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Hopkins, Maryland tangle Saturday for 110th time

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: 15th-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-4) makes the 45-minute drive south to take on top-ranked Maryland (8-1).

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins dropped its second straight one-goal game as the Blue Jays fell to Albany, 10-9 last Friday night. Maryland improved to 8-1 on the year with an 11-8 win at Navy on the same night.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 110th meeting between Johns Hopkins and Maryland in a series that dates to a 10-0 JHU win in 1895. The Blue Jays lead the series 68-40-1, although the Terps have won two straight and three of the last four.

More Series History: Since 2003 the visiting team has won six of the eight Johns Hopkins-Maryland games that have been played at Homewood Field or Byrd Stadium.

Still More Series History: Johns Hopkins has won its last four games at Byrd Stadium.

A Final Series History: Five of the last seven Johns Hopkins-Marland games at Byrd Stadium have been decided by one goal.

All-Time vs. Number One: Johns Hopkins is 7-4 under head coach Dave Pietrmala against teams ranked number one in the nation at the time of a game.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Maryland with an all-time record of 930-302-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Program Ties: Currently Maryland assistant coach/defensive coordinator Kevin Conryis a 2004 Johns Hopkins graduate and was a member of current head coach Dave Pietramala’s first four teams at JHU. He is in his first season as a member of John Tillman’s staff at Maryland.

That’s 101 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 167th career win when JHU knocked off Virginia on March 23 and he now stands at 167-66 overall. Included in that mark is a 144-49 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who are 50-11 (.820) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 28-5 at home, 20-4 on the road and 2-2 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala’s guidance.

Must be the Speech: There must be something to what Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala says in the locker room that sparks the Blue Jays as Johns Hopkins holds decided scoring advantages in the first and third quarters through 10 games. JHU has outscored the opposition 38-20 in the first quarter and 32-22 in the third.
The Blue Jays also hold a 25-18 scoring margin in the second quarter – the bulge slides to a 31-28 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts eight players with six or more goals and eight players with 10 or more points through 10 games. In all, 18 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 21 players have at least one point.

The Key to Victory – Part I: Johns Hopkins is 6-1 on the year when scoring in double figures. The Blue Jays are 0-3 when scoring fewer than 10 goals.

The Key to Victory – Part II: Johns Hopkins improved to 6-0 on the year when holding the opposition to less than 10 goals with the win vs. Virginia. On the flip side, JHU is 0-4 when allowing 10 goals or more.

EMO Clicking: Despite a tough 0-for-5 outing against Albany, the Johns Hopkins extra man unit has been on a roll of late as the group is 14-of-29 (.483) in the last six games and is now 22-of-46 (.478) on the year. Johns Hopkins currently ranks sixth in the nation in man-up offense.
Seven different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshman Ryan Brown(8), sophomore Wells Stanwick (4) and junior Brandon Benn (4) leading the way. Brown’s eight extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski had 12 and Conor Ford had eight.

Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick ran his consecutive multi-point game streak to nine (all nine he has played this season) with a four-goal, one-assist effort last week against Albany. He had totaled four or more points in four straight games prior to the game at UNC, when he was held to two assists, but now has accumulated 30 points in his last six games after the showing against Albany.
Stanwick boosted his totals to 22 goals and 16 assists on the year with his effort against Albany and he has already surpassed his goal (9), assist (13) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks 10th in the nation in points per game (4.22). Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s as he totaled five goals and four assists for nine points. Previously he had never had more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game.
He followed that with a two-goal, four-assist effort in the win over UMBC and then added the three-goal, one-assist performance at SU.
Stanwick is the first Johns Hopkins player to post nine points in a game since Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy in 2003. He is also the first JHU player with back-to-back six-point games since Dan Denihan did it against Villanova (8), Ohio State (6) and Maryland (7) during the 2000 season.

Poppleton Rolls On: In a matchup of two of the top faceoff specialists in the nation, senior Mike Poppleton won 13-of-24 faceoffs and grabbed nine ground balls against North Carolina and followed that with a 14-of-23 showing with eight GBs against Albany. These efforts came on the heels of a 14-of-23 performance at Syracuse and a 4-of-6 effort against Virginia in the two games prior to the game at UNC.
Poppleton, who ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 127-of-188 (.676) on the year and leads the team with 72 ground balls. He also improved to 317-of-498 (.637) in his career with his showing last week against Albany and now ranks eighth in school history in career faceoffs won and 10th in faceoffs attempted.

Palmer Bounces Back: After being held scoreless in back-to-back games against Syracuse and Virginia, senior attackman Zach Palmer broke through against North Carolina with three goals and one assist. All four of his points came in the second half as JHU erased a 5-3 halftime deficit and eventually led 10-9 before falling in overtime.
He added one goal against Albany to push his season totals to 12 goals and 12 assists and his career totals to 71 goals and 68 assists for 139 points. He enters this week’s game against Maryland needing just two assists to become the 11th player in school history to amass 70 goals and 70 assists.

Benn Leads Team in Goals: Junior Brandon Benn continues to pace the team in goals (22) and ranks third in points (23) after scoring once against Albany last week. He has scored 52 of his 57 career goals since the start of the 2012 season.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays in his first year at Homewood. Brown has 13 goals and four assists through 10 games and leads the team with eight extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in eight of 10 games this season and his eight extra-man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski (12) andConor Ford (8) led a potent JHU extra man unit.
Brown fired home the first hat trick of his career and added an assist for a career-high four points in the15-8 win over Virginia and added two goals at North Carolina. He now has six multi-point and four multi-goal games to his credit this season.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already far surpassed that total as he has scored 12 goals through 10 games. Sanders is tied for fourth on the team in goals (12) and ranks eighth in points (12).

Cattoni Emerging: Freshman Holden Cattoni played in two of the Blue Jays’ first three games, but didn’t register a point in those two outings.
That changed quickly as the hard-shooting lefty punched up back-to-back two-point games against Princeton and Mount St. Mary’s. He fired home a pair of goals against the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount. He scored an extra man goal against Syracuse, added one goal and one assist vs. Virginia and one goal last week against Albany and now has six goals and two assists for eight points on the year.

Bassett Among National Win Leaders: Senior Pierce Bassett enters this week’s game at Maryland with an 8.72 goals against average and a .574 save percentage after posting 15 saves in last week’s loss against Albany. He currently ranks 13th in the nation in save percentage and 19th in goals against average.
Bassett enjoyed his finest game of the season against Virginia as he posted 16 saves and allowed just seven goals in 59:02. The 16 saves are tied for the second-highest total of his career and his 15-save performance against Albany boosted his career total to 456 saves, good for eighth place on JHU’s career saves list.
Bassett also enters this week’s game Maryland tied for third among active Division I goalies in career wins after picking up number 33 against UVA.

Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago.
Durkin enjoyed one of his best games of the season last week against Albany as he held Lyle Thompson, the nation’s leading scorer at better than seven points per game, scoreless. Durkin currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (22) and leads the team with 13 caused turnovers. Durkin is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 17th nationally in scoring defense (8.9).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increase scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches.
The Blue Jays held Virginia scoreless for a stretch of 31:25 midway through the game and Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes – all three had two droughts that lasted at least 13 minutes. Princeton was more productive in its win against JHU, but did have one scoring drought that covered more than 11 minutes, while Mount St. Mary’s went more than 18 minutes without a goal at one point and UMBC was held off the board for 24:04 to open the game and 13:01 later in the game.

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including the recent win against UMBC, JHU is 59-7 (.894) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.
Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against teams from the state of Maryland under Pietramala.

Loyola • 12-0
Maryland • 8-5
Mount St. Mary’s • 5-0
Navy • 11-2
Towson • 14-0
UMBC • 9-0

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 15th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as well. 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.

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer enters this week’s game against Maryland with 68 career assists. He currently ranks 13th among all active Division I players in career assists.

I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker DurkinPierce Bassett and John Ranagan and junior Rob Guida. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors on defense, while Ranagan and Guida grabbed second team honors at midfield. Bassett earned honorable mention honors in goal and he, Durkin and Ranagan are two-time All-America selections for the Blue Jays.

Odd, But True: Years ending in “3” have been kind, and unkind, to the Blue Jays. Since the formation of the NCAA Tournament in 1971, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA Championship game three times (1973, 1983, 2003) and the NCAA Semifinals once (1993) in the years ending in three. JHU fell in each of those three title games with the three loses coming by a total of four goals. In each of those instances the Blue Jays subsequently won a national championship within two years.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part I: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala will serve as an assistant coach for the United States at at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver Colorado. Pietramala will serve under Richie Meade, the head coach at Navy from 1995-2011.

Representing the Stars and Stripes – Part II: Johns Hopkins sophomore defender Rob Enright was a member of the United States Team that won the 2012 FIL U-19 World Championship in Turku, Finland. Enright is the 17th Johns Hopkins player to represent the United States at the U-19 Championships since the formation of the event in 1988.

Working Overtime: The loss at North Carolina snapped a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays in games that have gone to overtime. With the loss the Blue Jays are now 19-10 all-time in overtime under head coachDave Pietramala.

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Hopkins drops heartbreaker in OT at Carolina

Posted on 31 March 2013 by WNST Staff

CHAPEL HILL, NC – R.G. Keenan scored his only goal of the game six seconds into overtime to lift the sixth-ranked North Caorlina men’s lacrosse team to a dramatic 11-10 win over eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins at, appropriately, Kenan Stadium, Saturday afternoon. Keenan’s goal gave the Tar Heels the win in a game they never trailed until the last five minutes of regulation, but tied late to force extra time.

The Blue Jays took their only lead of the game with 4:36 remaining in regulation when senior John Greeley capped a long possession by getting to the middle of the field and beating North Carolina goalie Kieran Burke from 10 yards out to make it 10-9.

The Tar Heels, playing from behind for the first time in the game, got the equalizer with 90 seconds left on the clock when Chad Tutton drove from the top of the box and found Davey Emala on the doorstep. Emala turned and shoveled a shot past Pierce Bassett to force the fourth tie of the game.

Johns Hopkins won the ensuing faceoff and had possession for the final 1:23 out of a timeout, but the Tar Heel defense kept the Blue Jays away and never allowed a clean look at the goal to force overtime. There, Keenan took over to lift the ‘Heels to their fourth consecutive victory.

The frantic ending seemed almost appropriate in a game that Carolina led by three goals once and two goals four different times, only to have the Blue Jays fight back each time.

After Emala and Ryan Brown traded goals in the first four minutes of the game, the Tar Heels grabbed the momentum with a three-goal run late in the first quarter to grab a 4-1 lead.

Sophomore Joey Sankey used a pick along the goal line to get topside on his defender and rifled home an eight-yard shot to make it 2-1 and Marcus Holman and Emala scored goals just 30 seconds apart to make it 4-1.

After the Tar Heel defense forced a turnover, Holman scored in transition and Emala went backdoor on his defender and took a perfect feed from Tutton just off the crease and scored to give UNC the three-goal lead.


The Blue Jays sliced the deficit to 4-2 late in the first quarter as junior Brandon Benn blew home a 10-yarder while the Blue Jays had the man advantage and Lee Coppersmith broke a long scoring drought for both teams when he dodged down the ally and ripped a 12-yard shot to make it 4-3.

The Blue Jays nearly tied the game late in the second quarter, but Burke made two of his 10 first-half saves on the doorstep in a span of three seconds and UNC took off in transition, where Holman again made them pay with a 12-yard blast that accounted for a 5-3 score at the half.

A back-and-forth third quarter saw the Blue Jays pull to within one twice in the first six minutes, only to have the Tar Heels answer each time with Tutton giving UNC the third of its four two-goal leads with an unassisted strike with 8:45 remaining that made it 7-5.

Hopkins finally drew even at 7-7 on John Ranagan and Zach Palmer goals just 51 seconds apart midway through the quarter, but a Ryan Creighton goal late in the period and the only goal of the game by sophomore Jimmy Bitter gave the Tar Heels a 9-7 lead early in the fourth.

As it had all day, Johns Hopkins rallied. Brown’s second goal of the game – from in-tight on a nice feed to the crease by Palmer –made it 9-8 with 12:34 remaining and Palmer went upstairs with a left-handed laser to draw the Blue Jays even with just under eight minutes on the clock.

That score held for more than three minutes before Greeley gave JHU its only lead of the game in the final five minutes, a lead Emala wiped away late, setting the stage for Keenan’s overtime heroics.

Palmer led the Blue Jays with three goals and one assist, while Coppersmith (2g, 1a), Brown (2g), Greeley (1g, 1a) and Wells Stanwick (2a) also registered multi-point games for JHU. Johns Hopkins held advantages in shots (48-37) and faceoffs (13-11) and got eight saves from Bassett in goal.

Emala matched Palmer’s three-goal effort and Holman (2g, 2a) and Sankey (2g) both added multi-goal games for the Tar Heels, who also got 12 saves in goal from Burke. Keenan won 11-of-24 faceoffs, grabbed five ground balls and end it with his second goal of the season.

#8 Johns Hopkins (6-3) 2-1-4-3-0/10
#6 North Carolina (7-3) 4-1-3-2-1/11

GoalsJ: Palmer-3, Coppersmith-2, Brown-2, Greeley, Benn, Ranagan. N:Emala-3, Holman-2, Sankey-2, Tutton, Bitter, Keenan, Creighton. AssistsJ: Stanwick-2, Coppersmith, Greeley, Palmer. N: Holman-2, Kilpatrick-2, Tutton-2. SavesJ: Bassett-8. N: Burke-12. Shots: J-48. N-37. EMOJ: 1-for-3. N: 0-for-3. Attendance: 5,922.


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Princeton hands Hopkins first loss of season

Posted on 01 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The 12th-ranked Princeton men’s lacrosse team outscored host and third-ranked Johns Hopkins 5-1 over the final 21 minutes of the game as the Tigers slipped past the Blue Jays, 11-8, at Homewood Field Friday evening. The win, Princeton’s third straight at Homewood Field, improves the Tigers’ record to 2-0, while the Blue Jays slip to 3-1 with the loss.

Johns Hopkins hadn’t scored in more than 12 minutes and trailed 6-4 early in the third quarter after senior Jeff Froccaro scored off a nifty two-man game behind the goal with his brother, Jake Froccaro. That two-goal lead for the Tigers was gone less than four minutes later as Johns Hopkins grabbed the lead and all the momentum with three goals in a span of exactly three minutes.

Freshman Holden Cattoni, who had taken exactly one shot entering the game, needed just 63 seconds to score the first two goals of his career to knot the game. He fired home the first of his two strikes after a nifty cut to the goal, where sophomore Wells Stanwick fed him to make it 6-5 and then fired home his second off a feed from seniorLee Coppersmith. When senior Zach Palmer added an extra-man goal with 9:23 remaining in the third quarter, the Blue Jays had a 7-6 lead.

That lead held for just over three minutes before Jeff Froccaro swept across the top of the box and blew a high 12-yarder past Blue Jay goalie Pierce Bassett and the Tigers took the lead for good with 3:31 remaining in the third quarter when Mike MacDonald was on the tail end of some nifty passing and beat Bassett in tight with an extra-man goal.

The Blue Jays had several chances to pull even, but the Tigers held them off and eventually grabbed some breathing room early in the fourth quarter when junior Tom Schreiber ripped a 15-yard laser just inside the post to make it 9-7 and MacDonald dodged from behind the goal to add his second of the game midway through the period to give Princeton its first three-goal lead of the night.Brandon Benn’s fourth goal of the game less than 40 seconds after MacDonald’s goal drew the Blue Jays within two at 10-8, but Princeton senior captain Chris White scored a transition goal two minutes later after one of JHU’s six fourth-quarter turnovers to close the scoring.

The late-game surge for the Tigers came after the teams traded the first six goals of the game and alternated three-goal runs, including the one for the Blue Jays that was capped by Palmer’s extra-man tally that made it 7-6 in the third.

Jeff Froccaro, Schreiber and Jake Froccaro all scored in the opening period for the Tigers, but those goals were matched by two of Benn’s four goals and a strike by Stanwick.

The Blue Jays took their first lead of the game less than five minutes into the second quarter when Benn fired home his third goal of the game off a skip pass from Coppersmith, but that would be the last goal the Blue Jays would score in the first half.

Over the final 9:18 of the second quarter and the first two minutes of the third the Froccaro brothers sandwiched tallies around the second of Schreiber’s three goals to give Princeton the 6-4 lead, which Cattoni erased with his back-to-back strikes. Palmer’s behind-the-back extra-man goal came just under two minutes after Cattoni’s second goal, but Princeton would take the lead for good before the end of the third and the Blue Jays would get no closer than two in the final period.

Jeff Froccaro and Schreiber both recorded hat tricks, while Jake Froccaro scored twice and added two assists to pace the Tigers. Freshman Matt O’Connor posted 10 saves in goal for the Tigers, including four in the first quarter, when the Blue Jays outshot the Tigers, 17-5.

The Tigers were 1-of-2 with the extra-man, but scored three goals in situations where they were playing with the 30-second stall warning in effect. The last two of those three goals pushed two-goal Tiger leads to three.

Benn notched his fourth hat trick of the season with his four goals and Cattoni scored twice to account for JHU’s multi-goal scorers. Coppersmith entered the game with 30 career goals and no assists in 42 games played before notching three assists against the Tigers.

The loss overshadowed another strong performance on faceoffs by Johns Hopkins senior Mike Poppleton, who won 15-of-22 against four different Princeton players. Poppleton also grabbed a game-high eight ground balls.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Tuesday, March 5 as Mount St. Mary’s comes to Homewood Field. Princeton will return to action that night as well as the Tigers host Villanova.

#12 Princeton (2-0) 3-2-3-3/11
#3 Johns Hopkins (3-1) 3-1-3-1/8

GoalsP: Jeff Froccaro-3, Schreiber-3, Jake Froccaro-2, MacDonald-2, White. J: Benn-4, Cattoni-2, Palmer, Stanwick. AssistsP: Jake Froccaro-2, Ambler, Jeff Froccaro, Orban. J: Coppersmith-3, Palmer-2, Ranagan, Stanwick. SavesP: O’Connor-10, Kavanagh-0. J: Bassett-7. Shots: P-33. J-37. EMOP: 1-for-2. J: 1-for-4.Attendance: 2,352.

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Hopkins sees five selected in MLL Draft

Posted on 12 January 2013 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team had five players selected in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Draft, which was held on Friday, January 11 at the Philadelphia Marriott. The draft, which was a featured attraction at the 2013 US Lacrosse National Convention, consisted of eight rounds with a total of 64 collegiate players being selected.

“We are excited for the five players we had selected in the MLL Draft,” Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala noted. “Each of these five has played a significant role for our team since arriving at Johns Hopkins. The teams they are heading to after our season aren’t just getting great players, they are getting great young men who will represent those organizations in a first-class manner on and off the field.”

Headlining the five selections for Johns Hopkins was senior defenseman Tucker Durkin, who was taken third overall by the Charlotte Hounds. Durkin was a First Team USILA All-American and the Schmeisser Award winner as the nation’s top defensive player as a junior. The number three spot is the highest a Johns Hopkins player has been selected in the MLL Draft since Michael Kimmel was taken second in the 2010 draft by the Chesapeake Bayhawks. He is the seventh Johns Hopkins player to be selected in the top four and the first Blue Jay defenseman to go in the top four. Durkin had previously earned Third Team All-America honors as a sophomore.

Midfielder John Ranagan was the next Blue Jay selected as he went with the first pick in the third round (#17 overall) to the Rochester Rattlers. Ranagan carries career totals of 43 goals and 26 assists into his final season. He earned First Team USILA All-America honors as a sophomore and second team honors as a junior and his ability to get up and down the field should translate well in the professional game.

Another Blue Jay midfielder, Lee Coppersmith, also went in the third round as the Boston Cannons grabbed him with the 22nd overall selection. Coppersmith has been a mainstay on the Blue Jay midfield since arriving at Johns Hopkins and has scored 26 goals in his career. One of the fastest and most athletic midfielders in recent Johns Hopkins history, Coppersmith will join a Boston team that is led by former Johns Hopkins standout Paul Rabil, who is generally considered one of the top players in the world.

Mike Poppleton become the fourth Blue Jay to hear his name called when he was selected by the Hamilton Nationals with the second pick in round five (34th overall). Poppleton is coming off one of the finest seasons in school history by a faceoff specialist as he won 167-of-271 (.616) faceoffs and grabbed a team-high 78 ground balls. He will join former Johns Hopkins teammate and fellow faceoff man Matt Dolente on the Nationals’ roster. Dolente graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2011 and spent two years working with Poppleton.

Senior attackman Zach Palmer rounded out JHU’s five selections in the draft as he was taken by Rochester with the fourth pick in the eighth round (60th overall). Palmer totaled 27 goals and 26 assists last season and will enter his final season with career totals of 59 goals and 56 assists. He is bidding to become just the seventh player in Johns Hopkins history with more than 80 career goals and 80 career assists. The last JHU player to post 80-80 was Dan Denihan, who concluded his career at JHU in 2000.

The five selections boost Johns Hopkins’ all-time total to 34 MLL Draft picks since the league was formed in 2001. JHU’s 34 all-time picks rank third in league history.


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