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Hopkins, Virginia set for Saturday showdown in Charlottesville

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

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

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

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

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Virginia with an all-time record of 938-304-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked ninth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and eighth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as well. Virginia enters this week’s game against Johns Hopkins ranked 10th in the coaches poll and 10th in the media poll.

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

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

Career Win Number 175: In addition to notching his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the win against UMBC, Dave Pietramala also reached a milestone as the win against the Retrievers was the 175th of his coaching career. In addition to his 152-51 (.749) mark as the head coach at JHU, Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 175-68 (.720). Pietramala’s 175 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

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

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

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

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

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Virginia averaging 13.17 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in every game this season. JHU ranks ninth in the nation in scoring offense, third in assists per game (8.17) and fifth in points per game (21.33).

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

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

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

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown will be counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio has been up to the task thus far. They have combined for at least four goals and nine points in all six games this season, with 11 goals against UMBC and nine goals against both Towson and Princeton. The trio has a pair of 16-point games to its credit (Towosn, UMBC) and a 14-point effort as well (Princeton).

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

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

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

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

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Hopkins tries to stay perfect Saturday with rivalry battle against Syracuse

Posted on 14 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

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

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

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

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Syracuse with an all-time record of 938-303-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked second in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and third in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Syracuse enters this week’s game at Johns Hopkins ranked 10th in the coaches poll and 10th in the media poll.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Syracuse averaging 13.8 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored 14 or more goals in each of their last four games. JHU ranks eighth in the nation in scoring offense and has scored 14 or more goals in four straight games for the first time since 2003, when the Blue Jays scored 14+ in seven straight games late in the season. Ironically, a key member of that 2003 offense was current offensive coordinator Bobby Benson, who led the team in goals with 41 that season.

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

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

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown will be counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio has been up to the task thus far. They have combined for at least four goals and nine points in all five games this season, with 11 goals against UMBC and nine goals against both Towson and Princeton. The trio has a pair of 16-point games to its credit (Towosn, UMBC) and a 14-point effort as well (Princeton). Kennedy Shines: Junior Drew Kennedy has gotten off to a quick start at the X for the Blue Jays as he is 72-of-111 (.649) through five games and also has a team-high 49 ground balls thus far. He ranks fourth in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and tied for first in ground balls per game (9.8) after winning 18-of-26 faceoffs with 12 ground balls in last week’s win against UMBC.
Kennedy won 18-of-22 (.818) faceoffs in the season opener against Ohio State and came back and won 16-of-23 with 10 ground balls against Towson. After winning just 1-of-6 in the first quarter, he was 15-of-17 over the final three quarters against the Tigers.

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

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

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

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Hopkins uses early, late runs to push past UMBC

Posted on 08 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – In a game of runs, the third-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team outscored host UMBC 6-0 in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and pick up a 15-8 victory Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays led big early, watched as the Retrievers got back into it with a strong second quarter and then pulled away to improve to 5-0 on the year. UMBC slips to 2-2 and had a two-game winning streak snapped.

The win is the 175th in the coaching career of Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala, who is now 152-50 at Johns Hopkins and 175-67 overall.

Nursing a 9-8 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays needed just six minutes to extend the lead to four as Rob Guida, Brandon Benn and Wells Stanwick all scored in a span of just 2:26 to make it 12-8. Guida blew home a 14-yarder off an assist from Connor Reed before Benn took a nifty feed from Stanwick on the doorstep and scored from in close. When the Retrievers went offsides less than a minute later, Benn found Stanwick behind the defense on a quick restart and Stanwick beat a defenseless Connor Gordon to polish off the three-goal flurry.

The 12-8 lead held for nearly four minutes before another three-goal run for Johns Hopkins put the game away. Sophomore Holdden Cattoni dodged from behind the goal to ignite the spree, which also included goals from Stanwick and Benn and required just 39 seconds to complete. Cattoni got the assist on Benn’s goal, which came on the extra-man and closed the scoring with 5:01 to play.

A fourth-quarter surge didn’t look like it would be needed early on as the Blue Jays scored three goals before the game was six minutes old as sophomore Ryan Brown wrapped goals around a Benb strike before UMBC got one back on a goal from Ty Kashur midway through the quarter.

The 3-1 lead held for more than three minutes before Reed ignited a 4-0 Hopkins run that took less than three minutes and extended the lead to 7-1. Stanwick, Benn and Brown all added goals during the spree and Cattoni assisted on two of those to give the Blue Jays the six-goal lead.

The Retrievers got back in the game on the strength of Pat Young’s shooting and Gordon’s play in the goal. Young scored three straight UMBC goals between the end of the first quarter and the middle of the second to make it 7-4 before Matt Gregoire and Young added tallies in the final 3:32 of the period to make it 7-6 at the half.

While Young’s first-half heroics were the headline, Gordon’s play at the other end was just as spectacular. He made seven second-quarter saves as the Blue Jays went cold after Brown’s goal with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.

After going scoreless in the second quarter, the Blue Jays needed just nine seconds to open the scoring in the third quarter as Benn was on the backend of a fastbreak off the faceoff that junior Drew Kennedy jump-started with a clean win.

The lead was 9-6 just 72 seconds later when Guida fired one home off an assist from Cattoni, but back-to-back goals from UMBC’s Jack Gannon made it 9-8 at the end of the third quarter. Gannon’s goals came nearly nine minutes apart, but Gordon posted two saves after Guida’s goal to keep the Blue Jays off the board for the rest of the third quarter.

Senior goalie Eric Schneider made two big saves in the final minutes of the third quarter for the Blue Jays, who held the 9-8 lead until Guida’s goal just over three minutes into the fourth quarter ignited the game-ending six-goal run for Johns Hopkins. The run was fueled by Kennedy, who won 5-of-6 faceoffs in the fourth quarter and finished 18-of-26 with 12 ground balls on the day.

Benn matched his career high with five goals and added an assist for a personal-best six points, while Stanwick (3g, 3a) and Brown (3g, 1a) rounded out an effort that saw JHU’s starting attack combine for 11 goals and five assists.

Cattoni’s four assists and five points are both career highs; his four assists today are one more than he had in his career entering the game. He teamed with Guida and Reed to give the Blue Jays’ first midfield a combined four goals and five assists.

Young’s four goals tied his career high and came in a span of less than 15 minutes of game time. Gannon added two goals and two assists, but no other Retriever managed a multi-point game. Gordon finished with 16 saves, several of which were of the spectacular variety.

Johns Hopkins will return to action next Saturday when the Blue Jays welcome 11th-ranked Syracuse to Homewood Field.

Notes: Johns Hopkins is now 12-0 all-time against UMBC and 63-8 under head coach Dave Pietramala against teams from the state of Maryland • Benn’s five goals extend his goal-scoring streak to 21 games • The Blue Jay defense held UMBC scoreless for the final 18:45; this is the sixth time this season Johns Hopkins has held the opposition scoreless for 15 minutes or longer.

#3 Johns Hopkins (5-0) 7-0-2-6/15
UMBC (2-2) 2-4-2-0/8

GoalsJ: Benn-5, Stanwick-3, Brown-3, Guida-2, Cattoni, Reed. U: Young-4, Gannon-2, Gregoire, Kashur. AssistsJ: Cattoni-4, Stanwick-3, Benn, Brown, Malm, Reed. U: Gannon-2, Maxwell, Young. SavesJ: Schneider-8. U: Gordon-16.Shots: J-45, U-28. EMO: J: 2-for-3. U: 0-for-1. Attendance: 1,910.

 

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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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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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Benn scores winner as Hopkins beats Ohio State in 3OT thriller

Posted on 09 February 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Senior Brandon Benn’s second goal of the game 59 seconds into the third overtime lifted the 11th-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team to a 10-9 victory against 14th-ranked Ohio State before 1,338 fans at Homewood Field Sunday afternoon. Benn’s goal capped a game that saw the Blue Jays trail early, lead by three in the second half and kill off an Ohio State extra-man opportunity in the second overtime.

The triple-overtime game is the second-longest in Johns Hopkins history as only a four-overtime affair with Virginia in 2001 was longer.

After splitting the opening faceoffs of the first and second overtime, junior Drew Kennedy won the draw to open the third extra session and the Blue Jays quickly called timeout. From there, the Blue Jays worked the ball to sophomore Holden Cattoni at the top of the box, where he found Benn 10 yards from the goal to the right of Buckeye goalie Greg Dutton. Benn fake dodged top side from the wing and stepped in and to the side of his defender before ripping home the game-winner, which secured JHU’s 12th win in 14 season openers under head coach Dave Pietramala.

The Blue Jays had taken control of the game in the third quarter by outscoring the Buckeyes 6-3 after the teams battled to a 2-2 halftime score.

After scoring twice in the opening 30 minutes, it took the Blue Jays just two minutes of the third quarter to match that as senior Rob Guida and freshman John Crawley scored off assists from junior Wells Stanwick.

Ohio State’s Jesse King and Reegan Comeault wrapped goals around a Cattoni strike in a span of just over two minutes midway through the period to make it 5-4 before the Blue Jays scored three of the last four goals of the third quarter to grab an 8-5 lead entering the final period.

Michael Pellegrino, Benn and Stanwick all scored in the final 6:02 of the third quarter for the Blue Jays, while Turner Evans added his only goal of the game for Ohio State during that same time frame.

The Blue Jays’ three-goal lead held for more than six minutes in the fourth quarter before King completed his hat trick at the 11:31 mark off a nice feed inside from Comeault. An unassisted goal by Johns Hopkins sophomore Ryan Brown with just under eight minutes left pushed JHU’s lead to 9-6, which set stage for OSU’s late-game rally.

Despite scoring seven goals in a span of just over 22 minutes to open the second half, the Blue Jays couldn’t quite put the Buckeyes away and Ohio State made the run that forced overtime.

King needed just over two minutes to score his fourth and fifth goals of the game and sophomore Gordie Koerber made a nice cut through the slot and Charlie Schnider found him for the equalizer with 3:07 left in the fourth quarter.

It would be more than 12 minutes of playing time before Benn’s game-winner, but it wasn’t for lack of chances for both teams down the stretch.

Brown had a goal taken away for a crease violation with 75 seconds left in regulation and Ohio State fired seven shots in the first two overtime periods, including two that were saved by Johns Hopkins goalie Eric Schneider.

Still, it came down to one possession and Kennedy, who won a career-high 18 of 22 faceoffs for the Blue Jays on the day, took the one to open the third overtime and Benn capitalized 59 seconds later to end the marathon.

Stanwick paced the Blue Jays with one goal and a career-high-tying five assists, while Benn and Brown both scored to two goals and added an assist to give JHU’s starting attack trio a combined five goals and seven assists. In addition his work on faceoffs, Kennedy had a career-high 13 ground balls and Schneider had a career-best 13 saves for Johns Hopkins.

King, an Honorable Mention All-American last season, matched Stanwick’s six points with his five-goal, one-assist effort. Comeault and Carter Brown both added one goal and one assist and Dutton posted 11 saves in goal for the Buckeyes, who matched the Blue Jays on ground balls (30-30) and were a perfect 21-for-21 on clears.

Notes: Johns Hopkins is now 17-3 all-time in the month of February and has won 13 straight games in this month • Johns Hopkins is now 5-0 all-time against Ohio State • JHU improved to 20-10 in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala • Brandon Benn extended his goal-scoring streak to 17 games – the fourth-longest active streak in the nation.

#14 Ohio State (0-1) 2-0-3-4-0-0-/9
#11 Johns Hopkins (1-0) 1-1-6-1-0-0-1/10

Goals: O: King-5, Evans, Comeault, Brown, Koerber. J: Benn-2, Brown-2, Stanwick, Reed, Guida, Cattoni, Pellegrino, Crawley. AssistsO: Evans-3, Brown, Comeault, King, Schnider. J: Stanwick-5, Benn, Brown. SavesO: Dutton-11. J: Schneider-13. Shots: O-35. J-42. EMOO: 0-for-4. J: 0-for-2. Attendance: 1,338.

 

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Four Hopkins players, one UMBC player selected in MLL Draft

Posted on 11 January 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Collegiate Draft Results

No. Team Player Pos. College
Round 1
1 Ohio Tom Schreiber M Princeton
2 Rochester* Jordan Wolf A Duke
3 New York* Joe Fletcher D Loyola
4 New York* Luke Duprey D Duke
5 Florida Kieran McArdle A St. Johns
6 Denver Jeremy Noble M Denver
7 Charlotte Michael Ehrhardt D Maryland
8 Boston* Scott McWilliams D UVA
Round 2
9 Charlotte^ Pat Laconi M Loyola
10 Florida^ Joe Meurer D Ohio State
11 Charlotte^ Mike Chanenchuk M Maryland
12 Florida^ Ryan Creighton M UNC
13 Ohio^ Rob Guida M Johns Hopkins
14 Charlotte^ Brendan Fowler FO Duke
15 Charlotte Thomas DeNapoli A/M Towson
16 Denver^ Brent Hiken FO Stevenson
Round 3
17 Boston** Rob Emery M UVA
18 Charlotte** Josh Dionne A Duke
19 Boston Austin Kaut G Penn State
20 Rochester Miles Thompson A Albany
21 Chesapeake** Matt Harris D Syracuse
22 Denver Ty Souders D Lehigh
23 Charlotte Justin Ward A Loyola
24 Chesapeake Dylan Levings FO Yale
Round 4
25 Ohio Jackson Place D Bucknell
26 Rochester^^ John Locascio M Villanova
27 Ohio^^ Scott Loy M Syracuse
28 Rochester Ty Thompson A Albany
29 Florida Nick Amato G Maryland
30 Denver Colin Dunster M Bryant
31 Charlotte Henry Lobb D Duke
32 Rochester^^ Dan Eipp M Harvard
Round 5
33 Boston*^ Jack Reilly D Johns Hopkins
34 New York Brandon Mangan A Yale
35 Chesapeake*^ Pat Kiernan D Navy
36 Chesapeake*^ Alex Love A Hobart
37 Boston*^ Erik Smith M Air Force
38 Denver Jamie Faus G Denver
39 Ohio*^ Derek Maltz A Syracuse
40 Chesapeake Brandon Benn A Johns Hopkins
Round 6
41 Ohio Steve O’hara D Notre Dame
42 Boston^* Phil Castronova M Johns Hopkins
43 Denver^* James Connelly D Delaware
44 Rochester Tom Freshour D Cornell
45 Florida Bobby Lawrence D Colgate
46 Denver Nick Fernandez M Princeton
47 Charlotte Zach Losco M Penn
48 Chesapeake Kevin Cernuto A St. Johns
Round 7
49 Ohio RG Keenan M UNC
50 Chesapeake^^^ Mark McNeill M UNC
51 Boston Phil Poe FO UMBC
52 Rochester Andrew Wagner D Mercyhurst
53 Florida Andrew Barton M Providence
54 Denver Terry Ellis M Denver
55 Charlotte Chris Hipps D Duke
56 Rochester^^^ Mark Cockerton A Virginia
Round 8
57 Ohio Spencer Schnell M Ohio Wesleyan
58 New York Alex Zomerfeld A Bryant
59 Boston Jack Murphy G Fairfield
60 Rochester Tom Lacrosse M Penn State
61 Florida Duncan Clauncy A Jacksonville
62 Denver Ben Mcintosh D Drexel
63 Charlotte Kevin O’Neil M Villanova
64 Chesapeake Brian Cooper D Maryland
Notes:
*First Round Trades
No. 2 from New York
No. 3 from Rochester from New York from Boston
No. 4 from Rochester
No. 8 from Denver from Chesapeake
^Second Round Trades
No. 9 from Chesapeake from Ohio
No. 10 from Chesapeake from New York
No. 11 from Boston
No. 12 from Boston from Rochester
No. 13 from New York from Ohio from Florida
No. 14 from Denver
No. 16 from Chesapeake
**Third Round Trades
No. 17 from Ohio
No. 18 from New York
No. 21 from Florida
^^Fourth Round Trades
No. 26 from New York
No. 27 from Boston
No. 32 from New York from Chesapeake
*^Fifth Round Trades
No. 33 from Ohio
No. 35 from Boston
No. 36 from Rochester
No. 37 from Florida
No. 39 from Charlotte
^*Sixth Round Trades
No. 42 from New York
No. 43 from Boston
^^^Seventh Round Trades
No. 50 from Charlotte from New York
No. 56 from Chesapeake

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Hopkins ranked 14th in Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Poll

Posted on 10 December 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins University men’s lacrosse team is ranked 14th in the 2014 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Top 20 it was recently announced. The poll is compiled by members of the staff at Inside Lacrosse, which published a completely digital version of Face-Off Yearbook for the 2014 season.

Johns Hopkins posted a 9-5 record last season and returns its top two scores and four players who scored 10 or more goals in 2013 in junior Wells Stanwick (24g, 23a), senior Brandon Benn (34g, 1a), sophomore Ryan Brown (17g, 4a) and senior Rex Sanders (13g). In addition, senior Jack Reilly returns for his fourth season as a regular on defense, while the rope unit of long stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino and short stick defensive middies Phil Castronova and James Malm returns intact.

Johns Hopkins will open the 2014 season on Sunday, February 9 when the Blue Jays welcome Ohio State to Homewood Field. The Buckeyes are one of 10 teams the 2014 Johns Hopkins schedule that appear in the top 20.

2014 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Top 20
1 – Duke
2 – Syracuse
3 – North Carolina
4 – Notre Dame
5 – Denver
6 – Maryland
7 – Ohio State
8 – Penn State
9 – Virginia
10 – Yale
11 – Penn
12 – Albany
13 – Princeton
14 – Johns Hopkins
15 – Bucknell
16 – St. John’s
17 – Cornell
18 – Villanova
19 – Loyola
20 – Towson

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Hopkins wraps regular season with win over Army

Posted on 03 May 2013 by WNST Staff

WEST POINT, NY – The 14th-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team held host Army to just one goal over the final 37minutes and the Blue Jays got four goals from junior Brandon Benn and three from freshman Ryan Brown in a 9-4 win over the Black Knights before a crowd of 10,340 at Michie Stadium Friday night. The win is the 19th straight for Johns Hopkins against Army.

Johns Hopkins will now wait until Sunday night to learn if it has earned an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays have qualified for the NCAAs in each of the last 41 years. That streak is the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in any Division I team sport.

The Blue Jays (9-5) led just 4-3 at the half, but scored twice in the third quarter to give themselves some breathing room. The second of Benn’s four goals opened the second half scoring as he was on the back end of a quick pass to the crease from sophomore Wells Stanwick to polish off an unsettled situation and give JHU a 5-3 lead at the 10:14 mark.

That lead held for just under five minutes, when Benn again capped a transition opportunity, this one off a slick pass to the backside from junior James Malm.

The Black Knights (8-6) ended a 27-minute scoring drought just over five minutes into the fourth quarter as Pat Brennan ripped a 10-yarder from the wing just inside the near post to slice the deficit to 6-4.

Any hopes for an Army comeback were dashed in the middle of the quarter as the Blue Jays struck for three goals in a four-minute span to put the game away.

Benn got his hands free in the slot and junior Rob Guida hit him in stride for his fourth goal of the game at the 7:46 mark and Brown polished off the second hat trick of his career with back-to-back goals in a 42-second span to close the scoring.

The Blue Jays needed just 66 seconds to open the scoring as junior Guida dodged to the middle of the field and drew a slide before slipping a pass to senior 
Lee Coppersmith, who ripped home a 12-yarder to stake JHU to the early lead.Fittingly, the strong defensive effort was capped when senior Pierce Bassett recorded the 500th save of his career on Army’s final shot of the game and the four goals allowed marked the third time in four games JHU has held the opposition to just four.

The one-goal lead held through the first quarter for the Blue Jays as Bassett posted four of his 14 saves on the night in the first period. His counterpart, sophomore Sam Somers, was also on his game early as he posted five saves in the opening 15 minutes.

The offenses got going in the second quarter as the teams combined for six goals, including five in the opening eight minutes of the period.

The Blue Jays doubled their lead 81 seconds into the second quarter on an unassisted goal by Stanwick, who got his hands free after dodging from behind the goal, but Army struck twice in a span of just 40 seconds to knot the game a two. Alex Newsome scooped up a ground ball in front of the cage and fired into an open net to end Army’s 18-minute game-opening scoring drought and All-American Garrett Thul fired home an extra-man goal 40 ticks later to tie the game.

Brown and Thul traded goals midway through the period to force the second tie of the game before junior Brian Benn fired home an extra-man goal of his own in the final four minutes of the half to give the Blue Jays the 4-3 halftime lead. The two third-quarter goals extended the lead and Army scored just Brennan’s goal after intermission.

#14 Johns Hopkins (9-5) 1-3-2-3/9
Army (8-6) 0-3-0-1/4

GoalsJ: Benn-4, Brown-3, Coppersmith, Stanwick. A: Thul-2, Brennan, Newsome. AssistsJ: Guida-3, Coppersmith, Greeley, Malm, Palmer, Stanwick. A: Ghidotti, Glesener, Perettine. SavesJ: Bassett-13, Schneider-1. A: Somers-11. Shots: J-35. A-32. EMOJ: 2-for-8. A: 1-for-7. Attendance: 10,340.

 

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