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Navy overwhelmed by Colgate in Face-Off Classic

Posted on 23 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. —  Attackman Ryan Walsh and Peter Baum combined for seven goals and three assists to lead the Colgate men’s lacrosse team (7-2, 2-0 Patriot League) to an 11-3 victory over Navy (3-6, 1-3 PL) Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the Konica Minolta Faceoff Classic played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

“At the end of the day, Colgate was the better team from start to finish,” said second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “You have to tip your hat to Colgate, they played a really good game.”

Colgate opened the game scoring four in a row, including back-to-back goals just seven seconds apart by Walsh and fellow attackman Brendon McCann.  Walsh found McCann cutting up the middle with 7:11 to go in the first period and at 7:04 McCann returned the favor, feeding Walsh for a point blank shot to give the Raiders a 4-0 lead.

Rookie attackman T.J. Hanzsche (Berwyn, Pa.) finally got the Mids on the scoreboard when he beat Colgate defenseman Kevin Boyle and fired in his diving shot from the right crease with 2:34 remaining in the quarter.

Navy closed to within two (4-2) with 9:57 to play in the second quarter when freshman Patrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) picked up the loose ball after his initial shot was saved by keeper Conor Murphy and he stuffed the ball into the net on extra-man as he was tackled to the ground.

After nearly 16 minutes without a goal, Colgate’s Walsh came around the left side of the goal and bulled his way past Navy senior defenseman Jay Christopher to spark a seven-goal run by the Raiders.

Colgate held a 6-2 lead at the half and pushed it to 9-2 after three quarters of play.  The Raiders scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter before Navy’s 31-minute scoring drought ended when junior middie Sean Price (Millersville, Md.) found classmate Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) cutting into the middle of the field and Heneveld found the seam for the Mids’ third and final goal.

The two teams combined for 41 turnovers including 25 in the second half, while the Mids were just 14 for 20 on clears and Colgate was 19 for 29.

Navy’s starting attack and midfield scored just one point in the game, while its bench combined for two goals and an assist.  Leading scorer Sam Jones was held without a point for the first time in 12 games.  The last time he did not score a point was in last year’s conference loss to Lehigh (3-30) in Annapolis.

“Right now we don’t have a lot of flow or pace on the offensive end,” said Jones, who is just 10 points shy of becoming one of only 31 players in program history to score 100 points.  “We aren’t creating good opportunities for ourselves and when we do, we fail to capitalize.  We’re hesitant and I think that results in us not taking very high percentage shots.”

Senior faceoff specialist Evan McGoogan (Cranberry Township, Pa.) was a bright spot on the stat sheet for the Mids, winning 8 of the 15 draws he took and grabbed a team-high tying five ground balls.

Walsh led Colgate with seven points on four goals and three assists, while Paul contributed three goals and starting middie Jimmy Ryan added two goals and an assist.

The Mids return to action next Saturday when face Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. in what will be their third straight game away from Annapolis.  Game time is slated for 1:00 pm.

“I find it hard to believe that our guys are going o throw in the towel,” added Sowell, regarding Navy’s final four regular-season games.  “It’s part of who I am, but it’s also what I’ve learned from this team.  We’re gong to stick through this and see it through to the end.  When we win, we’ll win with class and when we have a loss, we’ll lose with class.  But on Monday we are going to prepare for the next game and have the team ready to go for Lehigh.”

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Hopkins delivers complete performance in blowout of Virginia

Posted on 23 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – One week after struggling to find a rhythm on both ends of the field, the 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team found its stride early in Saturday’s game against 14th-ranked Virginia and posted its most impressive win of the season as the Blue Jays raced past the Cavaliers, 15-8, in the second game of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. Hopkins used a 9-0 run and held UVA scoreless for more than 31 minutes to fuel its third straight win in the series and return the Doyle Smith Cup to Homewood.

The Blue Jays (6-2) led 2-1 midway through the first quarter after Brandon Benn and Mike Poppleton scored goals just three seconds apart and Mark Cockerton answered less than 90 seconds later for Virginia. When the Cavaliers finally found the net again with less than six minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Blue Jays had stretched the 2-1 lead to 11-1.

Entering the game with 63% of its goals having been assisted, the Blue Jays won their individual battles during the game-deciding run as the first six goals in the spree were unassisted.

Sophomore Wells Stanwick and freshman Ryan Brown tallied first-quarter goals in the final 6:17 to push the lead to 4-1 and Lee Coppersmith and Drew Kennedy added strikes just four seconds apart before the second quarter was four minutes old to push the led to 6-1. A slow developing transition goal by Phil Castronova made it 7-1 and it looked like that score might hold until the half, but JHU struck twice in a seven-second span in the final minute of the second quarter to carry a 9-1 lead into the break.

Any hopes for a Virginia (5-4) comeback were dashed early in the third quarter when Stanwick completed his hat trick and Sanders added his second strike in a span of just 44 seconds to complete the 9-0 run and give JHU an 11-1 lead – the largest Johns Hopkins has held against Virginia since 1995, when the then second-ranked Blue Jays beat top-ranked Virginia, 22-13, at Homewood Field.

The Cavaliers, who were just 1-of-20 shooting in the first half, found their stride offensively late in the third quarter as a Nick O’Reilly strike and back-to-back goals by Cockerton trimmed the deficit to 11-4. Holden Cattoni’s opportunistic goal with 27 seconds left in the period made it 12-4 and Cockerton scored again just nine seconds later to make it 12-5 entering the final period.

The teams combined for six goals – three each – in the final 8:57 of the game to account for the 15-8 final. Charlie Streep scored two of Virginia’s three goals in the period, while Brown scored twice and Sanders once to complete their first career hat tricks for the Blue Jays.

Stanwick make it four straight games with four or more points as he added an assist to his three goals, while Brown added one assist to his three goals as well for a career-high four points. Sanders’ three goals boost his season total to 11 after he entered the season with just one in his first two years combined. In all, nine different players scored goals for JHU, which scored on 15 of its 44 shots. The Blue Jays were particularly sharp in the second quarter, when they scored on 5-of-12 shots; Virginia was 0-for-13 in that period as JHU took control.

While the 15 goals grabbed the headlines, the play of senior goalie Pierce Bassett was also strong. Bassett posted 16 saves – tied for the second-highest total of his career – including seven in the first half when Hopkins built its lead.

Cockerton, who entered the game ranked third nationally in goals per game, led the Cavaliers with four goals, while Streep scored twice and O’Reilly added two assist to his one goal. Virginia held advantages in shots (52-44), ground balls (32-30) and faceoffs (14-13), but the early Hopkins run was more than it could overcome.

#14 Virginia (5-4) 1-0-4-3/8
#10 Johns Hopkins (6-2) 4-5-3-3/15

Goals: V: Cockerton-4, Streep-2, O’Reilly, Emery. J: Stanwick-3, Sanders-3, Brown-3, Cattoni, Benn, Coppersmith, Poppleton, Kennedy, Castronova. Assists: V: O’Reilly-2, Van Arsdale, Harbeson. J: Brown, Cattoni, Greeley, Pellegrino, Stanwick. Saves: V: Heller-13. J: Bassett-16, Schneider-0. Shots: V-52. J-44. EMO: V: 1-for-3. J: 1-for-3. Attendance: 10,487.

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Navy takes on Colgate Saturday in Face-Off Classic

Posted on 22 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 9 Navy (3-5, 1-2 PL) vs. Colgate (6-2, 1-0 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 23 at 2:00 pm ET
Location Baltimore, Md. | M&T Bank Stadium (71,008)
Television ESPNU | Eamon McAnaney (Play by Play), Paul Carcaterra (Analyst)

Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team will battle 2012 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinalst and Patriot League rival Colgate on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. in the first game of the 2013 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic … meeting for the 16th time in series history, Navy and Colgate will face off at 2:00 pm, followed by Virginia vs. Johns Hopkins at 4:30 pm.
• The Midshipmen are coming off the program’s first loss to Holy Cross after the Crusaders dealt Navy a 7-5 defeat at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y. at the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic last Sunday  Holy Cross outscored the Mids, 4-1, over a 17-minute period that began in the second quarter and spilled into the second half, giving the Crusaders a lead they would not relinquish.
• Saturday’s game marks the fifth time Navy has played at M&T Bank Stadium.  The Mids defeated Princeton (8-7) in the 2004 NCAA Semifinals before dropping a 14-13 decision to Syracuse in the National Championship.  Meanwhile, Army and Navy squared off in the Day of Rivals event in 2009 and ‘10.  The Mids beat Army in 2009 (8-4), while the Black Knights nipped Navy in 2010 (7-6).
• Colgate, ironically, also played in the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic, but eased its way past the Michigan after outscoring the Wolverines 4-1 in the second period.  Anchored by hat tricks from Peter Baum and Ryan Walsh, the Raiders posted a 10-7 victory en route to winning their third consecutive contest.
• Saturday’s contest will be carried live on ESPNU with Eamon McAnaney (play by play) and Paul Carcaterra (analyst) calling the action.

Scouting the Raiders
• In his second season, head coach Mike Murphy his led Colgate to a 6-2 mark with wins in each of its last three games.
• The Raiders opened the season by playing each of their first five games on the road.  To date, Colgate has played just two of its eight games at home.
• The Raiders have played just one ranked team this season, dropping a 19-3 decision to then seventh-ranked Cornell in Ithaca on March 2.
• Colgate is 1-0 in Patriot League action this season, dealing Holy Cross a 14-6 loss in Hamilton, N.Y. on March 9.
• The Raiders have done a nice job of taking care of the ball this season, committing just 13.5 turnovers per game which is the 12th-best mark in Div. I lacrosse.
• If there was a weak spot in Colgate’s game it would be extra-man offense and its goalkeeper play.  Colgate is 57th out of 63 teams in man-up offense, scoring goals on just 21.1 percent (4-19) of its opportunities.  Meanwhile, the Raiders are 59th in saves per game with Conor Murphy and Gordon Santry combining for just 8.88 saves per contest.
• The attack cominbination of Peter Baum and Ryan Walsh is one of the best in the country.  Baum, the reigning Tewaaraton Award winner, has put up 34 points on 23 goals and 11 assists, leading the team in all three categories.  He is ranked 12th in points per game (4.25), ninth in goals per game (2.88) and 48th in assists per game (1.38).  Meanwhile Walsh has produced 25 points on 20 goals and 5 assists.
• Faceoff specialist Robert Grabher is 24th nationally with a 53.3 win percentage (95-179).  He leads the team and is seventh in the country with an 8.13 ground balls per game average.
• As previously mentioned Conor Murphy and Gordon Santry have split time in goal with each player making 4 starts.  Murphy has produced a 7.73 goals-against average and is making stops on 53.8 percent of the shots he’s seen.  Santry, meanwhile, owns an 11.84 GAA and  41.8 save percentage.
• Junior defenseman Bobby Lawrence leads the way with 15 caused turnovers and is second on the team with 30 grounders.

Navy vs. Colgate – The Series
• Navy leads the all-time series with Colgate, 11-4, including wins in 3 of the last 4 contests.
• The two teams have met 13 times since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004 … during that span, Navy has produced a 9-4 record and outscored Colgate, 141-100.
• Each of the last 5 contests between the two programs has been decided by 1 goal, including last year’s contest in which Navy’s Sam Jones targeted a shot with 3.4 seconds remaining in the game to lead the Mids to a 12-11 victory.
• Saturday’s contest marks the fifth game played on neutral soil between the two programs and third regular-season neutral site battle.  Navy defeated the Raiders in 2004 (21-6) and 2005 (11-6) in Orlando.
• Navy and Colgate have twice faced one another in the Patriot League Tournament and have been met with split results … in 2007, the Mids claimed a 15-9 win over the Raiders in the championship game, before dropping the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate.

Weekend Rewind
• After Navy took a 2-1 lead, Holy Cross outscored the Mids, 4-1, over a 17-minute period that began in the second quarter and spilled into the second half, giving the Crusaders a lead they would not relinquish.
• It marked Holy Cross’ first win in a series that had seen Navy win the previous 9 games.
• Navy had won 7 straight game when holding its opponent to 7 or fewer goals, all of which were under Rick Sowell’s direction.
• The Mids played their fourth consecutive game without scoring an extra-man goal … the Mids were 0 for 3 against Holy Cross.
• The Navy-Holy Cross tilt marked just the second time a Div. I men’s lacrosse game has been played at a Major League Baseball Stadium.
• The first Div. I men’s lacrosse game to be played at an active MLB stadium was between Navy and Johns Hopkins on May 8, 1971.  The Mids dropped the Blue Jays, 9-6, in front of more than 18,000 fans.
• With a goal and an assist, junior attackman Sam Jones extended his point-scoring streak to 11 games and is the lone player on the roster to record a goal or an assist in every game this season.
• Sophomore midfielder Gabe Voumard continues to be a goal-scorer for the Mids as he registered his 12th goal of the season in Navy’s loss to Holy Cross.  Remarkably, 10 of his 12 goals have been unassisted.
• Junior midfielder Pat Durkin had his 19-game starting streak come to an end when he came off the sideline to lead the Mids with 2 goals and 1 assist against Holy Cross.
• Senior faceoff specialist Evan McGoogan tied his career high with 10 wins on his 16 attempts (62.5) against the Crusaders … he also picked up a career-high tying six ground balls.
• Junior long pole Pat Kiernan put together 5 ground balls and 3 caused turnovers to push himself higher in the national standings.  He is 13th in ground balls (6.75) and third in caused turnovers (2.63).

The Big Leagues
• In the last decade, Navy has played six games at NFL Stadiums, including four contests at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  The Mids defeated Princeton at M&T Bank Stadium in the 2004 NCAA Semifinals before dropping a 14-13 decision to Syracuse in the National Championship two days later.  Navy faced Army in back-to-back years (2009, ‘10) at M&T Bank Stadium in the Inside Lacrosse-sponsored Day of Rivals which also featured Johns Hopkins vs. Maryland.
• In 2008, the Midshipmen defeated Holy Cross, 16-3, at Texas Stadium, now the former home of the Dallas Cowboys.
• Last February, Navy faced off against Jacksonville at EverBank Field, the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.
• Last Sunday, the Mids dropped a 7-5 decision to Holy Cross at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, as part of the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic Presented by Konica Minolta.  It was just the second time a Div. I men’s lacrosse game has been played at a Major League Baseball Stadium.
• The first Div. I men’s lacrosse game to be played at an active MLB stadium was between Navy and Johns Hopkins on May 8, 1971.  The Mids dropped the Blue Jays, 9-6, in front of more than 18,000 fans.

National Leader Board
• According to the latest national statistics released on Monday by the NCAA, the Mids are ranked among the top 20 in five categories.
• After producing 10 and 11 caused turnovers against Towson and Holy Cross, respectively, Navy maintained its position as the nation’s leader in the category, forcing 11.38 turnovers per game.  Junior long pole Pat Kiernan is #3 nationally, averaging 2.63 takeaways per game while senior close defenseman Austin Miller is #6, causing 2.38 turnovers per game.
• Navy’s man-down defense has lost its mojo as of late.  The Mids had not surrendered a man-down goal in 3 games and held their opponents to an 0-for-11 mark.  However, Navy has given up man-down goals on 7 of its last 13 opportunites over the last 3 contests.  The Mids are now ranked 13th, giving up goal on 75.7 percent (28-37) of the opportunities.
• Navy is ranked 10th in ground balls per game (34.38) which is a huge improvement over 2012.  The Mids were ranked 43rd in ground balls per game, averaging 27.67.
• The Mids are also ranked among the top 20 in scoring defense (17th, 8.75) and faceoff win percentage (20th, 52.9).

Kiernan Among Nation’s Top Poles
• Junior long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan is one of the best at his position in the country.
• Kiernan leads Navy in both caused turnover and ground balls and is among the national leaders in both categories.  He is ranked third in caused turnovers per game (2.63) and 13th in ground balls (6.75).
• Kiernan was a machine against Towson where he registered a career-high 12 ground balls and won 8 of his 10 faceoffs.  Meanwhile, against Lafayette he picked up 7 ground balls and forced 7 Leopard turnovers.
• Additionally, he has garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors three times this season.
• He has produced 12 career points, including  a program-record 10 in 2012.
• He is tied for eighth in the country among active poles with 12 points behind Bryant’s Mason Poli (50 pts), Loyola’s Scott Ratliff (33), Brown’s Roger Ferguson (24), Maryland’s Jesse Bernhardt (17), Dillon Ayers of St. John’s (17), Mark Burns of Mount St. Mary’s (13) and Bellarmine’s Bobby Schmitt (13).  Syracuse’s Matt Harris also has 12 points
• He is second all-time in career points scored by a Navy defensemen, while his 9 goals are the most in program history.

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Hopkins battles Virginia Saturday in Face-Off Classic

Posted on 22 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-2) makes the 4.5-mile trip to downtown Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium as the Blue Jays take on Virginia (5-3) in the second game of Inside Lacrosse’s Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. Game time is tentatively set for 4:30 pm on Saturday, March 23. The JHU-UVA game will follow the Navy-Colgate game.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins slipped to 5-2 with a 13-8 loss at Syracuse last Saturday. Virginia dropped its second straight one-goal game as the Cavs fell to Ohio State, 11-10, at home.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Virginia are meeting for the 86th time in a series that dates to a 9-0 JHU victory in 1904. The Blue Jays lead the series 56-28-1 and have won two straight against the Cavaliers.

Playing for the Cup: The winner of this week’s game between Johns Hopkins and Virginia will be presented with the Doyle Smith Cup, which goes to the winner of the annual regular season game between the two teams.

Doyle Smith arrived at Johns Hopkins from Corvallis, Oregon in 1962 and served as the manager of the lacrosse team throughout his tenure at Homewood. He graduated from Johns Hopkins Phi Beta Kappa and worked under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott before moving to the University of Virginia, where he served as the Director of Media Relations for the men’s lacrosse program for 30 years.

Doyle’s devotion to the sport of men’s lacrosse was remarkable. He served as the information director for the USILA for many years and was the official statistician at the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships for over two decades. He also was responsible for the standardization and accuracy of men’s lacrosse statistics and became the face and voice of the USILA during his time at Virginia. In 2000, he became the first non-player, non-coach to be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

By a joint acclimation between Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia, it was established during the 2006 season that the regular-season game contested between the Blue Jays and the Cavaliers be known as the game for the Doyle Smith Cup.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Virginia with an all-time record of 929-300-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

In the Face-Off Classic: Johns Hopkins is the only team to have played in every Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic since the event was formed in 2007. JHU will carry a 4-2 all-time record in the Face-Off Classic into this week’s game against Virginia. Below is a list of JHU’s all-time FOC results:

2007 – Princeton • W/7-6 (OT)
2008 – Princeton • W/14-9
2009 – Princeton • L/8-14
2010 – Princeton • L/10-11 (OT)
2011 – UMBC • W/16-5
2012 – UMBC • W/12-5

At M&T Bank Stadium: This week’s game against Virginia will be the 14th Johns Hopkins has played at M&T Bank Stadium. The Blue Jays are 8-5 all-time at the home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.

JHU won all three of its games at M&T in 2007, including a 7-6 double-overtime win against Princeon in the Face-Off Classic and a 12-11 win against Duke in the NCAA Championship game. After dropping two of their first three games at M&T Bank Stadium in 2003 and 2004, the Blue Jays have won seven of their last 10 here. The 13 games JHU has played here have been equal parts nail-biter and equal parts blowout. Six of the 13 have been decided by two goals or less (including five one-goal affairs) and seven have been decided by five goals or more.

All-Time in NFL Stadiums: In addition to playing 13 previous games at M&T Bank Stadium, JHU has played seven other games in NFL stadiums in its history. JHU is 12-8 all-time in NFL stadiums with the 13 games at M&T accounting for 60% of the 20 all-time games in these stadiums. Below is a breakdown of JHU’s all-time record in the five different NFL venues the Blue Jays have played in:

M&T Bank Stadium (2003-04, 2007-) • 8-5
Lincoln Financial Field (2005) • 2-0
Gilette Stadium (2008) • 1-1
Met Life Stadium (2010-11) • 1-1
Houston Astrodome (1971) • 0-1

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 166th career win when JHU knocked off UMBC and he now stands at 166-64 overall. Included in that mark is a 143-47 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 seven games. JHU has outscored the opposition 28-13 in the first quarter and 25-13 in the third. By contrast, the Blue Jays hold just a 21-19 scoring margin in the fourth quarter and an 18-15 advantage in the second quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts eight players with four or more goals and 10 players with four or more points through seven games. In all, 17 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 20 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, 4-of-6 against UMBC, 3-of-6 against Syracuse and is now 20-of-35 (.571) on the year. Johns Hopkins currently ranks third in the nation in man-up offense.
Seven different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshman Ryan Brown(7), sophomore Wells Stankwick (4) and junior Brandon Benn (3) leading the way. Brown’s seven extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski has 12 and Conor Fordhad eight.

Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick continued his offensive roll at Syracuse as he scored three goals and had one assist against the Orange. Stanwick boosted his totals to 15 goals and 12 assists on the year with his effort at SU and he has already surpassed his goal (9) and point (23) totals from last season.
Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s as he totaled five goals and four assists for nine points. Previously he had never had more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game.
He followed that with a two-goal, four-assist effort in the win over UMBC and the added the three-goal, one-assist performance at SU.
Stanwick is the first Johns Hopkins player to post nine points in a game since Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy in 2003. He is also the first JHU player with back-to-back six-point games since Dan Denihan did it against Villanova (8), Ohio State (6) and Maryland (7) during the 2000 season.

Poppleton Rolls On: With a 14-of-23 performance at Syracuse, 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 96-of-135 (.711) on the year and leads the team with 51 ground balls. He also improved to 286-of-445 (.643) in his career with his efforts last week at SU.

Benn Leads Team in Goals: Junior Brandon Benn continues to pace the team in goals (19) and ranks second in points (20) after scoring once at Syracuse last week. Benn’s one-goal showing at Syracuse brought to an end a five-game streak of scoring three goals or more. He is 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 changed quickly as the hard-shooting lefty punched up back-to-back two-point games against Princeton and Mount St. Mary’s. He fired home a pair of goals againt the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount. He scored an extra man goal against Syracuse and now has four goals and one assist for five points on the year.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has eight goals and three assists through seven games and leads the team with seven extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in six of seven games this season and his seven extra-man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski (12) and Conor Ford (8) both topped that mark.

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 eight goals through seven games. Sanders is tied for fourth on the team in goals (8) and ranks eighth in points (8).

Bassett Solid Through Seven: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of the early season in Baltimore hasn’t slowed him as he currently boasts a .569 save percentage and an 8.37 goals against average. He ranks 12th in the nation in goals against average and 15th in save percentage. He posted 10 saves in the win against UMBC and became the 10th Johns Hopkins goalie to reach the 400-save mark in the process. He has 417 career saves to his credit – a mark that ranks 10th in school history.

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 (17) and leads the team with nine caused turnovers. Durkin is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 12th nationally in scoring defense (8.57).

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 and UMBC was held off the board for 24:04 to open the game and 13:01 later in the game.

A Game of Runs: In JHU’s five wins the Blue Jays have used a game-turning run to pull away. Against Princeton, the Blue Jays did have a 3-0 run in the second half before the Tigers pulled away for the victory, while a 6-2 run against Syracuse trimmed a 6-1 deficit to 8-7 before the Blue Jays ultimately fell.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 10th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 11th 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 402 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 400 of those 402 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 379 of the 402 and the top five in 299 of those 402. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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

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

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

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

Working Overtime: The 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 25-7 in its last 32 games and 30-9 since the start of the 2011 season.

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Hopkins to face Virginia in Face-Off Classic

Posted on 15 October 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Inside Lacrosse Magazine announced today that the 2013 Johns Hopkins-Virginia men’s lacrosse game will be the second game in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. The event will take place on Saturday, March 23 and will open with a key Patriot League showdown between Navy and Colgate.

The Navy-Colgate game will begin at 2 pm with the Johns Hopkins-Virginia game to follow at 4:30 pm. Both games will air live on ESPNU.

“We are thankful and excited to once again be playing in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic,” Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala noted. “Our rivalry with the University of Virginia is one of the great rivalries in our sport and to have the opportunity to play this game at M&T Bank Stadium will only add to the excitement surrounding the game. Inside Lacrosse continues to create events that showcase some of the finest games in college lacrosse and we look forward to representing Johns Hopkins University in their premier event.”

Inside Lacrosse also announced the game schedule for the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. In that event on Saturday, April 27, Princeton will take on Cornell and Syracuse will play Notre Dame.

Johns Hopkins has been a regular in the Face-Off Classic as the Blue Jays are the only team that has participated in the event every year since its formation in 2007. Johns Hopkins has won four of its six all-time games in the Face-Off Classic and has also split a pair of games in the Big City Classic.

The Johns Hopkins-Virginia game is one of the highlights on the college lacrosse schedule each season. The Blue Jays have beaten the Cavaliers by a goal in each of the last two years (12-11 in 2011 and 11-10 in 2010). One-goal games are nothing new in the series as Johns Hopkins and Virginia have played eight one-goal games since 2002.

In addition to overflow crowds, the Hopkins-Virginia game has also been one of the featured attractions on television in recent years. In fact, Johns Hopkins’ 11-10 victory in overtime at Virginia last season ranks as the highest rated regular season men’s lacrosse game in ESPNU history.

“I think Konica Minolta’s on going commitment shows that lacrosse has proven value for sponsors,” said Andy Bilello, Associate Publisher at Inside Lacrosse. “Especially now when the sports marketplace is crowded with sponsorship opportunities. After six years together, Konica Minolta genuinely feels like part of the Inside Lacrosse team. Our ability to deliver great experiences to lacrosse fans is due to the support of Konica Minolta and other partners like them. This is just a part of IL’s event plans for 2013, and we’re excited to make this first announcement with a long-standing partner like Konica Minolta.”

“Over the years, our partnership with Inside Lacrosse has been a wonderful arrangement for everyone,” said Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “By continuing this partnership with Inside Lacrosse, we are able to further enhance our brand awareness, and lacrosse fans can count on the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and Konica Minolta Big City Classic as premier events on the college sports landscape.”

Well established as the premier media outlet in the sport, Inside Lacrosse is also recognized for its success in promoting the biggest events of the college lacrosse season. These events have brought unprecedented excitement and fan interest to the regular season. Over the past six years Inside Lacrosse has drawn more than 260,000 fans to its 13 events, including 55,354 fans to its three events in 2012. Lacrosse fans circle the dates for the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and the Konica Minolta Big City Classic on their calendars each year. The games lined up for the 2013 events guarantee that fans will be eagerly anticipating the start of the next season.


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