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Five Blue Jays nab All-American honors

Posted on 23 May 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins senior defenseman Tucker Durkin was named a First Team USILA All-American on Thursday and four other Blue Jays were named to the team as well. Joining Durkin were senior faceoff specialist Mike Poppleton, who grabbed second team honors, and senior goalie Pierce Bassett, senior defenseman Chris Lightner and sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick, who all earned honorable mention status.

Durkin earned his third straight All-America honor as he nabbed second team honors as a sophomore and first team honors last season, when he was also named the William C. Schmeisser Award recipient as the nation’s top defensive player. This season he led a Johns Hopkins unit that ranks third nationally in scoring defense (7.79). Durkin led the team in caused turnovers (16) and finished fifth in ground balls (32) while regularly drawing the assignment of marking the opposition’s top attackman. While matchups can change throughout a game, the three attackmen he primarily marked in his final three games combined for a total of just two assists in that time.

Durkin is the first Johns Hopkins defenseman since Michael Evans (2007-09) to earn All-America honors three times, the first since Rob Doerr (1998-99) to earn First Team All-America honors in back-to-back seasons and the first to earn first and second team honors a combined three times since Dave Pietramala grabbed first team honors from 1987-89.

Poppleton is making his first appearance on the All-America team with his second team selection. He won 161-of-235 (.685) faceoffs this season and grabbed a team-high 89 ground balls. He ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and 15th in ground balls per game (6.85). His .685 winning percentage is a Johns Hopkins single-season record, while his 161 faceoffs won are the eighth-highest single-season total in JHU history. He finishes his career having won 351-of-545 (.644) faceoffs and is the school record-holder in career faceoff winning percentage.

Bassett is also making his third appearance on the All-America team after earning second team honors as a sophomore and honorable mention status last season. He posted a 7.59 goals against average and a .604 save percentage this season and currently ranks fourth in the nation in GAA and third in save percentage. His .604 save percentage is the best at Johns Hopkins and the first above 60% since 2005, when Jesse Schwartzman posted a .626 mark. He is the first Johns Hopkins goalie to earn All-America honors three times since Brian Carcaterra turned the trick from 1998-2000.

Lightner is making his first appearance on the team as well after enjoying a strong final season at Homewood. He teamed with Durkin to give the Blue Jays one of the most experienced and effective defensive tandems in the nation. Lightner started all 13 games he played in this season and had a career-high 36 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. His 36 ground balls ranked third on the team, while he was fourth in caused turnovers.

Stanwick took over as the leader of the Blue Jay offense and led the team in scoring with 24 goals and 23 assists for 47 points. He had 11 multi-point games to his credit and had seven games with four points or more on the year. Stanwick is the first sophomore attackman at Johns Hopkins to earn All-America honors since Kyle Wharton in 2009 and he currently ranks fourth in the nation in shooting percentage (.500).

 

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Hopkins wraps regular season with trip to Army

Posted on 02 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  CBS Sports Network

The Game: Johns Hopkins (8-5) hits the road for the final time in the regular season as the Blue Jays head to West Point to take on Army (8-5).

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins had its two-game winning streak snapped as the Blue Jays fell to Loyola, 8-4, last Saturday at Homewood Field. Army also had a two-game winning streak snapped as the Black Knights fell to Bucknell, 12-9, in the Patriot League semifinals last Friday.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 69th in a series that dates to a 3-2 Johns Hopkins win in 1921. The Blue Jays have won 55 of the first 68 games between the two teams and have currently won 18 straight in the series.

Program Ties – I: Johns Hopkins sophomore defenseman Eddie Schurr is the older brother of Army freshman defenseman Kevin Schurr.

Program Ties – II: Johns Hopkins freshman faceoff specialist Craig Madarasz is the cousin of Army freshman LSM Brendan Madarasz.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Army with an all-time record of 932-303-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

1,250 and Counting: Last week’s game against Loyola was the 1,250th in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program.

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 169th career win with Johns Hopkins’ victory over Navy on April 20 and he now stands at 169-67 overall. Included in that mark is a 146-50 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.

May Day: Johns Hopkins has won 14 straight regular season games in the month of May. JHU’s last regular season loss in May came on May 8, 1999, when Hofstra nipped the Blue Jays, 9-8, in overtime. Johns Hopkins is 34-10 (.773) in games played in May under head coach Dave Pietramala (2001-present).

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 13 games. JHU has outscored the opposition 45-26 in the first quarter and 41-26 in the third. The Blue Jays also hold a 29-21 scoring margin in the second quarter and a 37-31 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts nine players with six or more goals and nine players with 12 or more points through 13 games. In all, 18 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 22 players have at least one point.

It’s Been a While – Part I: Johns Hopkins held Navy to just four goals – and none in the final 28 minutes – in the recent 15-4 victory. This defensive effort came seven days after JHU held Maryland to four goals in a 7-4 win. This marks the first time the Blue Jays have held back-to-back opponents to four goals or less since 2008, when JHU held Hofstra (10-4) and Navy (10-4) to four goals in victories in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

It’s Been a While – Part II: More than six years had passed since Johns Hopkins last won a game when scoring seven goals or less. Prior to the 7-4 win at Maryland, the Blue Jays’ last win when scoring seven or less came on March 3, 2007, when JHU topped Princeton, 7-6, in double overtime in the Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium. Ironically, the win against Princeton that day came one week after a one-goal loss to Albany; as did this year’s win at Maryland.

The Key to Victory – Part I: Johns Hopkins is 7-1 on the year when scoring in double figures. The Blue Jays are 1-4 when scoring fewer than 10 goals. JHU scored its first win of the season when scoring less than 10 goals with the 7-4 win at Maryland.

The Key to Victory – Part II: Johns Hopkins is 8-1 on the year when holding the opposition to less than 10 goals. On the flip side, JHU is 0-4 when allowing 10 goals or more.

EMO Among Nation’s Best: The Blue Jay extra-man offense is 25-of-59 (.424) on the year and currently ranks eighth 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 (8), junior Brandon Benn (6) and sophomore Wells Stanwick (4) leading the way. Brown’s eight extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski had 12 and Conor Ford had eight.

Welcome Back: Junior midfielder Rob Guida returned to the lineup at Maryland after missing eight games with an injury. Guida took his customary spot on Johns Hopkins’ first midfield and scored one goal with two ground balls to his credit. He added another goal and two more GBs against Navy and now has three goals, one assist and eight ground balls on the year. Two of his goals are extra-man tallies.

Kaestner Enjoys Career Day: Senior attackman John Kaestner fueled JHU’s 15-4 win against Navy with the most productive game of his career. Starting for an injured Zach Palmer, Kaestner totaled career highs of three goals, three assists and six points to go along with three ground balls on the day.
Despite playing in just nine of JHU’s 13 games, Kaestner is tied for sixth on the team in scoring with nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. In 21 career games played before this season, he had four goals and two assists.
He also represents the third-generation of Kaestners to play at JHU as his grandfather (Benjamin “Bud” Kaestner, Jr.) and uncle (Benjamin “Hank” Kaestner, III) both played lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, are members of the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. His uncle was a two-time recipient of the Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman (1966 & 1967), His father, John, played lacrosse at Maryland, was a three-time All-American and the 1972 recipient of the Turnbull Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top attackman.
In addition, Kaestner’s two older sisters were also accomplished Division I lacrosse players. His oldest sister, Ashby, earned All-America honors three times at Georgetown, while another sister, Christie, played at Duke and was a First Team All-America pick for the Blue Devils.

Stanwick Leads Team in Scoring: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick had a nine-game streak with multiple points come to an end at Maryland as he was held scoreless for the first time this season, but he bounced back in a big way in the 15-4 win over Navy with one goal and a career-high five assists for six points. He added one assist last week against Loyola.
Stanwick continues to lead the team in scoring with 23 goals and 22 assists for 45 points on the year and he has far surpassed his goal (9), assist (13) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks fourth in the nation in shooting percentage (.500).
Stanwick has recorded at least two points in 10 of the 12 games he has played in this season and, despite not registering a point at Maryland, still has 37 points in his last nine games (4.1/game).
Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s earlier this season as he totaled five goals and four assists for nine points. Previously he had never had more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game. Stanwick is the first Johns Hopkins player to post nine points in a game since Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy in 2003. 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: Senior Mike Poppleton continues to enjoy a standout season as he won 15-of-17 faceoffs and grabbed 10 ground balls in the win over Navy and was 11-of-15 with six ground balls and one goal against Loyola. His effort against Navy marked the 11th time in is career he has won 14 or more faceoffs in one game.
Poppleton, who ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 161-of-235 (.685) on the year and leads the team with 89 ground balls. He also improved to 351-of-545 (.644) in his career with his showing last week against Loyola and now ranks seventh in school history in career faceoffs won and attempted.

Palmer Ranks Third in Scoring: Despite missing games against Maryland and Navy after suffering an injury in practice, senior attackman Zach Palmer is still ranked third on the team in scoring with 12 goals and 12 assists on the year. He posted three goals and one assist at North Carolina and added one goal against Albany before missing the games against Maryland and Navy.
Palmer now has career totals of 71 goals and 68 assists for 139 points. He enters this week’s game against Army needing just two assists to become the 11th player in school history to amass 70 goals and 70 assists.

Benn Leads Team in Goals: Junior Brandon Benn continues to pace the team in goals (30) and ranks second in points (31) after punching up a career-high-tying five goals against Navy and two more last week against Loyola. He has scored 60 of his 65 career goals since the start of the 2012 season and has scored at least one goal in all 12 games he has played this season and 15 straight dating back to last season.
With 30 goals last season and 30 more this year, he is the first Johns Hopkins player to score 30 or more goals in back-to-back years since Dylan Schlott in 1998 (48) and 1999 (41).

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays in his first year at Homewood. Brown has 14 goals and four assists through 13 games and leads the team with eight extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in nine of 13 games this season and his eight extra-man goals are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski (12) and Conor Ford(8) led a potent JHU extra man unit.
Brown fired home the first hat trick of his career and added an assist for a career-high four points in the 15-8 win over Virginia and added two goals at North Carolina. He now has six multi-point and four multi-goal games to his credit this season.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already far surpassed that total as he has scored 13 goals through 13 games. Sanders ranks fifth on the team in goals (13) and ranks ninth in points (13).

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 against the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount. He scored an extra man goal against Syracuse, added one goal and one assist vs. Virginia, one goal against Albany and an assist vs. Navy. He now has six goals and three assists for nine points on the year.

Bassett Among National Win Leaders: Senior Pierce Bassett enters this week’s game against Army with a 7.90 goals against average and a .592 save percentage after posting 12 saves while allowing eight goals in last week’s game against Loyola. He currently ranks eighth in the nation in both save percentage and goals against average.
Bassett enjoyed one of his finest games of the season against Virginia as he posted 16 saves and allowed just seven goals in 59:02. The 16 saves are tied for the second-highest total of his career and he followed that with a 15-save performance against Albany and a 12-save showing against Maryland. He ranks seventh in school history with 487 career saves and passed Larry Quinn (462 saves • 1982-85) on the career saves list with his 12 against the Terps.
Bassett also enters this week’s game against Army tied for third among active Division I goalies in career wins after picking up number 35 against Navy.

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 and was recently named one of the 25 nominees for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award.
Durkin has been on a roll of late as the three players he has primarly covered in his last three games – Albany’s Lyle Thompson, Maryland’s Kevin Cooper and Loyola’s Justin Ward, combined for two assists in the three games. He held Thompson, the nation’s leading scorer at better than seven points per game, scoreless, while Cooper and Ward managed just one assist each.
Durkin currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (32) and leads the team with 16 caused turnovers. He is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks ninth nationally in scoring defense (8.08).

Lightner, Reilly Round Out Starting Defense: While senior Tucker Durkin has drawn the most headlines among JHU’s close defensemen, the Blue Jays also count talented senior Chris Lightner and junior Jack Reillyamong the key pieces to their defensive puzzle.
Lightner ranks fourth on the team with 31 ground balls and also has eight caused turnovers to his credit, while Reilly has 14 ground balls and ranks second on the team with 13 caused turnovers. Lightner had five ground balls and two caused turnovers in the recent win at Maryland.

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increase scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches.
In the win at top-ranked Maryland, the Blue Jay defense was dialed in from the opening whistle and held the Terps off the scoreboard for stretches of 11:23, 22:02 and 13:13. Senior goalie Pierce Bassett and close defensemen Tucker Durkin, Chris Lightner and Jack Reilly combined to hold Maryland’s starting attack unit to one goal and one assist and the Terps’ potent first midfield managed just three goals and one assist. This is the first time this season JHU has held the opposition scoreless for 11 minutes or more three different times in one game.
The four goals the Blue Jays allowed at Maryland are the fewest Johns Hopkins has allowed against a team ranked in the top five since April 5, 1986, when JHU topped third-ranked North Carolina, 16-4
The Blue Jays followed that with another strong showing as they held Navy to just four goals on 22 shots and twice held the Midshipmen scoreless for stretches of 20 minutes or longer.

• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 11 minutes or more 21 times this season.
• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 15 mnutes or more 13 times this season.
• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 20 minutes or more seven times this season.

State Rivalries: Last week’s 8-4 loss to Loyola was JHU’s first in six games this season against a team from the state of Maryland. Johns Hopkins’ record is now 61-8 (.884) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland. JHU went 5-1 this year against in-state teams.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 14th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 16th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media 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.

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 408 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 406 of those 408 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 381 of the 408 and the top five in 299 of those 408. 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 loss at North Carolina snapped a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays in games that have gone to overtime. With the loss the Blue Jays are now 19-10 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

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Hopkins tries to build off Maryland win with visit from Navy Saturday

Posted on 19 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins plays the first of two straight home games as the Blue Jays (7-4) welcome long-time rival Navy (3-9) to Homewood Field.

A Look Back: On rivalry weekend in the world of college lacrosse, Johns Hopkins picked up a crucial 7-4 win at top-ranked Maryland last Saturday. On the same day, Navy slipped to 3-9 on the year with a 14-7 loss to rival Army at Navy Marine Corps Stadium.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 86th meeting between Johns Hopkins and Navy in a series that dates to a 6-1 Johns Hopkins victory in 1908. The Blue Jays lead the all-time 57-27-1, although the Midhipmen have won two of the last three.

All-Time vs. Number One: Johns Hopkins improved to 8-4 under head coach Dave Pietramala against teams ranked number one in the nation with last week’s 7-4 win at Maryland.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Navy with an all-time record of 931-302-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 168th career win with Johns Hopkins’ victory at Maryalnd last week and he now stands at 168-66 overall. Included in that mark is a 145-49 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.

April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who are 51-11 (.823) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 28-5 at home, 21-4 on the road and 2-2 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala’s guidance.

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 11 games. JHU has outscored the opposition 41-22 in the first quarter and 34-23 in the third. The Blue Jays also hold a 26-18 scoring margin in the second quarter – the bulge slides to a 32-29 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts eight players with six or more goals and eight players with 12 or more points through 11 games. In all, 18 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 22 players have at least one point.

The Key to Victory – Part I: Johns Hopkins is 6-1 on the year when scoring in double figures. The Blue Jays are 1-3 when scoring fewer than 10 goals. JHU scored its first win of the season when scoring less than 10 goals with last week’s 7-4 win at Maryland.

The Key to Victory – Part II: Johns Hopkins improved to 7-0 on the year when holding the opposition to less than 10 goals with the win at Maryland. On the flip side, JHU is 0-4 when allowing 10 goals or more.

It’s Been a While: More than six years had passed since Johns Hopkins last won a game when scoring seven goals or less. Prior to last Saturday’s 7-4 win at Maryland, the Blue Jays’ last win when scoring seven or less came on March 3, 2007, when JHU topped Princeton, 7-6, in double overtime in the Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium. Ironically, the win against Princeton that day came one week after a one-goal loss to Albany; as did last week’s win at Maryland.

EMO Clicking: Johns Hopkins converted on 1-of-2 extra man chances at Maryland and the Blue Jays are now 23-of-48 (.479) on the year and 15-of-31 (.484) in the last seven games. Johns Hopkins currently ranks sixth 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 (8), sophomore Wells Stanwick (4) and junior Brandon Benn (4) leading the way. Brown’s eight extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski had 12 and Conor Ford had eight.

Welcome Back: Junior midfielder Rob Guida returned to the lineup at Maryland after missing eight games with injury. Guida took his customary spot on Johns Hopkins’ first midfield and scored one goal with two ground balls to his credit. He now has two goals, one assist and six ground balls on the year. Both of his goals are extra-man tallies.

Two-for-Two: For the second time in as many seasons, senior attackman John Kaestner stepped into the starting lineup to fill in for an injured player and responded with two goals in a key road win. He scored the first two goals of his career in a 10-8 win at Princeton last season and added a two-goal showing in the win at Maryland last week.

Stanwick Leads Team in Scoring: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick had a nine-game streak with multiple points come to an end at Maryland as he was held scoreless for the first time this season.
Stanwick had recorded at least two points in the first nine games he played this season and most recently had a four-goal, one-assist effort against Albany. He had totaled four or more points in four straight games prior to the game at UNC, when he was held to two assist. Despite not registering a point at Maryland last week, he still has totaled 30 points in his last seven games.
Stanwick continues to lead the team in scoring with 22 goals and 16 assists for 38 points on the year and he has far surpassed his goal (9), assist (13) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks 20th in the nation in points per game (3.80).
Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s earlier this season 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 then 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: Senior Mike Poppleton won 13-of-24 faceoffs and grabbed nine ground balls against North Carolina, followed that with a 14-of-23 showing with eight GBs against Albany and won 8-of-15 at top-ranked Maryland last week.
Poppleton, who ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 135-of-203 (.665) on the year and leads the team with 73 ground balls. He also improved to 325-of-513 (.634) in his career with his showing last week against Maryland and now ranks eighth in school history in career faceoffs won and ninth in faceoffs attempted.

Palmer Tied for Second in Scoring: Despite missing last week’s game after suffering an injury in practice, senior attackman Zach Palmer is still tied for second on the team in scoring with 12 goals goal and 12 assists on the year. He posted three goals and one assist at North Carolina and added one goal against Albany before missing last week’s game at Maryland.
Palmer now has career totals of 71 goals and 68 assists for 139 points. He enters this week’s game against Navy needing just two assists to become the 11th player in school history to amass 70 goals and 70 assists.

Benn Leads Team in Goals: Junior Brandon Benn continues to pace the team in goals (23) and is tied for second in points (24) after scoring once in last week’s win at Maryland. He has scored 53 of his 58 career goals since the start of the 2012 season and has scored at least one goal in all 10 games this season.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays in his first year at Homewood. Brown has 13 goals and four assists through 11 games and leads the team with eight extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in eight of 11 games this season and his eight extra-man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski (12) andConor Ford (8) led a potent JHU extra man unit.
Brown fired home the first hat trick of his career and added an assist for a career-high four points in the15-8 win over Virginia and added two goals at North Carolina. He now has six multi-point and four multi-goal games to his credit this season.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already far surpassed that total as he has scored 12 goals through 11 games. Sanders is tied for fourth on the team in goals (12) and ranks eighth in points (12).

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 against the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount. He scored an extra man goal against Syracuse, added one goal and one assist vs. Virginia and one goal against Albany and now has six goals and two assists for eight points on the year.

Bassett Among National Win Leaders: Senior Pierce Bassett enters this week’s game at Navy with an 8.23 goals against average and a .589 save percentage after posting 12 saves while allowing just four goals in last week’s win at Maryland. He currently ranks ninth in the nation in save percentage and 12th in goals against average.
Bassett enjoyed one of his finest games of the season against Virginia as he posted 16 saves and allowed just seven goals in 59:02. The 16 saves are tied for the second-highest total of his career and he followed that with a 15-save performance against Albany and the 12-save showing against Maryland that boosted his career total to 468 saves, good for seventh place on JHU’s career saves list. He passed Larry Quinn (462 saves • 1982-85) on the career saves list with his 12 against the Terps.
Bassett also enters this week’s game against Navy tied for second among active Division I goalies in career wins after picking up number 34 against Maryland.

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 has been on a roll of late as the two players he has primarly covered in the last two weeks – Albany’s Lyle Thompson and Maryland’s Kevin Cooper, combined for one assist in the two games. He held Thompson, the nation’s leading scorer at better than seven points per game, scoreless, while Cooper managed just a first-quarter assist.
Durkin currently ranks fourth on the team in ground balls (24) and leads the team with 15 caused turnovers. Durkin is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 14th nationally in scoring defense (8.45).

Lightner, Reilly Round Out Starting Defense: While senior Tucker Durkin has drawn the most headlines among JHU’s close defensemen, the Blue Jays also count talented senior Chris Lightner and junior Jack Reillyamong the key pieces to their defensive puzzle.
Lightner leads JHU’s close defensemen and ranks third on the team with 26 ground balls and also has eight caused turnovers to his credit, while Reilly has 11 ground balls and ranks second on the team with 11 caused turnovers. Lightner had five ground balls and two caused turnvoers in last week’s win at Maryland.

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increase scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches.
In last week’s win at top-ranked Maryland, the Blue Jay defense was dialed in from the opening whistle and held the Terps off the scoreboard for stretches of 11:23, 22:02 and 13:13. Senior goalie Pierce Bassett and close defensemen Tucker Durkin, Chris Lightner and Jack Reilly combined to hold Maryland’s starting attack unit to one goal and one assist and the Terps’ potent first midfield managed just three goals and one assist.
This is the first time this season JHU has held the opposition scoreless for 11 minutes or more three different times in one game.
The four goals the Blue Jays allowed are the fewest Johns Hopkins has allowed against a team ranked in the top five since April 5, 1986, when JHU topped third-ranked North Carolina, 16-4.

• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 11 minutes or more 17 times this season.
• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 15 mnutes or more 10 times this season.
• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 20 minutes or more five times this season.

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including the recent win against UMBC, JHU is 60-7 (.896) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 11th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 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 406 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 404 of those 406 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 381 of the 406 and the top five in 299 of those 406. 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 loss at North Carolina snapped a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays in games that have gone to overtime. With the loss the Blue Jays are now 19-10 all-time in overtime under head coachDave Pietramala.

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Hopkins bounces back to stun #1 Maryland

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Hopkins bounces back to stun #1 Maryland

Posted on 13 April 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD – Someone asked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala in the post-game press conference if Saturday’s 7-4 win against rival Maryland was the turning point of the season. History, and how the 2013 season plays out will determine the exact answer of that question, but the Blue Jays certainly gave themselves new life after a hard-fought victory in the 110th renewal of lacrosse’s greatest rivalry.

In a game the Blue Jays (7-4) never trailed, they never quite put away either and it wasn’t until junior Brandon Benn buried his only goal of the game with 2:18 remaining did the win seem secure. For 58 minutes before that, the tension of a playoff game filled Byrd Stadium and it was the Blue Jay seniors and defense that provided the difference.

Senior goalie Pierce Bassett made the first of his 12 saves just over five minutes into the game and quickly sprung senior midfielder John Ranagan, who took his outlet pass 25 yards from the goal and sprinted into the attack zone, where no slide came and he buried an eight-yard shot to give the Blue Jays an early 1-0 lead. The assist was the first of Bassett’s career.

Ranagan pushed the lead to 2-0 four minutes later when he blew a left-handed laser just inside the far post on an ally dodge, only to have Maryland slice the two-goal deficit in half two minutes later when Mike Chanenchuk found Owen Blye alone on the wing and Blye beat Bassett from seven yards out to make it 2-1.

The momentum took quick turns in the final three minutes of the first quarter as Johns Hopkins senior attackman John Kaestner - filling in for an injured Zach Palmer - scored the first of his two goals just 44 seconds after Blye’s strike, but Chanenchuk scored from in tight on a nifty feed from Kevin Cooper with just 98 seconds left in the first quarter to account for a 3-2 Hopkins lead at the end of one quarter.

While the combined 20-goal pace may have been what the more than 10,000 fans in attendance wanted, Bassett and his counterpart, junior NIko Amato, had other ideas and spent the next 45 minutes going save-for-save.

Maryland (8-2) outshot Johns Hopkins 12-6 in the second quarter, but never found the back of the net in the period as Bassett made five of his 12 saves in that frame. Amato was nearly as efficient with three stops, but senior Lee Coppersmith did blow as 10-yard left-handed rocket to the top shelf early in the period to stake JHU to a 4-2 lead that the Blue Jays carried into the half.

With a history of close games in the series (eight of the last 16 have been one-goal affairs), the first goal of the second half would be crucial, and Kaestner drew first blood for the Blue Jays when he notched his second of the game just 37 seconds into the third quarter.

Twice Maryland would draw within two after that as Chanenchuk’s sneaky side-arm shot on the run found the far post five minutes after Kaestner’s goal, but Rob Guida, playing for the first time since mid-February, struck for an extra-man goal just over three minutes later to give the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead.

Amato kept the Terps in the game with five of his 12 saves on the day in the third quarter and Maryland pulled within two again just under four minutes into the fourth period when Jake Bernhardt got free 10 yards in front of the goal and scorched one inside the post to make it 6-4.

That margin held for more than nine minutes with both goalies on top of their game during that time. For his part, Bassett made a key stop on Bernhardt with the Blue Jays a man-down midway through the period and added his 12th and final save on a Chanenchuk shot with 2:36 remaining; 18 seconds later Benn polished off a slow-developing transition opportunity with his team-leading 23rd goal of the season to cap the crucial win for the Blue Jays.

Bassett’s 12-save performance led a Johns Hopkins defensive effort that held the Terps nine-goals below their season average. The Blue Jay close defense of Tucker Durkin, Chris Lightner and Jack Reilly were on point from the start and combined for eight ground balls and five caused turnovers while repeatedly keeping the Terps’ most dangerous players away from the goal.

Ranagan led the Blue Jays with two goals and one assist and Kaestner added the third two-goal performance of his career. Senior Mike Poppleton won 8-of-15 faceoffs as well for the Blue Jays, who have now won five straight games against Maryland in Byrd Stadium.

Chanenchuk matched Ranagan’s effort with a two-goal, one-assist showing of his own and the Terps held advantages in shots (36-31) and ground balls (29-26), but Maryland went more than 11 minutes without scoring three different times and never drew even after Ranagan’s two early goals gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead.

#15 Johns Hopkins (7-4) 3-1-2-1/7
#1 Maryland (8-2) 2-0-1-1/4

GoalsJ: Ranagan-2, Kaestner-2, Guida, Coppersmith, Benn. M: Chanenchuk-2, Jake Bernhardt, Blye. Assists:J: Bassett, Greeley, Ranagan. M: Chanenchuk, Cooper. SavesJ: Bassett-12. M: Amato-12. Shots: J-31. M-36.EMOJ: 1-for-2. M: 0-for-3. Attendance: 10,233.

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Hopkins, Maryland tangle Saturday for 110th time

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: 15th-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-4) makes the 45-minute drive south to take on top-ranked Maryland (8-1).

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins dropped its second straight one-goal game as the Blue Jays fell to Albany, 10-9 last Friday night. Maryland improved to 8-1 on the year with an 11-8 win at Navy on the same night.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 110th meeting between Johns Hopkins and Maryland in a series that dates to a 10-0 JHU win in 1895. The Blue Jays lead the series 68-40-1, although the Terps have won two straight and three of the last four.

More Series History: Since 2003 the visiting team has won six of the eight Johns Hopkins-Maryland games that have been played at Homewood Field or Byrd Stadium.

Still More Series History: Johns Hopkins has won its last four games at Byrd Stadium.

A Final Series History: Five of the last seven Johns Hopkins-Marland games at Byrd Stadium have been decided by one goal.

All-Time vs. Number One: Johns Hopkins is 7-4 under head coach Dave Pietrmala against teams ranked number one in the nation at the time of a game.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Maryland with an all-time record of 930-302-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Program Ties: Currently Maryland assistant coach/defensive coordinator Kevin Conryis a 2004 Johns Hopkins graduate and was a member of current head coach Dave Pietramala’s first four teams at JHU. He is in his first season as a member of John Tillman’s staff at Maryland.

That’s 101 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 167th career win when JHU knocked off Virginia on March 23 and he now stands at 167-66 overall. Included in that mark is a 144-49 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.

April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who are 50-11 (.820) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 28-5 at home, 20-4 on the road and 2-2 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala’s guidance.

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 10 games. JHU has outscored the opposition 38-20 in the first quarter and 32-22 in the third.
The Blue Jays also hold a 25-18 scoring margin in the second quarter – the bulge slides to a 31-28 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts eight players with six or more goals and eight players with 10 or more points through 10 games. In all, 18 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 21 players have at least one point.

The Key to Victory – Part I: Johns Hopkins is 6-1 on the year when scoring in double figures. The Blue Jays are 0-3 when scoring fewer than 10 goals.

The Key to Victory – Part II: Johns Hopkins improved to 6-0 on the year when holding the opposition to less than 10 goals with the win vs. Virginia. On the flip side, JHU is 0-4 when allowing 10 goals or more.

EMO Clicking: Despite a tough 0-for-5 outing against Albany, the Johns Hopkins extra man unit has been on a roll of late as the group is 14-of-29 (.483) in the last six games and is now 22-of-46 (.478) on the year. Johns Hopkins currently ranks sixth 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(8), sophomore Wells Stanwick (4) and junior Brandon Benn (4) leading the way. Brown’s eight extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski had 12 and Conor Ford had eight.

Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick ran his consecutive multi-point game streak to nine (all nine he has played this season) with a four-goal, one-assist effort last week against Albany. He had totaled four or more points in four straight games prior to the game at UNC, when he was held to two assists, but now has accumulated 30 points in his last six games after the showing against Albany.
Stanwick boosted his totals to 22 goals and 16 assists on the year with his effort against Albany and he has already surpassed his goal (9), assist (13) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks 10th in the nation in points per game (4.22). 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 then 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: In a matchup of two of the top faceoff specialists in the nation, senior Mike Poppleton won 13-of-24 faceoffs and grabbed nine ground balls against North Carolina and followed that with a 14-of-23 showing with eight GBs against Albany. These efforts came on the heels of a 14-of-23 performance at Syracuse and a 4-of-6 effort against Virginia in the two games prior to the game at UNC.
Poppleton, who ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 127-of-188 (.676) on the year and leads the team with 72 ground balls. He also improved to 317-of-498 (.637) in his career with his showing last week against Albany and now ranks eighth in school history in career faceoffs won and 10th in faceoffs attempted.

Palmer Bounces Back: After being held scoreless in back-to-back games against Syracuse and Virginia, senior attackman Zach Palmer broke through against North Carolina with three goals and one assist. All four of his points came in the second half as JHU erased a 5-3 halftime deficit and eventually led 10-9 before falling in overtime.
He added one goal against Albany to push his season totals to 12 goals and 12 assists and his career totals to 71 goals and 68 assists for 139 points. He enters this week’s game against Maryland needing just two assists to become the 11th player in school history to amass 70 goals and 70 assists.

Benn Leads Team in Goals: Junior Brandon Benn continues to pace the team in goals (22) and ranks third in points (23) after scoring once against Albany last week. He has scored 52 of his 57 career goals since the start of the 2012 season.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays in his first year at Homewood. Brown has 13 goals and four assists through 10 games and leads the team with eight extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in eight of 10 games this season and his eight extra-man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski (12) andConor Ford (8) led a potent JHU extra man unit.
Brown fired home the first hat trick of his career and added an assist for a career-high four points in the15-8 win over Virginia and added two goals at North Carolina. He now has six multi-point and four multi-goal games to his credit this season.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already far surpassed that total as he has scored 12 goals through 10 games. Sanders is tied for fourth on the team in goals (12) and ranks eighth in points (12).

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 against the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount. He scored an extra man goal against Syracuse, added one goal and one assist vs. Virginia and one goal last week against Albany and now has six goals and two assists for eight points on the year.

Bassett Among National Win Leaders: Senior Pierce Bassett enters this week’s game at Maryland with an 8.72 goals against average and a .574 save percentage after posting 15 saves in last week’s loss against Albany. He currently ranks 13th in the nation in save percentage and 19th in goals against average.
Bassett enjoyed his finest game of the season against Virginia as he posted 16 saves and allowed just seven goals in 59:02. The 16 saves are tied for the second-highest total of his career and his 15-save performance against Albany boosted his career total to 456 saves, good for eighth place on JHU’s career saves list.
Bassett also enters this week’s game Maryland tied for third among active Division I goalies in career wins after picking up number 33 against UVA.

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 enjoyed one of his best games of the season last week against Albany as he held Lyle Thompson, the nation’s leading scorer at better than seven points per game, scoreless. Durkin currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (22) and leads the team with 13 caused turnovers. Durkin is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 17th nationally in scoring defense (8.9).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increase scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches.
The Blue Jays held Virginia scoreless for a stretch of 31:25 midway through the game and Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes – 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.

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including the recent win against UMBC, JHU is 59-7 (.894) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.
Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against teams from the state of Maryland under Pietramala.

Loyola • 12-0
Maryland • 8-5
Mount St. Mary’s • 5-0
Navy • 11-2
Towson • 14-0
UMBC • 9-0

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 15th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 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.

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer enters this week’s game against Maryland with 68 career assists. He currently ranks 13th among all active Division I players in career assists.

I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker DurkinPierce 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 loss at North Carolina snapped a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays in games that have gone to overtime. With the loss the Blue Jays are now 19-10 all-time in overtime under head coachDave Pietramala.

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Hopkins dealt heartbreaking setback at hands of Albany

Posted on 06 April 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Junior defenseman Doug Eich scored his second goal of the season with 2:01 remaining to break the sixth and final tie of the game and lift the 20th-ranked Albany men’s lacrosse team to a 10-9 win over 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field Friday night. The win is the third straight for the Great Danes, who improve to 7-3, while Hopkins dropped its second straight and slips to 6-4.

Albany held a pair of two-goal leads in the fourth quarter, only to have the Blue Jays fight back and tie the game at 9-9 on consecutive goals by Wells Stanwick and Brandon Benn less then two minutes apart midway through the period. Johns Hopkins then had a golden opportunity to take the lead as Ryan Feuerstein was called for pushing with 2:36 remaining to give the Blue Jays their fifth extra-man opportunity of the game.

As it had all night, the Albany defense stood firm and freshman goalie Blaze Riorden saved a Ryan Brown shot late in the man-up situation and jump-started a transition play by quickly firing the ball to Eich on the run at the top of the box. Eich worked his way into the attacking third and when no slide came he drove to the goal and beat Blue Jay goalie Pierce Bassett from seven yards out to give Albany the one-goal lead.

The Blue Jays had one final possession, but a John Ranagan shot sailed high with 14 seconds remaining and Brown’s last-ditch attempt in the closing seconds was blocked and Albany scooped up the ground ball as the final two seconds ticked off the clock.

The frantic finish seemed appropriate in a game that may not have produced as many goals as some thought it might, but still generated 74 shots, 36 combined goalie saves, 24 turnovers and a combined showing of 1-of-10 in extra-man situations.

Both teams took turns controlling the game with swings in momentum. The Blue Jays opened the game by scoring four of the first six goals with Stanwick starting and ending a game-opening 4-2 run with his 19th and 20th goals of the season.

Albany, which entered the game with the nation’s top scoring offense at just over 15 goals per game, flashed its quick-strike ability early in the second quarter when Jimmy Haugen and Ty Thompson scored just 74 seconds apart to draw the Danes even. The deadlock lasted until late in the second quarter when senior John Greeley gave the Blue Jays a 5-4 lead when he spun inside his defender on the wing and bounced home an eight-yarder.

Ty Thompson’s goal early in the second quarter was the last goal the Danes would score for exactly 24 minutes, but Greeley’s strike was the only goal the Blue Jays would muster during the period and it took Albany less than a minute to grab the lead late in the third quarter as Feuerstein took a pass from behind the goal and worked his way free in front to knot the game at 5-5 and Will Fuller struck 49 seconds later to give Albany a 6-5 lead.

That lead held until Holden Cattoni scored from in tight for JHU just 66 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Derrick Eccles scooped up a loose ball in front and shoveled one home just over a minute later and Miles Thompson added an unassisted goal three minutes after that to give Albany an 8-6 lead.

Stanwick’s third of the game a short time later was answered in just nine seconds by Ty Thompson to make it 9-7 with just over eight minutes on the clock. The back-to-back goals by Stanwick and Benn came within the next three minutes, setting the stage for Eich’s game-winner that lifted Albany to its second all-time win against the Blue Jays.

While the game featured two of the top four scoring offenses in the nation, the two stars of the game were Riorden and Bassett. Riorden punched up a career-high 20 saves, including 12 in the second and third quarters combined when he held the Blue Jays to just one goal. Bassett nearly matched his counterpart with 15 saves, including 11 in the second half.

Miles Thompson led the Danes with three goals and two assists, while Ty Thompson (2g) and Haugen (1g, 1a) added multi-point games for for Albany.

Stanwick totaled four goals and one assist for the Blue Jays and senior Mike Poppleton won 14-of-23 faceoffs and grabbed a game-high eight ground balls, but no other JHU player had more than one point. JHU held decided advantages in shots (44-30) and ground balls (34-25), but Riorden’s efforts kept Albany in the game and Eich’s game-winner provided the difference.

The loss overshadowed a solid effort by Johns Hopkins senior Tucker Durkin, who held Lyle Thompson, the nation’s leading scorer at better than seven points per game, scoreless.

Johns Hopkins hits the road next week to renew the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse as the Blue Jays travel to College Park to take on top-ranked Maryland. Game time at Byrd Stadium next Saturday is set for 3 pm.

#20 Albany (7-3) 2-2-2-4/10
#10 Johns Hopkins (6-4) 4-1-0-4/9

GoalsA: M. Thompson-3, T. Thompson-2, Haugen, Fuller, Feuerstein, Eccles, Eich. J: Stanwick-4, Sanders, Palmer, Benn, Cattoni, Greeley. AssistsA: M. Thompson-2, Cox, Garziano, Haugen. J: Coppersmith, Stanwick. Saves: A: Riorden-20, Huber-1. J: Bassett-15. Shots: A-30. J-44. EMOA: 1-for-5. J: 0-for-5. Attendance: 1,525.

 

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Hopkins looks to bounce back Friday against Albany

Posted on 04 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (6-3) welcomes Albany (6-3) to Homewood Field for a key midseason game featuring two top 20 teams.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins fell at then sixth-ranked North Carolina, 11-10, in overtime last Saturday. Albany picked up its second straight win and fifth in six games with a 21-8 win at Binghamton.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 12th meeting between Johns Hopkins and Albany in a series that dates to a 10-4 Blue Jay victory in 2002. Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series, 10-1, and has won five straight since the Great Danes scored an 8-7 win in 2007.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Albany with an all-time record of 930-301-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Program Ties – Part I: Albany is coached by Scott Marr, a 1991 Johns Hopkins graduate. Marr was a member of the Blue Jays’ 1987 NCAA Championship team and played at JHU with current Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala and current JHU associate head coach Bill Dwan.

Program Ties – Part II: Johns Hopkins fans may recognize the name Haugen on the Albany roster. Great Dane junior midfielder Jimmy Haugen is the younger brother of A.J. Haugen, a three time First Team All-American midfielder at JHU (1998-2000). A.J. Haugen will be inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame later this month (April 20). Like his older brother, Jimmy Haugen also wears #12.

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 167th career win when JHU knocked off Virginia on March 23 and he now stands at 167-65 overall. Included in that mark is a 144-48 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.

April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who are 50-10 (.833) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 28-4 at home, 20-4 on the road and 2-2 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala’s guidance.

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 nine games. JHU has outscored the opposition 34-18 in the first quarter and 32-20 in the third. The Blue Jays also hold a 24-16 scoring margin in the second quarter – the bulge slides to a 27-24 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts eight players with five or more goals and 10 players with seven or more points through nine games. In all, 18 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 21 players have at least one point.

The Key to Victory – Part I: Johns Hopkins is 6-1 on the year when scoring in double figures. The Blue Jays are 0-2 when scoring fewer than 10 goals.

The Key to Victory – Part II: Johns Hopkins improved to 6-0 on the year when holding the opposition to less than 10 goals with the win vs. Virginia. On the flip side, JHU is 0-3 when allowing 10 goals or more.

EMO Clicking: The Johns Hopkins extra man unit has been on a roll of late as the group is 14-of-24 (.583) in the last five games and is now 22-of-41 (.537) 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 freshmanRyan Brown (8), sophomore Wells Stanwick (4) and junior Brandon Benn (4) leading the way. Brown’s eight extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski had 12 andConor Ford had eight.

Among the Leaders: The NCAA issued its sixth national statistical report this week and Johns Hopkins is well represented among the national leaders. JHU ranks in the top 15 in the nation in eight different team categories and four individuals combine for six spots in six different categories as well.

Palmer Bounces Back: After being held scoreless in back-to-back games against Syracuse and Virginia, senior attackman Zach Palmer broke through against North Carolina with three goals and one assist. All four of his points came in the second half as JHU erased a 5-3 halftime deficit and eventually led 10-9 before falling in overtime.
His effort against the Tar Heels pushed his season totals to 11 goals and 12 assists and his career totals to 70 goals and 68 assists for 138 points. He enters this week’s game against Albany needing just two assists to become the 11th player in school history to amass 70 goals and 70 assists.

Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick ran his consecutive multi-point game streak to eight (all eight he has played this season) with a pair of assists against North Carolina. He had totaled four or more points in four straight games prior to the game at UNC and has now accumulated 25 points in his last five games.
Stanwick boosted his totals to 18 goals and 15 assists on the year with his effort against UNC and he has already surpassed his goal (9), assist (13) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks 12th in the nation in points per game (4.13).
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 then 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: In a matchup of two of the top faceoff specialists in the nation, senior Mike Poppleton won 13-of-24 faceoffs and grabbed nine ground balls against North Carolina. This effort came on the heels of a 14-of-23 performance at Syracuse and a 4-of-6 effort against Virginia in his previous two games.
Poppleton, who ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 113-of-141 (.685) on the year and leads the team with 64 ground balls. He also improved to 303-of-475 (.638) in his career with his showing last week against North Carolina and is now tied for eighth in school history in career faceoffs won.

Benn Leads Team in Goals: Junior Brandon Benn continues to pace the team in goals (21) and ranks third in points (22) after scoring once against North Carolina last week.
He has scored 51 of his 56 career goals since the start of the 2012 season and currently ranks 14th in the nation in goals per game (2.63).

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 against the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount. He scored an extra man goal against Syracuse, added one goal and one assist vs. Virginia and now has five goals and two assists for seven points on the year.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays in his first year at Homewood. Brown has 13 goals and four assists through nine games and leads the team with eight extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in eight of nine games this season and his eight extra-man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski (12) andConor Ford (8) led a potent JHU extra man unit.
Brown fired home the first hat trick of his career and added an assist for a career-high four points in the15-8 win over Virginia and added two goals at North Carolina. He now has six multi-point and four multi-goal games to his credit this season.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already far surpassed that total as he has scored 11 goals through nine games. Sanders is tied for fourth on the team in goals (11) and ranks eighth in points (11) after punching up the first hat trick of his career against Virginia.

Bassett Shines Against Virginia, Among National Win Leaders: Senior Pierce Bassett enjoyed his finest game of the season against Virginia as he posted 16 saves and allowed just seven goals in 59:02. The 16 saves are tied for the second-highest total of his career.
Bassett currently boasts a .570 save percentage and an 8.55 goals against average. He ranks 17th in the nation in goals against average and 12th in save percentage. His eigh-save performance against UNC boosted his career total to 441 saves, which moved him into sole possession of eighth place on JHU’s career saves list (441). Bassett also enters this week’s game Albany ranked second among active Division I goalies in career wins after picking up career win number 33 against UVA.

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 (18) and leads the team with 11 caused turnovers. Durkin is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 16th nationally in scoring defense (8.78).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increase scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches this season.
The Blue Jays held Virginia scoreless for a stretch of 31:25 midway through the game and Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes – 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.

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 404 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 402 of those 404 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 381 of the 404 and the top five in 299 of those 404. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer enters this week’s game against Albany with 68 career assists. He currently ranks 13th among all active Division I players in career assists.

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 loss at North Carolina snapped a three-game winning streak for the Blue Jays in games that have gone to overtime. With the loss the Blue Jays are now 19-10 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 26-8 in its last 34 games and 31-10 since the start of the 2011 season.

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Hopkins drops heartbreaker in OT at Carolina

Posted on 31 March 2013 by WNST Staff

CHAPEL HILL, NC – R.G. Keenan scored his only goal of the game six seconds into overtime to lift the sixth-ranked North Caorlina men’s lacrosse team to a dramatic 11-10 win over eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins at, appropriately, Kenan Stadium, Saturday afternoon. Keenan’s goal gave the Tar Heels the win in a game they never trailed until the last five minutes of regulation, but tied late to force extra time.

The Blue Jays took their only lead of the game with 4:36 remaining in regulation when senior John Greeley capped a long possession by getting to the middle of the field and beating North Carolina goalie Kieran Burke from 10 yards out to make it 10-9.

The Tar Heels, playing from behind for the first time in the game, got the equalizer with 90 seconds left on the clock when Chad Tutton drove from the top of the box and found Davey Emala on the doorstep. Emala turned and shoveled a shot past Pierce Bassett to force the fourth tie of the game.

Johns Hopkins won the ensuing faceoff and had possession for the final 1:23 out of a timeout, but the Tar Heel defense kept the Blue Jays away and never allowed a clean look at the goal to force overtime. There, Keenan took over to lift the ‘Heels to their fourth consecutive victory.

The frantic ending seemed almost appropriate in a game that Carolina led by three goals once and two goals four different times, only to have the Blue Jays fight back each time.

After Emala and Ryan Brown traded goals in the first four minutes of the game, the Tar Heels grabbed the momentum with a three-goal run late in the first quarter to grab a 4-1 lead.

Sophomore Joey Sankey used a pick along the goal line to get topside on his defender and rifled home an eight-yard shot to make it 2-1 and Marcus Holman and Emala scored goals just 30 seconds apart to make it 4-1.

After the Tar Heel defense forced a turnover, Holman scored in transition and Emala went backdoor on his defender and took a perfect feed from Tutton just off the crease and scored to give UNC the three-goal lead.

 

The Blue Jays sliced the deficit to 4-2 late in the first quarter as junior Brandon Benn blew home a 10-yarder while the Blue Jays had the man advantage and Lee Coppersmith broke a long scoring drought for both teams when he dodged down the ally and ripped a 12-yard shot to make it 4-3.

The Blue Jays nearly tied the game late in the second quarter, but Burke made two of his 10 first-half saves on the doorstep in a span of three seconds and UNC took off in transition, where Holman again made them pay with a 12-yard blast that accounted for a 5-3 score at the half.

A back-and-forth third quarter saw the Blue Jays pull to within one twice in the first six minutes, only to have the Tar Heels answer each time with Tutton giving UNC the third of its four two-goal leads with an unassisted strike with 8:45 remaining that made it 7-5.

Hopkins finally drew even at 7-7 on John Ranagan and Zach Palmer goals just 51 seconds apart midway through the quarter, but a Ryan Creighton goal late in the period and the only goal of the game by sophomore Jimmy Bitter gave the Tar Heels a 9-7 lead early in the fourth.

As it had all day, Johns Hopkins rallied. Brown’s second goal of the game – from in-tight on a nice feed to the crease by Palmer –made it 9-8 with 12:34 remaining and Palmer went upstairs with a left-handed laser to draw the Blue Jays even with just under eight minutes on the clock.

That score held for more than three minutes before Greeley gave JHU its only lead of the game in the final five minutes, a lead Emala wiped away late, setting the stage for Keenan’s overtime heroics.

Palmer led the Blue Jays with three goals and one assist, while Coppersmith (2g, 1a), Brown (2g), Greeley (1g, 1a) and Wells Stanwick (2a) also registered multi-point games for JHU. Johns Hopkins held advantages in shots (48-37) and faceoffs (13-11) and got eight saves from Bassett in goal.

Emala matched Palmer’s three-goal effort and Holman (2g, 2a) and Sankey (2g) both added multi-goal games for the Tar Heels, who also got 12 saves in goal from Burke. Keenan won 11-of-24 faceoffs, grabbed five ground balls and end it with his second goal of the season.

#8 Johns Hopkins (6-3) 2-1-4-3-0/10
#6 North Carolina (7-3) 4-1-3-2-1/11

GoalsJ: Palmer-3, Coppersmith-2, Brown-2, Greeley, Benn, Ranagan. N:Emala-3, Holman-2, Sankey-2, Tutton, Bitter, Keenan, Creighton. AssistsJ: Stanwick-2, Coppersmith, Greeley, Palmer. N: Holman-2, Kilpatrick-2, Tutton-2. SavesJ: Bassett-8. N: Burke-12. Shots: J-48. N-37. EMOJ: 1-for-3. N: 0-for-3. Attendance: 5,922.

 

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Hopkins visits Carolina Saturday in top ten clash

Posted on 29 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-2) heads south to take on sixth-ranked North Carolina (6-3) in a key mid-season game.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up a key victory last Saturday as the Blue Jays topped Virginia, 15-8, in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. North Carolina has picked up two wins in the last week as the Tar Heels upset top-ranked Maryland, 10-8, last Saturday and beat Brown, 18-12, on Wednesday night.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and North Carolina are meeting for the 42nd time in a series that dates to a 16-9 Johns Hopkins win in 1977. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 24-17, although the Tar Heels have won five of the last six.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against North Carolina with an all-time record of 930-300-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

That’s 103 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 167th career win when JHU knocked off Virginia last week and he now stands at 167-64 overall. Included in that mark is a 144-47 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 coachDave 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 eight games. JHU has outscored the opposition 32-14 in the first quarter and 28-17 in the third. By contrast, the Blue Jays hold just a 23-15 scoring margin in the second quarter and an 24-22 advantage in the second quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts eight players with five or more goals and 10 players with seven or more points through eight games. In all, 18 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 21 players have at least one point.

The Key to Victory – Part I: With last week’s 15-8 win over Virginia, Johns Hopkins improved to 6-0 on the year when scoring in double figures. The Blue Jays are 0-2 when scoring fewer than 10 goals.

The Key to Victory – Part II: Johns Hopkins improved to 6-0 on the year when holding the opposition to less than 10 goals. On the flip side, JHU is 0-2 when allowing 10 goals or more.

EMO Clicking: The Johns Hopkins extra man unit has been on a roll of late as the group is 13-of-21 (.619) in the last four games and is now 21-of-38 (.553) 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 freshmanRyan Brown (8), sophomore Wells Stanwick (4) and junior Brandon Benn (3) leading the way. Brown’s eight extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski had 12 andConor Ford had eight.

Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick continued his offensive roll last week against Virginia as he scored three goals and added one assist, the same totals he punched up at Syracuse the week before. He now has four straight games with four or more points to his credit and has accumulated 23 points in his last four games.
Stanwick boosted his totals to 18 goals and 13 assists on the year with his effort against UVA and he has already surpassed his goal (9) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks ninth in the nation in points per game (4.43). 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 then 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 and a 4-of-6 effort against Virginia, 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 100-of-141 (.709) on the year and leads the team with 55 ground balls. He also improved to 290-of-451 (.645) in his career with his showing last week against Virginia.

Benn Leads Team in Goals: Junior Brandon Benn continues to pace the team in goals (20) and ranks second in points (21) after scoring once against Virginia last week. He has scored 50 of his 55 career goals since the start of the 2012 season and currently ranks eighth in the nation in goals per game (2.86).

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 against the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount. He scored an extra man goal against Syracuse and added one goal and one assist last week vs. Virginia and now has five goals and two assists for seven points on the year.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays in his first year at Homewood. Brown has 11 goals and four assists through eight games and leads the team with eight extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in seven of eight games this season and his eight extra-man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski (12) andConor Ford (8) led a potent JHU extra man unit.
Brown fired home the first hat trick of his career and added an assist for a career-high four points in last week’s 15-8 win over Virginia and now has five multi-point and three multi-goal games to his credit.

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 11 goals through eight games. Sanders is tied for third on the team in goals (11) and tied for sixth in points (11) after punching up the first hat trick of his career last week against Virginia.

Bassett Shines Against Virginia, Among National Win Leaders: Senior Pierce Bassett enjoyed his finest game of the season last week against Virginia as he posted 16 saves and allowed just seven goals in 59:02. The 16 saves are tied for the second-highest total of his career.
Bassett currently boasts a .591 save percentage and an 8.18 goals against average. He ranks 13th in the nation in goals against average and fifth in save percentage. His 16-save performance boosted his career total to 433 saves, which moved him into a tie with Michael Gvozden for eighth place on JHU’s career saves list (433).
Bassett also enters this week’s game at North Carolina ranked second among active Division I goalies in career wins after picking up career win number 33 against UVA.

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 (18) and leads the team with 10 caused turnovers. Durkin is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 15th nationally in scoring defense (8.50).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increase scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches this season. The Blue Jays held Virginia scoreless for a stretch of 31:25 midway through the game last week and Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes – 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.

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including the recent win against UMBC, JHU is 59-7 (.894) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked eighth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 10th 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 403 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 401 of those 403 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 380 of the 403 and the top five in 299 of those 402. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer enters this week’s game at North Carolina with 67 career assists. He currently ranks 13h among all active Division I players in career assists.

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 26-7 in its last 33 games and 31-9 since the start of the 2011 season.

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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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