Television: CBS Sports Network
The Game: Johns Hopkins (8-3) plays its third game in seven days as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Annapolis to take on Navy (4-7). Game time is set for 7 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium with a national television broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up its third win in 11 days as the Blue Jays topped host Mount St. Mary’s, 17-2, on Monday. Navy fell to rival Army, 14-7, last Saturday. The loss is Navy’s second straight and fifth in its last six games.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Navy are meeting for the 87th time in a series that dates to a 6-1 Blue Jay victory in 1908. The Blue Jays picked up a 15-4 victory at Homewood Field last season, but Navy has won two straight in Annapolis, including a decisive 8-2 victory in 2012. JHU leads the series 58-27-1.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Navy with an all-time record of 941-306-15 (.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 sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fifth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Navy is not ranked this week in either poll.
Closing on Mr. Scott: Dave Pietramala picked up his 155th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 17-2 victory at Mount St. Mary’s 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 178: In addition to his 155-53 (.745) mark as the head coach at JHU, Dave Pietramala also postd a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell and now boasts an overall record of 178-70 (.718). Pietramala’s 178 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), Holden Cattoni(M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but made the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.
New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.
Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine – Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova – have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.
For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.
An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Navy averaging 12.64 goals per game and the Blue Jays have scored at least 10 goals in all but one game this season. Entering the game against Navy, JHU ranks ninth in the nation in scoring offense, fifth in assists per game (8.1) and 10th in points per game (20.7).
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 11 games, 89 of JHU’s 139 goals have been assisted, or 64.0%. 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 three of its four extra-man opportunities against Mount St. Mary’s and is now 21-of-37 (.568) for the year. The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in extra-man offense heading into the Navy game.Brandon Benn (6 EMO goals), Holden Cattoni (6), Ryan Brown (4) and Wells Stanwick (3) have combined to score 19 of JHU’s 21 EMO goals this season.
Kennedy, Faceoff Unit Shine: Behind the efforts of junior Drew Kennedy, Johns Hopkins ranks 11th in the nation in faceoff winning percentage entering this week’s game at Navy. On the year, the Blue Jays have won 168-of-271 (.620) as a team on the year.
For his part, Kennedy has been a workhorse as he is 152-of-239 (.636) through 11 games and also has a team-high 109 ground balls thus far. He ranks among the national leaders in faceoff winning percentage (11th) and ground balls per game (3rd / 9.9) after winning 9-of-11 with nine ground balls at Mount St. Mary’s.
Holding Them Down: The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for long stretches at key points this season. The 11 teams Johns Hopkins has played thus far have 14 scoreless droughts of 11 minutes or longer and 11 of 15 minutes or longer. JHU held Maryland scoreless for stretches of 20:11 to open the game and 18:52 immediately after the Terps scored their first goal and then held Mount St. Mary’s off the board for 44:56 to open the game.
More Holding: Johns Hopkins has held each of its 11 opponents under its season scoring average (current average) thus far. Recently, the Blue Jays held Albany to just eight goals (just over half of what the Great Danes entered the game averaging) and Maryland to just six goals (less than half the Terps’ average entering the game). In all, JHU has held nine of its 11 opponents to nine goals or less.
A Final Holding: The Johns Hopkins defense has not allowed a first-quarter goal in the last three games. The Blue Jays led Albany, 5-0, Maryland, 1-0, and Mount St. Mary’s, 2-0, at the end of the first quarter and haven’t allowed a first quarter goal since UNC scored with 51 seconds left in the first period of its game at JHU on March 29. The scoreless stretch for the opposition in the first quarter now stands at 45:51 and the Blue Jays have allowed just one goal in the last 55:25 of the first quarter.
Second Quarter Defense Nearly the Same: While the Blue Jays haven’t allowed a first quarter goal in the last three games, they’ve been nearly as effective in the second quarter over the same period of time. In wins against Albany, Maryland and Mount St. Mary’s the Blue Jays have allowed a total of just two goals in the second quarter. The Great Danes and Terps both managed a second-quarter goal against the Blue Jays after being held scorelessin the first. Mount St. Mary’s didn’t score until the final four seconds of the third quarter.
Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown is being counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio has been up to the task thus far. They have combined for at least three goals and seven points in all 11 games this season, with 11 goals against UMBC and nine goals against both Towson and Princeton. The trio has a pair of 16-point games to its credit (Towosn, UMBC) and a 14-point effort as well (Princeton). The three started the first 10 games together before Brown sat out the game at Mount St. Mary’s.
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 the 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.
State Rivalries: Johns Hopkins improved its record to 65-8 (.890) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland with the 17-2 victory at Mount St. Mary’s. Including this week’s game at Navy, the Blue Jays will play six games this season against in-state rivals.
Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked sixth 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.