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Hopkins opens season against future Big Ten rival Ohio State Sunday

Posted on 08 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins opens the 2014 men’s lacrosse season by welcoming Ohio State to Homewood Field. Faceoff is set for 11:30 am with a live national television audience on ESPNU.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins posted a 9-5 record and finished the 2013 season ranked 14th by the USILA (final regular season poll) and 17th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Ohio State enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history as the Buckeyes finished 13-4, won the ECAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Series History: This week’s game between Johns Hopkins and Ohio State will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams. The previous four games took place between 1999-2002 with Blue Jays winning all four. The first three of those four wins came at Homewood Field and the last came in Columbus. In the 12-9 win at Ohio State on April 6, 2002, current Blue Jay offensive coordinator Bobby Benson totaled five goals and two assists to lead the way for the Blue Jays.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters the 2014 season with an all-time record of 933-303-15 (.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 opens the 2014 season ranked 11th in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll and 13th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Ohio State enters the season ranked 14th in the coaches poll and ninth in the media poll.

For Openers: Johns Hopkins is 11-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season-openers with six of the 13 games being decided by three goals or less.

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 19 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 16-3 in those 19 games. The Blue Jays have currently won 12 straight games played in the month of February.

First Big Ten Game: Well, kind of. This week’s game against Ohio State will be the first 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. The Blue Jays will also take on Michigan and Maryland, both future Big Ten opponents, later this season.

New Blue: Johns Hopkins enters 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/John Kelly/Nick Fields (two of the three with start on 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.

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.

Class Rank: Despite a heavy turnover to the roster, the Blue Jays do return key contributors to an offense that averaged 11.5 goals per game last season. Each returning class contributed at least 23 goals and 31 points last year. Below is a breakdown of JHU’s scoring by returning class:

Class (Gls. • Assts. • Points)
Seniors (56 • 8 • 64)
Juniors (30 • 26 • 56)
Sophomores (23 • 8 • 31)

What it Means in 2014: With the above breakdown of goals, assists and points in mind, 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.

For Starters: The entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counts 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) account 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player has 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.

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ tentative 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. The trio combined for 75 goals and 28 assists last season, with Stanwick leading the team in points (47) and assists (23) and Benn pacing the team in goals (34). The trio also combined for 20 of Johns Hopkins’ 27 extra-man goals on the year.

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Hopkins lacrosse to be well represented at Champion Challenge

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Seven former Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse players, as well as head coach Dave Pietramala, head athletic trainer Brad Mountcastle and strength and conditioning coach Jay Dyer, will be at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida this weekend for the ninth annual Champion Challenge. The seven former players are all bidding for one of the 23 roster spots available on Team USA, which will compete in the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.

 

Pietramala is serving as an assistant coach for Team USA, while Mountcastle and Dyer were selected as the head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach, respectively. Pietramala was a member of Team USA in 1990 and 1994 and helped the red, white & blue to the world championship in both of those years. This is the first time he has been a member of the team’s coaching staff.

 

The 51 players still competing for a roster spot were recently divided into two teams (Blue & White), which will play on Sunday (January 26) at 1:30 pm at the Wide World of Sports Complex. The game can be seen live on Watch ESPN and will be rebroadcast on ESPNU at 10 pm that evening.

 

Former Johns Hopkins players who are among the 51 remaining candidates for a spot on Team USA include:

 

Tucker Durkin – USA Blue
Michael Evans – USA White
Kyle Harrison – USA Blue
Stephen Peyser – USA White
Mike Poppleton – USA Blue
Paul Rabil – USA White
Jesse Schwartzman – USA Blue

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Hopkins opens 2014 lacrosse season with first practice Monday

Posted on 13 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala and assistants Bill Dwan, Bobby Benson andDave Allan welcomed the Blue Jays to the practice field for the first time in preparation for the 2014 season today. The Blue Jays went through their first workout under perfect conditions at Homewood Field.

Pietramala and his staff directed an energetic session that lasted just under two-and-a-half hours and included stick work, half-field offensive and defensive drills, conditioning under the direction of strength coach Jay Dyer and fast-paced six-on-six half-field drills at both ends of Homewood Field.

The first practice of the season included 20 different activities ranging in time from two to 30 minutes in length with a majority of the sessions lasting between five and eight minutes. With just 10 days remaining until the team’s first scrimmage at Georgetown and 27 days until the season-opener against Ohio State, an emphasis on pace and instruction was evident from the minute the Blue Jays hit the field.

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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/Michigan lacrosse game moved to Homewood Field

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced a change in the Blue Jays’ 2014 schedule today.  The Johns Hopkins-Michigan game, originally scheduled for February 22, 2014 at Michigan, will now be played at Homewood Field (noon).  Television plans for the game have not been announced at this point.

The game cannot be played at Michigan Stadium as originally agreed upon and a decision to move the game to Homewood Field was made by Pietramala and Michigan head coach John Paul.

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Hopkins opens fall lacrosse practice

Posted on 09 September 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD — The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team opened fall practice this morning as head coach Dave Pietramala and assistant coaches Bill Dwan, Bobby Benson and Dave Allan begin preparation for the 2014 season.

Despite losing an experienced 11-man senior class, the Blue Jays welcome back eight players who started three or more games last season, including two on attack (Wells Stanwick, Brandon Benn), four at midfield (Rob Guida, Ryan Brown, Rex Sanders, Holden Cattoni) and two on defense (Jack Reilly, Rob Enright).

The Blue Jays will also return their entire rope unit in SSDMs Phil Castronova and James Malm and LSM Mike Pellegrino.

Stanwick, an Honorable Mention All-American last season, returns after leading the team in points (47) and assists (23), while Benn paced the team in goals for the second consecutive season (34).

Brown is the leading returning scorer at midfield as he scored 17 goals and added four assists as a freshman last season and paced the team with nine extra-man goals. Sanders (13g), Cattoni (6g, 3a) and Guida (3g, 4a) combined for 22 goals and seven assists a year ago despite Guida missing eight games with an injury.

Reilly is the senior member of Pietramala’s defense as he started all 13 games there last season and has played in 45 games with 30 starts in his career. Enright and junior John Kelly combined to play in 25 games with four starts last season and figure to take on increased roles with the departure of four-year regulars Tucker Durkin and Chris Lightner.

Junior Eric Schneider is the most experienced returning goalie on the roster as he played in eight games with one start and posted a 9.59 goals against average a .500 save percentage a year ago. Pietramala and his staff enter the season without a returning starter in goal for the first time since 2008 as Pierce Bassett, who graduated in May, held since the middle of his freshman year.

A key focus for the Blue Jays this fall will be faceoffs as Second Team All-American Mike Poppleton graduated after winning 161-of-235 (.685) attempts last season.

Junior Drew Kennedy has been the team’s number two faceoff specialist during his first two seasons and won 66-of-123 (.537) while backing up Poppleton. There will be no shortage of competition at the X as sophomores Craig Madaraszand Ryan Matthews and figure to push for increased roles.

Welcome to Homewood
When practice started today, Pietramala and his staff got their first chance to work with an incoming freshman class that is ranked sixth by Inside Lacrosse.

In addition to the class ranking sixth, 10 members of the group are ranked in Inside Lacrosse’s Power 100 freshman rankings. Below is a list of the 10 that appear in rankings with their ranking listed.

14 – Nick Fields (D/LSM)
23 – Wilkins Dismuke (A)
24 – Kieran Eissler (M)
63 – Cody Radziewicz (M)
66 – Ryan Feit (G)
76 – John Crawley (A)
80 – Trevor Koelsch (D)
85 – Jack Grass (A)
92 – Alex Perreault (M)
96 – Joey Carlini (M)

Johns Hopkins to Host Fall Tournament
For the first time in several years, the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team will host its own fall tournament. The Blue Jays will welcome Massachusetts, Fairfield and Rutgers to Homewood Field on Sunday, October 13. Each team will play two games with the following schedule:

9 am – Johns Hopkins vs. UMass
11 am – UMass vs. Rutgers
1 pm – Rutgers vs. Fairfield
3 pm – Johns Hopkins vs. Fairfield

Additional information about the fall schedule will be available closer to the date of competition. There will not be an admission fee to attend the tournament and all games will take place at Homewood Field.

Seven Former Blue Jays Among 52 Team USA Hopefuls
Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala spent Labor Day weekend serving in his other role – as an assistant coach with Team USA.

More than 90 players were invited to tryout for the team, which will represent the United States in the 2014 FIL World Championships in Denver, Colorado. From that group of hopefuls, 52 were selected to move into the next round after the initial tryouts at Goucher College from Aug. 30 – Sept 1.

These players will train with Team USA at a series of fall and winter events, culminating with Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, where players will vie for 23 spots on the final world championships roster.

Among the 52 who made the initial cut are seven former members of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team, all of which played for Pietramala at JHU. Below is a list of the seven former Hopkins standouts who will continue on in their quest to represent the United States next summer:

Tucker Durkin ’13 (D)
Michael Evans ’09 (D)
Kyle Harrison ’05 (M)
Stephen Peyser ’08 (DM)
Mike Poppleton ’13 (FO)
Paul Rabil ’08 (M)
Jesse Schwartzman ’07 (G)

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Hopkins adds Ohio State, Villanova to 2014 lacrosse schedule

Posted on 12 June 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced the addition of Ohio State and Villanova to the Blue Jays’ 2014 schedule today. Both games will take place at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field. The addition of the Buckeyes and Wildcats will end the current scheduling agreements Johns Hopkins has with Siena and Army.

Tentatively, the Blue Jays will open the 2014 season against Ohio State with a late-season midweek game against Villanova. The complete 2014 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse schedule, with game dates and times, should be available in October.

Johns Hopkins and Ohio State have meet four times previously with all four meetings taking place between 1999 and 2002. Johns Hopkins won all four of those games, including a 12-9 decision at Ohio State in the teams’ last meeting during the 2002 season. PIetramala is 3-0 all-time against Ohio State, with two of those three wins coming during his tenure as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. Ohio State posted a 13-4 record, won the ECAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2013.

Villanova was a regular on the Johns Hopkins schedule from 1997-2002 as the teams met six times during that period. Johns Hopkins won all six of those games and took a 10-7 decision at Villanova in the teams’ last meeting midway through the 2002 season. The Wildcats shared the 2013 BIG EAST regular season title and advanced to the league championship game before falling to eventual national runner-up Syracuse. Villanova ended the 2013 season with a 7-8 record.

Ohio State finished the 2013 regular season ranked third in the USILA Coaches Poll, while Villanova was ranked 20th in that poll (the USILA does not release a poll after the NCAA Tournament). The Buckeyes also drew a number eight national ranking in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, while the Wildcats were listed as receiving votes. The final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll was released after the NCAA Tournament.

In the final 2013 Men’s Lacrosse RPI rankings (also issued after the NCAA Tournament), Ohio State was ranked sixth, while Villanova was ranked 21st.

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Hopkins will have great familiarity with future Big Ten foes

Posted on 03 June 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels announced today that the Blue Jay men’s lacrosse team has been accepted by the Big Ten Conference as a sport affiliate member. The announcement comes on the same day that the Big Ten announced the addition of men’s lacrosse as an official conference sport. Big Ten play is scheduled to begin during the 2015 season.

Johns Hopkins will join current Big Ten schools Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan as well as future members Maryland and Rutgers in competing for the Big Ten Championship in men’s lacrosse. Hopkins will officially become a Big Ten sport affiliate member on July 1, 2014.

“This decision may represent the single greatest change in Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse in more than a century,” Daniels said. “I am grateful for the thoughtful process that has led us to this historic place, and I am confident in the success of our shared endeavor in the years to come. ”

Johns Hopkins has competed as an independent in men’s lacrosse since the program began play in 1883. Since then, the program has produced 44 national championships, nine NCAA titles, 183 First Team All-Americans and 65 members of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The Blue Jays rank first nationally in overall national titles, First Team All-Americans and Hall of Fame inductees, while JHU’s nine NCAA titles rank second all time. Johns Hopkins has also appeared in 41 of the 43 all-time NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships since the NCAA began sponsoring the national tournament in 1971.

“We are pleased to announce that the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program will become the Big Ten’s first sport affiliate member,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “Johns Hopkins University is one of the top academic institutions in the country and their men’s lacrosse program has been one of the nation’s best since it was first founded in 1883. Lacrosse is a unique part of the culture on the East Coast, and is an emerging sport both among our current schools and across the country. The addition of Johns Hopkins will give us the opportunity to launch Big Ten men’s lacrosse in 2015, and we look forward to working with their administrators, coaches, student-athletes and fans in preparation for their first conference season.”

The ever-changing landscape of college lacrosse led Johns Hopkins Director of Athletics Tom Calder and men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala to begin discussing conference affiliation in the spring of 2012. While fully aware of the storied history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program as an independent, both realized that national conference realignment was making the challenges of scheduling even more difficult and the opportunity most other teams had to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship through a conference was something that needed to be explored.

With six men’s lacrosse teams, the Big Ten will receive one of the automatic bids to the NCAA Championship. Currently, 16 teams are selected to compete each year in the tournament. NCAA rules allow for up to 50-percent of the tournament field to be comprised of teams receiving an automatic bid.

“The goal each season for our men’s lacrosse team always has been and always will be to compete for the national championship,” Calder noted. “Our administration is fully committed to providing Dave Pietramala and our men’s lacrosse program the resources and opportunities necessary for us to compete at that level. We are proud of the history and accomplishments we enjoyed while competing as an independent, but we feel the opportunity to align with members of the Big Ten as the conference adds men’s lacrosse best positions the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program to maintain the standards that have been established here.”

Johns Hopkins and Maryland have competed in men’s lacrosse since 1895 and the Blue Jays also added Michigan to the schedule during the 2013 season. In addition, Ohio State and Penn State are currently slotted as the team’s two preseason opponents, while Johns Hopkins and Rutgers have met 34 times dating back to 1920. The familiarity with those programs was a key element in the decision-making process.

“This is a very exciting day for Johns Hopkins University as we combine two traditions of excellence – the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program and the Big Ten, which are both committed to excellence in the classroom and on the field” Pietramala stated. “As the head coach and a former player here, one of the things that is truly exciting is the challenging schedule we have been able to maintain. This move allows us to maintain the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse with the University of Maryland, add several nationally-recognized programs to our schedule and maintain a number of national and local rivalries we have in place. All of those things were important considerations and I am thankful to our administration for the time and effort they have put into this process and the unwavering support we have received in making this decision.”

 

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Hopkins to seek lacrosse conference affiliation

Posted on 17 May 2013 by WNST Staff

In a letter to the Johns Hopkins community on Friday, May 17, President Ronald J. Daniels announced that he has accepted the recommendation of a special committee that the Blue Jay men’s lacrosse program seek conference affiliation. The text of President Daniels’ message and the committee report follow.

Dear Member of the Johns Hopkins Community:

In some circles, Johns Hopkins is known best for healing. In others, we are recognized for discovery or for the amazing achievements of our students.

In still others, the name “Johns Hopkins” means lacrosse, Homewood Field and 44 men’s national championships. As with healing, discovery and achievement, that is a very special association and one that we are determined to preserve.

I wrote to you in early March to say that the changing face of intercollegiate athletics and the immense growth in the sport of lacrosse had made it necessary for Johns Hopkins to consider a step it had never taken in 130 years of competition: foregoing our independent status and affiliating with a conference for men’s lacrosse.

It would be a big step, a departure from history and Blue Jay tradition. We would never take such a step lightly. I announced the formation, therefore, of a special committee to examine all aspects of the issue and to provide me with an informed recommendation.

I also invited you to participate in the process by sharing your views with the committee. I am pleased to say that more than 300 of our students, alumni, faculty and staff did so.

In the two months since it was formed, the committee has worked diligently to understand the landscape and to consider whether we should make a change. Its members and staff, in addition to considering your feedback, have consulted with faculty athletics representatives at other universities, with officials of a number of conferences, and with traditional Johns Hopkins rivals. They have compiled and analyzed relevant statistical information; they have engaged in detailed discussions with Athletics Director Tom Calder and Coach Dave Pietramala, A&S ’90.

The committee’s unanimous conclusion, transmitted to me last week, is that Johns Hopkins and its men’s lacrosse student-athletes would best be served by our seeking affiliation for men’s lacrosse only with an NCAA Division I conference. That conclusion was based on committee members’ conviction that such a move will provide our university and history’s most-successful lacrosse program the best opportunity for continued leadership at the highest level of intercollegiate competition. It was based on their conviction that joining a Division I conference for men’s lacrosse is the best course for our athletes, our program and our university, and that it can be done without compromise to our academic integrity or athletic traditions.

I agree with the committee’s analysis and have accepted its recommendations. Tom Calder and Dave Pietramala are also in agreement. Together, we intend to pursue an affiliation. As I mentioned in my March message, there already have been expressions of interest. I will report to you when there is a conclusion to these discussions.

The special committee’s report is available online here. To be clear, we intend, as previously announced, to compete as a Division I independent in women’s lacrosse. We remain deeply and philosophically committed to continued participation in NCAA Division III competition in all other sports.

The members of the special committee have invested a great deal of time and energy and done a wonderful job. On behalf of the entire university community, I want to express my most sincere appreciation to all the members, and especially to co-chairs Jerry Schnydman, A&S ’67, and Chris Watson, A&S ’05.

Sincerely,
Ronald J. Daniels

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Hopkins wraps regular season with trip to Army

Posted on 02 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  CBS Sports Network

The Game: Johns Hopkins (8-5) hits the road for the final time in the regular season as the Blue Jays head to West Point to take on Army (8-5).

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins had its two-game winning streak snapped as the Blue Jays fell to Loyola, 8-4, last Saturday at Homewood Field. Army also had a two-game winning streak snapped as the Black Knights fell to Bucknell, 12-9, in the Patriot League semifinals last Friday.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 69th in a series that dates to a 3-2 Johns Hopkins win in 1921. The Blue Jays have won 55 of the first 68 games between the two teams and have currently won 18 straight in the series.

Program Ties – I: Johns Hopkins sophomore defenseman Eddie Schurr is the older brother of Army freshman defenseman Kevin Schurr.

Program Ties – II: Johns Hopkins freshman faceoff specialist Craig Madarasz is the cousin of Army freshman LSM Brendan Madarasz.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Army with an all-time record of 932-303-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

1,250 and Counting: Last week’s game against Loyola was the 1,250th in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program.

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 169th career win with Johns Hopkins’ victory over Navy on April 20 and he now stands at 169-67 overall. Included in that mark is a 146-50 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.

May Day: Johns Hopkins has won 14 straight regular season games in the month of May. JHU’s last regular season loss in May came on May 8, 1999, when Hofstra nipped the Blue Jays, 9-8, in overtime. Johns Hopkins is 34-10 (.773) in games played in May under head coach Dave Pietramala (2001-present).

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 13 games. JHU has outscored the opposition 45-26 in the first quarter and 41-26 in the third. The Blue Jays also hold a 29-21 scoring margin in the second quarter and a 37-31 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts nine players with six or more goals and nine players with 12 or more points through 13 games. In all, 18 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 22 players have at least one point.

It’s Been a While – Part I: Johns Hopkins held Navy to just four goals – and none in the final 28 minutes – in the recent 15-4 victory. This defensive effort came seven days after JHU held Maryland to four goals in a 7-4 win. This marks the first time the Blue Jays have held back-to-back opponents to four goals or less since 2008, when JHU held Hofstra (10-4) and Navy (10-4) to four goals in victories in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

It’s Been a While – Part II: More than six years had passed since Johns Hopkins last won a game when scoring seven goals or less. Prior to the 7-4 win at Maryland, the Blue Jays’ last win when scoring seven or less came on March 3, 2007, when JHU topped Princeton, 7-6, in double overtime in the Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium. Ironically, the win against Princeton that day came one week after a one-goal loss to Albany; as did this year’s win at Maryland.

The Key to Victory – Part I: Johns Hopkins is 7-1 on the year when scoring in double figures. The Blue Jays are 1-4 when scoring fewer than 10 goals. JHU scored its first win of the season when scoring less than 10 goals with the 7-4 win at Maryland.

The Key to Victory – Part II: Johns Hopkins is 8-1 on the year when holding the opposition to less than 10 goals. On the flip side, JHU is 0-4 when allowing 10 goals or more.

EMO Among Nation’s Best: The Blue Jay extra-man offense is 25-of-59 (.424) on the year and currently ranks eighth 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), junior Brandon Benn (6) and sophomore Wells Stanwick (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.

Welcome Back: Junior midfielder Rob Guida returned to the lineup at Maryland after missing eight games with an injury. Guida took his customary spot on Johns Hopkins’ first midfield and scored one goal with two ground balls to his credit. He added another goal and two more GBs against Navy and now has three goals, one assist and eight ground balls on the year. Two of his goals are extra-man tallies.

Kaestner Enjoys Career Day: Senior attackman John Kaestner fueled JHU’s 15-4 win against Navy with the most productive game of his career. Starting for an injured Zach Palmer, Kaestner totaled career highs of three goals, three assists and six points to go along with three ground balls on the day.
Despite playing in just nine of JHU’s 13 games, Kaestner is tied for sixth on the team in scoring with nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. In 21 career games played before this season, he had four goals and two assists.
He also represents the third-generation of Kaestners to play at JHU as his grandfather (Benjamin “Bud” Kaestner, Jr.) and uncle (Benjamin “Hank” Kaestner, III) both played lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, are members of the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. His uncle was a two-time recipient of the Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman (1966 & 1967), His father, John, played lacrosse at Maryland, was a three-time All-American and the 1972 recipient of the Turnbull Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top attackman.
In addition, Kaestner’s two older sisters were also accomplished Division I lacrosse players. His oldest sister, Ashby, earned All-America honors three times at Georgetown, while another sister, Christie, played at Duke and was a First Team All-America pick for the Blue Devils.

Stanwick Leads Team in Scoring: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick had a nine-game streak with multiple points come to an end at Maryland as he was held scoreless for the first time this season, but he bounced back in a big way in the 15-4 win over Navy with one goal and a career-high five assists for six points. He added one assist last week against Loyola.
Stanwick continues to lead the team in scoring with 23 goals and 22 assists for 45 points on the year and he has far surpassed his goal (9), assist (13) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks fourth in the nation in shooting percentage (.500).
Stanwick has recorded at least two points in 10 of the 12 games he has played in this season and, despite not registering a point at Maryland, still has 37 points in his last nine games (4.1/game).
Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s earlier this season 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. 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: Senior Mike Poppleton continues to enjoy a standout season as he won 15-of-17 faceoffs and grabbed 10 ground balls in the win over Navy and was 11-of-15 with six ground balls and one goal against Loyola. His effort against Navy marked the 11th time in is career he has won 14 or more faceoffs in one game.
Poppleton, who ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 161-of-235 (.685) on the year and leads the team with 89 ground balls. He also improved to 351-of-545 (.644) in his career with his showing last week against Loyola and now ranks seventh in school history in career faceoffs won and attempted.

Palmer Ranks Third in Scoring: Despite missing games against Maryland and Navy after suffering an injury in practice, senior attackman Zach Palmer is still ranked third on the team in scoring with 12 goals and 12 assists on the year. He posted three goals and one assist at North Carolina and added one goal against Albany before missing the games against Maryland and Navy.
Palmer now has career totals of 71 goals and 68 assists for 139 points. He enters this week’s game against Army 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 (30) and ranks second in points (31) after punching up a career-high-tying five goals against Navy and two more last week against Loyola. He has scored 60 of his 65 career goals since the start of the 2012 season and has scored at least one goal in all 12 games he has played this season and 15 straight dating back to last season.
With 30 goals last season and 30 more this year, he is the first Johns Hopkins player to score 30 or more goals in back-to-back years since Dylan Schlott in 1998 (48) and 1999 (41).

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 14 goals and four assists through 13 games and leads the team with eight extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in nine of 13 games this season and his eight extra-man goals are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski (12) and Conor 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 the 15-8 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 13 goals through 13 games. Sanders ranks fifth on the team in goals (13) and ranks ninth in points (13).

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, one goal against Albany and an assist vs. Navy. He now has six goals and three assists for nine points on the year.

Bassett Among National Win Leaders: Senior Pierce Bassett enters this week’s game against Army with a 7.90 goals against average and a .592 save percentage after posting 12 saves while allowing eight goals in last week’s game against Loyola. He currently ranks eighth in the nation in both save percentage and goals against average.
Bassett enjoyed one of his finest games 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 he followed that with a 15-save performance against Albany and a 12-save showing against Maryland. He ranks seventh in school history with 487 career saves and passed Larry Quinn (462 saves • 1982-85) on the career saves list with his 12 against the Terps.
Bassett also enters this week’s game against Army tied for third among active Division I goalies in career wins after picking up number 35 against Navy.

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 and was recently named one of the 25 nominees for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award.
Durkin has been on a roll of late as the three players he has primarly covered in his last three games – Albany’s Lyle Thompson, Maryland’s Kevin Cooper and Loyola’s Justin Ward, combined for two assists in the three games. He held Thompson, the nation’s leading scorer at better than seven points per game, scoreless, while Cooper and Ward managed just one assist each.
Durkin currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (32) and leads the team with 16 caused turnovers. He is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks ninth nationally in scoring defense (8.08).

Lightner, Reilly Round Out Starting Defense: While senior Tucker Durkin has drawn the most headlines among JHU’s close defensemen, the Blue Jays also count talented senior Chris Lightner and junior Jack Reillyamong the key pieces to their defensive puzzle.
Lightner ranks fourth on the team with 31 ground balls and also has eight caused turnovers to his credit, while Reilly has 14 ground balls and ranks second on the team with 13 caused turnovers. Lightner had five ground balls and two caused turnovers in the recent win at Maryland.

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.
In the win at top-ranked Maryland, the Blue Jay defense was dialed in from the opening whistle and held the Terps off the scoreboard for stretches of 11:23, 22:02 and 13:13. Senior goalie Pierce Bassett and close defensemen Tucker Durkin, Chris Lightner and Jack Reilly combined to hold Maryland’s starting attack unit to one goal and one assist and the Terps’ potent first midfield managed just three goals and one assist. This is the first time this season JHU has held the opposition scoreless for 11 minutes or more three different times in one game.
The four goals the Blue Jays allowed at Maryland are the fewest Johns Hopkins has allowed against a team ranked in the top five since April 5, 1986, when JHU topped third-ranked North Carolina, 16-4
The Blue Jays followed that with another strong showing as they held Navy to just four goals on 22 shots and twice held the Midshipmen scoreless for stretches of 20 minutes or longer.

• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 11 minutes or more 21 times this season.
• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 15 mnutes or more 13 times this season.
• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 20 minutes or more seven times this season.

State Rivalries: Last week’s 8-4 loss to Loyola was JHU’s first in six games this season against a team from the state of Maryland. Johns Hopkins’ record is now 61-8 (.884) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland. JHU went 5-1 this year against in-state teams.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 14th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 16th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media 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 408 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 406 of those 408 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 381 of the 408 and the top five in 299 of those 408. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker Durkin, Pierce 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 coach Dave Pietramala.

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