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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionMixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Roy Nelson vs. Minotauro Nogueira (Friday 2pm from Abu Dhabi live on UFC Fight Pass); Auto Racing: NASCAR Southern 500 (Saturday 6:30pm from Darlington, SC live on FOX); Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships (Thursday 7pm Friday 2pm Saturday 3pm from Houston live on Tennis Channel)

10. Katt Williams (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Lewis Black (Thursday-Saturday Warner Theatre); Mick Foley (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Privateer Festival (Friday-Sunday Fells Point); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday 5pm War Memorial Plaza); Bay Bridge Boat Show (Friday-Sunday Bay Bridge Marina); Decanter Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Pimlico Race Course); Draft Day“, “Oculus” and “Rio 2” out in theaters (Friday); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“, “August: Osage County“, “Grudge Match” and “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a trailer that has made me want to see a movie LESS than Draft Day. But since Monday was the 25th anniversary of a REALLY good movie about a Cleveland sports franchise, let’s just remember that.

9. Avicii (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Aaron Lewis (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Phil Vassar (Friday 6:30pm Rams Head Center Stage); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Ashley Monroe (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Emmylou Harris (Friday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Rick Ross (Friday 9pm Echostage); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Southern Soul Assembly feat. Marc Broussard/JJ Grey/Anders Osborne/Luther Dickinson (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre)

You know what drives me nuts? I hate the idea of Avicii but I actually like some of his tunes.

I love Carolina Chocolate Drops. I also love Charm City Devils. I feel like if someone started a band called Cool Colorado Demons, I’d probably like them too. It’s a CCD thing.

I could use much more Dirty Dozen Brass Band in my life.

Marc Broussard is a totally unfair type of talented.

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Loyola remains #1, Towson enters both new major lacrosse polls

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The #1 ranked Loyola Greyhounds survived a major Patriot League scare Saturday, topping Navy 7-6 in 2OT and holding on to their spot atop the rankings. Elsewhere in local lacrosse action this weekend, Johns Hopkins shook off a three game losing streak by beating Albany 13-8 Friday night at Homewood Field and Towson scored their biggest win of the season by going on the road and outlasting previous #11 UMass 6-5.

Maryland was idle this weekend after throttling Robert Morris 19-6 Wednesday night. This has set the stage for a major top ten showdown between the Terps and Blue Jays this coming Saturday afternoon.

Here is a look at both of the new weekly lacrosse polls (courtesy of NCAA.com). We’ll start with the new Inside Lacrosse media poll.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola (Md.) (16) 10-1 432 1
2 Duke (2) 10-2 414 3
3 Maryland (4) 9-1 401 4
4 North Carolina 9-2 375 5
5 Denver 9-2 347 6
6 Cornell 9-1 337 2
7 Syracuse 6-3 308 7
8 Johns Hopkins 6-3 273 10
9 Notre Dame 4-4 252 8
10 Virginia 8-4 244 9
11 Penn 5-3 215 13
12 Fairfield 9-2 195 15
13 Yale 6-3 184 14
14 Hofstra 7-3 131 T16
15 Bryant 9-3 111 11
16 Massachusetts 7-3 97 12
17 Princeton 5-4 69 19
18 Army 7-3 54 20
T19 Towson 8-3 42 NR
T19 Lehigh 9-3 42 NR

And now the new weekly USILA coaches’ poll.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola (Md.) (12) 10-1 278 1
2 Duke (1) 10-2 258 3
3 Maryland (1) 9-1 250 4
4 North Carolina 9-2 243 5
5 Denver 9-2 223 6
6 Cornell 9-1 209 2
7 Syracuse 6-3 184 T8
8 Virginia 8-4 168 T8
9 Johns Hopkins 6-3 166 10
10 Notre Dame 4-4 163 7
T11 Fairfield 9-2 119 13
T11 Penn 5-3 119 15
13 Yale 6-3 112 14
14 Massachusetts 7-3 73 11
15 Princeton 5-4 72 17
16 Hofstra 7-3 48 20
T17 Harvard 6-4 46 NR
T17 Bryant 9-3 46 12
19 Towson 8-3 42 NR
20 Lehigh 9-3 32 NR

 

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Hopkins slows down Thompsons in win over Albany

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 9-1 halftime lead and never let visiting Albany get closer than five in the second half as the Blue Jays posted a 13-8 victory over the Great Danes at Homewood Field Friday night. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Johns Hopkins, which improves to 6-3 on the year. Albany, which had won four of its last six, slips to 4-5.

The eight goals Albany scored are nearly eight less than it was averaging entering the game (15.75) and its fewest since March 2, 2013, when the ‘Danes fell to Yale, 15-8.

The Blue Jays wasted little time jumping in front as they scored seven unanswered goals to open the game to fuel the 9-1 advantage at the half.

Sophomore Ryan Brown scored all three of his goals in the opening 16 minutes and junior Wells Stanwick matched his career high with five assists before the game was 20 minutes old.

Capitalizing on 14 Albany turnovers in the first half, the Blue Jays crafted a 27-3 advantage in shots in the opening 30 minutes with only an extra-man strike by Bennett Drake midway through the second quarter getting the ‘Danes on the board.

A game-opening goal by junior Michael Pellegrino on a quick restart from midfield opened the scoring for the Blue Jays, who got two goals each from Brandon Benn and Holden Cattoni in the first half to go along with Brown’s hat trick.

An extra-man goal by Benn just 29 seconds into the second half pushed the lead to 10-1, but Albany made its inevitable run to slice that deficit to 10-5 at the end of three quarters.

Ryan Feuerstein opened the four-goal run for the Great Danes as Lyle Thompson found him from behind the goal and Feuerstein had time and room from 12 yards out less than a minute after Benn’s goal to ignite a four-goal run.

Eric Scala added an extra-man goal of his own 70 seconds later and a Miles Thompson goal just over two minutes after that made it 10-4 with more than 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Albany had a golden opportunity to cut into the deficit more midway through the period as the ‘Danes had a two-man advantage for a full minute, but the Blue Jay defense held and more than eight minutes passed after the Miles Thompson goal before Ty Thompson scored with exactly two minutes remaining in the third quarter to account for the 10-5 score entering the fourth quarter.

Any hopes for an Albany comeback were dashed when more than five scoreless minutes elapsed to open the final period. That was followed by consecutive Hopkins goals in a 59-second span to push the lead to 12-5.

Cattoni completed his second straight hat trick with an extra-man goal off an assist from Stanwick and senior Phil Castronova added a transition goal off a feed from Pellegrino to account for the two-goals that built the lead back to seven.

Albany tallied three of the final four goals of the game, with only Cattoni’s career-high fourth of the game in that time for the Blue Jays. Lyle and Miles Thompson both scored highlight-reel goals, while Feuerstein’s unassisted goal off a restart in the final two minutes closed out the scoring.

Cattoni, who never had a hat trick before last week, added his second straight with the four-goal effort, while Stanwick’s six assists are a career-high and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Dan Denihan had six at Hofstra on March 11, 2000. Brown (3g, 1a) and Benn (3g) teamed with Stanwick to give the Blue Jays’ starting attack six goals and seven assists. The 13-point effort marks the fifth time in nine games the trio has combined for 12 points or more.

Albany’s dynamic attack unit of Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompson totaled four goals and five assists, but the early turnovers and halftime deficit were more than they could overcome. Sophomore Blaze Riorden posted 12 saves in goal and Connor Russell did a solid job on faceoffs by taking 14-of-24.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, April 12 when the Blue Jays welcome Maryland to Homewood Field for the 111th renewal of the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse.

Notes: The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project for the game with Captain Ben Harrow addressing the team after practice on Thursday and then watching the game from the JHU sideline … Harrow played lacrosse at Army • 9-of-13 Johns Hopkins goals were assisted and for the year that’s 73-of-111 (.658) • JHU was 3-for-3 with the extra-man and is now 16-of-29 (.552) on the year • Wells Stanwick’s 29 assists this season are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Kevin Boland had 32 in 2004 • Brandon Benn’s point-scoring streak is now at 25 games.

#16 Albany (4-5) 0-1-4-3/8
#10 Johns Hopkins (6-3) 5-4-1-3/13

GoalsA: Thompson, M-2, Feuerstein-2, Thompson, L., Thompson, T., Scala, Drake. J: Cattoni-4, Benn-3, Brown-3, Pellegrino, Reed, Castronova. AssistsA: Thompson, L.-3, Thompson, M.-2, Feuerstein. J: Stanwick-6, , Brown, Guida, Pellegrino. SavesA: Riorden-12. J: Schneider-8. Shots: A-27. J-45. EMOA: 2-for-3. J: 3-for-3. Attendance: 1,553.

 

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Hopkins tries to snap losing streak Friday against Albany

Posted on 03 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-3) welcomes Albany (4-4) to Homewood Field for the second of three consecutive home games for the Blue Jays. Faceoff at Homewood Field is set for 7 pm on Friday, April 4.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins dropped its third consecutive game to a team ranked in the top 10 as the Blue Jays fell to fifth-ranked North Carolina, 13-9, last Saturday. Albany turned in a strong showing on both sides of the field as the Great Danes topped visiting Vermont, 20-9, last Saturday at home in a game not as close as the score would indicate.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Albany are meeting for the 13th time in a series that dates to a 10-4 Johns Hopkins victory in 2002. The Blue Jays have won 10 of the previous 12 meetings, although Albany grabbed a 10-9 decision last season. Every meeting between the two teams has taken place at Homewood Field.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Albany with an all-time record of 938-306-15 (.751). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Wouded Warrior Partnership: Johns Hopkins will team with the Wounded Warrior Project for this week’s game against Albany. With an aim to raising awareness and funding for the organization, a number of Johns Hopkins lacrosse items will be available via raffle at the game. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, whose purposes include:

• Raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
• Helping injured service members aid and assist each other.
• Providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 10th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 10th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Albany enters this week’s game against Johns Hopkins ranked 16th in the coaches poll and 18th in the media poll.

Third of Three: This week’s game against Albany marks the third of three games the Blue Jays will play against teams who are coached by Johns Hopkins graduates. Johns Hopkins previously defeated Towson (Shawn Nadelen ‘01) and UMBC (Don Zimmerman ‘76), while Albany is coached by Scott Marr ‘91.

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

Career Win Number 175: In addition to notching his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the win against UMBC, Dave Pietramala also reached a milestone as the win against the Retrievers was the 175th of his coaching career. In addition to his 152-53 (.741) mark as the head coach at JHU, Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 175-70 (.714). Pietramala’s 175 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

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

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

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

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

An Offensive Group: Despite being held under 10 goals for the first time this season with last week’s 13-9 loss to North Carolina, Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Albany averaging 12.25 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. JHU ranks 12th in the nation in scoring offense, fifth in assists per game (8.00) and eighth in points per game (20.25).

Sharing the Ball: An effective part of the Blue Jay offense this season has been the ability to move the ball and that has shown up in the percentage of the team’s goals that have been assisted thus far. Through eight games, 64 of JHU’s 98 goals have been assisted, or 65.3%. Only three times since 2003 has Johns Hopkins finished a season with more than 60% of its goals being assisted. The 2003 team assisted on 67.4% of its goals, while the 2004 (64.3%) and 2009 (62.4%) teams also eclipsed the 60% mark.

Something Special Going On: An area of emphasis for all lacrosse coaches in practice are the specialty units of extra-man offense, man-down defense and faceoffs and the Blue Jays have been excelling in all three areas this season. In fact, Johns Hopkins is the only team that ranks in the top 10 in the nation in all three categories.
Below is a quick look at each unit through eight games:

Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on two-of-six extra-man opportunities last week against North Carolina and is now 13-of-26 (.500) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fifth in the nation in extra-man offense with Brandon Benn (4 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (4) and Ryan Brown (3) leading the way.

Man-Down Unit Excelling: With a lot of the focus on JHU’s offense this season, it’s easy to overlook the performance of the man-down unit, which has killed off 12-of-16 (.750) chances this season. The Blue Jays rank eighth in the nation in man-down defense this season after finishing 11th a year ago.

Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shines: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage (134-of-203 / .660). For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 129-of-187 (.690) through eight games and also has a team-high 88 ground balls thus far. He ranks third in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and first in ground balls per game (11.0) after winning 21-of-25 faceoffs with 15 ground balls against Syracuse, following that with a 16-of-25 performance with 11 ground balls at Virginia and capping a three-week run against top 10 teams with a 20-of-26 showing with 13 GBs against North Carolina. The 21 faceoff wins and 15 ground balls against the Orange are both career highs.br> In his last four games, Kennedy is 75-of-102 (.735) with 51 ground balls and has won ast least 16 faceoffs and grabbed 11 ground balls in each of those four games.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The eight teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 10 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and seven of 15 minutes or longer.

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

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

In Overtime: With last week’s 11-10 loss at Virginia, Johns Hopkins is now 20-11 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala; this includes the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State in the season opener. The Blue Jays have won four of their last six overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 10th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Shell Houston Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Humble, TX), LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship (Thursday & Friday 6pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Rancho Mirage, CA live on Golf Channel); Auto Racing: NASCAR Duck Commander 500 (Sunday 3pm from Fort Worth, TX live on FOX)

10. Mike Birbiglia (Friday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Judah Friedlander (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Tuesday-Friday Baltimore Arena); Captain America: The Winter Soldier” out in theaters (Friday); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Judah Friedlander has GREAT hats.

Also, this was a wonderful part of Anchorman 2.

9. Crowded Streets: Dave Matthews Band Tribute (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Scott Stapp (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); The Lone Bellow (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage Thursday 8pm Capitol Theatre); Childish Gambino (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Grouplove/MS MR/Smallpools (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Hold Steady (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Los Lonely Boys (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Dream Theater (Tuesday 7pm Lincoln Theater); Rocket From The Crypt (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Nickel Creek “A Dotted Line” and Chevelle “La Gargola” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Drew Forrester and I will be at The Lone Bellow Thursday night in York. Zach Williams from TLB will be on “The Reality Check” Tuesday. These are exciting times.

You know what, here’s more of The Lone Bellow. They’re THAT good. They do a John Prine song in this one.

More Lone Bellow? MORE LONE BELLOW.

Oh and also Nickel Creek. Because…also…Nickel Creek.

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Loyola remains at top spot in both weekly lacrosse polls

Posted on 01 April 2014 by WNST Staff

The Loyola Greyhounds were tested at Colgate this weekend, but ultimately held on for a 10-8 win to improve to 9-1 on the season. Thanks to their ninth straight victory the Hounds held on to the top spot in both of the weekly college lacrosse polls.

Maryland remained in the Top 5 in both polls thanks to a big 9-6 win over Virginia Sunday and Johns Hopkins dropped again after falling 13-9 to North Carolina-their third straight setback.

Here are the new weekly lacrosse polls, courtesy of NCAA.com. First the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll…

RANK NAME POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola Maryland (16) 470 1
2 Cornell (8) 457 2
3 Duke 428 3
4 Maryland 411 4
5 North Carolina 384 5
6 Denver 366 6
7 Syracuse 322 9
8 Notre Dame 311 7
9 Virginia 298 8
10 Johns Hopkins 243 10
11 Bryant 231 12
12 Massachusetts 200 13
13 Penn 190 16
14 Yale 157 11
15 Fairfield 142 18
T16 Colgate 100 17
T16 Hofstra 100 19
18 Albany 67 15
19 Princeton 49 14
20 Army 45 NR

Dropped out: No. 20 Penn State.

Also receiving votes: Brown, Saint John’s, Lehigh, Drexel, Villanova, Towson, Mercer.

And now the USILA Coaches’ poll…

RANK NAME POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Loyola Maryland (8) 290 1
2 Cornell (5) 285 2
3 Duke (1) 266 3
4 Maryland (1) 258 4
5 North Carolina 245 5
6 Denver 228 6
7 Notre Dame 195 7
T8 Virginia 191 8
T8 Syracuse 191 10
10 Johns Hopkins 160 9
11 Massachusetts 129 14
12 Bryant 128 12
13 Fairfield 101 16
14 Yale 94 11
15 Penn 93 18
16 Albany 56 13
17 Princeton 54 15
18 Army 47 20
19 Colgate 41 19
20 Hofstra 31 NR

Dropped out:  No. 17 Penn State.

Also receiving votes: Lehigh, Drexel, Towson, Saint John’s, Penn State, Villanova.

 

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Hopkins tries to snap funk Saturday against North Carolina

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-2) returns home for the first of three straight games at Homewood Field as the Blue Jays welcome North Carolina (7-2) to Baltimore.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins fell for the second week in a row as the Blue Jays dropped an 11-10 overtime decision at Virginia.
North Carolina improved to 7-2 with its second straight win, an 11-8 victory against top-ranked and previously unbeaten Maryland.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and North Carolina are meeting for the 43rd time in a series that dates to a 16-9 Johns Hopkins victory in 1977. The Blue Jays lead the series 24-18, but the Tar Heels have had the better of it lately as UNC has won six of the last seven, including an 11-10 overtime decision in Chapel Hill last season.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against North Carolina with an all-time record of 938-305-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

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

Honoring Chris Gardner: For the 17th straight year, Johns Hopkins will continue its fight against cancer and this weeks’ game against North Carolina is the Blue Jays’ designated game to support the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in honor of Chris Gardner. Gardner was a member of the Blue Jay lacrosse team in 1996 when he was diagnosed with cancer. He received treatment at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center before losing his battle in 1997.
Every year since then, members of the team make visits to the Children’s Center to visit kids who are battling cancer and a game is selected each year to be played in Chris’s honor. One dollar is added to the cost of all tickets for the game and the proceeds from this ticket increase are donated to the Children’s Center in Chris’s honor.
In addition, a player from both teams is honored as the Chris Gardner Player of the Game and Chris’s mom, Kaki Van Haverbeke, will be on hand for the 17th straight year to present the awards.

Champions Day: Head coach Dave Pietramala and the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team will welcome the 1959, 1969, 1974, 1979 and 1984 national championship teams for this week’s game against North Carolina. These five teams are celebrating “5-year” anniversaries of their championships and will enjoy a pregame reception next to the Cordish Lacrosse Center and members of the teams will be honored in a special pregame ceremony. These five teams posted a combined 56-5 record in winning the five national championships, with the 1959 and 1969 teams claiming USILA titles, while the 1974, 1979 and 1984 teams won NCAA crowns.

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

Career Win Number 175: In addition to notching his 152nd victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the win against UMBC, Dave Pietramala also reached a milestone as the win against the Retrievers was the 175th of his coaching career. In addition to his 152-52 (.746) mark as the head coach at JHU, Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 175-69 (.717). Pietramala’s 175 wins rank 10th among active Division I coaches.

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

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

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

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

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against North Carolina averaging 12.17 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in every game this season. JHU ranks 10th in the nation in scoring offense, third in assists per game (8.29) and sixth in points per game (21.0).

Sharing the Ball: An effective part of the Blue Jay offense this season has been the ability to move the ball and that has shown up in the percentage of the team’s goals that have been assisted thus far. Through seven games, 58 of JHU’s 89 goals have been assisted, or 65.2%. Only three times since 2003 has Johns Hopkins finished a season with more than 60% of its goals being assisted. The 2003 team assisted on 67.4% of its goals, while the 2004 (64.3%) and 2009 (62.4%) teams also eclipsed the 60% mark.

Extra, Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on four-of-six extra-man opportunities last week at Virginia and is now 11-of-20 (.550) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in extra-man offense with Brandon Benn (4 EMO goals), Ryan Brown (3) and Holden Cattoni (3) leading the way.

Must be the Speech: There must be something about the speech that head coach Dave Pietramala gives before the Blue Jays take the field at the start of the game and at halftime. For the year, Johns Hopkins holds a 26-17 scoring advantage in the first quarter and a 27-16 scoring margin in the third quarter. In the second and fourth quarters, JHU is a combined +7 in scoring margin (35-28).

Schneider, Defense Growing: While the offense has grabbed a majority of the headlines this season, the Blue Jay defense has been consistent thus far as well. Johns Hopkins is currently ranked 14th in the nation in scoring defense (8.86) and has held five of its seven opponents to nine goals or less. Eric Schneider continues to impress in goal as he sports an 8.45 goals against average and a .559 save percentage.

Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The seven teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have nine scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and seven of 15 minutes or longer.

Kennedy Shines: Junior faceoff specialist Drew Kennedy continues to enjoy a standout season for the Blue Jays as he is 109-of-161 (.677) through seven games and also has a team-high 75 ground balls thus far. He ranks fifth in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and first in ground balls per game (10.71) after winning 21-of-25 faceoffs with 15 ground balls against Syracuse and following that with a 16-of-25 performance with 11 ground balls at Virginia. The 21 faceoff wins and 15 ground balls against the Orange are both career highs. Kennedy won 18-of-22 (.818) faceoffs in the season opener against Ohio State and came back and won 16-of-23 with 10 ground balls against Towson. After winning just 1-of-6 in the first quarter, he was 15-of-17 over the final three quarters against the Tigers. In Overtime: With last week’s 11-10 loss at Virginia, Johns Hopkins is now 20-11 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala; this includes the 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State in the season opener. The Blue Jays have won four of their last six overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

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

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 24 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew (Saturday 10pm from Atlantic City live on HBO); MLS: Chicago Fire @ DC United (Saturday 4pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC Sports Network); Auto Racing: NASCAR STP 500 (Sunday 1pm from Martinsville, VA live on FOX); Golf: PGA Tour Texas Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC), LPGA Tour Kia Classic (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Carlsbad, CA live on Golf Channel)

10. Damon Wayans (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Baltimore Greek Week (Tuesday-Sunday Greektown); Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Wednesday-Sunday Baltimore Arena); The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Delivery Man” out on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Bad Words“, “Noah” and “Sabotage” out in theaters (Friday)

I assume Damon Wayans will call me while he’s in town. After all, I am close personal friends with the family.

Also…language terribly NSFW (unless you work somewhere selling penny stocks), but this is by far and away the Magnum Opus of Wolf of Wall Street…

9. Mobb Deep (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Los Lonely Boys (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); The Ataris (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Grouplove/MS MR/Smallpools (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Pentatonix (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Experience Hendrix feat. Buddy Guy/Jonny Lang/Kenny Wayne Shepherd/Bootsy Collins (Sunday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Johnny Cash “Out Among The Stars” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m going to start a MS MR cover band called MR MS. I’m clever.

Smallpools is the band that did the best song in 2013 no one gave enough credit to.

I am a supporter of the Rev.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Jimi Hendrix. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t suck.

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Hopkins falls to 5-2 after losing to Virginia in OT thriller

Posted on 22 March 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Greg Coholan scored his third goal of the game with 1:09 remaining in the first overtime period to lift 10th-ranked Virginia to an 11-10 victory against ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins before an announced crowd of 4,737 at Klockner Stadium Saturday afternoon. The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Cavaliers, who improve to 7-2 with the win. The Blue Jays fall to 5-2 with their second consecutive loss.

Both teams had possessions in overtime, but a Ryan Tucker shot for the Cavaliers hit the outside of the net to open the extra session and a Blue Jay turnover a short time later gave Virginia a second chance. Out of a timeout, the Cavaliers fired off three shots before Coholan got just enough separation from his defender after coming from behind the goal and fired a low shot that slipped past Eric Schneider for the game winner.

The Blue Jays trailed early, but rallied to take three, two-goal leads in the second half. After JHU built a 7-6 halftime lead, the teams traded the first five goals of the second half with Hopkins taking leads of 8-6, 9-7 and 10-8. The final two-goal margin came with 11:45 remaining in the fourth quarter when Ryan Brown completed his hat trick after scooping up a loose ball and scoring from in tight.

The two-goal lead could have been three a minute later, but Virginia’s Matt Barrett made a kick save on a Holden Cattoni blast from the side and the Cavaliers took advantage of the opportunity with back-to-back goals by Ryan Lukacovic in a four-minute span midway through the period to make it 10-10.

Lukacovic nearly gave the Cavs an 11-10 lead with just over three minutes remaining, but Schneider stopped him up high and the Blue Jays cleared. After working through a timer-on situation and calling timeout with just under a minute remaining in regulation, the Blue Jays turned the ball over and gave Virginia one final chance in regulation. A Mark Cockerton shot whistled wide in the final 10 seconds, setting the stage for Coholan’s overtime heroics.

The Blue Jays spotted the Cavaliers a pair of early three-goal leads as Virginia scored three goals before the game was four minutes old and answered Wells Stanwick’s first goal for the Blue Jays with a Coholan unassisted tally to grab a 4-1 lead with 6:47 remaining in the first quarter.

The Blue Jays turned to their extra-man unit to hop back into the game as they used three straight EMO goals in a span of less than three minutes to knot the game at 4-4 by the end of the first quarter.

Cattoni was on the back end of some great ball movement and beat Barrett from 10 yards out with a low shot to make it 4-2 at the five-minute mark. Cattoni and Brandon Benn netted EMO goals during a two-minute non-releasable penalty on the Cavaliers late the quarter to account for the tie at the end of the opening 15 minutes.

While the pace slowed slightly in the second quarter, the Cavaliers did grab leads of 5-4 and 6-5 in the opening eight minutes as James Pannell and Coholan sandwiched goals around another Benn strike before the Blue Jays got goals from freshman John Crawley and Brown in the final four minutes to carry a 7-6 lead into the half. Brown’s goal came with just 38 seconds left in the half and was JHU’s fourth extra-man goal of the first half.

Brown and Benn both posted three goals and one assist and senior Rob Guida added four assists to lead the way for the Blue Jays, who also got a 16-of-25 performance from junior Drew Kennedy on faceoffs.

Coholan’s three goals paced the Cavaliers, who also got two goals and one assist from Pannell and two goals from both Cockerton and Laukacovic. Barrett posted 16 saves in goal for Virginia, which snapped a threeg-game losing streak to the Blue Jays with the victory.

 

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Hopkins attackman Brown added to Tewaaraton Award watch list

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse sophomore attackman Ryan Brown is one of 10 players who have been added to the 2014 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, it was announced by the Tewaaraton Foundation. Brown joins teammate Wells Stanwick as Johns Hopkins’ two representatives on the list. Stanwick was on the original Tewaaraton Watch List, which was announced earlier this season.

Brown currently leads the team in goals (23) and points (31) through six games. His goal, assist (8) and point totals already surpass his totals of a year ago (17-4-21) and he ranks second in the nation in goals per game (3.88) and fourth in points per game (5.17).

Brown scored a career-high eight goals against Syracuse and also had an eight-point game (5g, 3a) in Johns Hopkins’ 15-9 win at Princeton earlier this season. The eight goals against the Orange were one shy of the Johns Hopkins single-game record and are tied for the most by a Division I player this season. Brown is the only player in then nation with two, eight-point games to his credit this season.

Brown has four hat tricks, eight multi-point games, five multi-goal games and four games with four or more points to his credit thus far.

Johns Hopkins (5-1) is ranked ninth in the most recent USILA Coaches Poll and will play at 10th-ranked Virginia (6-2) on Saturday.

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