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UMBC faces tough test Friday at Hopkins

Posted on 08 March 2013 by WNST Staff

After an unexpected break in its harrowing early season schedule, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team (1-3) gets back to work on Friday, March 8 when they face No. 6 Johns Hopkins (4-1) at Homewood Field. UMBC was slated to play at No. 1 Maryland on Wednesday, but inclement weather postponed the contest. The opening face-off takes place at JHU just after 5:00 p.m. The game will be nationally-televised on ESPNU with Mike Corey providing the play-by-play and analysis from Jamie Munro.

In an eleven-day span, UMBC faced No. 4 Loyola (Feb. 26) and No. 13 Fairfield, and now concludes that stretch vs. No. 6 Johns Hopkins (March 8)- all on the road.

UMBC is coming off a 14-9 setback at Fairfield on Saturday afternoon. UMBC outshot the Stags, 41-40, but FU netminder Jack Murphy continued his brilliant early season play by stopping 17 Retriever shots. Junior midfielders Conor Finch and Zach Linkous each scored three times for UMBC, while Phil Poe won 16 of 27 draws to lead the visitors.

 

TOP DOG: Head Coach Don Zimmerman enters his 20th season at UMBC in 2013. The Retriever mentor stood eighth in victories (213) and 15th in winning percentage (60.7%) amongst active Division I coaches after the 2012 campaign. The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 214-139 in his 27th year as a collegiate mentor. He coached his 250th game at UMBC vs. Hartford on May 4, 2011.

 

WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 26-17 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions from 2007-09 until dropping a Feb. 20, 2010 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBC’s previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season.

In 2012, UMBC was 2-4 in games decided by one or two goals. The Retrievers have won 17 of its last 23 one-goal decisions.

UMBC is now 16-6 in Don Zimmerman’s 19+ seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 18-8 in extra time in 26 seasons.

 

DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 46th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 339-286 (.543). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 222-219 (.503) in their 32nd year at the Division I level, achieving win No. 200 vs. Ohio State on March 21, 2009. Before the win over Towson on April 1, 2008, the last time the program was last over the .500 mark at the Division I level was when at the end of its third season (1983) when the record was 19-18.

 

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick punched up career highs of five goals and four assists and the sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team scored 13 second-half goals as the Blue Jays knocked off visiting Mount St. Mary’s, 19-9, at Homewood Field Tuesday evening. Hopkins has wins over Siena, Towson and Michigan and a setback to Princeton on its schedule to date. JR A Brandon Benn leads the JHU attack with 18 goals, while Stanwick has 10 goals and seven assists. Hopkins has outscored its foes, 22-7, in the first quarter in 2013.

 

ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC is winless vs. Johns Hopkins in ten previous meetings- the Blue Jays are one of just two programs that the Retrievers have faced and do not own a win against. Robert Morris (now 0-2) is the other program on that short list. Only two of the previous ten meetings have taken place at UMBC. The Retrievers came the closest in 2008 and 2009, falling 10-8 at Homewood in ’08 and 14-11 at UMBC Stadium the following season.

 

A LOOK BACK: Last season, second-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-0) held UMBC (2-3) scoreless for over 25 minutes in the middle stages of the game and defeated the Retrievers, 12-5, at M&T Bank Stadium. Jones scored three fourth-quarter goals to record his sixth career hat trick and second of the season. Lustgarten contributed three assists. Hopkins outshot UMBC, 39-31, and scored on both of its extra-man opportunities. Face-offs were even at 11-all.

 

UP NEXT: UMBC returns home for the first time since Feb. 26 when they welcome High Point to UMBC Stadium on Sat., March 16.

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Hopkins welcomes UMBC to Homewood Field Friday

Posted on 07 March 2013 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes UMBC to Homewood Field for the 11th all-time meeting between the Baltimore area rivals. This will be the third of six games the Blue Jays play this season against in-state competition.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 4-1 on the year with a 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s at Homewood Field on Tuesday night. UMBC dropped its last game, 14-9, at Fairfield last Saturday. The Retrievers were scheduled to play top-ranked Maryland on Wednesday, but that game was postponed due to inclement weather.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 11th meeting between Johns Hopkins and UMBC in men’s lacrosse. The teams first met in 1983 with JHU taking a 15-4 decision that day. Johns Hopkins has won all 10 previous meetings, including a 10-8 decision in 1984 in what was current UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman’s first game as the head coach at JHU.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against UMBC with an all-time record of 928-299-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

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 win earlier this week against Mount St. Mary’s, JHU is 58-7 (.892) 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 • 8-0

Zimmerman to be Inducted in JHU Hall of Fame: Current UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman is one of nine individuals recently elected for induction into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame. Zimmerman and the Class of 2013 will be honored in ceremonies scheduled for April 20.
Zimmerman coached the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team from 1984-90 and guided JHU to three NCAA Championships (1984, 1985, 1987) and one national runner-up finish (1989).
Zimmerman compiled a record of 73-15 (.830) during his time at Homewood and led the Blue Jays to the NCAA Tournament in each of his seven seasons. While patrolling the sidelines at Homewood, Zimmerman coached current Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala and associate head coach Bill Dwan. Current JHU offensive coordinator Bobby Benson also spent two years on Zimmerman’s staff at UMBC (2004 & 2005).

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 165th career win when JHU knocked off Mount St. Mary’s and he now stands at 165-63 overall. Included in that mark is a 142-46 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.

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 five games. JHU has outscored the opposition 22-7 in the first quarter and 21-8 in the third. By contrast, the Blue Jays hold just a 17-14 scoring margin in the fourth quarter and are deadlocked in the second quarter (11-11).

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts seven players with four or more goals and 10 players with four or more points through five games. In all, 15 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 19 players have at least one point.

EMO Clicking: The Johns Hopkins extra man unit connected on 5-of-6 chances against Mount St. Mary’s and is now 13-of-23 (.565) on the year. Six different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshman Ryan Brown (4) and junior Brandon Benn (3) leading the way.

Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday 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. His effort against the Mount improved his season totals to 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points.

Poppleton Rolls On: With a 15-of-21 performance against Mount St. Mary’s, senior faceoff specialist Mike Poppleton continued his strong work at the X for the Blue Jays.
Poppleton, who ranks first in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 70-of-93 (.753) on the year and leads the team with 36 ground balls.

Benn Continues Hot Streak: Junior Brandon Benn scored four goals in the win over Mount St. Mary’s to run his season totals to 18 goals and one assist in five games. He currently leads the team in goals and points.
Benn’s four-goal effort marked his fifth straight hat trick, making him the first Johns Hopkins player with five straight hat tricks since Conor Ford turned the trick late in the 2004 season.

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 all changed in the last two games as the hard-shooting lefty has punched up back-to-back two-point games against Princeton and Mount St. Mary’s. He fired home a pair of goals againt the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has five goals and three assists through five games and leads the team with four extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in four of five games 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 seven goals through five games. Sanders is tied for third on the team in goals (7) and ranks eighth in points (7).

Bassett Solid Through Four: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of the early season in Baltimore hasn’t slowed him as he currently boasts a .594 save percentage and a 7.61 goals against average. He ranks 12th in the nation in goals against average and 10th in save percentage. He enters this week’s game vs. UMBC just four saves shy of 400 for his career. Only nine Johns Hopkins goalies in school history have amassed 400 or more saves.

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 currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (12) and leads the team with nine caused turnovers. Durkin counts exactly one-third of JHU’s total caused turnovers (27) to his credit and is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 11th nationally in scoring defense (8.0).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches this season.
Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes and 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.

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 Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 24-6 in its last 30 games and 29-8 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and sixth in 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.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 400 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 398 of those 400 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 377 of the 400 and the top five in 298 of those 400. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. With that effort, Palmer became the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer notched two assists against Princeton to run his career assist total to 65. He is currently tied for ninth among all active Division I players in career assists.

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Stanwick leads way as Hopkins routs Mount St. Mary’s

Posted on 05 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick punched up career highs of five goals and four assists and the sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team scored 13 second-half goals as the Blue Jays knocked off visiting Mount St. Mary’s, 19-9, at Homewood Field Tuesday evening. The win improves the Blue Jays’ record to 4-1, while the Mountaineers slip to 2-4.

The Blue Jays led just 5-3 late in the second quarter after Brett Schmidt scored with 3:30 remaining in the period for the Mount. The second of Brandon Benn’s four goals with just 29 seconds left in the first half extended the lead to 6-3 at intermission and jump-started a 9-2 Johns Hopkins run that put the game away.

After Rex Sanders and Andrew Scalley traded goals in the first two minutes of the third quarter to make it 7-4, the Blue Jays got some breathing room with a four-goal spurt that took less than four minutes – for the second time in the game Stanwick had a hand in all four goals in a 4-0 run.

After assisting on an extra-man goal by freshman Ryan Brown with 9:42 remaining in the period, Stanwick sandwiched his third and fourth goals of the game around another Benn strike that he assisted on to push JHU’s lead to 11-4.

The Mount temporarily halted the run when Anthony Golden took a skip-pass from Bryant Schmidt and had time and room to beat Blue Jay goalie Eric Schneider from nine yards out, but the senior John Ranagan bookended a three-goal Blue Jay run that bridged the third and fourth quarters with his only two goals of the game to push the lead to 14-5.

 The high-scoring Mountaineer attack Scalley, Schmidt and Cody Lehr went goal-for-goal with the Blue Jays over the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to make it 16-8 with more than half the period still remaining. Lee Coppersmith, Bronson Kellyand Brady Faby all scored in the final 8:01 for the Blue Jays, while Daniel Stranix added the final marker for the Mount to account for the 19-9 final score.Early on the Mountaineers led 2-1 after Schmidt and Golden sandwiched goals around a Mike Poppleton tally for the Blue Jays and the Mount fired 10 of its 28 shots in the game during the first quarter, but Stanwick got the Blue Jays going with the first and last goals in a 4-0 run that turned the 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead early in the second quarter. He also assisted on Benn’s two goals during the spree, which was followed by an 11-minute scoring drought for both teams. Schmidt and Benn then traded the two goals late in the second quarter that set the stage for JHU’s third-quarter run that put the game away.

Stanwick, who had never posted more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game before tonight, is the first Johns Hopkins player to total nine points in a game since April 19, 2003, when Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy. Benn added four goals for to become the first Johns Hopkins player since Conor Ford in 2004 to post five straight hat tricks. In all, 10 different Johns Hopkins players found the back of the net and 13 different players registered at least one point, including senior John Greeley, who punched up a career-high four assists.

The Blue Jays got another solid effort on faceoffs from senior Mike Poppleton, who won 15-of-21 and had a team-high five ground balls. Johns Hopkins also converted on 5-of-6 extra-man chances and held advantages in shots (38-28) and ground balls (29-22).

Scalley, Schmidt and Lehrer combined for six of the Mountaineers’ nine goals and added two assists and starting goalie Adam Borgogelli posted seven saves and allowed 11 goals before giving way to a pair of backups, who managed just two saves while allowing eight goals in the final 21 minutes.

Mount St. Mary’s (2-4) 2-1-2-4/9
#6 Johns Hopkins (4-1) 4-2-7-6/19

GoalsM: Schmidt-Brett-3, Scalley-2, Golden-2, Stranix, Lehrer. J: Stanwick-5, Benn-4, Ranagan-2, Sanders-2, Brown, Cattoni, Coppersmith, Poppleton, Kelly-Bronson, Faby. AssistsM: Scalley-2, Schmidt-Bryant, Stranix. J: Greeley-4, Stanwick-4, Brown, Cattoni, Giblin, Kaestner, Ranagan. SavesM: Borgogelli-7, Klaiber-2, McCarthy-0. J: Schneider-4, Ryan-. Shots: M-28. J-38. EMOM: 1-for-2. J: 5-for-6. Attendance: 400.

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Hopkins eyes bounce back Tuesday against Mt. St. Mary’s

Posted on 04 March 2013 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins plays its only midweek game of the 2013 season as the Blue Jays (3-1) welcome Mount St. Mary’s (2-3) to Homewood Field for the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins suffered its first loss of the 2013 season last Friday night at home as 12th-ranked Princeton left Homewood with an 11-8 win to its credit. Mount St. Mary’s dropped its second straight last Saturday night as the Mount fell to Towson, 13-5.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Mount St. Mary’s are meeting for the fifth time in a series that dates to a 19-6 Johns Hopkins win in 2006. The Blue Jays have won all four meetings, including a 12-5 victory in the most recent matchup in 2009.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Mount St. Mary’s with an all-time record of 927-299-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

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 win earlier this season against Towson, JHU is 57-7 (.891) 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 (4-0)
Navy (11-2)
Towson (14-0)
UMBC (8-0)

That’s 101 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 164th career win with the recent win over Michigan and he now stands at 164-63 overall. Included in that mark is a 141-46 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.

Quick Starts: Johns Hopkins has been especially strong in the first and third quarter of its four games this season. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 18-5 in the first quarter and 14-6 in the third. By contrast, JHU holds a slim scoring margin in the fourth quarter (11-10) and has been outscored 9-8 in the second quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts seven players with four or more goals and nine players with four or more points through four games. In all, 13 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 17 players have at least one point.

Among the Leaders: The NCAA issued its second national statistical report this week and Johns Hopkins is well represented among the national leaders. JHU ranks in the top 15 in the nation in eight different team categories and eight individual categories.
Below is a look at JHU’s top-15 statistical national rankings

Team Categories:
Faceoff Win Percentage (1st • .734)
Assists Per/Game (4th • 8.5)
Scoring Margin (5th • +5.25)
Points Per/Game (7th • 21.5)
Scoring Offense (8th • 13.0)
Scoring Defense (11th • 7.75)
Winning Percentage (12th • .750)
Extra-Man Offense (12th • .471)

Poppleton Strong at the X: Senior Mike Poppleton enjoyed one of the great individual games by a Johns Hopkins faceoff specialist in the recent win over Michigan.
Poppleton won all 14 faceoffs he took in the first half and finished with a 17-of-18 (.944) showing to go along with 12 ground balls. The 17 wins are the second-highest total of his career.
Including a 15-of-22 showing against Princeton, Poppleton has won 55-of-72 (.764) faceoffs through four games and has a team-high 31 ground balls to his credit. He currently first the nation in faceoff winning percentage and 10th in ground balls per game (7.75).

Benn Notches Fourth Straight Hat Trick: Junior Brandon Benn scored a game-high four goals against Princeton to run his season totals to 14 goals and one assist for 15 points. He leads the team in goals and points through four games.
Benn has notched at least three goals in all four games this season and ranks fifth in the nation in goals per game (3.5). He is the first Johns Hopkins player to record four straight hat tricks since 2004, when Conor Fordhad five in a row late in the season.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has four goals and two assists through four games and leads the team with three extra-man goals. He scored two goals and added an assist in the win last week against Michigan and scored in the first three games before being shutout against Princeton.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already surpassed that total as he has scored five goals through four games. Sanders is tied for second on the team in goals (5) and ranks seventh in points (5).

Bassett Solid Through Four: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of the early season in Baltimore hasn’t slowed him as he currently boasts a .594 save percentage and a 7.61 goals against average. He ranks 12th in the nation in goals against average and 10th in save percentage. He enters this week just four saves shy of 400 for his career. Only nine Johns Hopkins goalies in school history have amassed 400 or more saves.

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 currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (11) and leads the team with eight caused turnovers. Durkin counts more than one-third of JHU’s total caused turnovers (22) to his credit and is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 11th nationally in scoring defense (7.75).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches.
Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes and 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.

Opponent Scoring Droughts in 2013
Siena (14:43 • 17:03)
Towson (16:40 • 26:59)
Michigan (15:22 • 13:03)
Princeton (11:11)

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.

Did You Know That …
… Pierce Bassett ranks 10th in school history with 396 saves and sports a 28-8 record in his last 36 starts?

… Brandon Benn has scored at least one goal in 19 of 20 games since the start of the 2012 season and has 12 multi-goal games to his credit during that time? In addition, his four straight hat tricks are the most consecutive by a JHU player since 2004, when Conor Ford had five in a row.

… Tucker Durkin became the first JHU junior to win the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman since Dave Pietramala in 1988.

… Zach Palmer totaled 27 goals and 26 assists last season to become just the eighth JHU player since 1980 with 25 goals and assists in the same season.

… Rex Sanders scored twice in the win over Siena, once against Towson and twice more against Michigan. Prior to this, Sanders had scored one goal in six career games played.

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 Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 23-6 in its last 29 games and 28-8 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and sixth in 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.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 400 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 398 of those 400 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 377 of the 400 and the top five in 298 of those 400. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. With that effort, Palmer became the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times). Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer notched two assists against Princeton to run his career assist total to 65. He is currently tied for eighth among all active Division I players in career assists.

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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 aims to extend perfect start Friday against Princeton

Posted on 28 February 2013 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes Princeton to Homewood Field for the 83rd meeting in one of college lacrosse’s great rivalries.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 3-0 with a 17-8 win over Michigan last Saturday. Princeton opened its season with a 10-7 road victory at Hofstra on the same day.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 83rd between Johns Hopkins and Princeton. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 55-27 and grabbed a 10-8 win at Princeton last season to snap a three-game Princeton winning streak in the series.

A Top 12 Matchup: This week’s Johns Hopkins-Princeton game pits two teams ranked in the top 12 in both the USILA Coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls. JHU checks in at number three in both polls, while the Tigers are ranked 12th in both. The JHU-Princeton game is one of seven games this week that pit teams both ranked in the top 20.

Marching On: The calendar flips to March for this week’s game against Princeton and JHU will carry a six-game winning streak in the month of March into the contest. JHU last lost a game in March in 2011, when the Blue Jays dropped a 5-4 double-overtime decision at then top-ranked Syracuse.

Program Ties – Part I: Princeton sophomore attackman Brendan DeTommaso is the son of John DeTommaso, a three-time First Team All-American defenseman during his career at Johns Hopkins from 1983-86. John DeTommaso helped JHU to a pair of NCAA Championships during his career at Homewood and was a senior when current Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala was a freshman.

Program Ties – Part II: Princeton assistant coach Greg Raymond played at Johns Hopkins from 2001-05, was a three-time captain for the Blue Jays (2003-05) and helped Hopkins an undefeated record (16-0) and the 2005 National Championship as a senior.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Princeton with an all-time record of 927-298-15 (.754). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 164th career win with last week’s win over Michigan and improved his record to 164-62 with the victory. Included in that mark is a 141-45 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.

Quick Starts: Johns Hopkins has been especially strong in the first and third quarter of its three games this season. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 15-2 in the first quarter and 11-3 in the third. By contrast, JHU holds a slim scoring margin in the fourth quarter (10-7) and is even in the second (8-8).

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts seven players with four or more goals and nine players with four or more points through three games. In all, 12 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 16 players have at least one point.

Among the Leaders: The NCAA issued its first national statistical report this week and Johns Hopkins is well represented among the national leaders. JHU ranks in the top 10 in the nation in eight different team categories and three individual categories.

Below is a look at JHU’s top-10 statistical national rankings:

Team Categories:
Faceoff Win Percentage (1st • .750)
Winning Percentage (T1st • 1.000)
Scoring Defense (3rd • 6.67)
Scoring Margin (3rd • +8.0)
Assists Per/Game (4th • 9.0)
Points Per/Game (5th • 23.67)
Scoring Offense (6th • 14.67)
Ground Balls/Game (9th • 37.0)

Individual Categories:
Faceoff Win Percentage (1st • Mike Poppleton • .800)
Goals Against Average (3rd • Pierce Bassett • 6.34)
Save Percentage (4th • Pierce Bassett • .667)

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has four goals and two assists through three games and leads the team with three extra-man goals. He scored two goals and added an assist in the win last week against Michigan and has scored in all three games thus far.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He’s needed just three games to surpass that total as he has scored five goals in wins vs. Siena, Towson and Michigan. Sanders is tied for second on the team in goals (5) and ranks fifth in points (5).

Poppleton Strong at the X: Senior Mike Poppleton enjoyed one of the great individual games by a Johns Hopkins faceoff specialist in last week’s win over Michigan.
Poppleton won all 14 faceoffs he took in the first half and finished with a 17-of-18 (.944) showing to go along with 12 ground balls. The 17 wins are the second-highest total of his career.
Poppleton has won 40-of-50 (.800) faceoffs through three games and has a team-high 23 ground balls to his credit. He currently leads the nation in faceoff winning percentage and ranks 12th in ground balls per game (7.67).

Bassett Solid Through Three: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of February in Baltimore didn’t slow him as he currently boasts a .667 save percentage and a 6.34 goals against average. He ranks third in the nation in goals against average and fourth in save percentage. He enters this week’s game vs. Princeton just 11 saves shy of 400 for his career. Only nine Johns Hopkins goalies in school history have amassed 400 or more saves.

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 currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (11) and leads the team with eight caused turnovers. Durkin counts almost half of JHU’s total caused turnovers (19) to his credit and is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks third nationally in scoring defense (6.67).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold each of its three opponents scoreless for long stretches. Siena, Towson and Michigan have each drawn blanks of at least 15 minutes and all three have had two droughts that lasted at least 13 minutes.

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.

Did You Know That …
… Pierce Bassett ranks 10th in school history with 389 saves and sports a 28-7 record in his last 35 starts?

… Brandon Benn has scored at least one goal in 18 of 19 games since the start of the 2012 season and has 11 multi-goal games to his credit during that time?

… Tucker Durkin became the first JHU junior to win the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman since Dave Pietramala in 1988.

… Zach Palmer totaled 27 goals and 26 assists last season to become just the eighth JHU player since 1980 with 25 goals and assists in the same season.

… Rex Sanders scored twice in the win over Siena, once against Towson and twice more against Michigan. Prior to this, Sanders had scored one goal in six career games played.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first (6x) or second (6x) shot of the game a total of 12 times in 16 games last season. The Blue Jays were back at it again in the win at Towson as Wells Stanwickscored on JHU’s second shot of the game. JHU scored on its third shot of the game against both Siena and Michigan.

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 Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 23-5 in its last 28 games and 28-7 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked third in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and rank third in 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.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 399 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 397 of those 399 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 376 of the 399 and the top five in 298 of those 399. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. With that effort, Palmer became the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer notched three assists in the win against Michigan to run his career assist total to 63. He is currently tied for eighth among all active Division I players in career assists.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 26 February 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center); Women’s College Basketball: Maryland @ Florida State (Thursday 7pm from Tallahassee live on ESPN3.com), Wake Forest @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Pro Wrestling: Ring of Honor 11th Anniversary (Saturday 8:30pm from Chicago live on Pay-Per-View); Soccer: CONCACAF U-20 World Cup Qualifying-Team USA vs. Canada (Tuesday 6pm from Puebla, Mexico live on Fox Soccer Channel); Tennis: ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (Tuesday & Wednesday 5am Thursday 6am Friday 8am Saturday 10am from Dubai, UAE live on Tennis Channel), ATP Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (Tuesday-Friday 2:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Delray Beach, FL live on Tennis Channel); Boxing: Richar Abril vs. Sharif Bogere (Saturday 10pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights: Billy Dib vs. Evgeny Gradovich (Friday 9pm from Mashantucket, CT live on ESPN2); Monster Jam (Saturday & Sunday 1st Mariner Arena)

10. Mos Def (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Fishbone (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); ZZ Ward (Monday 7pm 8×10 Club); Johnny Winter Band (Friday & Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Lupe Fiasco (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Erykah Badu (Thursday & Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Flyleaf & Drowning Pool (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Pat Green (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Eels (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bacon Brothers (Friday-Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Naughty By Nature (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Suzanne Vega (Saturday 8pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Civil Wars & T-Bone Burnett “A Place at The Table” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ll be at ZZ Ward Monday night. She’s just…excellent.

You may remember Lupe Fiasco as the guy that did that song you couldn’t stop listening to that one time…

Not everyone is a huge Flyleaf fan, but you cannot doubt that girl’s pipes…

There was a time when I didn’t know if new Civil Wars music was coming. This is one of the better Tuesdays of my life.

9. Jon Stewart (Friday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Sandra Bernhard (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); “The Master” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “21 and Over” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore Boat Show (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center)

Politics aside, Jon Stewart is so F*CKING funny.

And while you’re at the Boat Show, if you happen to see one of these please go ahead and pick it up for me.

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Poppleton leads way for Hopkins in win over Michigan

Posted on 23 February 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team got 11 goals and nine assists from its starting attack and first midfield and senior Mike Poppleton won 17-of-18 faceoffs to fuel a 17-8 win over visiting Michigan at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win improves Hopkins’ record to 3-0, while the Wolverines slip to 0-3. The meeting was the first between Johns Hopkins and Michigan in men’s lacrosse.

The Blue Jays took all the drama out of the game with an 8-0 run that turned an early 1-0 deficit into an 8-1 lead early in the second quarter. Michigan was never closer than six the rest of the way as Poppleton’s effort on faceoffs repeatedly gave the Blue Jays possession throughout the game.

Junior Brandon Benn fueled the 8-1 run as he scored all three of his goals on the day during the spree, which took less than 13 minutes. Six different players scored during the run for Johns Hopkins, which scored the final five goals of the run in a span of less than three minutes.

The Wolverines halted the Blue Jay rally early in the second half as Dan Kinek and David Joseph sandwiched goals around the second tally of the day by JHU’s Zach Palmer, but the Blue Jay defense held UM to just one goal over the next 23 minutes as senior goalie Pierce Bassett recorded eight of his 10 saves in the second and third quarters.

Five different players combined to score JHU’s six goals in the second half with senior attackman John Kaestner notching both of his goals on the day during the second half.

Poppleton, who won all 14 of his faceoffs in the first half, added 12 ground balls to his 17-of-18 showing at the X. The 17 faceoffs won are the second-highest total of his career.

Palmer led a balanced scoring attack with two goals and three assists, while Benn (3g, 1a) and Kaestner (2g, 2a) added four-point efforts for the Blue Jays. In all, seven different players recorded multi-goal games for the Blue Jays and eight different players registered two points or more.

Kyle Jackson and Peter Kraus paced the Wolverines with two goals each and Joseph added one goal and one assist. Freshman goalie Gerald Logan posted 12 saves in goal for Michigan, but the Wolverines couldn’t overcome the decided possession advantage for the Blue Jays in their first trip to Homewood Field.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Friday, March 1 when the Blue Jays welcome Princeton to Homewood Field. Faceoff is set for 5:00 pm.

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Hopkins goes for 3-0 start Saturday against Michigan

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes Michigan to Homewood Field for the first-ever meeting between the two teams. This is the second of seven staight games away from home for UM, which won’t play at home again until March 23, when defending national champion Loyola visits Ann Arbor.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 2-0 on the year with a 12-6 win at Towson last Saturday night. Michigan slipped to 0-2 with a 12-6 loss at Bellarmine.

Series History: As noted above, this is the first-ever meeting between Johns Hopkins and Michigan in men’s lacrosse.

JHU, Michigan Among Top Five: Among NCAA Division I men’s team sports whose national champion is determined by a tournament, Johns Hopkins has the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship and Michigan has the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.

Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearancs (Active)
• By Division I Men’s Team Sports •
1. Johns Hopkins (Lacrosse) – 41 (1972)
2. Miami of Florida (Baseball) – 40 (1973)
3. Virginia (Soccer) – 32 (1981)
4. Kansas (Basketball) – 23 (1990)
5. Michigan (Hockey) – 22 (1991)

Johns Hopkins-Michigan Rank One-Two: Did you know that Johns Hopkins University performed $2.1 billion in medical, science, and engineering research in fiscal 2011, making it the leading U.S. academic institution in total research and development spending for the 33rd year in a row?
This week’s opponent, The University of Michigan, ranked second in R&D spending in FY2011 at $1.27 billion (data for 2011 is the most recent available).

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 18 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 15-3 in those 18 games. The Blue Jays have currently won 11 straight games played in the month of February.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Michigan with an all-time record of 926-298-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

That’s 101 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 163rd career win with last week’s win over Towson and improved his record to 163-62 with the victory. Included in that mark is a 140-45 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.

Quick Starts: Johns Hopkins has been especially strong in the first and third quarter of its two games this season. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 8-1 in both of those quarters. By contrast, JHU has been outscored 6-4 in the second qurter and holds a 7-4 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Balanced Offense For the Jays: The Johns Hopkins offense has been fairly balanced through two games as JHU counts eight players with two or more goals and 10 players with two points or more.
Leading the way for the Blue Jays have been attackmen Brandon Benn and Wells Stanwick, who have combined for 11 goals and two assists.
Benn punched up his second straight hat trick with a four-goal effort at Towson, while Stanwick matched his career high for goals (2) and punched up a personal best four points in the win.

What Brown Can Do For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has scored an extra man goal in both games thus far and has an assist to his credit as well. He is tied for first on the team in extra-man goals and tied for fifth in points.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. It’s taken just two games for him to triple his previous career output as he scored twice in the season opening win against Siena and then added another goal in the win last week at Towson.
Sanders is tied for third on the team in goals (3) and tied for fifth in points (3).

Poppleton Strong at the X: Senior Mike Poppleton enjoyed a solid season a year ago as JHU’s primary faceoff specialist as he won 167-of-271 (.616) and led the team with 78 ground balls.
Poppleton has picked up right where he left off a year ago as he has won 23-of-32 (.719) faceoffs and leads the team with 11 ground balls.

Bassett Solid Through Two: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of February in Baltimore hasn’t slowed him thus far as he currently boasts a .667 save percentage and a 6.22 goals against average.

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 is currently tied for second on the team in ground balls (9) and leads the team with eight caused turnovers. Durkin counts almost half of JHU’s total caused turnovers (17) to his credit.

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold both Siena and Towson scoreless for long stretches. The Blue Jays held the Saints off the board for 14:43 at one point and 17:03 at another and then kept the Tigers scoreless for the first 16:40 of the game and 26:59 from the second to the fourth quarter.

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.

Did You Know That
… Pierce Bassett ranks 10th in school history with 379 saves and sports a 27-7 record in his last 34 starts?

… Brandon Benn has scored at least one goal in 17 of 18 games since the start of the 2012 season and has 10 multi-goal games to his credit during that time?

… Tucker Durkin became the first JHU junior to win the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman since Dave Pietramala in 1988.

… Zach Palmer totaled 27 goals and 26 assists last season to become just the eighth JHU player since 1980 with 25 goals and assists in the same season.

… Rex Sanders scored twice in the win over Siena and once against Towson. Prior to this, Sanders had scored one goal in six career games played.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first (6x) or second (6x) shot of the game a total of 12 times in 16 games last season. The Blue Jays were back at it again in the win at Towson as Wells Stanwick scored on JHU’s second shot of the game.

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 Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 22-5 in its last 27 games and 27-7 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked fourth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and rank fourth in 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.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 398 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 396 of those 398 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 375 of the 398 and the top five in 297 of those 398. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. With that effort, Palmer became the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer notched a pair of assists in the win at Towson to run his career assist total to 60. He is currently tied for eighth among all active Division I players in career assists. Below is a look at the top 10 career active leaders in assists nationwide.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 16 February 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NBA-Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Denver Nuggets @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Houston Rockets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Toronto Raptors (Monday 7pm from Toronto live on Comcast SportsNet); Soccer: MISL Milwaukee Wave @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena), Team USA U-20 vs. Costa Rica (Friday 6:30pm from Puebla, Mexico live on Fox Soccer Channel); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Lamont Peterson vs. Kendall Holt (Friday 5pm DC Armory); ShoBox: Art Hovhannisyan vs. Alejandro Perez (Friday 11pm from Cabazon, CA live on Showtime), Cornelius Bundrage vs. Ishe Smith (Saturday 9pm from Detroit live on Showtime); Vyacheslav Glazkov vs. Malik Scott (Saturday 10:30pm from Huntington, NY live on NBC Sports Network); Women’s College Basketball: Duke @ Maryland (Sunday 3pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (Saturday 1pm & 4pm Sunday 4pm live on Tennis Channel)

10. Shinedown/P.O.D./Three Days Grace (Tuesday 7pm 1st Mariner Arena); Dirty Heads/Shiny Toy Guns (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Wale (Thursday 9pm Rams Head Live); Imagine Dragons (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Matisyahu (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Matchbox Twenty (Monday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Shinedown is that band you’ve always liked but never fully admitted to it…

I could listen to Wale’s first full record on repeat for like a week straight.

Imagine Dragons not only does one of your favorite songs but also MY favorite song from Madden 13…

I will sign up for ANY amount of more Robert Randolph.

9. Joel McHale (Sunday 7:30pm Towson Center); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); “Argo” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Snitch” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore Winter Wine Celebration (Friday-Monday); “The Gathering” (Saturday 3pm The Castle at Keswick Hampden)

I saw Joel McHale after Preakness a few years ago. He was LEGITIMATELY funny. Also there’s this.

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