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Loyola remains #1, Maryland falls in weekly lacrosse rankings

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The greatest rivalry in the history of college lacrosse lead to a major shift in the sport’s weekly polls Monday.

Johns Hopkins raced past previous #3 ranked Maryland Saturday, posting an 11-6 victory over the Terps at Homewood Field. Hopkins moved up in the rankings thanks to the win while the Terrapins slid in both polls. Loyola remained #1 in both polls after crushing Boston University 15-6 Saturday for their 11th straight win and the Patriot League regular season title. Towson fell out of the polls after dropping an 8-1 decision to Penn State Saturday night.

Here are the new weekly lacrosse polls (courtesy of NCAA.com), staring with the Inside Lacrosse media poll…

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola Maryland (15) 11-1 414 1
2 Duke (6) 11-2 405 2
3 Denver 10-2 367 5
4 Syracuse 8-3 357 7
5 Johns Hopkins 7-3 318 8
6 North Carolina 9-3 313 4
7 Maryland 9-2 312 3
8 Notre Dame 6-4 268 9
9 Penn 6-3 240 11
10 Virginia 8-5 215 10
11 Hofstra 9-3 205 14
12 Cornell 9-3 199 6
13 Yale 7-3 196 13
14 Princeton 7-4 129 17
15 Bryant 10-3 114 15
16 Army 8-3 91 18
17 Fairfield 9-3 76 12
18 Drexel 8-4 50 NR
19 Lehigh 10-4 42 T19
20 Massachusetts 7-4 27 16

Dropped out: No. T19 Towson.

And here is the new USILA Coaches’ poll…

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola Maryland (11) 11-1 258 1
2 Duke (2) 11-2 248 2
3 Denver 10-2 224 5
4 Syracuse 8-3 221 7
5 Maryland 9-2 199 3
6 Johns Hopkins 7-3 196 9
7 North Carolina 9-3 193 4
8 Notre Dame 6-4 168 10
9 Virginia 8-5 155 8
10 Penn 6-3 135 T11
11 Yale 7-3 114 13
T12 Hofstra 9-3 107 16
T12 Cornell 9-3 107 6
14 Princeton 7-4 86 15
15 Fairfield 9-3 46 T11
16 Army 8-3 45 NR
17 Lehigh 10-4 42 20
T18 Drexel 8-4 40 NR
T18 Bryant 10-3 40 T17
20 Harvard 7-5 30 T17

Dropped out: No. 14 Massachusetts, No. 19 Towson.

Also receiving votes: Massachusetts, Albany, Air Force, Towson, Villanova, Penn State.

And with Selection Sunday now just weeks away, here is a look at the official NCAA lacrosse RPI rankings.

RANK SCHOOL CONFERENCE RECORD ROAD NEUTRAL HOME NON-DI
1 Syracuse Atlantic Coast 8-3 2-2 1-0 5-1 0-0
2 Duke Atlantic Coast 11-2 3-2 0-0 8-0 0-0
3 Penn Ivy 6-3 2-2 0-0 4-1 0-0
4 Johns Hopkins Division I Independents 7-3 2-1 0-0 5-2 0-0
5 Denver Big East 10-2 3-2 1-0 6-0 0-0
6 Maryland Atlantic Coast 9-2 3-2 0-0 6-0 0-0
7 Loyola Maryland Patriot 11-1 6-1 0-0 5-0 0-0
8 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 9-3 3-2 0-0 6-1 0-0
9 Cornell Ivy 9-3 5-1 0-0 4-2 0-0
10 Hofstra Colonial 9-3 1-2 0-0 8-1 0-0
11 Yale Ivy 7-3 4-2 0-0 3-1 0-0
12 Virginia Atlantic Coast 8-5 3-4 0-0 5-1 0-0
13 Notre Dame Atlantic Coast 6-4 4-1 0-1 2-2 0-0
14 Princeton Ivy 7-4 2-2 0-0 5-2 0-0
15 Drexel Colonial 8-4 4-2 0-0 4-2 0-0
16 Fairfield ECAC 9-3 4-2 0-0 5-1 0-0
17 Massachusetts Colonial 7-4 3-2 1-0 3-2 0-0
18 Towson Colonial 8-4 2-3 0-0 6-1 0-0
19 Albany (NY) America East 6-5 3-2 0-0 3-3 0-0
20 Villanova Big East 5-6 3-3 0-0 2-3 0-0
21 Penn St. Colonial 5-6 3-2 0-0 2-4 0-0
22 Harvard Ivy 7-5 2-5 0-0 5-0 0-0
23 Colgate Patriot 8-4 3-2 0-0 5-2 0-0
24 Air Force ECAC 8-3 2-1 1-1 5-1 0-0
25 Bryant Northeast 10-3 5-2 1-0 4-1 0-0
26 Lehigh Patriot 10-4 3-3 1-0 6-1 0-0
27 St. John’s (NY) Big East 6-6 2-4 0-1 4-1 0-0
28 Ohio St. ECAC 5-6 1-3 0-1 4-2 0-0
29 Brown Ivy 6-5 2-3 1-0 3-2 0-0
30 Siena Metro Atlantic 7-4 4-3 0-0 3-1 0-0
31 Binghamton America East 5-6 4-1 0-0 1-5 0-0
32 Army Patriot 8-3 3-1 1-0 4-2 0-0
33 Bellarmine ECAC 6-4 3-2 0-0 3-2 0-0
34 Saint Joseph’s Northeast 9-3 5-2 0-0 4-1 0-0
35 Bucknell Patriot 7-6 1-5 0-0 6-1 0-0
36 Michigan ECAC 4-9 3-5 0-0 1-4 0-0
37 High Point Atlantic Sun 8-4 3-3 0-0 5-1 0-0
38 Delaware Colonial 6-7 2-3 0-0 4-4 0-0
39 Canisius Metro Atlantic 6-5 3-3 1-0 2-2 0-0
40 UMBC America East 6-5 1-4 0-0 5-1 0-0
41 Marquette Big East 5-8 4-5 0-0 1-3 0-0
42 Rutgers Big East 7-6 3-4 0-0 4-2 0-0
43 Stony Brook America East 5-8 0-4 0-0 5-4 0-0
44 Georgetown Big East 4-8 1-4 0-1 3-3 0-0
45 Marist Metro Atlantic 3-8 1-4 0-1 2-3 0-0
46 Robert Morris Northeast 5-7 3-5 0-0 2-2 0-0
47 Jacksonville Atlantic Sun 3-7 0-4 0-0 3-3 0-0
48 Hobart Northeast 4-7 3-3 0-1 1-3 0-0
49 Navy Patriot 4-7 1-4 0-0 3-3 0-0
50 Hartford America East 5-8 3-3 0-0 2-5 0-0
51 Holy Cross Patriot 3-10 2-6 0-0 1-4 0-0
52 Detroit Metro Atlantic 5-6 3-1 0-0 2-5 0-0
53 Quinnipiac Metro Atlantic 5-5 4-3 0-0 1-2 0-0
54 Dartmouth Ivy 1-8 0-6 1-0 0-2 0-0
55 Mercer Atlantic Sun 6-5 3-5 0-0 3-0 0-0
56 Providence Big East 3-10 3-5 0-0 0-5 0-0
57 Furman Atlantic Sun 1-10 1-3 0-1 0-6 0-0
58 Richmond Atlantic Sun 3-9 1-4 0-1 2-4 0-0
59 Sacred Heart Northeast 4-7 3-2 0-1 1-4 0-0
60 Manhattan Metro Atlantic 4-9 2-6 0-0 2-3 0-0
61 Boston U. Patriot 1-11 1-4 0-0 0-7 0-0
62 Mt. St. Mary’s Northeast 0-13 0-8 0-0 0-5 0-0
63 Vermont America East 5-6 3-4 0-0 2-2 0-0
64 Lafayette Patriot 2-10 1-6 0-0 1-4 0-0
65 VMI Atlantic Sun 1-11 0-6 0-0 1-5 0-0
66 Monmouth Metro Atlantic 0-11 0-7 0-0 0-4 0-0
67 Wagner Northeast 2-8 1-1 0-0 1-7 0-0

 

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Hopkins routs Mt. St. Mary’s to improve to 8-3 on season

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

EMMITSBURG, MD – The sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team had 11 different players score goals and 13 players had at least one point as the Blue Jays topped host Mount St. Mary’s, 17-2, at Waldron Family Stadium Monday afternoon. Johns Hopkins moves to 8-3 on the year with its third straight win, while the Mountaineers slip to 0-14.

Playing less than 48 hours after an emotional 11-6 win over rival Maryland, the Blue Jays led just 2-0 at the end of the first quarter as the Mount stayed in a tightly packed zone defense. Back-to-back goals in the first three minutes of the second quarter doubled the lead as junior Wells Stanwick found seniors Brandon Benn and Kevin Interlicchio alone on the crease in a 48-second span to push the lead to 4-0.

Johns Hopkins controlled a majority of the possession in the first half by winning 8-of-10 faceoffs and slowly began to find seams in the Mount zone. Benn added his second of the first half on a quick-stick from the doorstep less than four minutes after Interlicchio’s goal and freshman John Crawley had a hand in two straight late in the period, scoring an unassisted goal on a wing dodge and then getting the helper on Benn’s third with 1:02 left. A transition goal by freshmanNick Fields off the ensuing faceoff accounted for an 8-0 Blue Jay lead at the half.

The lead swelled to 12-0 by late in the third quarter as freshman Cody Radziewicz, junior Brady Faby, Interlicchio andHolden Cattoni all scored in a span of less than eight minutes to build the 12-goal lead.

The Mountaineers finally broke through in the final seconds of the third quarter as Bubba Johnson beat Blue Jay goalie Eric Schneider with a low shot off an assist from Kyle McDonough and the Mount made it two straight at the 10:29 mark of the fourth quarter when Clayton Wainer scored from the wing.

Both teams substituted liberally in the fourth quarter with Johns Hopkins freshman attackman Jack Grass doing most of the damage with three goals and one assist in the final nine minutes of the game. Sophomore Liam Giblin and senior Greg Edmonds also scored in the final quarter for the Blue Jays, who played a total of 45 players in the game.

Johns Hopkins held decided advantages in shots (57-14), ground balls (47-19) and faceoffs (18-5) and matched a season high with 12 caused turnovers. Mount St. Mary’s goalie Chris Klaiber played well in goal for the Mount as his 19 saves were just one shy of his career high.

Stanwick paced the Blue Jays with a career-high-tying six assists, while Benn and Grass both added hat tricks. Four Blue Jay goalies combined for six saves with Schneider playing 45 minutes and stopping three shots.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Friday, April 18 when the Blue Jays hit the road again at Navy. Faceoff is set for 7 pm.

Notes: Johns Hopkins has not allowed a first-quarter goal in the last three games • Stanwick’s six assists give him 36 on the year, the ninth-highest single-season total in school history and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Dan Denihan had 40 in 2000 • JHU is now 65-8 under head coach Dave Pietramala against teams from the state of Maryland.

#6 Johns Hopkins (8-3) 2-6-4-5/17
Mount St. Mary’s (0-14) 0-0-1-1/2

GoalsJ: Grass-3, Benn-3, Cattoni-2, Interlicchio-2, Crawley, Guida, Giblin, Radziewicz, Faby, Fields, Edmonds. M: Johnson, Wainer. AssistsJ: Stanwick-6, Crawley-2, Dismuke, Grass, Guida. M: McDonough. SavesJ: Schneider-3, Ryan-2, Feit-1, Fitts-0. M: Klaiber-19. Shots: J-57, M-14. EMOJ: 3-for-4. M: 0-for-1. Attendance: 468.

 

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

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins makes a quick turnaround from its game against Maryland 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. The Johns Hopkins-Mount St. Mary’s game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, but snow forced the game to be postponed.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up its second straight win with an 11-6 win over rival Maryland before a crowd of 9.553 at Homewood Field on Saturday. Mount St. Mary’s gave 17th-ranked Bryant all it could handle before falling 9-7 on the road 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 against Mount St. Mary’s with an all-time record of 940-306-15 (.751). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins was ranked ninth in last week’s USILA Coaches Poll and eighth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Mount St. Mary’s was not ranked in either poll. Rankings for April 14 were not available in time to be included in this edition of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse notes, but JHU’s official ranking at the time of the game will be what the Blue Jays check in at in the USILA Poll.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 154th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 11-6 victory against Maryland 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 177: In addition to his 154-53 (.744) 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 177-70 (.717). Pietramala’s 177 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 Mount St. Mary’s averaging 12.2 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. Entering the game against Maryland, JHU ranked 11th in the nation in scoring offense, second in assists per game and eighth in points per game. Updated NCAA statistics are published on Mondays and were not available at press time.

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 10 games, 78 of JHU’s 122 goals have been assisted, or 63.9%. 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 two of its four extra-man opportunities last week against Maryland and is now 18-of-33 (.545) for the year. The Blue Jays ranked third in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Maryland game. Brandon Benn (6 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (5), Ryan Brown (4) and Wells Stanwick (3) have combined to score all 18 EMO goals for JHU this season.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shines: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranked third in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering the game against Maryland. Despite a rare off day against the Terps (JHU was 6-of-21), the Blue Jays have still won 150-of-248 (.605) as a team on the year.

For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 143-of-228 (.627) through 10 games and also has a team-high 100 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage and ground balls per game (10.0) after winning 21-of-25 faceoffs with 15 ground balls against Syracuse, following that with a 16-of-25 performance with 11 ground balls at Virginia and capping a three-week run against top 10 teams with a 20-of-26 showing with 13 GBs against North Carolina. The 21 faceoff wins and 15 ground balls against the Orange are both career highs.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 10 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 13 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 10 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.

More Holding Them Down: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 10 opponents under its season scoring average (current average) thus far. The Blue Jays held Albany to just eight goals (just over half of what the Great Danes entered the game averaging), and Maryland to just six goals (less than half the Terps’ average entering the game). In all, JHU has held eight of its 10 opponents to nine goals or less.

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Hopkins dominates Maryland in newest chapter of historic series

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Hopkins dominates Maryland in newest chapter of historic series

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team used a 4-0 run that bridged the second and third quarters to turn a 2-1 lead into a 6-1 advantage and the Blue Jays never let third-ranked Maryland get closer than three in the final 25 minutes as JHU scored an 11-6 victory before a Homecoming crowd of 9,553 at Homewood Field on Saturday. In winning the 111th meeting between the two teams, Johns Hopkins improves to 7-3 on the year, while Maryland had a two-game winning streak snapped and slips to 9-2.

Johns Hopkins held Maryland off the board for more than 20 minutes to open the game, but a Joe LcCascio extra-man goal at the 9:48 mark of the second quarter sliced a 2-0 deficit in half. On the strength of a stingy defense and the play of goalie Eric Schneider, the Blue Jays would hold the Terps scoreless for more than 18 minutes after LoCascio’s goal and Hopkins used the four-goal spurt to take control.

An extra-man goal by senior Brandon Benn with 2:46 remaining in the first half was the first of three goals the Blue Jays would score in the final three minutes of the second quarter as the 2-1 lead swelled to 5-1 by halftime. Junior Wells Stanwick added an extra-man goal off a slick cross-crease pass from sophomore Holden Cattoni 50 seconds after Benn’s goal and Stanwick then snuck one just inside the near post from goal-line extended with eight seconds left in the opening half.

A transition goal by Benn just 2:32 into the third quarter pushed the lead to 6-1, a score that held until Rustin Bryant ended the scoring drought for the Terps with an extra-man goal of his own with just under six minutes remaining in the period.

Stanwick closed out the third-quarter scoring by completing his hat trick in the final 90 seconds of the period before Bryant added his second man-up goal of the game early in the fourth quarter to make it 7-3.

The Blue Jays’ largest lead of the game came midway though the final quarter when Cattoni and sophomore Ryan Browntallied unassisted goals in a span of just over two minutes. Cattoni surprised Maryland goalie Niko Amato with a 10-yard shot on a dodge from the top, while Brown beat Amato with a dodge from behind the goal to give the Blue Jays what appeared was a comfortable 9-3 lead with eight minutes to play.

The six-goal lead was sliced in half in less than three minutes as Henry West scored back-to-back goals in a span of just 45 seconds and LoCascio added another extra-man goal with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter to make things interesting.

Maryland, which got a 15-of-21 performance on faceoffs from junior Charlie Raffa, had possession with a chance to cut the deficit further, but Schneider made a pair of big saves, including one on LoCascio from in tight, to preserve the three-goal lead.

The Blue Jays milked the clock late and scored a pair of goals in the final 3:21 in timer-on situations as Brown capped a long possession with strike from in-tight on a slick feed to the crease from Stanwick and freshman John Crawley added his second goal of the game in the closing minute to account for the final scoring.

The 11 goals, which match the most allowed by the Terps this season, were spread among five Johns Hopkins goal-scorers with Stanwick leading the way with his three. Benn, Brown, Cattoni and Crawley all added two goals with Stanwick (3g, 1a) and Cattoni (2g, 2a) registering four-point games on the day.

Schneider and the Blue Jays defense were on-point, especially in six-on-six situations, as Maryland didn’t score an even-strength goal until the 53rd minute of the game and finished with just two in the game. The Terps did cash in on 4-of-6 extra-man chances, but a 12-save performance from Schneider and 12 caused turnovers by the Blue Jays were more than they could overcome.

LoCascio, West and Bryant all scored twice for the Terps, who also got three assists from senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, but Maryland’s starting attack managed just one assist and no goals on seven shots against JHU’s starting defense of senior Jack Reilly, Rob Enright and John Kelly. That trio combined for 10 ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Johns Hopkins has less than 48 hours until it returns to action as the Blue Jays travel to Mount St. Mary’s for a game against the Mountaineers on Monday, April 14 (4 pm). The game was originally scheduled for March 4, but was postponed due to snow.

Notes: Johns Hopkins is now 70-40-1 all-time against Maryland and has won 10 of the last 13 games against the Terps when entering the game ranked lower than UM• Today’s game was the final regular season game between the two teams with Johns Hopkins as an independent and Maryland as a member of the ACC … both teams will compete in the Big 10 next season • JHU was 2-for-4 on extra-man chances and is now 18-of-33 (.545) on the year • Stanwick’s hat trick today is the seventh of his career.

#3 Maryland (9-2) 0-1-1-4/6
#9 Johns Hopkins (7-3) 1-4-2-4/10

GoalsM: West-2, LoCascio-2, Bryant-2. J: Stanwick-3, Cattoni-2, Brown-2, Benn-2, Crawley-2. AssistsM: Chanenchuk-3, Cole, Rambo. J: Cattoni-2, Guida-2, Stanwick. SavesM: Amato-9. J: Schneider-12. Shots: M-31. J-32.EMOM: 4-for-6. J: 2-for-4. Attendance: 9,553.

 

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Maryland renews historic rivalry with Hopkins Saturday at Homewood Field

Posted on 12 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Lacrosse’s Greatest Rivalry renews for the 111th time as No. 3 Maryland (9-1) heads to Homewood Field to face No. 8 Johns Hopkins (6-3) on Saturday, April 12. Faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

• The Maryland-Hopkins game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and streamed on the WatchESPN app. Eamon McAnaney will handle the play-by-play call, while Mark Dixon will provide the expert analysis.

• Maryland will have had 10 days between games by the time the Terps take the field at Johns Hopkins. The Terrapins last played on April 2 in a 19-6 victory at home over Robert Morris. Junior Jay Carlson tied his career high with five points on four goals and an assist to lead the Terps, which also got a career-best four points from junior Joe LoCascio. Senior Mike Chanenchuk continues to lead the team this season with 37 points on 25 goals and 12 assists. He is followed by freshman Matt Rambo, who has 25 points on 21 goals and four assists. Junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa has won 97-of-154 (.630) faceoffs this season with a team-best 65 groundballs. SeniorMichael Ehrhardt has made a seamless transition to the long-stick midfield spot and has 36 groundballs, which leads all non-faceoff men, and a team-best 21 caused turnovers to go along with two goals and an assist. SeniorNiko Amato has started every game of his college career (60 straight) and boasts a 6.92 goals-against average (3rd in the NCAA) with a .591 save percentage (6th in the NCAA) this season.

• Johns Hopkins is 6-3 on the season following its impressive defensive performance in a 13-8 home win over Albany last Friday. Sophomore attackman Ryan Brown leads the Blue Jays’ offense with 41 points on 30 goals and 11 assists. Junior attackman Wells Stanwick is the team leader in assists with 29 and has 11 goals to total 40 points. Senior Eric Schneider has started all nine games in net for Hopkins and has an 8.90 goals-against average and is saving 52.9 percent of the shots opponents have put on goal. Junior faceoff specialist Drew Kennedy ranks fourth in the NCAA in faceoff win percentage with .659 on 139-of-211. He is also third in the nation in groundballs per game with 10.56 (95 total).

THE COUNT DOWN

10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 109 of the 118 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .924 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 127-26 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .830 winning percentage.
8 … Charlie Raffa is averaging 12.1 faceoff wins per game in his eight games in 2014.
7 … Seven times in the last 10 regular-season meetings between Maryland and Hopkins the team with the better record heading into the game has lost.
6 … Six Maryland freshmen have combined to score 45 goals this season.
5 … Five Terps have reached double-digit goals.
4 … Niko Amato has a 7.38 goals-against average and a .559 save percentage vs. the Blue Jays in four career games vs. Hopkins.
3 … The Terps are one of just three teams allowing fewer than 7.0 goals per game this season.
2 … Mike Chanenchuk has averaged two points per game in four career games vs. Hopkins.
1 … Mike Chanenchuk needs just one point to become the 47th player in the 89-season history of Maryland men’s lacrosse to reach the 100-point mark for his career.

COACHING MATCH-UP

• John Tillman is in his seventh season as a head coach, and fourth with the Terps, with a 64-35 career record for a 64.6 winning percentage. Tillman is 44-16 (.733) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Hopkins’ Dave Pietramala is in his 14th season at Hopkins and has a 153-53 (74.3) record with the Jays. He is 176-70 overall in 17 years as a coach for a 71.5 win percentage at both Hopkins and Cornell.

• Tillman has a 2-2 career record against Hopkins, all as Maryland’s head coach.


SERIES HISTORY VS. JOHNS HOPKINS

• Maryland and Hopkins are the two most storied lacrosse programs in the nation, with the rivalry beginning with back in 1895 as Hopkins defeated the Maryland Agricultural College. The Blue Jays (41) and Terps (36) have played in the first and third most NCAA Tournaments since the event began in 1971, respectively. Maryland (113) and Hopkins (182) have produced the most first team All-Americans in the history of lacrosse dating to the first awards in 1922.

• While this will be the 111th meeting between the two schools, Maryland’s official record vs. Hopkins is 40-62-1. The first seven meetings between the two happened before lacrosse was an official sport at Maryland.

• Last season saw the Blue Jays come to College Park as the underdogs vs. the No. 1-ranked Terrapins, but No. 15 Hopkins scored the game’s first two goals and never trailed en route to a 7-4 victory. Junior Niko Amato was stout in goal for the Terps with 12 saves, while junior Mike Chanenchuk paced the Maryland offense with two goals and an assist.

• Maryland and Hopkins met for the first time in the NCAA tournament since 1998 in the quarterfinals in Annapolis on May 19, 2012. Drew Snider led the Terps with three goals, while Mike Chanenchuk and John Haus scored two apiece, to lead the Terps to an 11-5 victory over the No. 2-seeded Blue Jays. The game was tied at 2-2 early in the second quarter, but Maryland scored the next six goals to open up an 8-2 lead, putting the game out of reach.

• The return to Homewood Field for the first time since 2008 in April 2012 was a memorable one for the Terps asOwen Blye scored four goals, all in the second half, and the Maryland defense held the Blue Jays scoreless for the final 29:17 in a 9-6 Maryland win.

• The 100th official meeting for Maryland between the Terps and the Jays was another classic, but it was Hopkins’ Kyle Wharton scoring the game-winning goal with just 16 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Jays a 12-11 victory in College Park. Joe Cummings led the Terps with four goals, while Ryan Young had a goal and two assists.Niko Amato made 12 saves in the game, while Curtis Holmes won 15-of-27 faceoffs with a career-high nine groundballs.

• In 2010 the Terps and Blue Jays once again played at the Smartlink Day of Rivals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and again the game ended with a 10-9 final. But this time it was Maryland that took home the victory thanks in large part to its quartet of attackmen – Grant Catalino, Travis Reed, Will Yeatman and Ryan Young – who combined for six goals and 11 points. The Terps trailed 4-1 early in the second quarter, but scored eight of the next nine goals to take control of the game. Maryland never trailed after taking the lead, but Hopkins pulled to within a goal by scoring twice in the last two minutes to make it a another one-goal game.

• The 2009 match-up was another one-goal game with the Blue Jays edging the Terps, 10-9, at the inaugural Smartlink Day of Rivals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Hopkins was the beneficiary of nine second-half penalties called against the Terps. Dan Groot had a hat trick for the Terps, while Grant Catalino (2-1=3), Jeremy Sieverts (2-1=3) and Ryan Young (1-2=3) also had three points apiece.

• The 2008 game was not a one-goal affair as Hopkins controlled the game on their home field and took a 10-4 decision. The game was tight in the first half, with the Blue Jays taking a 3-2 lead into halftime. But the third quarter saw Hopkins outscore the Terps 6-1 to put the game out of reach. Grant Catalino was the Terps’ lone multi-point scorer with a goal and an assist, but the highlight of the game for Maryland came on Brian Farrell’s highlight-reel one-handed bounce shot with a pair of Blue Jay defenders draped on him.

• The series returned to its one-goal history in 2007 with the Blue Jays pulling out an 8-7 victory in overtime. Paul Rabil hit a running left-handed shot just 43 seconds into the extra session. Senior midfielder Chris Feifs had the finest outing of his college career in the game, scoring his first-ever hat trick.

• The Terps snapped a four-game losing skid to Hopkins in 2006 with a decisive 11-4 win at Homewood Field on April 14. Leading the way was Attackman of the Year Joe Walters, who scored six goals and added two assists. Eight points and six goals were the most ever by a Maryland player against the Blue Jays. Bill McGlone chipped in with a pair of goals, while junior goalie Harry Alford was solid in the cage, stopping nine shots.

• The 2005 game saw the Blue Jays use a four-goal run in the third quarter to secure an 11-6 victory over the ninth-ranked Terrapins on April 15. Six different Terps scored in the game, led by Joe Walters, Xander Ritz and Dave Matz, who each scored one and added an assist. The loss dropped the Terps to 5-5 on the season, but they would go on a six-game winning streak en route to an ACC Tournament championship and a berth in the Final Four.

• At Homewood Field on April 17, 2004, Hopkins raced out to an 8-1 lead in the first quarter en route to a 14-10 victory in the 100th meeting between the two schools. Sophomore Brendan Healy led the Terps with three goals.

• In the 2003 meeting at Byrd Stadium, on April 12, Joe McDermott scored the game-winner 1:21 into overtime for the 6-5 Hopkins win in front of 8,183 in attendance. Dan LaMonica was the only Terp with multiple points with three on a goal and two assists. Michael Howley finished with a game-high six groundballs.

• Mike Mollot had three goals and an assist to lead the Terps, but Hopkins’ Kyle Barrie scored the game-winning goal at the 1:45 mark of the first overtime to give the Blue Jays a 9-8 victory at Homewood Field. The game was tied at 7-7 going into the fourth, but Mollot’s third goal of the game gave Maryland an 8-7 lead with 13:12 to go in the fourth. The defense tried to hold off the third-ranked Blue Jays, but Kevin Boland scored his only goal of the game at the 3:59 mark of the fourth to tie the score and send the game to overtime.


MARYLAND-HOPKINS – A ONE-GOAL HISTORY

• Prior to 2004′s 14-10 Hopkins win, the previous three games in the series were one-goal affairs — with the two going to overtime. The two teams returned to the one-goal decisions in 2007 when the Blue Jays won 8-7 in OT in College Park. The last two games between the long-time rivals were both one-goal games with the same 10-9 final. Hopkins took the 2009 meeting, while Maryland won in 2010. Overall, eight of the last 17 have been one-goal games.

• In total the Terps and Blue Jays have played 20 one-goal games in the 111 games, including 2011′s 12-11 overtime thriller in College Park. Johns Hopkins holds an 11-9 advantage in one-goal games in the series.

• The most famous one-goal game in the series was the 1973 NCAA title game that Maryland won, 10-9, in double-overtime to claim the Terps’ first NCAA Championship. The Terps capped off an undefeated season thanks in large part to freshman midfielder Frank Urso. The Long Island, N.Y., native bounced a 15-yard shot off of Blue Jay defender Bob Barbera past Hopkins goalie Les Matthews, who was screened on the play, at 1:18 of overtime to give the Terps their first NCAA Championship.

Urso wasn’t the only hero for Maryland in overtime. Terp goalie Bill O’Donnell came out of the goal on a missed shot by Hopkins, but Blue Jay attackman Jack Thomas caught up with the ball and flipped it blindly over his shoulder to the crease. Dale Kohler caught the pass and fired a shot at what normally would have been an empty net. But Maryland defender Ed Glatzel stepped into the crease and knocked the potential game-ender away.


TERPS ON ESPNU

• Maryland has had 49 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 27-22 (.551) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• The Terps are scheduled to play four games (at North Carolina, vs. Virginia, at Johns Hopkins and the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2014.


GET TO 10 AND WIN

• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 109 of the 118 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .924 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.

HOLDING OPPONENTS TO SINGLE-DIGITS

• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 92.4 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 127-26 in games, for a .830 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 203 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.4 percent of the time.


SHOOTING TELLS THE STORY

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 67-4 (.944) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• Maryland is 9-1 on the year and shot 30% or better in five of its nine victories and just barely missed that mark in the win at Syracuse.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 16 goals, 44 shots = 36.4%
W- UMBC: 14 goals, 45 shots = 31.1%
W- at Syracuse: 16 goals, 55 shots = 29.1%
W- Duke: 10 goals, 44 shots = 22.7%
W- at Stony Brook: 11 goals, 48 shots = 22.9%
W- Villanova: 12 goals, 39 shots = 30.7%
W- at Michigan: 13 goals, 42 shots = 31.0%
L- at North Carolina: 8 goals, 30 shots = 26.7%
W- Virginia: 9 goals, 33 shots = 27.3%
W- Robert Morris: 19 goals, 36 shots = 52.8%

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 16 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 16 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in five of them.


STREAKING TERPS

• Ten games into the 2014 season and only one Terp has notched at least one point in every game.

• Senior Mike Chanenchuk has scored at least one point in each of the 10 games so far in 2014 and has a 33-game point scoring streak dating back to the Johns Hopkins game on Apr. 14, 2012. Overall, for his Maryland career Chanenchuk has tallied at least one point in 39 of 41 games. Freshman Colin Heacock has the next longest current streak for the Terps at seven dating back to the Duke game on March 1, 2014.

• Chanenchuk’s point-scoring streak is the second longest since the 2004 season. The only other point-scoring streak longer belongs to Joe Walters, who had at least one point in 45 straight from Feb. 2004 to April 2006. Here’s a look at the Terps’ 20+ game point-scoring streaks since 2004.

45 – Joe Walters (2/28/04 – 4/30/06)
33 - Mike Chanenchuk (4/14/12 – present)
29 – Xander Ritz (2/26/05 – 4/30/06)
26 – Bill McGlone (2/28/04 – 4/23/05)
22 – Grant Catalino (3/3/08 – 3/28/09
20 – Max Ritz (5/6/06 – 5/13/07)
20 – Joe Cummings (5/28/11 – 5/28/12)

• In conjunction with his point-scoring streak, Chanenchuk also has an impressive 23-game goal-scoring streak going. That’s the second longest goal-scoring streak since Joe Walters scored at least one goal in 27 straight games from Feb. 28, 2004 to April 29, 2005. The last time Chanenchuk did not score a goal for the Terps was in the 23-6 season-opening win over Mount St. Mary’s on Feb. 8, 2013.

27 – Joe Walters (2/28/04 – 4/29/05)
23 - Mike Chanenchuk (2/16/13 – present)

• Junior Jay Carlson and freshman Matt Rambo had also registered at least one point in every game this season through the first seven games, but had their scoring streaks snapped in the 11-8 loss at No. 6 North Carolina on March 22.


FRESHMAN HAT TRICKS

• With four goals in his first college game, a 16-3 win over Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 8), Matt Rambo became just the ninth Maryland men’s lacrosse freshman to record a hat trick since 1998. He followed that up with another hat trick in the 14-3 win over UMBC (Feb. 15) to become the first Terp to record back-to-back hat tricks in his first two collegiate games since Grant Catalino in 2008. Rambo netted his third hat trick of the season with four goals in the Terps’ 13-5 win at Michigan (March 18) and then added his fourth with three goals in the 19-6 win over Robert Morris (April 2).

• Connor Cannizzaro scored his first hat trick with three goals in the Terps’ 16-8 win at Syracuse to become the 10th Terp freshman with a hat trick since 1998. This marks just the second time since 1998 that two freshman have recorded hat tricks in the same season. Cannizzaro netted his second career hat trick vs. Villanova on March 14.

• Game-by-game stats haven’t been saved since the 1998 season, so the following chart can only go back to then, but here’s a look at freshman hat tricks (consecutive games are underlined):

Andrew Combs (1 in 1998): 3-0=3 vs. Towson, Mar. 7
Mike LaMonica (1 in 1999): 3-0=3 vs. Penn State, Mar. 17
Mike Mollot (1 in 2000): 3-4=7 vs. Hofstra, May 14 (NCAA first round)
Dan LaMonica (3 in 2001): 3-1=4 vs. Duke, Mar. 4; 3-1=4 vs. Johns Hopkins, Apr. 14; 3-1=4 vs. Virginia, Apr. 20 (ACC semifinals)
Joe Walters (6 in 2003): 4-1=5 at Towson, Mar. 8; 4-2=6 vs. Bucknell, Mar. 114-0=4 vs. Butler, Mar. 25; 3-1=4 at Virginia, Mar. 29; 4-0=4 at Navy, Apr. 5; 3-1=4 vs. UMBC, Apr. 25
Grant Catalino (3 in 2008): 4-0=4 at Georgetown, Feb. 23; 3-1=4 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 4-3=7 vs. Yale, May 3
Travis Reed (4 in 2008): 4-1=5 at Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 26; 3-0=3 at Duke, Mar. 1; 3-0=3 vs. Providence, Mar. 3; 3-2=5 vs. Virginia, Mar. 29
John Haus (1 in 2010): 3-0=3 vs. North Carolina, Apr. 23 (ACC semifinals)
Matt Rambo (4 in 2014): 4-2=6 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Feb. 8; 3-0=3 vs. UMBC, Feb. 15; 4-0=4 at Michigan, Mar. 18; 3-0 vs. Robert Morris, April 2
Connor Cannizzaro (2 in 2014): 3-1=4 at Syracuse, Feb. 22; 3-0=3 vs. Villanova, Mar. 14


50 PERCENT OR MORE

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk scored five of the Terps’ 10 goals in the team’s 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke on March 1, 2014. That performance marks just the ninth time since 1998 that a Maryland player scored at least 50 percent of the team’s goals in a victory (with a five-goal minimum). Chanenchuk is the first Maryland player since 1998 to accomplish the feat at home.

• Here’s a look at Terps who have scored 50% or more of the team’s goals (min. 5 goals) in wins since 1998:

Mike Chanenchuk, 5 goals in 10-6 win vs. Duke (3/1/14)
Jay Carlson, 5 goals in 10-7 win at Villanova (3/16/13)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 11-4 win at Johns Hopkins (4/15/06)
Joe Walters, 5 goals in 9-6 win at North Carolina (3/25/06)
Xander Ritz, 5 goals in 8-7 OT win at Duke (3/4/06)
Joe Walters, 6 goals in 12-11 win vs. Virginia in ACC finals (4/25/04)
Buggs Combs, 6 goals in 10-4 win at Delaware (3/17/01)
Scott Hochstadt, 6 goals in 9-4 win at Yale (5/1/99)
Scott Hochstadt, 7 goals in 14-11 win at Virginia in ACC finals (4/19/98)

• There are a couple others earlier than 1998, which includes a minimum of six goals scored (which is the minimum for the single-game records):

Rob Wurzburger, 6 goals in 12-7 win at Towson (3/26/88)
Dick Corrigan, 9 goals in 17-10 win over Navy (4/26/58)


UNIFORM AUCTION RAISES MORE THAN $25K FOR THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT

• During the March 30 game vs. Virginia, Maryland honored military men and women injured in the line of duty with a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. The Terrapins wore special Under Armour Freedom uniforms that were auctioned off at umterps.com. The auction raised more than $25,000 with 100% of the proceeds going directrly to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Maryland men’s lacrosse program and the Maryland athletics department thank everyone for their generous support.

VOTE EHRHARDT FOR SENIOR CLASS AWARD

• Maryland senior long stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt is one of 10 lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field that were selected as finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men’s lacrosse.

• To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.

• Fans can vote once per day per device – computers, tablets, smart phone – so be sure to VOTE EHRHARDT every day!

TERPS’ 89TH SEASON OF LACROSSE

• The Terps boast an all-time record of 756-254-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 88 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field and became just the fourth program with 750 wins with a 16-8 win at No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 22, 2014.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 56-20 in the 2010′s for a .737 winning percentage.


THE 700 CLUB

• Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy, Army and Cornell as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

• Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

SEASON HONORS

Inside Lacrosse
Face-Off Magazine Preseason All-Americans
Michael Ehrhardt (1st)
Niko Amato (2nd)
Goran Murray (2nd)
Mike Chanenchuk (3rd)

National Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 3)

The ACC
Preseason All-ACC
Niko Amato
Michael Ehrhardt
Goran Murray

Offensive Player of the Week
Mike Chanenchuk (Mar. 4)

Defensive Player of the Week
Niko Amato (Feb. 25)
Niko Amato (Mar. 4)
Niko Amato (Apr. 1)

University of Maryland
Terp of the Week
Charlie Raffa (Feb. 28)


CONSECUTIVE 10-WIN SEASONS

• Maryland’s 18-6 win over the Colgate on May 4, 2013 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 11, which is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• There are only four programs with a current streak of at least five-straight 10-win seasons:

Maryland (11): 2013 (10-4), 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Notre Dame (8): 2013 (11-4), 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (8): 2014 (10-2), 2013 (16-4), 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
North Carolina (5): 2013 (13-4), 2012 (11-6), 2011 (10-6), 2010 (13-3), 2009 (12-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark. Virginia’s streak of eight-consecutive seasons with 10+ wins ended in 2013 with a 7-8 record, while Siena saw its run of six 10-win seasons end with an 8-9 mark this season.


FIRST-TIME OPPONENTS

• Maryland has played 80 different opponents in its 89 seasons, including the first-ever meeting between the Terps and Michigan and then vs. Robert Morris earlier this season. In the Terps’ 80 first-time meetings Maryland is 76-4 (.950) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.


A FAMILY AFFAIR

• Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truly a family affair. Since 2001, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2001-02
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2001-02-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

• The 2014 season is the first since 2000 that the Terps have not had a brother combination on the roster.


MARYLAND IN SEASON OPENERS

• Maryland has an 85-3-1 (.961) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

21 STRAIGHT IN SEASON OPENERS

• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (three times), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 21-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 306-108 (an average score of 14.6-5.1) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 21 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

FOUR TAKEN IN MLL DRAFT

• Led by senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, four Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Ehrhardt was chosen seventh overall by the Charlotte Hounds, becoming the eighth Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Joe Walters (2006, 1st), Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th), Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th) and Jesse Bernhardt (2013, 4th).

• Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk was the next Terrapin off the board, also joining the Hounds as the 11th overall selection.

• The third Terp to be selected was senior goalie Niko Amato, becoming the first Terp to join the Florida Launch, with the 29th overall selection.

• The final Terp to be drafted was senior short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Cooper, who earned the distinction of being 2014′s MLL equivalent of “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final selection of the draft, going with the 64th overall selection to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.


FIVE TERP ALUMS SELECTED FOR TEAM USA

• Five Maryland men’s lacrosse alumni were named to the 30-man roster for the U.S. National Team that will compete at the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.

• Jesse Bernhardt (2013), Dan Burns (2011), Jeff Reynolds (2009), Drew Snider (2012) and Lee Zink (2004) made the team, which was selected from an original pool of 98 players through a seven-month selection process.

• Maryland’s five selections are tied for the most of any college program with Johns Hopkins, which also has five alums among the 30-man roster.


2014 TEAM CAPTAINS

• Four players have been named team captains for the 2014 season. The quartet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Tyler Adelsberger, Niko Amato, Mike Chanenchukand Michael Ehrhardt.


BIG TEN LACROSSE STARTS IN 2015

• The University of Maryland’s men’s lacrosse team will compete in the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2015 season, following an announcement from the conference office on June 3, 2013 that the Big Ten has secured six men’s teams when Johns Hopkins was accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse only beginning with the 2014-15 academic year to give the Big Ten six men’s programs, joining Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.

• The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has been an independent since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men’s lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland and 1953 for Ohio State. Michigan instituted a men’s lacrosse program in 2012. Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State each qualified for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2013, with the Buckeyes advancing to the quarterfinals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hopkins squares off with Maryland for 111th time Saturday at Homewood Field

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Television: ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (6-3) welcomes long-time rival Maryland (9-1) to Homewood Field for the 111th meeting in the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse. Faceoff is set for 2 pm with a capacity Homecoming crowd expected.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins snapped a three-game losing streak with a 13-8 victory against Albany last Friday night at Homewood Field.
Maryland didn’t play last weekend as the Terps had the weekend off. UM enters this week’s game with a two-game winning streak after topping Robert Morris, 19-6, in its last game on April 2.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Maryalnd renew the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse for the 111th time this weekend. JHU leads the all-time series 69-40-1 after last season’s 7-4 win at then top-ranked Maryland last season.
Close games have been the norm of late in the head-to-head matchup as three of last five have been decided by a goal and the last five games have been decided by a total of nine goals.
As might be expected in a rivalry like this, rankings haven’t always predicted the winner. The higher-ranked team has won 32 of the 53 since 1973, but the lower-ranked team has won 12 of the last 22. Including last season’s win at then top-ranked Maryland, Johns Hopkins is 13-7 against Maryland when entering the game against the Terrapins as the lower-ranked team. Currently, JHU has won nine of the last 12 when entering the game ranked lower than the Terps.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Maryland with an all-time record of 939-306-15 (.751). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked ninth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and eighth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Maryland enters this week’s game against Johns Hopkins ranked third in the coaches poll and third in the media poll.

Closing on Mr. ScottDave Pietramala picked up his 153rd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 13-8 victory against Albany 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 176: In addition to his 153-53 (.743) 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 176-70 (.715). Pietramala’s 176 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 Maryland averaging 12.33 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. JHU ranks 11th in the nation in scoring offense, second in assists per game (8.11) and eighth in points per game (20.44).

Class Rank: The Blue Jays have gotten production from each of their four classes through nine games. Each class has registered at least 15 points thus far, with the sophomore (74 points), senior (48) and junior (47 points) classes leading the way.

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 nine games, 73 of JHU’s 111 goals have been assisted, or 65.8%. 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.

Something Special Going On: An area of emphasis for all lacrosse coaches in practice are the specialty units of extra-man offense, man-down defense and faceoffs and the Blue Jays have been excelling in all three areas this season. Below is a quick look at each unit through nine games:

Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on all three of its extra-man opportunities last week against Albany and is now 16-of-29 (.552) for the year. The Blue Jays rank third in the nation in extra-man offense with Brandon Benn (5 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (5) and Ryan Brown (4) leading the way.

Man-Down Unit Excelling: With a lot of the focus on JHU’s offense this season, it’s easy to overlook the performance of the man-down unit, which has killed off 13-of-19 (.684) chances this season. The Blue Jays rank 23rd in the nation in man-down defense this season after finishing 11th a year ago.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shines: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks third in the nation in faceoff winning percentage (144-of-227 / .634). For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 139-of-211 (.659) through nine games and also has a team-high 95 ground balls thus far. He ranks fourth in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and third in ground balls per game (10.56) after winning 21-of-25 faceoffs with 15 ground balls against Syracuse, following that with a 16-of-25 performance with 11 ground balls at Virginia and capping a three-week run against top 10 teams with a 20-of-26 showing with 13 GBs against North Carolina. The 21 faceoff wins and 15 ground balls against the Orange are both career highs.
In his last five games, Kennedy is 85-of-126 (.675) with 58 ground balls and has won at least 16 faceoffs and grabbed 11 ground balls in four of the five games. Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The nine teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 11 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and eight of 15 minutes or longer.

More Holding Them Down: Johns Hopkins has held each of its nine opponents under its season scoring average (current average) thus far. The Blue Jays held Albany to just eight goals, just over half of what the Great Danes entered the game averaging. In all, JHU has held six of its nine opponents to nine goals or less.

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 four goals and seven points in all nine 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).

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 63-8 (.887) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland with the recent 15-8 victory against UMBC.
Including the game against the Retrievers, the Blue Jays will play six games this season against in-state rivals.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked ninth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

Mount St. Mary’s Game Rescheduled: The Johns Hopkins-Mount St. Mary’s game, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 in Emmitsburg, was postponed due to unplayable field conditions after a winter storm blew through Maryland on March 3. The game against the Mountaineers has been rescheduled for Monday, April 14 at 4 pm (at Mount St. Mary’s).

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionMixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Roy Nelson vs. Minotauro Nogueira (Friday 2pm from Abu Dhabi live on UFC Fight Pass); Auto Racing: NASCAR Southern 500 (Saturday 6:30pm from Darlington, SC live on FOX); Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships (Thursday 7pm Friday 2pm Saturday 3pm from Houston live on Tennis Channel)

10. Katt Williams (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Lewis Black (Thursday-Saturday Warner Theatre); Mick Foley (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Privateer Festival (Friday-Sunday Fells Point); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday 5pm War Memorial Plaza); Bay Bridge Boat Show (Friday-Sunday Bay Bridge Marina); Decanter Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Pimlico Race Course); Draft Day“, “Oculus” and “Rio 2” out in theaters (Friday); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“, “August: Osage County“, “Grudge Match” and “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a trailer that has made me want to see a movie LESS than Draft Day. But since Monday was the 25th anniversary of a REALLY good movie about a Cleveland sports franchise, let’s just remember that.

9. Avicii (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Aaron Lewis (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Phil Vassar (Friday 6:30pm Rams Head Center Stage); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Ashley Monroe (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Emmylou Harris (Friday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Rick Ross (Friday 9pm Echostage); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Southern Soul Assembly feat. Marc Broussard/JJ Grey/Anders Osborne/Luther Dickinson (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre)

You know what drives me nuts? I hate the idea of Avicii but I actually like some of his tunes.

I love Carolina Chocolate Drops. I also love Charm City Devils. I feel like if someone started a band called Cool Colorado Demons, I’d probably like them too. It’s a CCD thing.

I could use much more Dirty Dozen Brass Band in my life.

Marc Broussard is a totally unfair type of talented.

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Loyola remains #1, Towson enters both new major lacrosse polls

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The #1 ranked Loyola Greyhounds survived a major Patriot League scare Saturday, topping Navy 7-6 in 2OT and holding on to their spot atop the rankings. Elsewhere in local lacrosse action this weekend, Johns Hopkins shook off a three game losing streak by beating Albany 13-8 Friday night at Homewood Field and Towson scored their biggest win of the season by going on the road and outlasting previous #11 UMass 6-5.

Maryland was idle this weekend after throttling Robert Morris 19-6 Wednesday night. This has set the stage for a major top ten showdown between the Terps and Blue Jays this coming Saturday afternoon.

Here is a look at both of the new weekly lacrosse polls (courtesy of NCAA.com). We’ll start with the new Inside Lacrosse media poll.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola (Md.) (16) 10-1 432 1
2 Duke (2) 10-2 414 3
3 Maryland (4) 9-1 401 4
4 North Carolina 9-2 375 5
5 Denver 9-2 347 6
6 Cornell 9-1 337 2
7 Syracuse 6-3 308 7
8 Johns Hopkins 6-3 273 10
9 Notre Dame 4-4 252 8
10 Virginia 8-4 244 9
11 Penn 5-3 215 13
12 Fairfield 9-2 195 15
13 Yale 6-3 184 14
14 Hofstra 7-3 131 T16
15 Bryant 9-3 111 11
16 Massachusetts 7-3 97 12
17 Princeton 5-4 69 19
18 Army 7-3 54 20
T19 Towson 8-3 42 NR
T19 Lehigh 9-3 42 NR

And now the new weekly USILA coaches’ poll.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola (Md.) (12) 10-1 278 1
2 Duke (1) 10-2 258 3
3 Maryland (1) 9-1 250 4
4 North Carolina 9-2 243 5
5 Denver 9-2 223 6
6 Cornell 9-1 209 2
7 Syracuse 6-3 184 T8
8 Virginia 8-4 168 T8
9 Johns Hopkins 6-3 166 10
10 Notre Dame 4-4 163 7
T11 Fairfield 9-2 119 13
T11 Penn 5-3 119 15
13 Yale 6-3 112 14
14 Massachusetts 7-3 73 11
15 Princeton 5-4 72 17
16 Hofstra 7-3 48 20
T17 Harvard 6-4 46 NR
T17 Bryant 9-3 46 12
19 Towson 8-3 42 NR
20 Lehigh 9-3 32 NR

 

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Hopkins slows down Thompsons in win over Albany

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 9-1 halftime lead and never let visiting Albany get closer than five in the second half as the Blue Jays posted a 13-8 victory over the Great Danes at Homewood Field Friday night. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Johns Hopkins, which improves to 6-3 on the year. Albany, which had won four of its last six, slips to 4-5.

The eight goals Albany scored are nearly eight less than it was averaging entering the game (15.75) and its fewest since March 2, 2013, when the ‘Danes fell to Yale, 15-8.

The Blue Jays wasted little time jumping in front as they scored seven unanswered goals to open the game to fuel the 9-1 advantage at the half.

Sophomore Ryan Brown scored all three of his goals in the opening 16 minutes and junior Wells Stanwick matched his career high with five assists before the game was 20 minutes old.

Capitalizing on 14 Albany turnovers in the first half, the Blue Jays crafted a 27-3 advantage in shots in the opening 30 minutes with only an extra-man strike by Bennett Drake midway through the second quarter getting the ‘Danes on the board.

A game-opening goal by junior Michael Pellegrino on a quick restart from midfield opened the scoring for the Blue Jays, who got two goals each from Brandon Benn and Holden Cattoni in the first half to go along with Brown’s hat trick.

An extra-man goal by Benn just 29 seconds into the second half pushed the lead to 10-1, but Albany made its inevitable run to slice that deficit to 10-5 at the end of three quarters.

Ryan Feuerstein opened the four-goal run for the Great Danes as Lyle Thompson found him from behind the goal and Feuerstein had time and room from 12 yards out less than a minute after Benn’s goal to ignite a four-goal run.

Eric Scala added an extra-man goal of his own 70 seconds later and a Miles Thompson goal just over two minutes after that made it 10-4 with more than 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Albany had a golden opportunity to cut into the deficit more midway through the period as the ‘Danes had a two-man advantage for a full minute, but the Blue Jay defense held and more than eight minutes passed after the Miles Thompson goal before Ty Thompson scored with exactly two minutes remaining in the third quarter to account for the 10-5 score entering the fourth quarter.

Any hopes for an Albany comeback were dashed when more than five scoreless minutes elapsed to open the final period. That was followed by consecutive Hopkins goals in a 59-second span to push the lead to 12-5.

Cattoni completed his second straight hat trick with an extra-man goal off an assist from Stanwick and senior Phil Castronova added a transition goal off a feed from Pellegrino to account for the two-goals that built the lead back to seven.

Albany tallied three of the final four goals of the game, with only Cattoni’s career-high fourth of the game in that time for the Blue Jays. Lyle and Miles Thompson both scored highlight-reel goals, while Feuerstein’s unassisted goal off a restart in the final two minutes closed out the scoring.

Cattoni, who never had a hat trick before last week, added his second straight with the four-goal effort, while Stanwick’s six assists are a career-high and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Dan Denihan had six at Hofstra on March 11, 2000. Brown (3g, 1a) and Benn (3g) teamed with Stanwick to give the Blue Jays’ starting attack six goals and seven assists. The 13-point effort marks the fifth time in nine games the trio has combined for 12 points or more.

Albany’s dynamic attack unit of Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompson totaled four goals and five assists, but the early turnovers and halftime deficit were more than they could overcome. Sophomore Blaze Riorden posted 12 saves in goal and Connor Russell did a solid job on faceoffs by taking 14-of-24.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, April 12 when the Blue Jays welcome Maryland to Homewood Field for the 111th renewal of the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse.

Notes: The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project for the game with Captain Ben Harrow addressing the team after practice on Thursday and then watching the game from the JHU sideline … Harrow played lacrosse at Army • 9-of-13 Johns Hopkins goals were assisted and for the year that’s 73-of-111 (.658) • JHU was 3-for-3 with the extra-man and is now 16-of-29 (.552) on the year • Wells Stanwick’s 29 assists this season are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Kevin Boland had 32 in 2004 • Brandon Benn’s point-scoring streak is now at 25 games.

#16 Albany (4-5) 0-1-4-3/8
#10 Johns Hopkins (6-3) 5-4-1-3/13

GoalsA: Thompson, M-2, Feuerstein-2, Thompson, L., Thompson, T., Scala, Drake. J: Cattoni-4, Benn-3, Brown-3, Pellegrino, Reed, Castronova. AssistsA: Thompson, L.-3, Thompson, M.-2, Feuerstein. J: Stanwick-6, , Brown, Guida, Pellegrino. SavesA: Riorden-12. J: Schneider-8. Shots: A-27. J-45. EMOA: 2-for-3. J: 3-for-3. Attendance: 1,553.

 

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Hopkins tries to snap losing streak Friday against Albany

Posted on 03 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-3) welcomes Albany (4-4) to Homewood Field for the second of three consecutive home games for the Blue Jays. Faceoff at Homewood Field is set for 7 pm on Friday, April 4.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins dropped its third consecutive game to a team ranked in the top 10 as the Blue Jays fell to fifth-ranked North Carolina, 13-9, last Saturday. Albany turned in a strong showing on both sides of the field as the Great Danes topped visiting Vermont, 20-9, last Saturday at home in a game not as close as the score would indicate.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Albany are meeting for the 13th time in a series that dates to a 10-4 Johns Hopkins victory in 2002. The Blue Jays have won 10 of the previous 12 meetings, although Albany grabbed a 10-9 decision last season. Every meeting between the two teams has taken place at Homewood Field.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Albany with an all-time record of 938-306-15 (.751). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Wouded Warrior Partnership: Johns Hopkins will team with the Wounded Warrior Project for this week’s game against Albany. With an aim to raising awareness and funding for the organization, a number of Johns Hopkins lacrosse items will be available via raffle at the game. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, whose purposes include:

• Raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
• Helping injured service members aid and assist each other.
• Providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 10th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 10th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Albany enters this week’s game against Johns Hopkins ranked 16th in the coaches poll and 18th in the media poll.

Third of Three: This week’s game against Albany marks the third of three games the Blue Jays will play against teams who are coached by Johns Hopkins graduates. Johns Hopkins previously defeated Towson (Shawn Nadelen ‘01) and UMBC (Don Zimmerman ‘76), while Albany is coached by Scott Marr ‘91.

Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 15-8 victory at UMBC and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

Career Win Number 175: In addition to notching his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the win against UMBC, Dave Pietramala also reached a milestone as the win against the Retrievers was the 175th of his coaching career. In addition to his 152-53 (.741) mark as the head coach at JHU, Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 175-70 (.714). Pietramala’s 175 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

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

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

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

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

An Offensive Group: Despite being held under 10 goals for the first time this season with last week’s 13-9 loss to North Carolina, Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Albany averaging 12.25 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. JHU ranks 12th in the nation in scoring offense, fifth in assists per game (8.00) and eighth in points per game (20.25).

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 eight games, 64 of JHU’s 98 goals have been assisted, or 65.3%. 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.

Something Special Going On: An area of emphasis for all lacrosse coaches in practice are the specialty units of extra-man offense, man-down defense and faceoffs and the Blue Jays have been excelling in all three areas this season. In fact, Johns Hopkins is the only team that ranks in the top 10 in the nation in all three categories.
Below is a quick look at each unit through eight games:

Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on two-of-six extra-man opportunities last week against North Carolina and is now 13-of-26 (.500) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fifth in the nation in extra-man offense with Brandon Benn (4 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (4) and Ryan Brown (3) leading the way.

Man-Down Unit Excelling: With a lot of the focus on JHU’s offense this season, it’s easy to overlook the performance of the man-down unit, which has killed off 12-of-16 (.750) chances this season. The Blue Jays rank eighth in the nation in man-down defense this season after finishing 11th a year ago.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shines: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage (134-of-203 / .660). For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 129-of-187 (.690) through eight games and also has a team-high 88 ground balls thus far. He ranks third in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and first in ground balls per game (11.0) after winning 21-of-25 faceoffs with 15 ground balls against Syracuse, following that with a 16-of-25 performance with 11 ground balls at Virginia and capping a three-week run against top 10 teams with a 20-of-26 showing with 13 GBs against North Carolina. The 21 faceoff wins and 15 ground balls against the Orange are both career highs.br> In his last four games, Kennedy is 75-of-102 (.735) with 51 ground balls and has won ast least 16 faceoffs and grabbed 11 ground balls in each of those four games.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The eight teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 10 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and seven of 15 minutes or longer.

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 four goals and seven points in all eight 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).

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

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 10th 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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