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Loyola finishes regular season Saturday against Johns Hopkins

Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Johns Hopkins Blue Jays

Saturday, May 3, 2014  |  12:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex | CBS Sports Network


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland will host its fifth-straight home game of the year on Saturday, May 3, when Johns Hopkins University makes the short trip to Ridley for a 12 noon faceoff.

The Greyhounds have already secured a spot in the 2014 NCAA Championships after winning last weekend’s Patriot League Championships. Loyola will be making its third appearance in as many years in the tournament.

The Greyhounds continue to lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game, averaging just 11.07 a contest through 15. They average nearly a half-turnover less per game than the second-place team, Denver (11.50).

Joe Fletcher leads all close defenders nationally in ground balls (72) and ground balls per game (4.8).

Pat Laconi is tops among NCAA Division I non-pole players in caused turnovers (27) and caused turnovers per game (1.87).

Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello entered the week ranked second and third in assists and goals per game, respectively, in the NCAA at 3.27 and 3.13.

Jack Runkel is second in saves percentage (.631) and goals against avg. (6.69).

 

Last Time Out

Loyola won its first-ever Patriot League Championship last Sunday when it defeated Lehigh University, 16-7, to earn the conference’s automatic bid to the league in the Greyhounds first year as a member.

The Mountain Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the game’s first 71 seconds, but Loyola held them scoreless until there were less than three minutes to play in the second quarter, going on a 6-0 run.

Matt Sawyer scored two of his game-high four goals during that run, and Nikko Pontrello added two of his three, as well. Pontrello added two assists for five points.

Lehigh got back within three early in the third quarter, but a 4-0 Loyola run put the Greyhounds up seven.

Justin Ward tallied a goal and four assists, while Brian Schultz added two goals and two assists, Brian Sherlock had two goals and an assist, and Kevin Ryan scored twice.

Jack Runkel was named the Championships’ Most Valuable Player after making 27 saves, 15 in the title game.

Joe Fletcher, Ward and Schultz joined Runkel on the All-Tournament team.

 

Turn On The Television

The Greyhounds will make their sixth appearance of the season on CBS Sports Network for the Johns Hopkins’ game. Dave Ryan will call the play-by-play, and Evan Washburn will handle the analysis of the action.

The  entire Patriot League Championships, as well as Loyola’s games versus Duke University, at Georgetown University and against Bucknell University were also on the network.

 

In The Polls

After winning the Patriot League Championship, Loyola remained in the No. 1 spot of both the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls for the sixth week in a row.

The Greyhounds have been ranked No. 1 at some point in each of the last three seasons. This stretch is the longest Loyola has been ranked first since spending nine-straight at the top from March 15-May 10, 1999.

 

Series History

The Greyhounds and Blue Jays will be meeting for the 52nd time in series history on Saturday when they take the field. Johns Hopkins holds a 47-4 advantage, but Loyola snapped a 13-game Blue Jays’ winning streak in the series with an 8-4 win last year at Homewood Field on April 27, 2013.

Johns Hopkins is Loyola’s second most-played opponent behind only Towson (55).

In last year’s game, the teams traded goals in the first minute of the second half with Sean O’Sullivan scoring for the Greyhounds and Mike Poppleton responding for the Blue Jays to make it 5-4 Loyola with 14:19 left in the third quarter. Poppleton’s goal, however, was the last Johns Hopkins would score in the game.

Jack Runkel made six of his 10 saves in the last 29:19 of the second half, and Mike Sawyer, Davis Butts and Kevin Ryan scored during that stretch for Loyola to provide the final margin.

Prior to last year’s game, the last seven games had been won by Johns Hopkins by a combined 13 goals, four of them by just one.

 

Streaking On Campus

Loyola’s 14-game winning streak – the Greyhounds have not lost since falling in overtime on February 6 in the season-opener at the University of Virginia – is the longest in school history.

Previously, Greyhounds teams in 2012 and 1998 held the longest winning streak in program history with 12-straight wins. The 2012 streak was snapped on April 28 when Johns Hopkins edged Loyola, 10-9 in overtime, handing the Greyhounds their only loss that year.

Loyola’s 14-1 start is also tied for the best in school history through 15 games, matching that of the 2012 squad.

 

All-League Awards

Three Loyola players earned individual awards on Monday when the Patriot League honors were announced. Joe Fletcher was named Defensive Player of the Year, Jack Runkel Goalkeeper of the Year and Justin Ward Offensive Player of the Year.

The trio was also named to the All-Patriot League First Team along with teammates Pat Laconi, Nikko Pontrello and Brian Sherlock. Kevin Ryan was named to the Second Team. Loyola’s seven All-League players were the most by any team this season.

 

Tournament Honors

Jack Runkel was then named the Patriot League Championships Most Valuable Player, and he was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Joe Fletcher, Justin Ward and Brian Schultz.

Runkel made 15 saves in the title game against Lehigh after posting 12 in the semifinal versus Colgate. Fletcher finished with 11 ground balls and eight caused turnovers, five of the latter tying her career-high in the Colgate game. Ward distributed seven assists and scored three goals, and Schultz tallied six goals and assisted on three.

 

Get To Ten

Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 68 occasions. After defeating Lehigh, 16-7, on Sunday, Loyola has won 82.4 percent of those games (56-12).

Since 2012

Loyola has the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 43-7 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013 and 13-1 this season) for a .857 mark. Loyola’s winning percentage of .933 this season is the best nationally.

Duke and Loyola have both won 43 games during the run, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage by nearly nine percent (43-13, .768).

 

Chart Toppers

A pair of Greyhounds attackers are near the top of two offensive categories through games of Sunday, April 27, in both total goals and assists. Nikko Pontrello is tied for second in Division I with 47 goals, while Justin Ward is second with 49 assists.

The duo is the No. 2 point-scoring tandem in the country with 124 combined points (Ward, 65; Pontrello, 59). Albany’s Lyle (98) and Miles (90) have a combined 188.

Goalkeeper Jack Runkel is also near the top of statistical rankings for his position. He is second in goals against average (6.69) and saves percentage (.631).

 

Tops Among Close Defenders

Joe Fletcher not only leads Loyola in ground balls, total (72) and per game (4.80), this season, but more impressive than that, he paces all close defenders nationally in the categories. Fletcher is 47th overall in ground balls per game, while the 46 players who are ahead of him are either face-off specialists or long-stick midfielders who play on the wings during restarts.

 

And Short-Sticks, Too

Meanwhile, Pat Laconi tops all non-pole defenders nationally in caused turnovers and caused turnovers per game. With a career-high five against Bucknell, he has caused 28 this season while averaging 1.87 per game. He enters the Johns Hopkins game ninth in the nation, and the eight players ahead of him in the rankings are all long-stick midfielders or close defenders.

 

Record-Setting Quarterback

Justin Ward has continued to be the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense this year, passing out 49 assists in 15 games. In the Patriot League Championship Game against Lehigh, Ward became the conference’s single-season assist leader, passing Bucknell University’s David Dickson who had 48 in 2013.

With his third and final assist on April 12 against Boston University, Ward passed Sean Heffernan for first-place in school single-season history at the Division I level.

He is second in the nation in total assists (45), and he is also second in the country, and tops in the Patriot League, with 3.21 assists per game this year. The 45 assists are tied for second in Patriot League history, three shy of matching Bucknell’s David Dickson’s record of 48 from a year ago.

With four assists against Duke on March 9, Ward set Loyola’s career Division I record (since 1982) in total assists, eclipsing the mark of 83 set from 1989-92 by Jim Blanding. His three at Colgate gave him 100 for his career, making him the second player in program history ever to reach the century mark.

Ward now has 116 career assists. Gary Hanley holds the all-time Loyola record with 160 assists. Ward is also sixth in school Division I history in total points with 166, nine away from tying Gewas Schindler (1996-99) for fifth place. His 65 points this season are tied for third in school single-season history, six away from matching Eric Lusby’s 2012 school-record total.

Of his 49 assists this year, 29 have gone to his fellow attack players. More than half of Brian Schultz’s 33 goals (17-of-33) have come off Ward assists, continuing a trend from when the pair were club teammates with the Maryland Roughriders. Nikko Pontrello has tallied 12 of his team-high 47 from Ward helpers, and Ward has also assisted on 10 of the Greyhounds’ 21 extra-man goals this year.

Ward is in his third year as a starter on attack for the Greyhound after earning USILA All-America Honorable Mention last year after finishing tops on the team in points (62) and assists (35) and second in goals (27). His 62 points ranked tied for fifth in school single-season Division I history, and his 35 assists check in at third on that list.

 

Pontrello Putting Up Points

Nikko Pontrello was held without a goal for the first time this season on April 5 against Navy, snapping a streak of 10-straight games to start the season that Pontrello had two or more goals. He rebounded, however, with three goals and two assists versus Boston University and three goals and an assist versus Bucknell.

Through games of Wednesday, April 30, Pontrello is tied for second nationally with 47 goals after recording three in the Patriot League Championship Game against Lehigh.

He scored two in the season-opener at Virginia and then had three each against Penn State and Towson before scoring a career-high six goals at Holy Cross. He then tallied four at Lehigh, five against Duke, three at Georgetown, five versus Lafayette and three against Colgate, Boston University, Bucknell and Lehigh in the Patriot League title game. He has now scored two or more in 13 of 15 games this year.

Two of his goals have been game-winners in one-goal contests. Pontrello scored 19 seconds into overtime to give Loyola a 12-11 win at Penn State, and he then tallied one with 51.4 seconds left in regulation to push the Greyhounds past Georgetown, 10-9.

Pontrello’s 47 goals this season rank fourth in school single-season history, three shy of tying Tim Goettelmann’s 200 total for third. His 59 points are tied for Mike Ruland (1988) for ninth.

 

Stopping Shots

After opening the season with a .214 save percentage in the opener at Virginia, Jack Runkel has played to a .656 mark, saving 158 out of 241 shots on goal he’s faced. In a six-game stretch  against Towson, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Duke and Army, Runkel made 61 saves and allowed just 26 goals (.701).

The senior goalkeeper earned a record five Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors this year and was named the conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year. He has a goals against average of 6.69 this season and a cumulative saves percentage of .631 through 15 games. He is second in the nation in both saves percentage goals against average.

In three years as a starter for the Greyhounds, Runkel has a 7.58 goals against average and .573 saves percentage. Runkel’s record between the pipes is 41-6. He is second in wins among active goalkeepers, trailing only Maryland’s Niko Amato who has 45 victories. Amato, however, is a four-year starter, while Runkel did not start until early in his sophomore season.

 

Fletch, White And Blue

Senior defender Joe Fletcher was the lone current collegiate player selected as part of one of 52 players who made up the United States Men’s National Team training roster this fall, and the day before Loyola’s season-opener, he found out he is one of 30 players who made the cut for the team that will compete at the 2014 World Cup in Denver.

He later had seven ground balls and causing a turnover against Duke. He also was primarily responsible for holding the Blue Devils’ All-American attacker Jordan Wolf to one goal.

Versus Colgate, Fletcher was matched up against Ryan Walsh, and he held the Raiders’ leading scorer without a goal or assist for the first time in his career, a total of 42 prior games. He then marked Navy’s T.J. Hanzsche, holding him without a point for the first time in 15 games. He then snapped the 41-game point-scoring streak of Bucknell’s David Dickson on April 17, holding him without a shot.

In all, the players Fletcher has had primary marking responsibilities for have tallied 16 goals in 15 games this year (including three each by the University of Virginia’s Mark Cockerton and Penn State University’s Shane Sturgis in the season’s first two games). Six of those goals have come when Fletcher was already out of the game late in the fourth quarter.

Fletcher has been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week five times this year, the most any player in conference history has earned the award. He leads the Greyhounds with 72 ground balls and is second in caused turnovers (27). His 72 career caused turnovers are third all-time at Loyola behind the 90 of P.T. Ricci and 88 of Scott Ratliff.

 

Not Just Defensive Midfield

Pat Laconi has continued to show his versatility as one of the top short-stick defensive midfielders in the nation while being a player with offensive acumen. The Preseason All-American had a goal against Bucknell to bring his season total to eight goals and three assists and his career numbers to 13 and 12.

Laconi posted four ground balls, matching his career-high, and three caused turnovers at Colgate, the final of each coming with less than 25 seconds remaining to help seal the win. He caused another three turnovers a week later at Navy and then had a career-high five against Bucknell. His team-leading 28 caused turnovers are tops a this season have brought his career total to 69, fourth-most in school history.

 

Schultz Stepping Up

In his first year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds, senior Brian Schultz has scored 33 goals, second-most on the team through 15 games, and his 14 assists are also second. He had the game-winning goal 12 seconds into the second overtime at Navy and less than two weeks later posted a career-best six goals in a win over Bucknell.

With a career-high six goals against Bucknell on April 17, four versus Colgate in the Patriot League Semifinal and a pair in the title game, Schultz has scored 12 goals, to go with four assists, in Loyola’s last three games.

Entering this season, Schultz had seen most of his playing time on extra-man opportunities for the Greyhounds, posting a combined three goals and five assists.

 

Near The Top At Both Sides

The Greyhounds entered the final of the regular-season as the only team to be in the top six of scoring offense and defense at the Division I level. Loyola’s goals per game (13.33) rank sixth, and its goals allowed (6.93) are second. As a result, Loyola leads the nation in scoring margin (+6.40).

 

Taking Care Of The Ball

Loyola enters the Johns Hopkins game leading the nation in fewest turnovers per game. The Greyhounds have committed 117 miscues in 15 games, an average of 11.07 per contest.

 

Games Of Runs

Loyola has used significant runs in all 15 of its games this season, and it has had six stretches of seven or more unanswered goals. In all the Greyhounds have 28 runs of 3-0 or better. Here is a look at their four best scoring stretches:

Opponent Run Time Covered   Opponent Run Time Covered
at Holy Cross 14-0 38:58   Lafayette 12-0 26:53
Towson 10-0 16:38   at Virginia 9-0 14:18

 

On the flip side, Loyola’s opponents have made runs of 3-0 or better just six times this year. Virginia and Penn State did it twice each in the first two games of the year, and Army and Georgetown did it in back-to-back games in March.

 

Quarter Or More Scoreless

Loyola has held opponents scoreless for 15 or more minutes on 16 occasions this season (chart on left). Six times, the Greyhounds have posted shutout streaks of better than 30 minutes of clock time.

The longest Loyola has held a team without a goal this season is 47 minutes, 13 seconds, in the February 22 game at Holy Cross.

The Greyhounds have played just two games this year – at Penn State and at Colgate – in which they have not held opponents scoreless for 15 or more minutes at a time.

Opponents have held Loyola without a goal for stretches of 15 or more minutes three this year (at Virginia, at Georgetown, at Navy). Only Virginia did so for more than 17 minutes. The Cavaliers went on an 8-0 run over 31:23, holding the Greyhounds scoreless in the second and third quarters before Loyola reeled off nine-straight in the fourth.

 

Tewaaraton Watch Trio, Senior CLASS Award Pair

Loyola is one of three schools (along with Duke) to have three players named Tewaaraton Award nominees. Joe Fletcher, Nikko Pontrello and Justin Ward are semifinalists for the honor of college lacrosse’s top player.

 

Fletcher and Ward were also two of 20 players nationally to be named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award that seniors who have performed at a high level athletically and in the classroom and who have used their platforms as student-athletes to make positive impacts in the community. Last month, they were selected as two of the award’s 10 finalists for this year.

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Hopkins gets final chance to make statement Saturday at Loyola

Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Television: CBS Sports Network

The Game: Johns Hopkins (10-3) makes the short trip up University Parkway to Cold Spring Lane and the Ridley Athletic Complex to take on top-ranked Loyola (14-1) in the regular season finale for both teams. Faceoff is set for noon with a live national television audience on CBS Sports Network.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins ran its winning streak to five games with a 13-7 victory at home against Villanova last Wednesday night.
Loyola ran its winning streak to 14 games with a pair of victories over the weekend in the Patriot League Tournament, including a dominating 16-7 victory over Lehigh in the championship game.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Loyola are meeting for the 52nd time in a series that dates to 20-1 Johns Hopkins victory in 1939. The Greyhounds topped the Blue Jays 8-4 last season at Homewood Field to snap a 13-game Johns Hopkins winning streak in the series.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Loyola with an all-time record of 943-306-15 (.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 sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and sixth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Loyola is ranked first in both the coaches and media polls this week.

Tournament Talk: The bracket for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will be announced on Sunday, May 4 at 9 pm on ESPNU. The 18-team field will consist of 10 automatic qualifiers (league champions) and eight at-large berths.

The following conference champions shall receive an automatic bid to the championship: America East Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Atlantic Sun Conference, Big East Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Eastern, College Athletic Conference, The Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Northeast Conference and the Patriot League.

The four lowest-ranked automatic qualifying teams as determined by the committee, regardless of conference RPI, will compete in two play-in games to determine the final two AQ spots in the championship bracket.

The tournament will begin with the two play-in games on Wednesday, May 7 with eight first-round games taking place on the campus of the eight highest seeded teams on Saturday and Sunday, May 10&11.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 157th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 13-7 victory against Villanova 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 180: In addition to his 157-53 (.748) mark as the head coach at JHU, Dave Pietramala also posted a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 180-70 (.720). Pietramala’s 180 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

Career Game Number 250: Last week’s game against Villanova was the 250th for Dave Pietramala as a head coach at the collegiate level.

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 Loyola averaging 12.15 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but two games this season. Entering the game against Greyhounds, JHU ranks 10th in the nation in scoring offense, eighth in assists per game (7.54) and 10th in points per game (19.69).

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 13 games, 98 of JHU’s 158 goals have been assisted, or 62.0%. 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 converted on a pair of extra-man opportunities against Villanova and is now 25-of-48 (.521) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fifth in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Loyola game. Brandon Benn (7 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (6), Ryan Brown (5) and Wells Stanwick (5) have combined to score 23 of JHU’s 25 EMO goals this season.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shine: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks eighth in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering this week’s game against Loyola. On the year, the Blue Jays have won 185-of-308 (.601) as a team.
For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 160-of-259 (.618) through 13 games and also has a team-high 114 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage (10th) and ground balls per game (8th / 8.77).

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 13 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 19 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 13 of 15 minutes or longer. JHU held Maryland scoreless for stretches of 20:11 to open the game and 18:52 immediately after the Terps scored their first goal and then held Mount St. Mary’s off the board for 44:56 to open the game.

More Holding: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 13 opponents under its season scoring average thus far. Recently, 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 10 of its 13 opponents to nine goals or less.

A Final Holding: During its current five-game winning streak, the Johns Hopkins defense has allowed a total of just 10 first-half goals.

Schneider Rolling: A key part of the recent surge by the Blue Jay defense has been the play of senior goalie Eric Schneider, who has gotten hot as the weather has gotten better. In the five-game unbeaten streak, Schneider has played 285 of the team’s 300 minutes and boasts a 5.68 GAA and a .654 save percentage over that time. With his recent performances, which include a 17-save performance at Navy, Schneider now has a 7.78 GAA and .573 save percentage on the year. He ranks sixth in the nation in GAA and ninth in save percentage and is one of just six goalies in the nation ranked in the top 10 in both categories.

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 13 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). 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 tied for 12th with Mike Morrill (1985-88) on JHU’s career goal-scoring list with 102.

Another Welcome: Brandon Benn’s four goals against Navy pushed his total for the season past 30 goals (he now has 33). 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).

In Overtime: With the 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.

State Rivalries: Johns Hopkins improved its record to 66-8 (.892) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland with the 6-5 victory at Navy. Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against teams from Maryland under Pietramala.

Loyola (12-1)
Maryland (10-5)
Mount St. Mary’s (6-0)
Navy (13-2)
Towson (15-0)
UMBC (10-0)

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked sixth 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 28 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Portland Timbers (Saturday 10pm from Portland live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Long Island Lizards @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tennis: ATP Tour Mutua Madrid Open (Tuesday-Sunday from Madrid live on Tennis Channel)

10. Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Towsontown Spring Festival (Saturday & Sunday Downtown Towson); Ocean City Springfest (Thursday-Sunday Ocean City Inlet); Kevin Nealon (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Kinetic Sculpture Race (Saturday American Visionary Art Museum); The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Walk of Shame” out in theaters (Friday); Legend of Hercules” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Kevin Nealon is such an underrated part of the greatness of the Chris Farley Chippendale’s sketch.

I could use some more Emma Stone in my life.

9. Against Me! (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), All Time Low (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Pop Evil (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Rob Zombie (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sevendust (Friday 9:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ledisi (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Kerfuffle feat. 311/SOJA/KONGOS/Cage The Elephant/J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Saturday 1:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ben Kweller (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Ozomatli (Monday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Iggy Azalea (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Black Label Society (Monday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); CHVRCHES (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Future Islands (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Nickel Creek (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dave Grohl (Monday 8pm 9:30 Club); Three Dog Night (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Pat McGee Band (Saturday & Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); David Gray (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Saliva (Saturday 9pm Fish Head Cantina); Ray LaMontagne “Supernova”Old 97′s “Most Messed Up”Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”Chris Robinson “Phosphorescent Harvest” and Johnnyswim “Diamonds” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Support our boys in All Time Low. They’re good boys.

Sometimes I forget how much I freaking love some Against Me tunes.

Would it be awkward for me to leave Kerfuffle hours early after J. Roddy???

Ozomatli is a damn fine way to celebrate Cinco.

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Be thankful the Orioles don’t have the Toronto pitching staff

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Be thankful the Orioles don’t have the Toronto pitching staff

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Drew Forrester

With my computer out of commission, I bring you an audio version of Drew’s Morning Dish HERE

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Hopkins continues rolling with win over Villanova

Posted on 23 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team outscored Villanova 5-0 over the final 22 minutes to break away from the visiting Wildcats as the Blue Jays picked up a 13-7 victory at Homewood Field Wednesday night. The win is the fifth straight for the Blue Jays, who improve to 10-3 on the year. Villanova slips to 5-8 with its second straight loss.

The Blue Jays led 7-5 at the half, but the Wildcats got a Devin McNamara goal just 77 seconds into the second half to make it a one-goal game. After Ryan Brown extended the lead back to two with an goal in transition four minutes later, the ‘Cats answered with a Jack Curran rip from the wing just inside the near post to make it 8-7 with 7:15 remaining in the third quarter.

The one-goal lead ballooned to four by the end of the third quarter as Brown, Wells Stanwick and Brandon Benn all scored unassisted goals in the final 6:31 of the period to stake the Blue Jays to an 11-7 lead. The goals by Brown and Stanwick came less than two minutes apart, while Benn’s goal beat the buzzer at the end of the quarter after he got top-side on his defender 10 yards from the goal and to the right of goalie Dan Willis. Benn picked the far post with his buzzer-beater.

Any hopes for a Villanova comeback were dashed by the middle of the final period as the Blue Jays methodically worked the clock to their advantage while getting four saves from goalie Eric Schneider in the period to extend Villanova’s game-ending scoreless drought to 22:15, the third longest scoring drought for a Johns Hopkins opponent this season.

Goals by Connor Reed midway through the period and Holden Cattoni in the final minute closed out the scoring for Johns Hopkins, which handed Dave Pietramala a victory in his 250th game as a collegiate head coach.

While the Blue Jays ended strong it was Villanova that was quick out of the gate as the ‘Cats jumped out to leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in the first eight minutes. Back-to-back goals by Johnny Gallaway in the first 2:24 prompted a quick Blue Jay timeout before Benn finally broke through for Hopkins with his first goal of the game at the 7:49 mark.

Benn’s strike was answered 49 seconds later by an extra-man goal from Kevin O’Neil, but the first of Cattoni’s three goals on the night late in the quarter jumped started a 6-0 Blue Jay run that took less than nine minutes.

Cattoni’s goal was followed 50 seconds later by the first of Rob Guida’s two goals to draw the Blue Jays even at the end of the first quarter.

The next four goals in the six goal run – strikes by Cattoni and Guida and two extra-man goals by Stanwick – came by the 8:23 mark of the second quarter and gave the Blue Jays a 7-3 lead and seemingly all the momentum.

But Villanova, which had played nine games decided by two goals or less entering the game against the Blue Jays, sliced the four-goal deficit in half before intermission as Matt McIver and Austin Frederick scored back-to-back goals in a span of 75 seconds midway through the second quarter. That set the stage for the McNamara and Curran tallies in the third quarter that were wrapped around the first of Brown’s two goals to make it 8-7. From there, the Blue Jays slowly pulled away to secure their seventh straight win in the series with the Wildcats.

The Blue Jays’ starting attack and first midfield accounted for all 13 Johns Hopkins goals and two of the team’s four assists in the game. Stanwick (3g, 1a) and Cattoni (3g) registered hat tricks, while Brown, Benn and Guida all scored twice.

Schneider continued his recent surge in goal as he posted 11 saves on the night, while sophomore Craig Madarasz won 7-of-9 faceoffs and grabbed five ground balls for the Blue Jays, who held statistical advantages in shots (40-31), ground balls (35-29) and faceoffs (13-10).

Gallaway was the only multi-goal scorer for Villanova, while McNamara added one goal and three assists for a team-high four points. Willis posted 12 saves in goal for the Wildcats, who also got a solid effort on faceoffs from Thomas Croonquist, especially in the first half. Croonquist finished 9-for-22, but was 7-for-14 in the first half before Madarasz came on to spark the Blue Jays at the X.

Notes: The win was the 157th for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins … he is just one win shy of tying Bob Scott’s record for wins by a men’s lacrosse coach at Homewood • The 22:15 scoring drought for Villanova marks the 13th time this season JHU has held the opposition scoreless for a stretch of 15 minutes or longer • Brandon Benn tied Mike Morrill for 12th place on JHU’s career goal-scoring list with his two tallies tonight (102) • With one assist tonight,Wells Stanwick is now tied with Del Dressel for 12th on JHU’s career assist list (75).

Villanova (5-8) 3-2-2-0/7
#7 Johns Hopkins (10-3) 3-4-4-2/13

GoalsV: Gallaway-2, McNamara, Curran, O’Neill, Frederick, McIver. J: Stanwick-3, Cattoni-3, Benn-2, Brown-2, Guida-2, Reed. AssistsV: McNamara-3, Curran, Gartner, O’Neil. J: Stanwick, Brown, Crawley, Pellegrino. SavesV: Willis-12, Carlson-0. J: Schneider-11. Shots: V-31. J-40. EMOV: 1-for-5. J: 2-for-4. Attendance: 928.

 

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Hopkins looks for fifth straight win Wednesday against Villanova

Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Television: ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (9-3) welcomes Villanova (5-7) to Homewood Field for the Blue Jays’ regular season home finale. This is the first game in a two-game series the Blue Jays will have with the Wildcats as JHU will visit Villanova next season. Faceoff is set for 7 pm with a live national television audience on ESPNU.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins ran its winning streak to four games as the Blue Jays topped Navy, 6-5, in Annapolis last Friday night.
Villanova fell in overtime for the second time in three games as the Wildcats dropped an 11-10 decision at St. John’s on Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Villanova are meeting for the seventh time in a series that dates to a 17-9 Johns Hopkins victory in 1997. The Blue Jays have won each of the previous six meetings with four of the six taking place at Homewood Field.
Johns Hopkins won the last meeting, 10-7, in 2002 at Villanova Stadium and the last two meetings were the closest as JHU pulled out an 11-7 win in 2001 and then the three-goal victory a year later. Prior to those two meetings, each of the previous four games in the series were decided by at least eight goals.
Johns Hopkins and Villanova were tied together closely at the formation of the series as the Wildcats were coached by Randy Marks, whose oldest son, David, played for him for two years before transferring to Johns Hopkins to play his final two seasons.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Villanova with an all-time record of 942-306-15 (.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 seventh in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fifth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Villanova is not ranked this week in either poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 156th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 6-5 victory at Navy 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 179: In addition to his 156-53 (.746) mark as the head coach at JHU, Dave Pietramala also posted a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 179-70 (.719). Pietramala’s 179 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

Career Game Number 250: This week’s game against Villanova willl be the 250th for Dave Pietramala as a head coach at the collegiate level.

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 Villanova averaging 12.08 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but two games this season. Entering the game against Wildcats, JHU ranks 12th in the nation in scoring offense, fifth in assists per game (7.83) and 10th in points per game (19.9).

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 12 games, 94 of JHU’s 145 goals have been assisted, or 64.8%. 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 a pair of extra-man opportunities against Navy and is now 23-of-43 (.535) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Navy game. Brandon Benn (7 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (6), Ryan Brown (5) and Wells Stanwick (3) have combined to score 21 of JHU’s 23 EMO goals this season.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shine: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks 10th in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering this week’s game against Villanova. On the year, the Blue Jays have won 172-of-285 (.604) as a team.
For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 154-of-246 (.626) through 12 games and also has a team-high 109 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage (8th) and ground balls per game (8th / 9.1).

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 12 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 17 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 12 of 15 minutes or longer. JHU held Maryland scoreless for stretches of 20:11 to open the game and 18:52 immediately after the Terps scored their first goal and then held Mount St. Mary’s off the board for 44:56 to open the game.

More Holding: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 12 opponents under its season scoring average thus far. Recently, 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 nine of its 12 opponents to nine goals or less.

A Final Holding: The Johns Hopkins defense did not allow a first-quarter goal against Albany, Maryland or Mount St. Mary’s and surrendered just one at Navy. The Blue Jays led Albany, 5-0, Maryland, 1-0, and Mount St. Mary’s, 2-0, at the end of the first quarter. Dating back to the March 29 game against North Carolina, the Blue Jays have allowed just two goals in the last 70:25 of the first quarter.

Second Quarter Defense Nearly the Same: While the Blue Jays have allowed just one first quarter goal in the last four games, they’ve been nearly as effective in the second quarter over the same period of time. In wins against Albany, Maryland, Mount St. Mary’s and Navy, the Blue Jays have allowed a total of just four goals in the second quarter. The Great Danes and Terps both managed a second-quarter goal against the Blue Jays after being held scorelessin the first. Mount St. Mary’s was held off the board in the second quarter, while Navy did score twice in the second frame against the Blue Jays.

Schneider Rolling: A key part of the recent surge by the Blue Jay defense has been the play of senior goalie Eric Schneider, who has gotten hot as the weather has gotten better. In the last three games against Maryland, Mount St.Mary’s and Navy, Schneider has played 165 of the team’s 180 minutes and bosts a 4.36 GAA and a .727 save percentage over that time. With his recent performances, which include a 17-save performance at Navy, Schneider now has a 7.85 GAA and .569 save percentage on the year. He ranked eighth in the nation in GAA and 10th in save percentage.

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 tied for 15th with Dave Huntley (1976-79) and Brian Wood (1984-87) on JHU’s career goal-scoring list.

Another Welcome: Brandon Benn’s four goals against Navy pushed his season totals to 31 goals and five assists for 36 points. 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 and remains the only player in school history to turn that trick.

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: With the 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 seventh 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.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 420 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 418 of those 420 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 391 of the 420 and the top five in 302 of those 420. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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Loyola still tops, no change for Maryland or Hopkins in weekly lacrosse polls

Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff

There was very little movement atop this week’s new major college lacrosse polls.

Locally, Loyola claimed their 12th straight win this past Thursday night with a 13-5 thrashing of Bucknell. Johns Hopkins held off Navy in a defensive battle Friday night in Annapolis, claiming a 6-5 victory. Maryland wrapped up the ACC regular season title  by topping Notre Dame 12-8 in South Bend.

Here is a look at the new weekly college lacrosse polls (courtesy of NCAA.com), starting with the Inside Lacrosse media poll…

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola (Md.) (15) 12-1 433 1
2 Duke (7) 12-2 425 2
3 Denver 11-2 391 3
4 Syracuse 9-3 370 4
5 Johns Hopkins 9-3 339 5
6 North Carolina 10-3 333 6
7 Maryland 10-2 324 7
8 Penn 7-3 264 9
9 Notre Dame 6-5 243 8
10 Virginia 9-5 242 10
11 Hofstra 10-3 232 11
12 Cornell 10-3 212 12
13 Yale 8-3 191 13
14 Army 9-3 119 16
15 Bryant 11-3 117 15
16 Drexel 9-4 98 18
17 Fairfield 10-3 89 17
18 Lehigh 11-4 63 19
19 Harvard 8-5 62 NR
20 Princeton 7-5 33 14

And the new USILA Coaches’ Poll…

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola (Md.) (11) 12-1 239 1
2 Duke (1) 12-2 229 2
3 Denver 11-2 213 3
4 Syracuse 9-3 200 4
5 Maryland 10-2 194 5
6 North Carolina 10-3 176 7
7 Johns Hopkins 9-3 169 6
8 Virginia 9-5 145 9
9 Notre Dame 6-5 142 8
10 Penn 7-3 130 10
11 Cornell 10-3 115 T12
12 Hofstra 10-3 106 T12
13 Yale 8-3 104 11
14 Fairfield 10-3 63 15
15 Army 9-3 56 16
T16 Harvard 8-5 55 20
T16 Drexel 9-4 55 T18
18 Lehigh 11-4 40 17
19 Princeton 7-5 33 14
20 Bryant 11-3 29 T18

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from San Francisco live on Golf Channel); MLS: FC Dallas @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); Auto Racing: NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 (Saturday 7pm from Richmond live on FOX); Boxing: Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz (Saturday 9:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); High School Basketball: Capital Classic (Saturday 7:30pm T.C. Williams High School)

10. Brian Regan (Friday & Saturday Warner Theatre); Ron White (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Joe Rogan (Friday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore Green Week (Tuesday-Saturday throughout Charm City); The Gathering Food Trucks Rally (Friday Downtown Towson); Maryland Bacon Festival (Saturday 12pm Rash Field); “Brick Mansions” out in theaters (Friday)

This is a heart made out of bacon. This is wonderful.

These young ladies are wearing bacon. Did I mention bacon?

9. M3 Rock Festival feat. Tesla, Kix, Extreme, Sebastian Bach (Friday & Saturday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ludacris (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Lacuna Coil (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Ani DiFranco (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Kindred the Family Soul (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Maceo Parker (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Bret Michaels (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Used/Taking Back Sunday (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Alabama Shakes (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Better Than Ezra (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Band of Skulls (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Nappy Roots (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Johnnyswim (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival feat. Jerry Douglas/Cris Jacobs (Saturday Druid Hill Park); Toadies (Sunday 8pm Black Cat); Ben Folds (Monday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); G. Love & Special Sauce “Sugar”, Keb Mo’ “Bluesamericana” and Neon Trees “Pop Psychology” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

From the last time Sister Sparrow was in town…and killing it.

I like to imagine I’m living my life within an Alabama Shakes tune. Because they’re excellent.

Nappy Roots are still around??!??!?!? Do you have any idea how many times I hit repeat on a Nappy Roots track in my life?

I think Allen McCallum and I may be headed to the Birchmere to see Johnnyswim. Because Johnnyswim is wonderful.

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Hopkins wins defensive showdown at Navy

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team capped a tough stretch of three games in seven days with a gutty 6-5 win at Navy before a crowd of 8,655 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium Friday night. The Blue Jays previously topped Maryland (11-6) and Mount St. Mary’s (17-2) to open the three-game run and the Midshipmen gave them all they could handle before Hopkins forced a late turnover and ran out the clock to run its winning streak to four games.

In a game that saw both teams score just twice in the second half, it was Navy that had momentum and possession late, but a pair of big plays – a save by senior Eric Schneider on a left-handed runner by Gabe Voumard and a deflected pass by junior co-captain Michael Pellegrino that eventually gave the Blue Jays possession in the final 15 seconds – proved to be the difference.

Schneider bailed the Blue Jays out with his 17th save on Voumard’s shot with 1:01 remaining as he swept across the field and got his hands free from 12 yards out. Still, the Blue Jays weren’t out of danger as they failed to clear the ball cleanly and Navy regained possession and called timeout with 34 seconds remaining.

The Midshipmen worked the ball around to Schneider’s left, but an Austin Heneveld pass to the middle was deflected by Pellegrino and junior John Kelly came up with the ground ball near midfield before Navy was called for a hold with 12 seconds remaining that effectively sealed the win for the Blue Jays.

Johns Hopkins never trailed in the game, but the Blue Jays could never quite put the Midshipmen away and needed the late-game heroics of Schneider, Pellegrino and the defense to seal the victory.

It took less than a minute for Hopkins to open the scoring as Brandon Benn finished from in tight on a nifty feed to the crease from Wells Stanwick. Voumard answered just under three minutes later as he had time and room from 12 yards and beat Schneider up high.

That score held until early in the second quarter, when Hopkins took a two-goal lead on the strength of back-to-back goals by Benn in a span of just 28 seconds. He scored from the wing at the back end of a transition chance that was jump-started by a Schneider save and sophomore Connor Reed then drew a slide off a dodge and found Benn alone five yards to the right of goalie John Connors, who gave up the inside post as Benn completed his 18th career hat trick.

T.J. Hanzsche and Tucker Hull wrapped goals around an extra-man tally by Ryan Brown for the Blue Jays to account for a 4-3 score at the half and Hopkins pushed that lead to three goals less than seven minutes into the third quarter as Holden Cattoni blew a low shot past Connors off a feed from Reed and Benn found the same spot midway through the period to make it 6-3.

The three-goal cushion was down to two when Sam Jones found the top corner from straight away in an extra-man situation with 5:22 remaining in the third and Hull added his second of the game nearly 15 minutes later to make it 6-5 with 5:27 left in regulation.

The Midshipmen fired four more shots at Schneider and the Blue Jay defense in the final four minutes, but two missed the mark and Schneider got the better of Hull and then Voumard to help seal Johns Hopkins’ ninth win of the season.

Schneider’s 17 saves are the second-highest total of his career and six of those 17 came in the final 15 minutes. He anchored a defense that held its third straight opponent to six goals or less.

Benn’s four goals push his career total to an even 100, which makes him the 17th player in school history to reach the century mark. Brown (1g, 1a) and Reed (2a) were the only other multi-point scorers for the Blue Jays.

Navy got 14 saves from Connors and the Midshipmen held decided advantages in shots (46-29) and ground balls (27-10), but Schneider and the Blue Jay defense got the stops they needed down the stretch to close out the win and polish off the rugged seven-day run.

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Hopkins tries to extend win streak Friday at Navy

Posted on 17 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Television: CBS Sports Network

The Game: Johns Hopkins (8-3) plays its third game in seven days as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Annapolis to take on Navy (4-7). Game time is set for 7 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium with a national television broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up its third win in 11 days as the Blue Jays topped host Mount St. Mary’s, 17-2, on Monday. Navy fell to rival Army, 14-7, last Saturday. The loss is Navy’s second straight and fifth in its last six games.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Navy are meeting for the 87th time in a series that dates to a 6-1 Blue Jay victory in 1908. The Blue Jays picked up a 15-4 victory at Homewood Field last season, but Navy has won two straight in Annapolis, including a decisive 8-2 victory in 2012. JHU leads the series 58-27-1.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Navy with an all-time record of 941-306-15 (.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 sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fifth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Navy is not ranked this week in either poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 155th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 17-2 victory at Mount St. Mary’s 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 178: In addition to his 155-53 (.745) mark as the head coach at JHU, Dave Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 178-70 (.718). Pietramala’s 178 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Holden Cattoni(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine - Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova - have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Navy averaging 12.64 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. Entering the game against Navy, JHU ranks ninth in the nation in scoring offense, fifth in assists per game (8.1) and 10th in points per game (20.7).

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 11 games, 89 of JHU’s 139 goals have been assisted, or 64.0%. 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 converted on three of its four extra-man opportunities against Mount St. Mary’s and is now 21-of-37 (.568) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Navy game.Brandon Benn (6 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (6), Ryan Brown (4) and Wells Stanwick (3) have combined to score 19 of JHU’s 21 EMO goals this season.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shine: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks 11th in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering this week’s game at Navy. On the year, the Blue Jays have won 168-of-271 (.620) as a team on the year.
For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 152-of-239 (.636) through 11 games and also has a team-high 109 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage (11th) and ground balls per game (3rd / 9.9) after winning 9-of-11 with nine ground balls at Mount St. Mary’s.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 11 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 14 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 11 of 15 minutes or longer. JHU held Maryland scoreless for stretches of 20:11 to open the game and 18:52 immediately after the Terps scored their first goal and then held Mount St. Mary’s off the board for 44:56 to open the game.

More Holding: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 11 opponents under its season scoring average (current average) thus far. Recently, 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 nine of its 11 opponents to nine goals or less.

A Final Holding: The Johns Hopkins defense has not allowed a first-quarter goal in the last three games. The Blue Jays led Albany, 5-0, Maryland, 1-0, and Mount St. Mary’s, 2-0, at the end of the first quarter and haven’t allowed a first quarter goal since UNC scored with 51 seconds left in the first period of its game at JHU on March 29. The scoreless stretch for the opposition in the first quarter now stands at 45:51 and the Blue Jays have allowed just one goal in the last 55:25 of the first quarter.

Second Quarter Defense Nearly the Same: While the Blue Jays haven’t allowed a first quarter goal in the last three games, they’ve been nearly as effective in the second quarter over the same period of time. In wins against Albany, Maryland and Mount St. Mary’s the Blue Jays have allowed a total of just two goals in the second quarter. The Great Danes and Terps both managed a second-quarter goal against the Blue Jays after being held scorelessin the first. Mount St. Mary’s didn’t score until the final four seconds of the third quarter.

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 11 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). The three started the first 10 games together before Brown sat out the game at Mount St. Mary’s.

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: With the 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.

State Rivalries: Johns Hopkins improved its record to 65-8 (.890) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland with the 17-2 victory at Mount St. Mary’s. Including this week’s game at Navy, the Blue Jays will play six games this season against in-state rivals.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked sixth 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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