly counting on appeared on the scene and was a big difference-maker. Kevin has the possibility of being that, but he’s going to need a lot of help.”

First, he needs the chance to do it.

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Hopkins to host 2016 Big Ten Lacrosse Tournament

Posted on 12 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Rosemont, Ill. – With the inaugural seasons of Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse set to begin next year, the conference today announced dates and sites for the 2015 and 2016 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Tournaments. The 2015 men’s tournament will be held from April 30 to May 2 at Maryland, while the 2015 women’s event will be hosted by Rutgers from April 30 to May 3. The 2016 men’s tournament will take place from May 5-7 at Johns Hopkins, while Northwestern will be the site of the 2016 women’s event from May 5-8.

“We are thrilled that the Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will take place at Johns Hopkins in 2016,” Blue Jay men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala noted. “Homewood Field is the most historic venue in the sport of lacrosse and we look forward to adding this prestigious event to the long list of championship-level tournaments that have been held here.”

In June 2013, the Big Ten announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as the conference’s 27th and 28th sports, and that Johns Hopkins had been accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. Big Ten competition in both men’s and women’s lacrosse will feature Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers, with Johns Hopkins participating in men’s lacrosse and Northwestern competing in women’s lacrosse.

The Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will feature a four-team field, with two semifinal matches on Thursday and the championship game played on Saturday. The Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament will include all six conference programs, with two quarterfinal matches on Thursday. The top two seeds will receive byes to Friday’s semifinals, followed by the championship match on Sunday.

The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has played since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men’s lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland, 1953 for Ohio State and 2012 for Michigan.

Big Ten women’s lacrosse will feature teams that have won 24 national championships and 20 of the 33 NCAA championships, including nine of the last 10. Maryland won its 12th national championship this year, and claimed seven straight from 1995 to 2001. Northwestern has won seven NCAA titles, highlighted by five consecutive from 2005 to 2009 and most recently in 2012. Penn State has earned five national championships, including NCAA titles in 1987 and 1989.

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Let’s go in the crease for this week’s #WNSTSweet16

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Let’s go in the crease for this week’s #WNSTSweet16

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

The qualifications made this an impossible list. We really should have split this list into two different categories. I should have never opened up the list to anyone who was from Baltimore, played at an area high school, played at a local college or played locally at the professional level. I should have instead split that group up into two categories-players from Johns Hopkins or Maryland in one group and the rest in another category altogether.

You know how tough this list was? Think about the names I ended up leaving OUTSIDE the Top 16. I’d share them with you now, but I don’t want to give away anyone who missed the list. Here goes. (Thanks to Inside Lacrosse, the Baltimore Sun, the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Loyola, Towson and UMBC for assists on info, pictures, etc.)

16. Jim Darcangelo

I’m not trying to get anything past anyone. The bottom four spots on the list are claimed by players who perhaps aren’t REALLY among the 16 greatest of all-time. But they all represent one of the area colleges who deserved to be recognized on the list. It became difficult to keep determining the NEXT greatest player in Hopkins history, so I decided to start looking elsewhere.

Darcangelo was a three time All-American as a midfielder for Towson, helping the Tigers claim the 1974 College Division National Championship. He was twice recognized as the Division II/III Player of the Year during his Towson career and went on to play for Team USA in three World Championships.

(Continued on next page…)

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And this week we’ll have a #WNSTSweet16 for all of the bros

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And this week we’ll have a #WNSTSweet16 for all of the bros

Posted on 25 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

16 years, lists of 16. It’s a pretty simple concept, right?

Unless you’ve spent the first four and a half months of 2014 helping CNN look for a missing plane, you’re probably aware that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. And no, we’ve never been kissed but thanks for asking.

To celebrate our 16th birthday we’re looking over some of the “water cooler” topics of the WNST era and doing our damnedest to try to “define” them with “Sweet 16″ lists. Some lists have been better than others. For example, Drew Forrester has only been involved in a couple-so that’s good.

Here’s a recap if you’ve missed any of our first 20 lists thus far this year.

Week 20: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 most unsung Orioles
Week 19: Gary Quill-Sweet 16 all-time Maryland horse racing moments
Week 18: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 most important picks in Ravens draft history
Week 17: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 worst draft picks in Baltimore Ravens history
Week 16: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest players in Washington Capitals history
Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

Which brings us to Week 21…and back to your favorite WNST personality.

I actually wrote this preview Saturday while sitting in the press box at the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four between Duke’s win over Denver and Notre Dame’s win over Maryland. I won’t be there to see the Blue Devils face the Fighting Irish Monday for the title, but I have no doubt that Satan will enjoy watching his two favorite teams closely.

This area certainly has a long history with the game of lacrosse at every level and we intend to recognize that with this week’s #WNSTSweet16 list. This week’s topic is the “Sweet 16 All-time Greatest local lacrosse players”.

This list would be WAY easier if I could minimize it to one of the three qualifiers we’re using for the list. Unfortunately for me, I have to combine all three groups to try to make one definite list. Here are the qualifiers.

A-Player played college lacrosse at a school in Maryland. Any of the area schools are options-Johns Hopkins, Loyola, Maryland, UMBC, Towson, Navy, Mt. St. Mary’s or even a Division III school like Salisbury or Stevenson.

B-Player played professionally for an area team. Certainly the most prominent pro teams in the area have been the now defunct Baltimore Thunder of the indoor game or the Baltimore/Chesapeake/Washington Bayhawks of the MLL on the outdoor side.

C-Player must have been originally from the immediate area and/or played lacrosse in high school locally. This means anyone who played either for a MIAA program or public school in the Baltimore area can be considered even if they went on to play at the college level outside of the area.

My head hurts just thinking about all of the possibilities. Ugh.

(For the record, I’m going to limit this to the greatest MALE players. It’s just to difficult to compare male vs. female lacrosse accomplishments. We will have opportunities to recognize female contributors to the sport in a later list.)

I’m pretty sure I know the greatest players in Thunder history as well as Johns Hopkins and Maryland history. I could probably use some help in EVERY other area of this list AND in trying to compare players in one group to players in another.

I want your suggestions. You can leave them here in the comments on this blog post or email me (glenn@wnst.net). We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, I will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew and Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. I will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Happy Hours” with Nestor Aparicio.

In the midst of Championship Weekend here in Baltimore-who are the greatest lacrosse players in the history of the area? Make your voice heard!

-G

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Hopkins has five players pick up USILA All-America honors

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team placed five players on the 2014 USILA All-America Team it was announced today. Senior defenseman Jack Reilly (Niskayuna, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) and junior long stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino (Oakdale, NY/Connetquot) both earned second team honors, while junior attackman Wells Stanwick (Baltimore, MD/Boys’ Latin), sophomore attackman Ryan Brown (Sykesville, MD/Calvert Hall) and sophomore midfielder Holden Cattoni (De Winton, Alberta/West Island College) all earned honorable mention status. This is the 11th time in head coach Dave Pietramala’s 14 seasons that Johns Hopkins has produced five or more All-Americans.

Reilly and Pellgrino anchored a Johns Hopkins defense that held 11 of 16 opponents to nine goals or less and surrendered an average of 8.94 goals per game. Reilly started all 16 games on close defense for the Blue Jays and totaled 20 ground balls, six caused turnovers and one goal. This is the first time Reilly has been selected as an All-American and he routinely drew the assignment of covering the opposition’s top attackman. He was the only returning starter among JHU’s goalie and three close defensemen this season.

Pellegrino, the first Johns Hopkins junior to serve as a captain since Jake Bryne in 2006, played in all 16 games at the pole and had 27 ground balls, a team-high 13 caused turnovers, three goal and two assists. Pellegrino was the only non-senior long stick defensive middie to earn first, second or third team honors and one of just two non-seniors among the six LSMs honored.

Stanwick is Johns Hopkins’ only repeat selection to the All-America team as he makes his second appearance on the honorable mention listing. He led the Blue Jays in scoring with 23 goals and 44 points for 67 points. His 44 assists are the fourth-highest single-season total in school history and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Jack Thomas had 45 in 1973. In addition, his 67 points are the most by a Blue Jay since Terry Riordan had 69 in 1995 and are tied for the 11th-highest single-season mark in school history.

Brown made the seamless transition back to his natural position of attack this season. He tied for the team-lead in goals (40), finished second in points (54) and fourth in assists (14). His 40 goals are the most by a Johns Hopkins sophomore since Terry Riordan had 47 in 1993 and he is just the fourth sophomore in school history to score 40 or more goals in a season. He netted a career high eight goals against Syracuse early this season; that is the second-highest single-game total in school history, surpassed only by a nine-goal effort by William Logan against Virginia in 1927.

Cattoni rounds out Johns Hopkins’ All-Americans with his nod to the honorable mention listing. He scored 29 goals and added six assists for 35 points to rank third on the team in goals and fourth in points. He led all Johns Hopkins midfielders in goals and points. Cattoni, the only player on the team to score at least one goal in all 16 games this season, had eight multi-goal games and nine multi-point games to his credit this season. His 29 goals are the most by a Johns Hopkins midfielder since Brian Christopher had 30 in 2009.

Johns Hopkins posted an 11-5 record and made its 42nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season. The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before being eliminated.

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Former Hopkins standout Mitchell named to Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Posted on 21 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Steve Mitchell, a standout member of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team from 1984 through 1987, has been elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame it was announced today by US Lacrosse. Mitchell is one of eight individuals who will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, October 25 at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

In addition to Mitchell, the Class of 2014 includes Stan Cockerton, Jay Jalbert, Erin Brown Millon, Michele Uhlfelder, Peter G. Voelkel, Carole Wakefield (posthumous) and Marge Watson.

The 66th Hall of Fame inductee from Johns Hopkins, Mitchell helped the Blue Jays win NCAA Championships in 1984, 1985 and 1987. Johns Hopkins compiled a 47-6 record during his career, which also included a trip to the NCAA Semifinals in 1986. The Blue Jays’ six losses during his career came by a combined total of just 10 goals.

Mitchell earned Honorable Mention All-America honors as a junior and First Team All-America as a senior. He was the first-ever long stick defensive midfielder to earn First Team All-America honors. He was named to the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team when he graduated and was later inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame (2004) and the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2009).

Mitchell’s post-graduate lacrosse career included being a member of the United States Men’s National Team in 1990 and 1994. He helped the U.S. to world titles in both of those years and grabbed All-World honors at the 1990 championships.

In addition this exploits in lacrosse during his time at Homewood, Mitchell was also a standout member of the Blue Jay football and basketball teams. He played one season of football and led the team in receiving with 26 receptions for 491 yards and five touchdowns, while he started at forward on the basketball team for two years and led the team in scoring (16.2 ppg.) and rebounding (9.8 rpg.) as a sophomore.

Tickets for the 2014 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, sponsored by RPS Bollinger and the Markel Insurance Company, will be available to the public for purchase beginning August 1. Tickets will be sold online at www.uslacrosse.org/HOF.

The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honor men and women who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of lacrosse to our way of life. Nearly 400 lacrosse greats are honored in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located with the Lacrosse Museum at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Baltimore.

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Hopkins’ season ends at hands of Duke in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 18 May 2014 by WNST Staff

NEWARK, DE – The top-seeded Duke mens’s lacrosse team scored the first six goals of the game and seven of the final eight as the Blue Devils eased past unseeded Johns Hopkins, 19-11, in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Delaware Stadium on the campus of the University of Delaware on Sunday. The Devils improve to 15-3 and advance to the NCAA Semifinals for the eighth straight season, while Johns Hopkins had its season end with an 11-5 record.

Johns Hopkins had cut the early 6-0 deficit to 12-8 at the half and got back to-back goals from sophomore Holden Cattoni in the first six minutes of the second half to slice the deficit to 12-10 with 9:16 left in the third quarter. From there, Duke scored the next two goals to push the lead to 14-10 and then controlled the fourth quarter to secure the win.

After Cattoni’s pair, Duke’s Jordan Wolf pushed the lead to 13-10 with an unassisted goal just 52 seconds later. The Blue Jays killed off a man-down situation a short time later and twice had possession with a chance to cut farther into the lead, but a pair of turnovers ultimately led to another goal by Wolf to account for the 14-10 Blue Devil lead at the end of the third quarter.

A goal by junior Wells Stanwick just 46 seconds into the fourth quarter made it 14-11 with plenty of time remaining, but that would be the last goal of the game for the Blue Jays, who held Duke scoreless for the first six minutes of the final period before a Case Matheis goal at the 8:54 mark ignited a 5-0 game-ending run for the Devils. Matheis bookended the run, which included two more goals by Wolf and one by Myles Jones.

The late-game surge didn’t look like it would be necessary early on as the Blue Devils led 6-0 before the game was 10 minutes old and 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Josh Dionne scored three of his four goals on the day in the first 14 minutes as the Blue Devils scored on seven of their 14 first-quarter shots.

The Blue Jays slowly started to creep back into the game late in the first quarter as Rob Guida and Brandon Benn scored back-to-back goals in a span of just under a minute and Guida answered Dionne’s third tally with an extra-man goal in the final minute to make it 7-3.

Like they had in the first quarter, the Devils struck quickly in the second as Dionne’s extra-man goal just under two minutes into the period was followed by the first of Wolf’s five goals on the day 76 seconds later.

Duke pushed the lead to first-half high of seven at 12-5 with an unassisted goal by Jones with just over five minutes left in the first half, but the Blue Jays scored the final three goals of the half to account for a 12-8 halftime score. Cattoni opened the spree when he scored off an assist from Stanwick, while Reed and freshman John Crawley added unassisted strikes in the final 2:24.

Reed would get the helper on Cattoni’s two goals early in the third quarter, but Wolf answered a short time later to spark the 7-1 game-ending run for the Blue Devils, who methodically ran their offense and pulled away to lock down their spot in the national semifinals.

Wolf paced the Blue Devils with five goals and three assists, while Jones (3g, 4a) Matheis (3g, 2a) and Dionne (4g) all finished with at least four points. Senior Brendan Fowler won 17-of-33 faceoffs and grabbed 13 ground balls for Duke, which held advantages in shots (44-35) and ground balls (37-19).

Guida and Cattoni both posted hat tricks and Reed added the one goal and a career-high four assists to give the Blue Jays’ first midfield a combined seven goals and four assists. Stanwick added a goal and three assists and senior Eric Schneider finished with 10 saves in goal for the Blue Jays.

Notes: Benn (40) and Brown (40) are the first Johns Hopkins teammates to score 40 or more goals in the same season since Terry Riordan (52) and Brian Piccola (41) in 1995 … this is just the third time its been done • Stanwick’s three assists give him 44 on the year, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history • Stanwick’s 67 points are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Riordan had 69 in 1995 • Johns Hopkins was 3-for-3 on EMO and finished the season 30-of-55 (.545).

#8 Johns Hopkins (11-5) 3-5-2-1/11
#3 Duke (15-3) 7-5-2-5/19

GoalsJ: Guida-3, Cattoni-3, Reed, Stanwick, Brown, Benn, Crawley. D: Wolf-5, Dionne-4, Jones-3, Matheis-3, Walsh-2, Keenan-2. Assists: J: Reed-4, Stanwick-3, Brown. D: Jones-4, Wolf-3, Matheis-2, Cohan, Haus, Keenan, Walsh. Saves:J: Schneider-10, Ryan-0. D: Aaron-3, Turri-1. Shots: J-35, D-44. EMOJ: 3-for-3. D: 1-for-3. Attendance: TBA.

 

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Hopkins eyes return to Final Four Saturday against Duke

Posted on 17 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Unseeded Johns Hopkins (11-4) makes the short drive up Route 95 to Newark, Delaware to take on top-seeded Duke (14-3) in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Game time from Delaware Stadium on the campus of the University of Delaware is set for noon on Sunday, May 18.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 40th time in school history with a 14-8 victory at eighth-seeded Virginia last Sunday. High-powered Duke jumped all over visiting Air Force and cruised to a 20-9 victory to secure its spot in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the eighth straight year.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Duke are meeting for the 18th time in a series that dates to a 22-0 Blue Jay victory in 1942. Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series 12-5. A complete series history can be found on page 14.

Hitting 100: Last week’s game at Virginia was the 100th NCAA Tournament game in Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse history. The Blue Jays improved to 68-32 all-time in the NCAAs with the win against the Cavaliers.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Duke with an all-time record of 944-307-15 (.752). 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 eighth in final regular season USILA Coaches Poll and seventh in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Duke finished the regular season ranked third in both polls.

Pietramala Ties Bob Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 158th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 14-8 victory at Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 158 victories matches Bob Scott’s record for most wins by a Johns Hopkins lacrosse coach. Scott won 158 from 1955-74 and guided JHU to seven national championships, including the program’s first NCAA title in 1974. That 17-12 win over Maryland in the 1974 title game was the final game of Scott’s coaching career.

All-Time vs. Top Seed: This week’s game against top-seeded Duke will be Johns Hopkins’ 15th against the number one seed since the inception of the NCAA Tournament in 1971. Johns Hopkins is 6-8 in its prevous 14 games against the number one seed, including 2-1 under Pietramala and 2-0 vs. Duke (2007, 2008).

At Delaware Stadium in the NCAAs: Johns Hopkins has played two previous NCAA Tournament games at Delaware Stadium. The Blue Jays topped Syracuse, 13-10, in the 1984 national championship game and fell to North Carolina, 10-9, in overtime in the 1986 NCAA Semifinals. Dave Pietramala was a freshman on that 1986 team.

Last Time at Delaware Stadium: Dave Pietramala has coached one previous game at Delaware Stadium as Johns Hopkins defeated Delaware, 18-5, on February 22, 2011.

Calling For Better Weather: The game-time temperature for Johns Hopkins’ last trip to Delaware Stadium on February 22, 2011 was 32 degrees and blustery. A quick-hitting snow storm dropped approximately four inches of snow on the Maryland-Delaware area from February 21-22 in 2011. The forcast for this Sunday calls for a temperature approximately 40 degrees warmer (71 and mostly sunny as of press time).

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 Duke averaging 12.13 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but two games this season. Entering the game against the Blue Devils, JHU ranks 10th in the nation in scoring offense, eighth in assists per game (7.40) and ninth in points per game (19.53).

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 15 games, 111 of JHU’s 182 goals have been assisted, or 61.0%. 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 did not convert on either of its extra-man opportunities against Virginia and is now 27-of-52 (.519) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Duke game. Brandon Benn (7 EMO goals), Ryan Brown (7), Holden Cattoni (6) and Wells Stanwick (5) have combined to score 25 of JHU’s 27 EMO goals this season.
The 27 extra-man goals for the Blue Jays this season match last season’s total (also in 14 games), although the 27 this season have come in 14 fewer chances. The last time Johns Hopkins scored more than 27 extra-man goals was in 2004, when JHU scored 32 in 15 games. The highest extra-man percentage for Johns Hopkins under head coach Dave Pietramala was .471 in 2003 (40-of-85).

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shine: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks 14th in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering this week’s game against Duke. On the year, the Blue Jays have won 208-of-360 (.578) as a team.
For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 181-of-303 (.697) through 15 games and also has a team-high 130 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage (13th) and ground balls per game (9th / 8.56). Kennedy’s 181 faceoff wins are the fourth-highest single-season total in school history, whlie his 303 attempts are tied for third. In addition, his 130 ground balls rank sixth and are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Eric Wedin had 131 in 2000.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 15 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 22 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 15 of 15 minutes or longer. In last week’s win at Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Jays held the Cavaliers scoreless for stretches of 18:17 in the first half and 20:29 to close the game.

More Holding: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 15 opponents under its season scoring 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 11 of its 15 opponents to nine goals or less.

Schneider Anchoring Defense: Including the win last week at Virginia, senior goalie Eric Schneider has gotten hot as the weather has gotten better. In the last seven games, Schneider has played 405 of the team’s 420 minutes and boasts a 7.11 GAA and a .613 save percentage over that time.
With his recent performances, which include a 17-save performance at Navy and a 12-save effort last week at Virginia, Schneider now has an 8.15 GAA and .568 save percentage on the year. He ranks sixth in the nation in GAA and ninth in save percentage.

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown is being counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio has been up to the task thus far. They have combined for at least three goals and seven points in all 15 games this season, with 11 goals against UMBC, 10 against Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and nine goals against both Towson and Princeton. The trio has a pair of 16-point games to its credit (Towosn, UMBC) and a 14-point effort as well (Princeton). The three started the first 10 games together before Brown sat out the game at Mount St. Mary’s.

Welcome to the Club: Senior Brandon Benn became the 17th player in school history to reach the 100-goal mark with his four-goal effort at Navy. Benn is now ranked ninth on JHU’s career goal-scoring list with 108.

Another Welcome: Brandon Benn’s four goals against Navy pushed his total for the season past 30 goals (he now has 39). This marks the third consecutive season he has scored 30+ goals, making him the first Johns Hopkins player since Terry Riordan (1992-95) to score 30 or more goals in three straight seasons. Riordan scored more than 30 goals in each of his four seasons (only player in school history to do that).

50-50: Junior Wells Stanwick (63 points) and sophomore Ryan Brown (52) are the first Johns Hopkins teammates to top 50 points in the same season since Kyle Barrie(57) and Bobby Benson (53) turned the trick in 2003.

35-35: Sophomore Ryan Brown (39 goals) and senior Brandon Benn (39) are the first Johns Hopkins teammates to top 35 goals in the same season since Bobby Benson(41) and Kyle Barrie (37) in 2003.

Just in Case: Should Ryan Brown and Brandon Benn both score at least one goal agianst Duke, they would become just the third set of Johns Hopkins teammates to reach the 40-goal mark in the same season. Below is a look the two previous instances when JHU produced a pair of 40-goal scorers in the same season:

1995 - Terry Riordan (52) & Brian Piccola (41)
1974 - Franz Wittelsberger (45) & Jack Thomas (42)

In Overtime: With the 11-10 loss at Virginia earlier this season, Johns Hopkins is now 20-11 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala; this includes the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State in the season opener. The Blue Jays have won four of their last six overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays were ranked eighth in the final regular season USILA Coaches Poll of the 2014 season. 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.

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