Posted on 06 October 2015 by WNST Staff
Posted on 05 December 2014 by WNST Trips
We’re trying to get more aggressive and do even more WNST trips to Wizards games in D.C. than usual this season but can only do these trips based on demand. If you love the Wizards and the NBA and don’t like the drive before and after games, our trips have an eight-year track record of being easy, fun and affordable. We appreciate you supporting all that we’re doing to grow the hoops community in Baltimore. If you know of other NBA and Wizards fans in Baltimore, please help us spread the word and fill some buses with hoops fans.
All aboard another Jerry’s Collision Center WNST Wizards Bus to D.C. as Washington takes on Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Our Gunther Motorcoach will depart from the White Marsh Mall at 4:30 p.m. with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 5 p.m. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.
We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.
We hope you join us for a night of hoops and fun aboard the Jerry’s Collision Center WNST Wizards Bus to D.C. Families and children are welcomed and encouraged to join us! It’s a great night out!
Your PayPal receipt is your ticket and we always throw you an email 48 hours before the game to confirm everything. All you need to do is purchase and we’ll see you at the bus. We bring the game tickets with us. Nice and easy!
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COST: $125 per person
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Posted on 11 July 2014 by WNST Staff
Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).
“There is no question that with the recent news of LeBron going back home to Cleveland that they are the favorites to win the NBA Championship next season at 4-1. With the Eastern Conference being much weaker and essentially only a handful of teams that can give LeBron and the Cavs a run for their money, it would be a shock if they do not at least make the Conference Finals. The Heat in turn, who now may lose Bosh also, have gone from 4-1 to 50-1, basically the Cavs and Heat flipping odds from what we had them the day after the Spurs won the Championship. This shows how much of an impact a player like LeBron has on odds. The last comparable situation was when Peyton Manning signing with the Broncos dropped them from 75-1 to 10-1 in a blink of an eye.”
Kevin Bradley, Bovada.lv Sportsbook Manager
Odds to win 2015 NBA Championship
Cleveland Cavaliers 4/1
San Antonio Spurs 5/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 6/1
Houston Rockets 8/1
Los Angeles Clippers 10/1
Golden State Warriors 25/1
Portland Trailblazers 25/1
Los Angeles Lakers 33/1
Washington Wizards 33/1
Brooklyn Nets 40/1
New York Knicks 40/1
Toronto Raptors 40/1
Memphis Grizzlies 50/1
New Orleans Pelicans 50/1
Denver Nuggets 66/1
Phoenix Suns 66/1
Charlotte Hornets 75/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 200/1
Orlando Magic 200/1
Philadelphia 76ers 200/1
Sacramento Kings 200/1
Average Points per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – LeBron James
Average Rebounds per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – LeBron James
Average Assists per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – LeBron James
Will LeBron James win the 2014-2015 NBA MVP?
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Posted on 09 June 2014 by WNST Staff
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Maryland baseball team’s magical postseason run came to a close Monday evening as it fell to Virginia, 11-2, in game three of its NCAA Super Regional series at Davenport Field.
The 2014 campaign featured a number of marquee moments for the Terrapin baseball program, including a trip to the ACC Tournament title game for the first time since 1976, a regional title in South Carolina, a first-ever trip to a NCAA Super Regional and a single-season program record 40 victories.
“We’re obviously not really pleased with the outcome, but I really can’t sit here and lament a whole lot about what these guys have accomplished this season and certainly in the last 40 percent of the season,” said head coach John Szefc. “I really haven’t been around a better group of young guys in a long time, probably not since my days at Marist.
“As we continue to build this program, this group will really be one that is looked back on as a cornerstone of that process. I think every Maryland baseball team will look back at this one and try to aim to get where this team ended up and slightly further. This will be a hard group of guys to duplicate. We’re lucky enough to have a lot of guys coming back, but the guys we lose will be very difficult to replace. Although the result isn’t exactly heartwarming, I really have no regrets or negative things to say whatsoever.”
Junior Charlie White and senior Blake Schmit led the Terrapins with two hits each, as Cavalier starter Josh Sborz kept the Terrapin offense at bay striking out nine batters in seven shutout innings.
Maryland (40-23) threatened in the top of the first inning with a pair of walks by White and Brandon Lowe, but Sborz got out of the jam and forced an inning-ending double play to keep the Terps from taking an early lead.
Virginia (49-14) touched up Maryland starter Bobby Ruse early, scoring three runs with two outs in the bottom of the first to grab a 3-0 lead. Derek Fisher knocked in the first run with an RBI single to center, before Kenny Towns crushed a triple to left field that scored a pair of runners from first and second.
The Cavaliers doubled their lead two innings later, sparked by a pair of singles from Daniel Pinero and Joe McCarthy. After Fisher walked to load the bases, Towns continued his torrid hitting night with a two-RBI single to left field. Branden Downes laced an RBI single up the middle to cap the inning giving UVA a 6-0 advantage.
LaMonte Wade and Jose Cuas managed to jumpstart the Terrapin offense with a pair of singles in the eighth, and Schmit followed by ripping a double down the left field line to bring Maryland within four runs at 6-2.
Virginia closer Nick Howard entered for Austin Young and shut the door ending any thought of a Maryland comeback. In the bottom of the inning, the Cavs scored five insurance runs to increase their lead to 11-2 and secure the victory.
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Posted on 08 June 2014 by WNST Staff
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia broke a 1-1 tie and scored six runs over the final four innings to defeat the Maryland baseball team, 7-3, and force a decisive game three in NCAA Super Regional play Sunday afternoon.
Monday’s game is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. on ESPN2, with the winner advancing to the College World Series.
After Maryland (40-22) tied the game at one with a RBI single from Brandon Lowe in the bottom of the fifth, Virginia (48-14) answered with a run in the sixth and scored three in the seventh to take control of the contest.
The biggest opportunity for the Terps came in the bottom of the fourth trailing by one. Lowe and Jose Cuas led off the inning with back-to-back singles and moved up on a one-out walk by Tim Lewis. With the bases loaded, Kyle Convissar hit a line drive directly at second baseman Branden Cogswell who made the catch and stepped on the bag to double up Cuas and end the Terrapin threat.
Lowe led the Terps offensively with three hits and tallied one RBI on the afternoon, while Cuas, Anthony Papio andKevin Martir each added two hits. Freshman starter Mike Shawaryn allowed five earned runs in six innings on the mound with two strikeouts.
After a pair of scoreless frames to open the game, the Cavaliers struck first with a run in the third on a trio of singles. Mike Papi’s single to right field did the damage, scoring Robbie Coman from second on the play.
Maryland threatened to answer in both the third and fourth innings, and finally squared the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the fifth as Kevin Martir set the table with a single to center field. Lowe then delivered with his third hit of the game, knocking a blooper to right center to score Martir.
The Cavaliers wasted little time reclaiming their lead, however, as Kenny Towns led off the sixth with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a fielding error. John La Prise followed with a first-pitch chopper to shortstop to plate Towns and give Virginia a 2-1 advantage.
The Cavs then opened the game an inning later, 5-1, with a three-run seventh on four hits. The Cavs loaded the bases and Derek Fisher knocked in the first run with a sacrifice fly to left field. Townes and Kenny Downes then followed with RBI singles to center.
Run-scoring hits from Joe McCarthy and Branden Cogswell in the final two innings gave the Cavs a pair of insurance runs to hold off the surging Terps, who scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth before reliever Artie Lewicki notched the final out.
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Posted on 07 June 2014 by WNST Staff
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Junior Charlie White went 3-for-5 with two runs and made a potential game-changing catch in the first inning to lead the Maryland baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Virginia in the first game of the NCAA Super Regional in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday.
The Terps (40-21) have an opportunity to clinch their first trip to the College World Series in program history tomorrow as they take on the Cavaliers at noon on ESPN2. Maryland claimed its 40th victory of the season in the win, as Jake Stinnett allowed just two earned runs in six innings of work.
“I’m very happy for our guys and everyone who works for our program to be able to come in here and play the way we did against a very good team in a tough environment,” said head coach John Szefc. “We felt we did a really good job offensively early on to get their starter out. He’s obviously one of the better left-handed pitchers in the country and I know he’s had a lot of
success here this season.”
Maryland jumped on All-American pitcher Nathan Kirby in the top of the first, as White hit a leadoff double to left field and then advanced to third on a LaMonte Wade sacrifice bunt. Redshirt freshman Brandon Lowe then hit a grounder to shortstop to score White and put Maryland ahead, 1-0.
Virginia answered with a run in the bottom of the first and threatened for more with the bases loaded and only one out, but White made an incredible sprawling catch in center field to limit the damage. White sprang to his feet and found the relay man, Blake Schmit, who fired home in time for the inning-ending double play.
“That inning was Charlie White’s inning,” said Szefc. “First, he got us going offensively. But that catch is as good as hitting a double with the bases loaded because he took two runs off the board. That may not show up on his offensive statistics, but everybody in that dugout knows how important that was. To get out of that inning and to minimize the damage as much as we did was crucial.”
The Cavaliers took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the third as Mike Papi hit a two-out single and made his way to third after a stolen base and a throwing error. Papi then scored after Wade had trouble scooping an errant throw by Jose Cuas at first base.
Maryland retook the lead in the fourth, however, scoring three runs to open a 4-2 advantage. Cuas and Schmit used a pair of hits to begin the inning, before Tim Lewis knocked in Cuas with a single through the right side. The Terps then utilized a suicide squeeze to score Schmit after Kyle Convissar laid down a textbook bunt. Anthony Papio then completed the scoring with a double to left center field to score Lewis. Kirby left the game after pitching 4-2/3 innings – his shortest outing of the season.
White was the catalyst for another Terrapin run in the fifth after singling through the right side and advancing to third on a passed ball and sacrifice bunt. Lowe then knocked in White for his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Virginia cut its deficit to two, 5-3, in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly to right field by Branden Cogswell. The hosts then added another run in the eighth on Papi’s third hit of the day which scored Daniel Pinero.
Closer Kevin Mooney closed the door on the Cavaliers, however, fighting through 1-1/3 innings of work to earn his 13th save of the season – tying a program record. Bobby Ruse, who entered in the seventh in relief of Stinnett, also tied the program single-season record for appearances (30). Both tied former Terp Brett Cecil in their respective categories.
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Posted on 06 June 2014 by WNST Staff
2014 NCAA Super Regionals – Charlottesville Super Regional
Sat., June 7-Mon., June 9
Location: Charlottesville, Va.
Stadium: Davenport Field
Radio: SiriusXM 91
Live Stats: umterps.com
Charlottesville Super Regional Schedule
Saturday, June 7
Game 1: Noon (ESPN2)
Sunday, June 8
Game 2: Noon (ESPN2)
Monday, June 9
Game 3: 4 p.m. ET (ESPN2)*
*If necessary; time and network subject to change
MARYLAND MEETS VIRGINIA IN FIRST EVER SUPER REGIONAL APPEARANCE
After sweeping the Columbia Regional, Maryland travels to Charlottesville to take on national seed (#3) Virginia at Davenport Field. The best-of-three series gets underway at noon Saturday with game two scheduled for noon Sunday. If necessary, game three will be played Monday at 4 p.m. All three games are being carried live on ESPN2.
-With three wins in the Columbia Regional, Maryland improved to 4-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Its 3-0 mark in Columbia captured Maryland’s first regional title in school history.
-Maryland’s 4-3 win over South Carolina Saturday ended a 28-game home postseason winning streak and handed the Gamecocks their first ever postseason loss at Carolina Stadium. USC entered the weekend 16-0 at Carolina Stadium in postseason action.
-The Terps had five players named to the Columbia All-Regional Team led by centerfielder Charlie White, who was named the regional’s most outstanding player. White was joined by Jose Cuas (third base), Kevin Martir (catcher),Mike Shawaryn (pitcher) and LaMonte Wade (first base).
-Charlie White hit .545 (6-for-11) in the regional with a double, four runs scored and two RBI including a single to center to score the Terps’ first run in their ninth-inning comeback against Old Dominion.
-Right hander Mike Shawaryn earned his ACC-leading 11th victory of the season Saturday against the Gamecocks. Shawaryn’s win total is tied for 12th nationally and is a Maryland single-season record. Shawaryn, along with second base Brandon Lowe, earned Collegiate Baseball newspaper Freshman All-American honors Wednesday.
-Terrapin ace Jake Stinnett struck out seven Old Dominion batters Friday to increase his season total to 130. Stinnett passed Steve Schmoll (124 Ks, 2003) for first on Maryland’s single-season strikeout list. Stinnett leads the ACC in strikeouts and ranks third nationally.
-Catcher Kevin Martir was a large part of Maryland’s surge in May. The catcher led the team in hitting (.400), slugging (.620) and on-base percentage (.492). He had 10 RBI in 15 games to along with two doubles and three home runs. Martir is currently riding a career-long 13-game hitting streak.
-Closer Kevin Mooney earned his 12th save of the season in Saturday’s win over USC. Mooney is one save shy of Brett Cecil’s single-season record of 13 (2006). He is two saves shy of Cecil’s career record of 23.
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Posted on 03 June 2014 by WNST Staff
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The NCAA officially announced dates and times for this weekend’s Super Regional round on Tuesday. The best-of-three series between Maryland and Virginia will be held June 7-9 at Davenport Field in Charlottesville.
The series’ first pitch is scheduled for noon Saturday with game two set for Sunday at noon. If necessary, the third game is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday. All three games will be televised on ESPN2.
Maryland (39-21) is making its first-ever appearance in the Super Regionals following a three-game sweep of the Columbia Regional. The Terps earned a walk-off win over Old Dominion in the opener between defeating top-seeded South Carolina on consecutive nights.
The winner of the super regional will advance to the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
2014 NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional Schedule
Saturday (June 7)
Game 1 – Noon (ESPN2)
Sunday (June 8)
Game 2 – Noon (ESPN2)
Monday (June 9) – if necessary
Game 3 – 4 p.m. (ESPN2)*
*Time and network subject to change
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Posted on 11 May 2014 by WNST Staff
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – On a day when he tied legendary coach Bob Scott’s record for career coaching wins at Johns Hopkins, men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala acknowledged in the post-game press conference after Sunday’s 14-8 Blue Jay victory against Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament that the start of the game wasn’t surprising. A two-goal spurt by the Cavaliers to open the game – a surge that saw the Cavaliers fire off shot after shot against the Blue Jays – was followed by a Pietramala-called timeout.
When asked what he said in the timeout, he responded with a simple response; “Relax.”
It was less than a minute later when senior Brandon Benn intercepted a Matt Barrett outlet pass at midfield and fired one home from 35 yards. After the hot start by the Cavaliers, it was just what the Blue Jays needed, and they capitalized on the deep breath they were able to take after Benn’s goal – and proceeded to score seven more before Virginia would score again.
By then, Hopkins had scored on half of the 16 shots it had fired on Barrett, including three by Benn and two by juniorWells Stanwick, to open an 8-2 lead midway through the second quarter.
For all the talk about the quick-strike Virginia offense, it was Hopkins that scored in bunches to craft what eventually became a 9-5 halftime lead.
The early two-goal deficit was a distant memory after Benn’s goal was followed by a nice finish inside by Ryan Brown, a nifty finish by senior Kevin Interlicchio and the first of Stanwick’s career-high-tying five goals before the end of the first quarter.
The 4-2 Blue Jay lead swelled to 8-2 in less than seven minutes of the second quarter. Two more strikes by Benn, the second career goal by senior Jack Reilly and another by Stanwick accounted for the final four goals in the 8-0 run, which gave Johns Hopkins the stunning six-goal lead.
Virginia, a team known for making runs of its own, had the six-goal lead trimmed to four in a span of seven seconds as a Ryan Tucker laser at the 6:59 mark of the second quarter was followed by a Joe Lisicky goal off the ensuing faceoff to make it 8-4.
A Connor Reed goal off an ally dodge was matched by a Pat Harbeson strike in the final 4:28 of the first half to account for the 9-5 Blue Jay lead at the half.
As they did in the first half, the Cavaliers came out firing in the third quarter and it was 9:31 into the period when what was once a six-goal lead was down to one. An Owen Van Arsdale goal from the wing less than five minutes into the half was followed by Zed Williams and Tyler German tallies midway though the period to make it a 9-8 game with more than 20 minutes remaining in the game.
The next goal, either a Virginia tally to knot the game or a Blue Jay strike to stem the tide, would be crucial. As it turned out, the more than 2,000 fans in attendance and the live national television audience on ESPN2, didn’t have to wait long, just 11 seconds, to see who would get that crucial goal.
Senior Rob Guida scooped up the ground ball off the faceoff following German’s goal and sprinted into the offensive end, where he found Stanwick all alone 12 yards out to Barrett’s right. Stanwick didn’t hesitate when he took Guida’s feed and blew one home. The most important goal of the game belonged to Johns Hopkins.
Stanwick’s goal ignited what eventually became a 5-0 game-ending run for Johns Hopkins. Benn completed his four-goal day when he got just enough separation in the high slot and polished off a long possession at the 10:52 mark. When Holden Cattoni ripped a shot past Barrett from the wing at the 7:05 mark, the Cavaliers were down 12-8 and were forced to chase. Stanwick made them pay – twice – down the stretch with his fourth and fifth goals to seal Hopkins’ largest margin of victory at Virginia since 1984 (16-9).
Stanwick matched his career-high and the Johns Hopkins record for most goals in a first round game with his five, while he, Benn and Brown – Johns Hopkins’ starting attack – combined for 10 goals and one assist. Conversely, the Blue Jay defense held Virginia’s starting attack unit to three goals and three assists and its first midfield to just one goal on 18 shots. Half of the six points accumulated by UVA’s starting attack came before the game was five minutes old.
The Johns Hopkins defense was paced by Schneider’s 12 saves, five of which came in the first quarter and four in the fourth. He backboned a unit that held the Cavaliers scoreless for more than 18 minutes at one point in the first half and more than 20 minutes to close the game.
Helping the Blue Jays go on those extended runs was senior Drew Kennedy, who went 14-of-26 on faceoffs and grabbed 10 ground balls for Johns Hopkins.
Cockerton (2g, 1a) and Van Arsdale (1g, 2a) were the only multi-point producers for Virginia, which got 10 saves from Barrett and a 12-for-25 effort on faceoffs from Mick Parks.
The win was the 158th for Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. That matches Scott’s record, which was accumulated from 1955-74 and had stood unchallenged for 40 years.
Johns Hopkins will take on defending national champion Duke in the quarterfinals next Sunday at Delaware. The Blue Devils topped Air Force, 20-9, this afternoon.
Notes: Stanwick tied the JHU record for most goals in a first round NCAA game … Benn (Stony Brook-2012) and Chris Boland (Brown-2009) also scored five goals in a first-round game • Benn’s four goals give him 108 in his career, which moves him into ninth place on JHU’s career goal-scoring list • Stanwick’s assist was his 41st of the year, which ties him with Jack Thomas (1972) for the fifth-highest single-season total in school history • Stanwick’s 63 points this season are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Dan Denihan had 65 in 2000 • Today’s game was the 100th NCAA Tournament game in Johns Hopkins history … the Blue Jays improved to 68-32 all-time in NCAA play • The Johns Hopkins defense has npw held the opposition scoreless for 15 minutes or longer 15 different times this season.
#8 Johns Hopkins (11-4) 4-5-1-4/14
#7 Virginia (10-6) 2-3-3-0/8
Goals: J: Stanwick-5, Benn-4, Reed, Interlicchio, Brown, Cattoni, Reilly. V: Cockerton, Van Arsdale, Tucker, Williams, German, Lisicky, Harbeson. Assists: J: Guida-3, Crawley, Interlicchio, Kelly, Reed, Stanwick. V: Van Arsdale-2, Cockerton. Saves: J: Schneider-12. V: Barrett-10. Shots: J-40, V-49. EMO: J: 0-for-2. V: 0-for-1.Attendance: 2,054.
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Posted on 10 May 2014 by WNST Staff
The Game: Unseeded Johns Hopkins (10-4) earned its NCAA-record 42nd bid to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament and will travel to Charlottesville to take on eighth-seeded Virginia (10-5) in the first round. Game time on Sunday, May 11 is set for 1 pm on ESPN2.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins had its five-game winning streak snapped with a 13-10 loss at top-ranked Loyola last Saturday.
Virginia did not play last weekend. The Cavaliers haven’t played since April 26, when they topped North Carolina, 13-11, in the ACC Showcase game.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Virginia are meeting for the 88th time time in a series that dates to 9-0 Johns Hopkins victory in 1904. Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series 57-29-1 and the Blue Jays have won 8-of-14 all-time NCAA Tournament games between the two teams. A complete series history can be found on page 14.
A Common Site: This week’s game will be the 15th NCAA Tournament game between Johns Hopkins and Virginia. Johns Hopkins and Virginia have met more times in the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament than any other two teams.
Below is a list of the most commonly played NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Games (including 2014).
1. Johns Hopkins/Virginia – 15
2. Johns Hopkins/Maryland – 13
3. Johns Hopkins/Syracuse – 12
4T. Johns Hopkins/North Carolina – 10
4T. Princeton/Syracuse – 10
Doesn’t Get Much Closer: Johns Hopkins and Virginia have played 14 times in the NCAA Tournament .. both have a pair of one-goal wins in those 14 games and the aggregate score in those 14 meetings is JHU-152, Virginia-149.
Hitting 100: This week’s game against Virginia will be the 100th NCAA Tournament game in Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse history.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Virginia with an all-time record of 943-307-15 (.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 eighth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and seventh in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Virginia is ranked exactly the opposite as the Cavaliers check in at number seven in the coaches poll and number eight in the media poll.
Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 157th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 13-7 victory against Villanova and he continues to close in on the record for most career coaching victories at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games than Pietramala at Johns Hopkins. Pietramala is 157-54 as the head coach at JHU.
Career Win Number 180: In addition to his 157-54 (.744) mark as the head coach at JHU, Dave Pietramala also posted a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 180-71 (.717). Pietramala’s 180 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.
Career Game Number 250: The recent game against Villanova was the 250th for Dave Pietramala as a head coach at the collegiate level.
New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Holden Cattoni(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.
New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.
Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine – Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova – have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.
For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.
An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Virginia averaging 12.00 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but two games this season. Entering the game against the Cavaliers, JHU ranks 11th in the nation in scoring offense, 10th in assists per game (7.36) and 11th in points per game (19.36).
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 14 games, 103 of JHU’s 168 goals have been assisted, or 61.3%. 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.
Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on both of its extra-man opportunities against Loyola and is now 27-of-50 (.540) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Virginia game. Brandon Benn (7 EMO goals), Ryan Brown (7), Holden Cattoni (6) and Wells Stanwick (5) have combined to score 25 of JHU’s 27 EMO goals this season.
The 27 extra-man goals for the Blue Jays this season match last season’s total (also in 14 games), although the 27 this season have come in 16 fewer chances. The last time Johns Hopkins scored more than 27 extra-man goals was in 2004, when JHU scored 32 in 15 games. The highest extra-man percentage for Johns Hopkins under head coach Dave Pietramala was .471 in 2003 (40-of-85).
Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shine: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks 13th in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering this week’s game against Virginia. On the year, the Blue Jays have won 194-of-334 (.581) as a team.
For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 167-of-277 (.603) through 14 games and also has a team-high 120 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage (11th) and ground balls per game (9th / 8.57). Kennedy’s 167 faceoff wins and 277 attempts this season are the seventh-highest single-season totals in school history, while his 120 ground balls ranks 11th and are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Eric Wedin had 131 in 2000.
Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 14 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 20 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 13 of 15 minutes or longer. JHU held Maryland scoreless for stretches of 20:11 to open the game and 18:52 immediately after the Terps scored their first goal and then held Mount St. Mary’s off the board for 44:56 to open the game.
More Holding: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 14 opponents under its season scoring 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 10 of its 14 opponents to nine goals or less.
Schneider Anchoring Defense: Despite the loss at Loyola, senior goalie Eric Schneider has gotten hot as the weather has gotten better. In the last six games, Schneider has played 345 of the team’s 360 minutes and boasts a 6.96 GAA and a .615 save percentage over that time. With his recent performances, which include a 17-save performance at Navy, Schneider now has an 8.16 GAA and .565 save percentage on the year. He ranks sixth in the nation in GAA and ninth in save percentage.
Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown is being counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio has been up to the task thus far. They have combined for at least three goals and seven points in all 14 games this season, with 11 goals against UMBC and nine goals against both Towson and Princeton. The trio has a pair of 16-point games to its credit (Towosn, UMBC) and a 14-point effort as well (Princeton). The three started the first 10 games together before Brown sat out the game at Mount St. Mary’s.
Welcome to the Club: Senior Brandon Benn became the 17th player in school history to reach the 100-goal mark with his four-goal effort at Navy. Benn is now tied for 10th with Dan Denihan (1996-97, 1999-2000) on JHU’s career goal-scoring list with 104.
Another Welcome: Brandon Benn’s four goals against Navy pushed his total for the season past 30 goals (he now has 35). This marks the third consecutive season he has scored 30+ goals, making him the first Johns Hopkins player since Terry Riordan (1992-95) to score 30 or more goals in three straight seasons. Riordan scored more than 30 goals in each of his four seasons (only player in school history to do that).
50-50: Junior Wells Stanwick (57 points) and sophomore Ryan Brown (51) are the first Johns Hopkins teammates to top 50 points in the same season since Kyle Barrie(57) and Bobby Benson (53) turned the trick in 2003.
35-35: Sophomore Ryan Brown (38 goals) and senior Brandon Benn (35) are the first Johns Hopkins teammates to top 35 goals in the same season since Bobby Benson(41) and Kyle Barrie (37) in 2003.
In Overtime: With the 11-10 loss at Virginia earlier this season, 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 eighth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.
More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 422 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 420 of those 422 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 393 of the 422 and the top five in 302 of those 422. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.
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