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.