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Hopkins tries to snap funk Saturday against North Carolina

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-2) returns home for the first of three straight games at Homewood Field as the Blue Jays welcome North Carolina (7-2) to Baltimore.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins fell for the second week in a row as the Blue Jays dropped an 11-10 overtime decision at Virginia.
North Carolina improved to 7-2 with its second straight win, an 11-8 victory against top-ranked and previously unbeaten Maryland.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and North Carolina are meeting for the 43rd time in a series that dates to a 16-9 Johns Hopkins victory in 1977. The Blue Jays lead the series 24-18, but the Tar Heels have had the better of it lately as UNC has won six of the last seven, including an 11-10 overtime decision in Chapel Hill last season.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against North Carolina with an all-time record of 938-305-15 (.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 is ranked ninth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 10th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. North Carolina enters this week’s game against Johns Hopkins ranked fifth in the coaches poll and fifth in the media poll.

Honoring Chris Gardner: For the 17th straight year, Johns Hopkins will continue its fight against cancer and this weeks’ game against North Carolina is the Blue Jays’ designated game to support the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in honor of Chris Gardner. Gardner was a member of the Blue Jay lacrosse team in 1996 when he was diagnosed with cancer. He received treatment at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center before losing his battle in 1997.
Every year since then, members of the team make visits to the Children’s Center to visit kids who are battling cancer and a game is selected each year to be played in Chris’s honor. One dollar is added to the cost of all tickets for the game and the proceeds from this ticket increase are donated to the Children’s Center in Chris’s honor.
In addition, a player from both teams is honored as the Chris Gardner Player of the Game and Chris’s mom, Kaki Van Haverbeke, will be on hand for the 17th straight year to present the awards.

Champions Day: Head coach Dave Pietramala and the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team will welcome the 1959, 1969, 1974, 1979 and 1984 national championship teams for this week’s game against North Carolina. These five teams are celebrating “5-year” anniversaries of their championships and will enjoy a pregame reception next to the Cordish Lacrosse Center and members of the teams will be honored in a special pregame ceremony. These five teams posted a combined 56-5 record in winning the five national championships, with the 1959 and 1969 teams claiming USILA titles, while the 1974, 1979 and 1984 teams won NCAA crowns.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the recent 15-8 victory at UMBC 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 175: In addition to notching his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the win against UMBC, Dave Pietramala also reached a milestone as the win against the Retrievers was the 175th of his coaching career. In addition to his 152-52 (.746) mark as the head coach at JHU, Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 175-69 (.717). Pietramala’s 175 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), Bronson Kelly(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 North Carolina averaging 12.17 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in every game this season. JHU ranks 10th in the nation in scoring offense, third in assists per game (8.29) and sixth in points per game (21.0).

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 seven games, 58 of JHU’s 89 goals have been assisted, or 65.2%. 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 four-of-six extra-man opportunities last week at Virginia and is now 11-of-20 (.550) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in extra-man offense with Brandon Benn (4 EMO goals), Ryan Brown (3) and Holden Cattoni (3) leading the way.

Must be the Speech: There must be something about the speech that head coach Dave Pietramala gives before the Blue Jays take the field at the start of the game and at halftime. For the year, Johns Hopkins holds a 26-17 scoring advantage in the first quarter and a 27-16 scoring margin in the third quarter. In the second and fourth quarters, JHU is a combined +7 in scoring margin (35-28).

Schneider, Defense Growing: While the offense has grabbed a majority of the headlines this season, the Blue Jay defense has been consistent thus far as well. Johns Hopkins is currently ranked 14th in the nation in scoring defense (8.86) and has held five of its seven opponents to nine goals or less. Eric Schneider continues to impress in goal as he sports an 8.45 goals against average and a .559 save percentage.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The seven teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have nine scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and seven of 15 minutes or longer.

Kennedy Shines: Junior faceoff specialist Drew Kennedy continues to enjoy a standout season for the Blue Jays as he is 109-of-161 (.677) through seven games and also has a team-high 75 ground balls thus far. He ranks fifth in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and first in ground balls per game (10.71) after winning 21-of-25 faceoffs with 15 ground balls against Syracuse and following that with a 16-of-25 performance with 11 ground balls at Virginia. The 21 faceoff wins and 15 ground balls against the Orange are both career highs. Kennedy won 18-of-22 (.818) faceoffs in the season opener against Ohio State and came back and won 16-of-23 with 10 ground balls against Towson. After winning just 1-of-6 in the first quarter, he was 15-of-17 over the final three quarters against the Tigers. In Overtime: With last week’s 11-10 loss at Virginia, 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 are ranked ninth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll. 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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 24 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew (Saturday 10pm from Atlantic City live on HBO); MLS: Chicago Fire @ DC United (Saturday 4pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC Sports Network); Auto Racing: NASCAR STP 500 (Sunday 1pm from Martinsville, VA live on FOX); Golf: PGA Tour Texas Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC), LPGA Tour Kia Classic (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Carlsbad, CA live on Golf Channel)

10. Damon Wayans (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Baltimore Greek Week (Tuesday-Sunday Greektown); Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Wednesday-Sunday Baltimore Arena); The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Delivery Man” out on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Bad Words“, “Noah” and “Sabotage” out in theaters (Friday)

I assume Damon Wayans will call me while he’s in town. After all, I am close personal friends with the family.

Also…language terribly NSFW (unless you work somewhere selling penny stocks), but this is by far and away the Magnum Opus of Wolf of Wall Street…

9. Mobb Deep (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Los Lonely Boys (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); The Ataris (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Grouplove/MS MR/Smallpools (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Pentatonix (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Experience Hendrix feat. Buddy Guy/Jonny Lang/Kenny Wayne Shepherd/Bootsy Collins (Sunday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Johnny Cash “Out Among The Stars” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m going to start a MS MR cover band called MR MS. I’m clever.

Smallpools is the band that did the best song in 2013 no one gave enough credit to.

I am a supporter of the Rev.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Jimi Hendrix. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t suck.

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Hopkins falls to 5-2 after losing to Virginia in OT thriller

Posted on 22 March 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Greg Coholan scored his third goal of the game with 1:09 remaining in the first overtime period to lift 10th-ranked Virginia to an 11-10 victory against ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins before an announced crowd of 4,737 at Klockner Stadium Saturday afternoon. The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Cavaliers, who improve to 7-2 with the win. The Blue Jays fall to 5-2 with their second consecutive loss.

Both teams had possessions in overtime, but a Ryan Tucker shot for the Cavaliers hit the outside of the net to open the extra session and a Blue Jay turnover a short time later gave Virginia a second chance. Out of a timeout, the Cavaliers fired off three shots before Coholan got just enough separation from his defender after coming from behind the goal and fired a low shot that slipped past Eric Schneider for the game winner.

The Blue Jays trailed early, but rallied to take three, two-goal leads in the second half. After JHU built a 7-6 halftime lead, the teams traded the first five goals of the second half with Hopkins taking leads of 8-6, 9-7 and 10-8. The final two-goal margin came with 11:45 remaining in the fourth quarter when Ryan Brown completed his hat trick after scooping up a loose ball and scoring from in tight.

The two-goal lead could have been three a minute later, but Virginia’s Matt Barrett made a kick save on a Holden Cattoni blast from the side and the Cavaliers took advantage of the opportunity with back-to-back goals by Ryan Lukacovic in a four-minute span midway through the period to make it 10-10.

Lukacovic nearly gave the Cavs an 11-10 lead with just over three minutes remaining, but Schneider stopped him up high and the Blue Jays cleared. After working through a timer-on situation and calling timeout with just under a minute remaining in regulation, the Blue Jays turned the ball over and gave Virginia one final chance in regulation. A Mark Cockerton shot whistled wide in the final 10 seconds, setting the stage for Coholan’s overtime heroics.

The Blue Jays spotted the Cavaliers a pair of early three-goal leads as Virginia scored three goals before the game was four minutes old and answered Wells Stanwick’s first goal for the Blue Jays with a Coholan unassisted tally to grab a 4-1 lead with 6:47 remaining in the first quarter.

The Blue Jays turned to their extra-man unit to hop back into the game as they used three straight EMO goals in a span of less than three minutes to knot the game at 4-4 by the end of the first quarter.

Cattoni was on the back end of some great ball movement and beat Barrett from 10 yards out with a low shot to make it 4-2 at the five-minute mark. Cattoni and Brandon Benn netted EMO goals during a two-minute non-releasable penalty on the Cavaliers late the quarter to account for the tie at the end of the opening 15 minutes.

While the pace slowed slightly in the second quarter, the Cavaliers did grab leads of 5-4 and 6-5 in the opening eight minutes as James Pannell and Coholan sandwiched goals around another Benn strike before the Blue Jays got goals from freshman John Crawley and Brown in the final four minutes to carry a 7-6 lead into the half. Brown’s goal came with just 38 seconds left in the half and was JHU’s fourth extra-man goal of the first half.

Brown and Benn both posted three goals and one assist and senior Rob Guida added four assists to lead the way for the Blue Jays, who also got a 16-of-25 performance from junior Drew Kennedy on faceoffs.

Coholan’s three goals paced the Cavaliers, who also got two goals and one assist from Pannell and two goals from both Cockerton and Laukacovic. Barrett posted 16 saves in goal for Virginia, which snapped a threeg-game losing streak to the Blue Jays with the victory.

 

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Hopkins attackman Brown added to Tewaaraton Award watch list

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse sophomore attackman Ryan Brown is one of 10 players who have been added to the 2014 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, it was announced by the Tewaaraton Foundation. Brown joins teammate Wells Stanwick as Johns Hopkins’ two representatives on the list. Stanwick was on the original Tewaaraton Watch List, which was announced earlier this season.

Brown currently leads the team in goals (23) and points (31) through six games. His goal, assist (8) and point totals already surpass his totals of a year ago (17-4-21) and he ranks second in the nation in goals per game (3.88) and fourth in points per game (5.17).

Brown scored a career-high eight goals against Syracuse and also had an eight-point game (5g, 3a) in Johns Hopkins’ 15-9 win at Princeton earlier this season. The eight goals against the Orange were one shy of the Johns Hopkins single-game record and are tied for the most by a Division I player this season. Brown is the only player in then nation with two, eight-point games to his credit this season.

Brown has four hat tricks, eight multi-point games, five multi-goal games and four games with four or more points to his credit thus far.

Johns Hopkins (5-1) is ranked ninth in the most recent USILA Coaches Poll and will play at 10th-ranked Virginia (6-2) on Saturday.

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Hopkins, Virginia set for Saturday showdown in Charlottesville

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-1) heads to the University of Virginia (6-2) for a key top-10 battle with the Cavaliers. Faceoff is set for 4:30 pm with a live national television broadcast on ESPNU.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins slipped from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 12-10 loss to Syracuse at Homewood Field last Saturday.
Virginia dropped its second straight as the Cavaliers fell at Notre Dame, 18-9 on Sunday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Virginia are meeting for the 87th time in a series that dates to a 9-0 Johns Hopkins victory in 1904. The Blue Jays have currently won three straight against the Cavaliers, including an 11-10 win in 2012 in JHU’s last trip to Charlottesville.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Virginia with an all-time record of 938-304-15 (.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 is ranked ninth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and eighth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as well. Virginia enters this week’s game against Johns Hopkins ranked 10th in the coaches poll and 10th in the media poll.

Playing for the Cup: The winner of this week’s game between Johns Hopkins and Virginia will be presented with the Doyle Smith Cup, which goes to the winner of the annual regular season game between the two teams.
Doyle Smith arrived at Johns Hopkins from Corvallis, Oregon in 1962 and served as the manager of the lacrosse team throughout his tenure at Homewood. He graduated from Johns Hopkins Phi Beta Kappa and worked under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott before moving to the University of Virginia, where he served as the Director of Media Relations for the men’s lacrosse program for 30 years.
Doyle’s devotion to the sport of men’s lacrosse was remarkable. He served as the information director for the USILA for many years and was the official statistician at the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships for over two decades. He also was responsible for the standardization and accuracy of men’s lacrosse statistics and became the face and voice of the USILA during his time at Virginia. In 2000, he became the first non-player, non-coach to be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
By a joint acclimation between Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia, it was established during the 2006 season that the regular-season game contested between the Blue Jays and the Cavaliers be known as the game for the Doyle Smith Cup.

Closing on Mr. ScottDave Pietramala picked up his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the recent 15-8 victory at UMBC 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 175: In addition to notching his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the win against UMBC, Dave Pietramala also reached a milestone as the win against the Retrievers was the 175th of his coaching career. In addition to his 152-51 (.749) mark as the head coach at JHU, Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 175-68 (.720). Pietramala’s 175 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), Bronson Kelly(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 Virginia averaging 13.17 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in every game this season. JHU ranks ninth in the nation in scoring offense, third in assists per game (8.17) and fifth in points per game (21.33).

Class Rank: The Blue Jays have gotten production from each of their four classes through six games. Each class has registered at least 11 points thus far, with the sophomore (52 points), junior (34 points) and senior (31 points) classes leading the way.

Must be the Speech: There must be something about the speech that head coach Dave Pietramala gives before the Blue Jays take the field at the start of the game and at halftime. For the year, Johns Hopkins holds a 22-13 scoring advantage in the first quarter and a 25-14 scoring margin in the third quarter. In the second and fourth quarters, JHU is a combined +7 in scoring margin (31-24).

Schneider, Defense Growing: While the offense has grabbed a majority of the headlines this season, the Blue Jay defense has been consistent thus far as well. Johns Hopkins is currently ranked 13th in the nation in scoring defense (8.5) and has held five of its six opponents to nine goals or less. Eric Schneider continues to impress in goal as he sports an 8.10 goals against average and a .581 save percentage.

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown will be 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 four goals and nine points in all six games this season, with 11 goals against UMBC 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).

Kennedy Shines: Junior faceoff specialist Drew Kennedy continues to enjoy a standout season for the Blue Jays as he is 93-of-136 (.684) through six games and also has a team-high 64 ground balls thus far. He ranks third in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and first in ground balls per game (10.67) after winning 21-of-25 faceoffs with 15 ground balls in last week’s game against Syracuse. The 21 faceoff wins and 15 ground balls are both career highs. Kennedy won 18-of-22 (.818) faceoffs in the season opener against Ohio State and came back and won 16-of-23 with 10 ground balls against Towson. After winning just 1-of-6 in the first quarter, he was 15-of-17 over the final three quarters against the Tigers.

Second-Longest Game in School History: The triple overtime game against Ohio State in the season-opener ranks as the second-longest game in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program. The longest game in school history was a four-overtime game against Virginia on March 24, 2001.

In Overtime: Johns Hopkins improved to 20-10 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala with the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State. The Blue Jays have now won four of their last five overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked ninth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll. 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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Maryland, Loyola hold on to top spots in weekly lacrosse rankings

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

#1 The University of Maryland lacrosse team played their closest game of the season this weekend, beating Villanova 12-10 Friday night to remain undefeated. They held on to the top spot in both the new weekly Inside Lacrosse media poll and the USILA Coaches’ Poll for a third straight week.

Loyola remained #2 behind the Terps in both polls after squeezing past Army 7-6 Saturday in a tough Patriot League contest. The news wasn’t as good for Johns Hopkins, who dropped in the weekly polls after suffering their first setback of the season-a 12-10 defeat at the hands of Syracuse.

Here are the new weekly polls, courtesy of NCAA.com. First the new media poll…

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Maryland (19) 6-0 399 1
2 Loyola Maryland (1) 6-1 380 2
3 Cornell 6-0 344 8
4 Duke 6-2 342 4
5 Denver 6-2 306 9
T6 North Carolina 5-2 277 5
T6 Syracuse 4-2 277 10
8 Johns Hopkins 5-1 272 3
9 Notre Dame 3-2 259 12
10 Virginia 6-2 234 6
11 Massachusetts 6-1 179 15
12 Princeton 3-2 170 16
13 Penn 3-2 134 11
14 Penn State 3-3 133 7
15 Bryant 5-2 106 20
16 Yale 3-2 92 17
17 Hofstra 4-2 79 18
18 Colgate 6-1 78 19
19 Albany 2-3 58 13
20 Lehigh 6-2 56 14

And the new Coaches’ poll…

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Maryland (12) 6-0 240 1
2 Loyola Maryland 6-1 228 T2
3 Duke 6-2 206 6
4 Cornell 6-0 191 8
5 Denver 6-2 176 9
6 Syracuse 4-2 174 10
7 North Carolina 5-2 173 4
8 Notre Dame 3-2 170 11
9 Johns Hopkins 5-1 160 T2
10 Virginia 6-2 124 7
11 Massachusetts 6-1 106 14
12 Penn State 3-3 104 5
13 Princeton 3-2 101 16
14 Penn 3-2 78 12
15 Bryant 5-2 65 18
16 Yale 3-2 60 17
17 Lehigh 6-2 48 15
18 Albany 2-3 35 13
19 Fairfield 4-2 22 19
20 Drexel 4-3 15 20

Towson is also receiving votes in the Coaches’ poll.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionAuto Racing: NASCAR Auto Club 400 (Sunday 3pm from Fontana, CA live on FOX); Golf: PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel 2pm live on NBC. All golf from Orlando), Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Biloxi, MS live on Golf Channel), LPGA Tour Founders Cup (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Phoenix live on Golf Channel); MLS: DC United @ Toronto FC (Saturday 4:30pm from Toronto live on MLS Direct Kick)

10. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Rich Vos (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Pablo Francisco (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (Friday & Saturday Timonium Fairgrounds); Muppets Most Wanted“, “Divergent” and “50 to 1” out in theaters (Friday) American Hustle“, “Saving Mr. Banks“, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Frozen” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’ve been known to support the very important work they do at BBBBQ. In large part because they have mother effing pickle kabobs available there.

Also, this. (Language NSFW)

9. The Neighbourhood (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Marsha Ambrosius (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Matt Schofield (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Mike Doughty (Saturday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Asking Alexandria (Wednesday 6:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Switchfoot (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Drive-By Truckers (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bob Schneider (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Shamrock Fest feat. Dropkick Murphys/Carbon Leaf (Saturday 3pm RFK Stadium); Eddie Money (Friday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Foster The People “Supermodel” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Neighbourhood does all those songs you like.

I enjoy the work of Matt Schofield.

Forrester used to use a Mike Doughty song on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” all the time. For good reason.

I could listen to Bob Schneider sing this song ALL NIGHT.

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Brown’s big day not enough as Syracuse hands Hopkins first loss

Posted on 15 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – In a game that saw the 10th-ranked Syracuse and second-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse teams combine for five three-goal runs, it was the Orange that scored two of the final three goals of the game to slip past the Blue Jays, 12-10, at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. Syracuse, which led by four on two different occasions, improves to 4-2 with its second straight win, while the Blue Jays had a season-opening five-game winning streak snapped and slip to 5-1.

Syracuse led 3-1 and 7-3 in the first half and carried a 10-6 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Blue Jays needed just six seconds of the final period to score as sophomore Ryan Brown’s sixth goal of the day came after Drew Kennedy won the faceoff cleanly and found Brandon Benn, who skipped a pass to Brown on the back side and Brown shoveled one past Dominic Lamolinara to make it 10-7.

It took Brown and the Blue Jays less than two more minutes to complete their second three-goal run of the game as Brown fired one into an open net from midfield and then scored his eighth of the game off a nifty pass from sophomoreConnor Reed to make it 10-9.

The Orange, as they did throughout the game, answered as Nick Weston fired a 10-yarder past Johns Hopkins goalieEric Schneider after Billy Ward’s skip pass from the opposite goal line eluded the Blue Jay defense. Weston’s goal came with the stall warning on.

When the Blue Jays got a goal from sophomore Holden Cattoni just 48 seconds later, and with junior Drew Kennedy dominating the game on faceoffs, the Blue Jays appeared to have the momentum with just over nine minutes remaining.

Two key turnovers for Johns Hopkins, one in the offensive zone with just over five minutes to play and another on a failed clear after a Schneider save with just more than three minutes on the clock, proved crucial and the Orange eventually got the insurance goal when Dylan Donahue isolated behind the goal and got just far enough above the goal line before firing one to the top shelf to account for the final scoring.

Syracuse threatened to put the game away early as Brown’s first of the game less than two minutes in was answered by Kevin Rice, Scott Loy and Donahue to give SU a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Brown and freshman Nick Fields sandwiched goals around a Ward strike in the first five minute of the second quarter before Loy, Dylan Maltz and Henry Schoonmaker struck for unassisted goals in the final 7:05 of the second quarter to give the Orange a 7-3 halftime lead.

After winning 8-of-11 first-half faceoffs, Kennedy went to work early in the third quarter to fuel a three-goal run that pulled the Blue Jays within 7-6 less than six minutes into the second half. All three goals were scored by Brown, including an extra-man tally off an assist from John Crawleythat made it a one-goal game with 9:13 left in the period.

The one-goal deficit was four just over five minutes later as Ward jump-started SU’s third three-goal run of the game as he had time and room to unload off an assist from Loy and he fed Donahue in the slot for another goal two minutes later to make it 9-6. When defenseman Matt Harris scored on a fastbreak off a quick outlet from Lamolinara a short time later, it appeared the Orange were safe with the 10-6 lead entering the final period.

Brown’s three-goal flurry to open the fourth quarter gave the Blue Jays a chance late, but they never pulled even after falling behind 2-1 early and Weston and Donahue’s strikes in the final 10:26 proved to be the difference.

Brown’s eight goals are one shy of the Johns Hopkins single-game record of nine. William Logan holds the record with a nine-goal effort in a 13-1 win against Virginia on April 2, 1927. Stanwick added two assists and Kennedy finished 21-of-25 on faceoffs with a career-high 15 ground balls; Kennedy’s 21 faceoff wins are also a career high.

A balanced Syracuse attack was paced by Donahue, who totaled three goals and one assist. Loy and Ward both scored twice and eight different players found the back of the net for SU, which also got 11 saves from Lamolinara and committed just seven turnovers in the game.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, March 22 when the Blue Jays travel to Charlottesville to take on Virginia.

Notes: Ryan Brown has 16 goals and 20 points in his last three games • JHU was 2-for-2 on extra-man chances and is now 7-of-14 on the year • The Blue Jays’ nation-best six-game winning streak came to a halt with today’s loss.

#10 Syracuse (4-2) 3-4-3-2/12
#2 Johns Hopkins (5-1) 1-2-3-4/10

Goals: S: Donahue-3, Ward-2, Loy-2, Rice, Schoonmaker, Dy. Maltz, Weston, Harris. J: Brown-8, Cattoni, Fields. AssistsS: De. Maltz-2, Ward-2, Donahue, Lamolinara.J: Stanwick-2, Benn, Crawley, Guida, Reed. SavesS: Lamolinara-11. J: Schneider-7. Shots: S-34, J-30. EMOS: 0-for-1. J: 2-for-2. Attendance: 4,337.

 

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Hopkins tries to stay perfect Saturday with rivalry battle against Syracuse

Posted on 14 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-0) returns home and welcomes Syracuse (3-2) to Homewood Field for a nationally-televised game against the Orange.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 5-0 on the year with a 15-8 victory at UMBC last Saturday.
Syracuse moved its record to 3-2 on the year with a 14-8 victory against St. John’s. The win over the Red Storm snapped a two-game losing streak for the Orange.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Syracuse are meeting for the 52nd time in a series that dates to a meeting in 1921 that ended in a 4-4 tie. Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series 27-23-1, although Syracuse has won six of the last seven meetings.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Syracuse with an all-time record of 938-303-15 (.753). 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 is ranked second in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and third in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Syracuse enters this week’s game at Johns Hopkins ranked 10th in the coaches poll and 10th in the media poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with last week’s 15-8 victory at UMBC 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 175: In addition to notching his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with last week’s win against UMBC, Dave Pietramala also reached a milestone as the win against the Retrievers was the 175th of his coaching career. In addition to his 152-50 (.752) mark as the head coach at JHU, Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 175-67 (.723). Pietramala’s 175 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

About 5-0: Johns Hopkins is 5-0 for the second time in three years and the fourth time under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays previously started 5-0 under Pietramala in 2004, 2005 and 2012. The 2004 team dropped its sixth game (9-8 in overtime at Virginia), while the 2005 and 2012 teams both won their sixth games. The 2005 team went on to finish 16-0, while the 2012 team eventually moved to 8-0 before suffering its first loss.

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), Bronson Kelly(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 Syracuse averaging 13.8 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored 14 or more goals in each of their last four games. JHU ranks eighth in the nation in scoring offense and has scored 14 or more goals in four straight games for the first time since 2003, when the Blue Jays scored 14+ in seven straight games late in the season. Ironically, a key member of that 2003 offense was current offensive coordinator Bobby Benson, who led the team in goals with 41 that season.

Must be the Speech: There must be something about the speech that head coach Dave Pietramala gives before the Blue Jays take the field at the start of the game and at halftime. For the year, Johns Hopkins holds a 21-10 scoring advantage in the first quarter and a 22-11 scoring margin in the third quarter. In the second and fourth quarters, JHU is a combined +7 in scoring margin (25-18).

Schneider, Defense Growing: While the offense has grabbed a majority of the headlines this season, the Blue Jay defense has been consistent thus far as well. Johns Hopkins is currently tied for eighth in the nation in scoring defense and has held all five of its opponents to nine goals or less. Eric Schneider continues to impress in goal as he sports a 7.33 goals against average and a .622 save percentage.

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown will be 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 four goals and nine points in all five games this season, with 11 goals against UMBC 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). Kennedy Shines: Junior Drew Kennedy has gotten off to a quick start at the X for the Blue Jays as he is 72-of-111 (.649) through five games and also has a team-high 49 ground balls thus far. He ranks fourth in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and tied for first in ground balls per game (9.8) after winning 18-of-26 faceoffs with 12 ground balls in last week’s win against UMBC.
Kennedy won 18-of-22 (.818) faceoffs in the season opener against Ohio State and came back and won 16-of-23 with 10 ground balls against Towson. After winning just 1-of-6 in the first quarter, he was 15-of-17 over the final three quarters against the Tigers.

Second-Longest Game in School History: The triple overtime game against Ohio State in the season-opener ranks as the second-longest game in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program. The longest game in school history was a four-overtime game against Virginia on March 24, 2001.

In Overtime: Johns Hopkins improved to 20-10 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala with the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State. The Blue Jays have now won four of their last five overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked second in this week’s USILA Preseason Coaches Poll. 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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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionNBA-Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: CAA Tournament (Thursday-Sunday from Showplace Arena live on CAA.TV/Comcast SportsNet), Selection Monday (Monday 7pm ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Valspar Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Palm Harbor, FL), Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Newport Beach, CA live on Golf Channel); Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center)

10. Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday 2pm Inner Harbor); Shamrock Shindig (Sunday 11am Pierce’s Park); Need For Speed” and “Veronica Mars” out in theaters (Friday); Inside Llewyn Davis“, “Homefront” and “The Book Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Two very important things here. One, the appropriate St. Patty’s Day meal is NOT Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s this.

Two-A reminder that after NFS star Aaron Paul (perhaps you’ve heard of him) finished his interview with us at the Super Bowl, he came back by the table to tell us it was his favorite one of the year. He personally thanked me. Because we’re best friends.

9. Shamrocks & Shenanigans feat. Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Saturday 7pm Power Plant Live); Paul Simon & Sting (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Uncle Kracker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Mac McAnally (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Dr. Dog (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Steve Earle (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Moody Blues (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); The Head and The Heart (Saturday 10:45am Rock N Roll Marathon DC); Ellie Goulding (Sunday 7pm Echostage); 311 “Stereolithic” and Aloe Blacc “Lift Your Spirit” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones were the band from Clueless. Also, you’re 44. I understand how difficult this is. Just remember I love you.

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I’m surprised Paul Simon has time to tour considering he’s spending most of his time posing for the cover of Tiger Beat.

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I’d like to see Sting in DC and I’d like to see him at WrestleMania.

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Aloe Blacc is that guy whose song you’ve NEVER STOPPED HEARING.

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