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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-ACC Tournament: Maryland vs. Georgia Tech/Virginia/Boston College (Friday 8pm from Greensboro, NC live on Comcast SportsNet); Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime PPV); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa (Saturday 3pm from London live on UFC Fight Pass); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour BNP Paribas Open (Thursday-Monday 2pm from Indian Wells, CA live on Tennis Channel)

10. Jim Breuer (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Amy Schumer (Thursday 8pm Stephens Hall Towson University); Tony Woods (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Saturday Sandy Point State Park); 300: Rise of an Empire“, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” out in theaters (Friday); 12 Years a Slave” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Matthew McConaughey won an Academy Award. Which means we can’t be far from Jim Breuer getting his.

Also Amy Schumer returns to her alma mater. She’s a really polite gal-you should introduce her to your mom.

9. Juicy J (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Stir Fried feat. John Popper/Cara Kelly & The Tall Tale (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Stephen Kellogg (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Schoolboy Q (Friday 8pm & 11pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Vertical Horizon/Tonic/Dishwalla (Wednesday 7:30pm Howard Theatre); Bob Mould (Wednesday 7:30pm 9:30 Club); Bear Hands (Tuesday 8:30pm DC9); J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Tuesday 6:30pm U Street Music Hall); Lorde (Friday 8pm Echostage), David Guetta (Saturday & Sunday 9pm Echostage); Moody Blues (Monday 8pm Strathmore); Pharrell Williams “G I R L”, Drive-By Truckers “English Oceans” and Rick Ross “Mastermind” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Have you thought about the fact that John Popper has been in your life for two decades now?

Yes, I still smile when I hear a Vertical Horizon tune. So sue me.

I’ve been playing the Bear Hands tune a lot as a rejoiner on the show recently. You know it from the times you’ve emailed to say “what’s the name of that song?”

J. Roddy is amazing. You should probably already know that.

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Hopkins makes quick turnaround to visit Mt. St. Mary’s Tuesday

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins makes a quick turnaround from its game at Princeton on Saturday as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Emmitsburg, Maryland to take on Mount St. Mary’s. Faceoff from Waldron Family Stadium is set for 4 pm.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins made it four straight in the win column to open the season as the Blue Jays topped Princeton, 15-9, on the road last Saturday. Mount St. Mary’s slipped to 0-5 on the year with a 9-1 loss at Towson on Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Mount St. Mary’s are meeting for the sixth time in a series that dates to a 19-6 Johns Hopkins victory in 2006. The Blue Jays have won each of the five previous meetings, including a 15-3 victory in 2007 in JHU’s only other trip to Mount St. Mary’s.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game at Mount St. Mary’s with an all-time record of 937-303-15 (.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 third in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fourth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Mount St. Mary’s is not ranked in either poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 151st victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with last week’s 15-9 victory at Princeton 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.

About 4-0: Johns Hopkins is 4-0 for the second time in three years and the fourth time under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays previously started 4-0 under Pietramala in 2004, 2005 and 2012.

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.

Class Rank: The Blue Jays have gotten balanced production from each of their four classes through four games. Each class has registered at least nine points thus far, with the sophomore (32 points) and junior (26 points) classes leading the way. All four classes have produced at least nine goals through four games.

Must be the Speech: There must be something about the speech that head coach Dave Pietramala gives at halftime that is sparking the Blue Jays. Johns Hopkins was tied with Ohio State at the half (2-2) and led Towson by one (6-5), but the Blue Jays outscored the Buckeyes 6-3 in the third quarter and took that up a notch against the Tigers by outscoring TU 7-1 to put the game away. For the year, Johns Hopkins holds a 20-9 scoring margin in the third quarter. In the first, second and four quarters, JHU is a combined +11 in scoring margin (33-22).

Kennedy Shines: Junior Drew Kennedy has gotten off to a quick start at the X for the Blue Jays as he is 54-of-85 (.635) through four games and also has a team-high 37 ground balls thus far. He ranks ninth in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and sixth in ground balls per game (9.25).
Despite missing most of the preseason, Kennedy suited up and fueled Johns Hopkins’ win against Ohio State with a dominating performance as he was 18-of-22 (.818) and grabbed 13 ground balls in the victory. The 18 faceoff wins and 13 GBs are career highs. In addition, Kennedy’s 18 faceoff wins are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Mike Poppleton won 20 (of 26) against Stony Brook in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
He 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.

Crawley Quick Out of the Gate: Freshman John Crawley scored a key goal in the season opener against Ohio State before exploding for four goals on five shots against Towson. He added one goal against Michigan and is now tied for third on the team – and ranks first among midfielders – with six goals on the year. Crawley is the first Johns Hopkins freshman midfielder to score four goals in a game since Paul Rabil scored four times in a 12-11 come-from-behind win at Syracuse on March 18, 2005.

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.

State Rivalries: Johns Hopkins improved its record is to 62-8 (.886) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland with the recent 15-8 victory against Towson.
Including the game against the Tigers, the Blue Jays will play six games this season against in-state rivals.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked third 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.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 413 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 411 of those 413 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 384 of the 413 and the top five in 301 of those 413. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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Maryland new #1; Loyola, Hopkins join them in Top 5 of new lacrosse rankings

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The area’s top college lacrosse teams had another great weekend. The University of Maryland handled previously #1 ranked Duke with relative ease Saturday, winning 10-6 at Byrd Stadium. Johns Hopkins went on the road and handed Princeton their first loss, a 15-9 final. And Loyola continued their red hot play by going on the road and topping Lehigh 14-7.

As a result, all three teams moved up in the new weekly lacrosse rankings announced Monday. The Terps are the new Number 1 team in the country according to both polls, both other teams have joined them in the top five in both polls.

First, the new Inside Lacrosse media poll, courtesy of NCAA.com.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Maryland (21) 4-0 458 2
2 Virginia (1) 6-0 433 4
3 Duke (1) 4-1 397 1
4 Johns Hopkins 4-0 387 7
5 Loyola (Md.) 4-1 357 8
6 Notre Dame 2-1 334 11
7 Penn State 3-1 315 10
8 North Carolina 3-1 311 3
9 Syracuse 2-2 243 6
10 Massachusetts 4-0 238 13
11 Yale 2-0 237 12
12 Denver 3-2 216 5
13 Penn 2-1 188 20
14 Princeton 2-1 180 9
15 Cornell 3-0 145 15
16 Lehigh 4-1 114 14
17 Albany 1-2 74 17
18 Drexel 2-2 71 16
19 Ohio State 1-3 27 19
20 St. John’s 2-1 25 NR

And the new USILA Coaches’ Poll, also courtesy of NCAA.com.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Maryland (14) 4-0 298 3
2 Virginia (1) 6-0 282 4
3 Johns Hopkins 4-0 262 5
4 Duke 4-1 250 1
5 Loyola (Md.) 4-1 230 7
6 North Carolina 3-1 218 2
7 Penn State 3-1 205 9
8 Notre Dame 2-1 202 11
9 Massachusetts 4-0 174 13
10 Yale 2-0 146 12
11 Syracuse 2-2 140 8
12 Denver 3-2 135 6
13 Princeton 2-1 117 10
14 Penn 2-1 115 20
15 Cornell 3-0 72 16
16 Lehigh 4-1 69 14
17 Drexel 2-2 57 15
18 Albany 1-2 51 18
19 St. John’s 2-1 23 NR
20 Army 3-1 20 NR

 

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Hopkins goes on big run, puts away #10 Princeton

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

PRINCETON, NJ – The visiting Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team used an 8-1 run that bridged the second and third quarters to turn a 4-4 tie into a 12-5 advantage and the fifth-ranked Blue Jays never let 10th-ranked Princeton get closer than four in the final 20 minutes of the game in a 15-9 victory at Class of 1952 Stadium Saturday afternoon. The win, Johns Hopkins’ fourth straight at Princeton, improves the Blue Jays record to 4-0 on the year, while the Tigers slip to 2-1 with the loss.

A spirited first quarter that included 19 shots, eight goals and four Princeton extra-man chances ended the same way it began; tied (4-4). From there, the Blue Jays took control with the 8-1 run that included goals from five different players and gave them what proved to be the insurmountable seven-goal lead.

It took less than three minutes of the second quarter for the Blue Jays to turn the 4-4 tie into a 6-4 lead as sophomoreHolden Cattoni and junior Wells Stanwick netted unassisted goals to give the Blue Jays the two-goal lead. A Mike MacDonald goal three minutes after Stanwick’s goal trimmed the deficit to 6-5, but a three-goal Hopkins run over the final 7:47 of the half gave the Blue Jays a 9-5 lead at intermission.

Stanwick completed his first-half hat trick to jump-start the three-goal spree as Ryan Brown found him on the backside after a quick restart and Rob Guida got his hands free just over a minute later to make it 8-5. When Connor Reed dodged from the top of the box and scored with four seconds left in the first half the Blue Jays had their 9-5 lead.

Any hopes for a quick Princeton spurt to close the deficit in the third quarter were gone less than three minutes into the second half as Guida and Brown both scored early to push the lead to 11-5 and Brandon Benn extended his goal-scoring streak to 20 games four minutes after Brown’s goal to make it 12-5.

Princeton finally made its inevitable run late in the third quarter when senior midfielder Tom Schreiber sandwiched goals around a Ryan Ambler strike to make it 12-8 at the end of period. The Tigers got their three goals in a span of just under four minutes.

As they had in each of the first three quarters, the Blue Jays scored in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter and actually got a pair less than a minute apart as Brown’s fourth of the game and an unassisted goal by freshman Cody Radziewicz extended the lead to 14-8 with just under 13 minutes on the clock. A Justin Murphy goal seven seconds after the Radziewicz strike and Brown’s career-high fifth of the game closed out the scoring before seven minutes elapsed in the final period.

Princeton outshot the Blue Jays 37-35, but Johns Hopkins senior goalie Eric Schneider posted 13 saves, including several point-blank stops at key points during the Blue Jays’ 8-1 run that kept momentum on JHU’s side.

Brown added three assists to his career-high five goals for a personal best eight points in the victory. Stanwick added three goals and two assists and Guida (2g, 2a) and Reed (2g, 1a) also registered multi-point games. Junior Drew Kennedy was 16-of-28 on faceoffs and grabbed 10 ground balls.

Schreiber paced the Tigers with three goals and Ambler added two goals and three assists, but the Tigers scored on just five of 25 shots over the final three quarters and scored consecutive goals just once over the final 54 minutes of the game in falling for the first time this season.

Notes: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack combined for nine goals and five assists; Princeton’s starting attack combined for two goals and three assists • Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala is now one win shy of career victory number 174 • The visiting team has now won six consecutive games in the Johns Hopkins-Princeton series (in games played on campus).

#5 Johns Hopkins (4-0) 4-5-3-3/15
#10 Princeton (2-1) 4-1-3-1/9

GoalsJ: Brown-5, Stanwick-3, Guida-2, Reed-2, Benn, Cattoni, Radziewicz. P: Schreiber-3, Ambler-2, MacDonald, Orban, Froccaro, Murhphy. AssistsJ: Brown-3, Guida-2, Stanwic-2, Reed. P: Ambler-3, Fernandez, MacDonald. Saves:J: Schneider-13. P: Kavanagh-4, O’Connor-2. Shots: J-35, P-37. EMOJ: 0-for-2. P: 2-for-4. Attendance: 2,540.

 

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Hopkins attackman Stanwick named to Tewaaraton Award watch list

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

NEW YORK – Johns Hopkins junior attackman Wells Stanwick has been named to the 2014 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, it was announced on Thursday, February 27. Stanwick is one of 52 men’s lacrosse players named to the list by the Tewaaraton Foundation, which selected the players named from all three divisions of the NCAA.

The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by the Tewaaraton Foundation.

Stanwick is off to a quick start this season as he currently has three goals and 13 assists through three games. He leads the team in assists and points and he registered a pair of one-goal, five-assist performances in wins against Ohio State and Towson and added a one-goal, three-assist showing in Johns Hopkins’ 14-5 win against Michigan last week.

An Honorable Mention USILA All-American last season, Stanwick currently ranks third in the nation in assists per game (4.33) and 10th in points per game (5.33). He is pacing an offense that is averaging 13.0 goals per game – a mark that ranks 12th nationally.

The fifth-ranked Blue Jays (3-0) will travel to Princeton to play the 10th-ranked Tigers (2-0) on Saturday, March 1 at noon.

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Blue Jays look to stay unbeaten Saturday at Princeton

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins hits the road for the first time this season as the fifth-ranked Blue Jays make the trip to New Jersey to take on 10th-ranked Princeton. Faceoff is set for noon on Saturday, March 1.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 3-0 with a 14-5 win against Michigan last Saturday at Homewood Field.
Princeton moved to 2-0 on the year with a 14-8 victory at Manhattan on Tuesday night. The Tigers had opened the season just three days prior with a 12-10 victory at home against Hofstra.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Princeton are meeting for the 84th time in a series that dates to a 3-2 Tiger victory in 1890. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 55-28. The visiting team is 5-0 in the last five Johns Hopkins-Princeton games played on campus.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Princeton with an all-time record of 936-303-15 (.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 fifth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and seventh in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Preseason Poll. Princeton is ranked 10th in the USILA Poll and ninth in the Media Poll.

150 in 200: Dave Pietramala picked up his 150th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with last week’s 14-5 victory against Michigan. His 150th victory came in his 200th game as the head coach 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 that Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

Back Where it Started: This week’s game at Princeton will be the 201st for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. Princeton was also the site of his first game as the Blue Jays’ head coach as JHU fell to then second-ranked Princeton, 8-4, on March 3, 2001.

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 makes 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.

Class Rank: The Blue Jays have gotten balanced production from each of their four classes through three games. Each class has registered at least eight points thus far, with the junior (21 points) and sophomore (19 points) classes leading the way. All four classes have produced at least seven goals through three games.

What it Means in 2014: Despite the loss of the large senior class from last season, the Blue Jays return 67.7% of their goals (109-of-161), 45.7% of their assists (42-of-92) and 59.7% of their points (151-of-253) from last season.

Must be the Speech: There must be something about the speech that head coach Dave Pietramala gives at halftime that is sparking the Blue Jays. Johns Hopkins was tied with Ohio State at the half (2-2) and led Towson by one (6-5), but the Blue Jays outscored the Buckeyes 6-3 in the third quarter and took that up a notch against the Tigers by outscoring TU 7-1 to put the game away. For the year, Johns Hopkins holds a 17-6 scoring margin in the third quarter. In the first, second and four quarters, JHU is a combined +5 in scoring margin (21-16).

Kennedy Shines: Junior Drew Kennedy has gotten off to a quick start at the X for the Blue Jays as he is 40-of-59 (.678) through three games and also has a team-high 27 ground balls thus far. He ranks seventh in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and fourth in ground balls per game (9.0).
Despite missing most of the preseason, Kennedy suited up and fueled Johns Hopkins’ win against Ohio State with a dominating performance as he was 18-of-22 (.818) and grabbed 13 ground balls in the victory. The 18 faceoff wins and 13 GBs are all career highs. In addition, Kennedy’s 18 faceoff wins are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Mike Poppleton was 20 (of 26) against Stony Brook in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
He 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.

Crawley Quick Out of the Gate: Freshman John Crawley scored a key goal in the season opener against Ohio State before exploding for four goals on five shots against Towson. He added one goal against Michigan and now ranked third on the team – and first among midfielders – with six goals on the year. Crawley is the first Johns Hopkins freshman midfielder to score four goals in a game since Paul Rabil scored four times in a 12-11 come-from-behind win at Syracuse on March 18, 2005.

Second-Longest Game in School History: The triple overtime game against Ohio State in the season-openerranks 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 fifth 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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Maryland, Hopkins, Loyola all move up in weekly lacrosse polls

Posted on 24 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University Maryland lacrosse teams all moved up in the weekly polls Monday courtesy of weekend victories.

The Terps posted the most impressive victory, topping previous #1 Syracuse 16-8 Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Blue Jays crushed future Big Ten foe Michigan 14-5 at Homewood Field and Loyola raced past Holy Cross 16-4 in their first ever Patriot League contest.

Here are the new rankings (courtesy of NCAA.com), starting with the Inside Lacrosse media poll…

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Duke (20) 4-0 438 1
2 Maryland (2) 3-0 410 5
3 North Carolina 3-0 406 3
4 Virginia 4-0 350 7
5 Denver 3-1 331 6
6 Syracuse 2-1 297 2
7 Johns Hopkins 3-0 294 8
8 Loyola 3-1 271 10
9 Princeton 1-0 262 9
10 Penn State 2-1 261 12
11 Notre Dame 1-1 251 4
12 Yale 1-0 198 13
13 Massachusetts 3-0 176 15
14 Lehigh 4-0 169 14
15 Cornell 1-0 109 19
16 Drexel 1-1 88 NR
17 Albany 0-2 68 11
18 Fairfield 2-0 60 NR
19 Ohio State 1-2 59 17
20 Penn 0-1 54 16

And now the new USILA Coaches’ Poll…

Rank
Team
Record
Points
Previous Week
1
Duke
4-0
271(11)
2
2
North Carolina
3-0
262(1)
3
3
Maryland
3-0
249(2)
7
4
Virginia
4-0
225
5 tie
5
Johns Hopkins
3-0
200
8
6
Denver
3-1
198
5 tie
7
Loyola
3-1
183
9
8
Syracuse
2-1
176
1
9
Penn State
2-1
170
12
10
Princeton
1-0
162
10
11
Notre Dame
1-1
143
4
12
Yale
1-0
124
13
13
UMass
3-0
121
14
14
Lehigh
4-0
97
15
15
Drexel
1-1
61
nr
16
Cornell
1-0
60
16
17
Fairfield
0-2
57
19 tie
18
Albany
0-2
41
11
19
Ohio State
1-2
34
17
20
Penn
0-1
31
18

Also receiving votes
: Bucknell, Bellarmine, Brown, Bryant, Villanova, Providence, St. John’s, Army

 

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Hopkins stays unbeaten with win over Michigan

Posted on 22 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 9-1 halftime lead and had 11 different players score as the Blue Jays eased past visiting Michigan, 14-5, at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays improve to 3-0 on the year, while the Wolverines slip to 2-2.

The win was the 150th for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins and it came in his 200th game as the head coach at Homewood. He is now 150-50 as the head coach at Johns Hopkins and 173-67 overall.

Hopkins sprinted out to a 6-0 lead after the opening 15 minutes as five different players found the back of the net. Junior Michael Pellegrino’s transition goal opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game and JHU added five more goals on 13 first-quarter shots to push out to the early six-goal lead.

Junior Wells Stanwick assisted on Pellegrino’s goal, added a strike of his own four minutes later and got the helper on Brandon Benn’s second goal of the quarter in the final minute to fuel the early run, which also included unassisted goals from midfielders Bronson Kelly and John Crawley.

Doug Bryant broke a game-opening Wolverine scoring drought that reached more than 21 minutes when he fired home an unassisted goal at the 9:21 mark of the second quarter, but a three-goal Blue Jay run that took less than two minutes midway through the period effectively put the game away. A pair of Holden Cattoni goals, including one while the Blue Jays were on the extra-man, and a strike from senior midfielder Rob Guida accounted for JHU’s second-quarter scoring and gave JHU the eight-goal halftime lead.

Michigan eventually outshot the Blue Jays 41-36, but the Blue Jay defense did a great job of pushing the Wolverines to their off-hand and tough angles. Senior goalie Eric Schneider posted eight of his career-high 20 saves in the first half as the Blue Jays built their lead. Schneider’s 20 saves are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Pierce Bassett had 20 in a win against then eighth-ranked Loyola on May 8, 2010.

The Blue Jays nearly matched their three-goal second-quarter run with a three-goal flurry in the third quarter that took just under three minutes and included Guida’s second and goals by sophomore Ryan Brown and freshman Cody Radziewicz. Guida’s goal with just over 10 minutes remaining gave the Blue Jays a 12-1 lead.

Michigan won the statistical battle over the final 20 minutes of the game and outscored the Blue Jays 4-2 over that span to account for the 14-5 final score. David McCormack, David Joseph and Kyle Jackson scored unassisted goals during that time for the Wolverines and Peter Kraus assisted on a Riley Kennedy goal for the Wolverines, who fired off 27 of their 41 shots in the second half.

Benn, Guida and Cattoni all scored twice for the Blue Jays, who also got the one goal and three assists from Stanwick.

The Blue Jay defense held Michigan’s starting attack and first midfield to a combined two goals and no assists on 18 shots. Sophomore Brad Lott had a great day on faceoffs for the Wolverines as he was 14-of-23 and added nine ground balls.

Notes: Johns Hopkins is 3-0 for the fifth straight year and the sixth time in the last seven years • JHU improved to 20-3 all-time in the month of February • Benn’s two goals extended his goal-scoring streak to 19 games.

Michigan (2-2) 0-1-2-2/5
Johns Hopkins (3-0) 6-3-4-1/14

GoalsM: McCormack, Jackson, Bryant, Joseph, Kenedy. J: Guida-2, Benn-2, Cattoni-2, Stanwick, Crawley, Pellegrino, Schuler, Brown, Madarsz, Radziewicz, Kelly, B. AssistsM: Kraus. J: Stanwick-3, Benn, Brown, Guida, Reed, Schneider.SavesM: Zonino-7. J: Schneider-20, Ryan-1. Shots: M-41, J-36. EMOM: 1-for-1. J: 1-for-1. Attendance: 1,603.

 

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Hopkins welcomes future Big Ten foe Michigan to Homewood Field Saturday

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins closes a season-opening three-game home stand by welcoming Michigan to Homewood Field. Faceoff is set for noon on Saturday, February 22.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 2-0 with a 15-8 win against local rival Towson at Homewood Field last Saturday.
Michigan improved its record to 2-1 on the year with a 14-13 overtime victory at Detroit on Wednesday night. The Wolverines have won two straight entering this week’s game against Johns Hopkins.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Michigan are meeting for just the second time. The Blue Jays took a 17-8 decision in the first meeting last season at Homewood Field.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Michigan with an all-time record of 935-303-15 (.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 eighth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and eighth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Preseason Poll. Michigan is not ranked in either poll.

In Search of 150: Dave Pietramala enters this week’s game against Michigan with a record of 149-50 in 14 seasons as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. With a win this week he will join Hall of Famer Bob Scott as the only coaches in Johns Hopkins history to reach the 150-win mark. Scott won 158 games during his tenure from 1955-74.

Number 200: This week’s game against Michigan will be the 200th for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins.

Second Big Ten Game: Well, kind of. This week’s game against Michigan is the second of three games this season the Blue Jays will play against future Big Ten opponents. Johns Hopkins announced last June that it would join the Big Ten for men’s lacrosse starting with the 2015 season. In addition to the game against the Wolverines, the Blue Jays opened the season against Ohio State and will host Maryland, also a future Big Ten opponent, later this season.

In February: Including the wins over Ohio State and Towson, Johns Hopkins has played just 21 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 18-3 in those 21 games. With last week’s victory against the Tigers, the Blue Jays have currently won 14 straight games played in the month of February.

New Blue: Johns Hopkins entered the season with 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 makes 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 will field 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.

Class Rank: The Blue Jays have gotten balanced production from each of their four classes through two games. Each class has registered at least six points thus far, with the junior (14 points) and sophomore (13 points) classes leading the way. The senior (7), sophomore (9) and freshman (6) classes all have at least six goals through two games.

What it Means in 2014: Despite the loss of the large senior class from last season, the Blue Jays return 67.7% of their goals (109-of-161), 45.7% of their assists (42-of-92) and 59.7% of their points (151-of-253) from last season.

Must be the Speech: There must be something about the speech that head coach Dave Pietramala gives at halftime that is sparking the Blue Jays. Johns Hopkins was tied with Ohio State at the half (2-2) and led Towson by one (6-5), but the Blue Jays outscored the Buckeyes 6-3 in the third quarter and took that up a notch against the Tigers by outscoring TU 7-1 to put the game away.

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 as they combined for five goals and seven assists to fuel the 10-9 triple-overtime victory against Ohio State and added nine goals and seven assists against Towson.
Stanwick totaled one goal and a career-high-tying five assists in both games, while Benn totaled two goals and one assist in the opener and four goals on just four shots against the Tigers.
Brown, who moved to attack this season after playing midfield as a freshman, also had two goals and one assist against the Buckeyes and added a career-high four goals and two assists for a personal-best six points against Towson.

Kennedy Shines: Junior Drew Kennedy has gotten off to a quick start at the X for the Blue Jays as he is 34-of-45 (.756) through two games and also has a team-high 23 ground balls thus far.
Despite missing most of the preseason, Kennedy suited up and fueled Johns Hopkins’ win against Ohio State with a dominating performance as he was 18-of-22 (.818) and grabbed 13 ground balls in the victory. The 18 faceoff wins and 13 GBs are all career highs. In addition, Kennedy’s 18 faceoff wins are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Mike Poppleton was 20 (of 26) against Stony Brook in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
He 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.

Crawley Explodes: Freshman John Crawley scored a key goal in the season opener against Ohio State before exploding for four goals on five shots against Towson. Crawley, whose five goals through two games are just one shy of Brandon Benn and Ryan Brown’s team-leading six, is the first Johns Hopkins freshman midfielder to score four goals in a game since Paul Rabil scored four times in a 12-11 come-from-behind win at Syracuse on March 18, 2005.

Second-Longest Game in School History: The triple overtime game against Ohio State in the season-openerranks 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 eighth 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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Streak continues as Hopkins runs away from Towson in second half

Posted on 15 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The 11th-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team got four goals from senior Brandon Benn, sophomore Ryan Brown and freshman John Crawley and one goal and five assists from junior Wells Stanwick as the Blue Jays powered past visiting Towson, 15-8, at blustery Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays move to 2-0 on the year with the win, while the Tigers slips to 1-1.

The Tigers led 5-3 after Greg Cuccinello scored three straight goals for Towson to cap a 4-0 run that bridged the first and second quarters and took jut over seven minutes.

Brown answered with the first of his four goals just 45 seconds after Cuccinello completed his first-half hat trick and that ignited a 10-1 Blue Jay run that extended through the end of the third quarter.

Stanwick and Brown added unassisted goals 76 seconds apart shortly after Brown’s initial goal to give the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead at the half, but Towson’s Max Siskind drew the Tigers even just over a minute into the third quarter when he took a pass from Ryan Drenner and dipped inside his defender just above the goal line and scored from in tight. From there, it was all Johns Hopkins.

Brown completed his hat trick just over a minute after Siskind scored and Crawley dodged from behind the goal on consecutive possessions and scored both times to give the Blue Jays their first three-goal lead at 9-6.

Six days ago the Blue Jays scored six times in the third quarter of a 10-9 triple overtime win against Ohio State. This week, Brown’s strike and Crawley’s pair jump-started a seven-goal third quarter for the Blue Jays, who got another goal from Brown and one each from Holden Cattoni, Benn and freshman Kieran Eissler before the end of the period to push the lead to 13-6 entering the fourth quarter. Stanwick assisted on Brown’s first goal of the quarter and the goals by Benn and Eissler. Eissler’s goal was the first of his career.

Mike Lowe and Cuccinello sandwiched goals around two more Benn strikes in the fourth quarter as the Blue Jays put the finishing touches on their 19th consecutive victory over the Tigers.

A seven-goal Johns Hopkins victory was the last thing anyone at Homewood Field thought they’d see early on as Towson dug out of an early 2-0 hole (courtesy of Crawley’s first two goals in the opening seven minutes) with a 5-1 run that bridged the first and second quarters and covered exactly 12 minutes.

Freshman Joe Seider ripped one home from 12 yards to slice the 2-0 deficit in half, only to have Benn answer with an extra-man goal late in the first quarter. Junior Justin Mabus again made it a one goal game when he split a pair of defenders and beat Blue Jay goalie Eric Schneider from six yards out to make it 3-2 Johns Hopkins at the end of the first quarter.

The one-goal Blue Jay lead was a two-goal deficit 6:01 into the second quarter as Cuccinello scored twice in a 41-second span early in the quarter and then picked the far post at the 8:59 mark to give the Tigers the 5-3 lead. The 3-0 Blue Jay run to end the first half followed shortly after and set the stage for the pivotal third quarter, which saw the Blue Jays hold decisive advantages in goals (7-1), shots (21-2), ground balls (12-4) and faceoffs (8-1).

Crawley is the first Johns Hopkins freshman midfielder to score four goals in a game since Paul Rabil had four in a 12-11 overtime victory at Syracuse on March 18, 2005. Brown’s four goal and six points were both career highs, while Stanwick matched his career high with five assists for the second consecutive game. The four goals for Benn mark his eight career four-goal game.

Towson got an early spark from faceoff specialist Conor Pequigney, who won 5-of-6 faceoffs in the first quarter, but Johns Hopkins’ Drew Kennedy rebounded from the slow start and won 16-of-23 faceoffs and added 10 ground balls in the victory.

Cuccinello led the Tigers with his four goals and Drenner added three assists, but Seider and Thomas DeNapoli, who combined for seven goals and two assists in Towson’s 11-8 win over High Point in the season opener, were held to a combined one goal and two assists. Despite the loss, sophomore goalie Tyler White was strong in goal for the Tigers as he posted 18 saves.

Notes: Johns Hopkins is 62-8 all-time under head coach Dave Pietramala against teams from the state of Maryland • The Blue Jays are now 18-3 all-time in games played in the month of February • 10 of JHU’s 15 goals today were scored by freshmen and sophomores and 15 of JHU’s 25 goals through two games have been scored by members of those classes.

Towson (1-1) 2-3-1-2/8
#11 Johns Hopkins (2-0) 3-3-7-2/15

GoalsT: Cuccinello-4, Seider, Siskind, Mabus, Lowe. J: Brown-4, Crawley-4, Benn-4, Stanwick, Cattoni, Eissler.AssistsT: Drenner-3, DeNapoli, Seider. J: Stanwick-5, Brown-2, Kelly, Reed. SavesT: White-18, Hoy-0. J: Schneider-8, Feit-0. Shots: T-31. J-55. EMOT: 0-for-2. J: 2-for-4. Attendance: 937.

 

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