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Hopkins battles Virginia Saturday in Face-Off Classic

Posted on 22 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 166th career win when JHU knocked off UMBC and he now stands at 166-64 overall. Included in that mark is a 143-47 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

Must be the Speech: There must be something to what Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala says in the locker room that sparks the Blue Jays as Johns Hopkins holds decided scoring advantages in the first and third quarters through seven games. JHU has outscored the opposition 28-13 in the first quarter and 25-13 in the third. By contrast, the Blue Jays hold just a 21-19 scoring margin in the fourth quarter and an 18-15 advantage in the second quarter.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts eight players with four or more goals and 10 players with four or more points through seven games. In all, 17 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 20 players have at least one point.

EMO Clicking: The Johns Hopkins extra man unit connected on 5-of-6 chances against Mount St. Mary’s, 4-of-6 against UMBC, 3-of-6 against Syracuse and is now 20-of-35 (.571) on the year. Johns Hopkins currently ranks third in the nation in man-up offense.
Seven different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshman Ryan Brown(7), sophomore Wells Stankwick (4) and junior Brandon Benn (3) leading the way. Brown’s seven extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski has 12 and Conor Fordhad eight.

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

Poppleton Rolls On: With a 14-of-23 performance at Syracuse, senior faceoff specialist Mike Poppleton continued his strong work at the X for the Blue Jays. Poppleton, who ranks first in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 96-of-135 (.711) on the year and leads the team with 51 ground balls. He also improved to 286-of-445 (.643) in his career with his efforts last week at SU.

Benn Leads Team in Goals: Junior Brandon Benn continues to pace the team in goals (19) and ranks second in points (20) after scoring once at Syracuse last week. Benn’s one-goal showing at Syracuse brought to an end a five-game streak of scoring three goals or more. He is the first Johns Hopkins player with five straight hat tricks since Conor Ford turned the trick late in the 2004 season.

Cattoni Emerging: Freshman Holden Cattoni played in two of the Blue Jays’ first three games, but didn’t register a point in those two outings.
That changed quickly as the hard-shooting lefty punched up back-to-back two-point games against Princeton and Mount St. Mary’s. He fired home a pair of goals againt the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount. He scored an extra man goal against Syracuse and now has four goals and one assist for five points on the year.

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

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already far surpassed that total as he has scored eight goals through seven games. Sanders is tied for fourth on the team in goals (8) and ranks eighth in points (8).

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

Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago. Durkin currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (17) and leads the team with nine caused turnovers. Durkin is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 12th nationally in scoring defense (8.57).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches this season.
Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes and all three had two droughts that lasted at least 13 minutes. Princeton was more productive in its win against JHU, but did have one scoring drought that covered more than 11 minutes, while Mount St. Mary’s went more than 18 minutes without a goal at one point and UMBC was held off the board for 24:04 to open the game and 13:01 later in the game.

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

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 10th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 11th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as well. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.

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

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

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

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

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

Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 25-7 in its last 32 games and 30-9 since the start of the 2011 season.

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Hopkins wilts in second half at Syracuse

Posted on 16 March 2013 by WNST Staff

SYRACUSE, NY – Host Syracuse used a 6-0 run in the first quarter and a game-ending 5-1 run to fuel a 13-8 victory over visiting Johns Hopkins in men’s lacrosse action at the Carrier Dome Saturday afternoon. The Orange trailed for just over two minutes early in the game and then took control before holding off a Blue Jay rally that trimmed the five-goal deficit to one early in the third quarter.

Syracause (4-1) got one of the runs its known for early as Luke Cometti answered Holden Cattoni’s game-opening goal and the Orange then scored five goals in a span of just under five minutes to take control and grab all the momentum.

Back-to-back goals by Henry Schoonmaker broke the 1-1 tie and gave SU and 3-1 lead and Hakeem Lecky, Scott Loy and Derek Maltz all added goals before the first quarter was over to make it 6-1.

The Blue Jays halted the run with the first of Wells Stanwick’s three goals on the day, but a Matt Harris goal on a scramble off the ensuing faceoff made it 7-2.

The Blue Jays hopped back in the game by scoring four of the next five goals before halftime to make it 8-6 at the half.

Stanwick’s second of the game with just over nine minutes remaining in the period was followed 24 seconds later by a Lee Coppersmith goal in transition to slice the deficit to 7-4.

Loy’s second of the game pushed the lead back to four for the Orange, but junior Rex Sanders and Stanwick struck late in the quarter to account for the 8-6 halftime score.

The Blue Jays, who fought through nine first-half turnovers and were 2-for-2 with the extra-man in the opening 30 minutes, trimmed the deficit to 8-7 less than three minutes into the third quarter when freshman Ryan Brown notched his eighth goal of the season with an extra-man strike.

Johns Hopkins won the ensuing faceoff after Brown’s goal, but a turnover led to Lecky’s second of the game to give the Orange a two-goal lead again.

Senior goalie Pierce Bassett made two point-blank saves to keep it a two-goal game over the next six minutes, but Syracuse worked Loy free along the goal line with 5:25 remaining and he beat Bassett on the doorstep to extend the lead to 10-7 before Loy added his third in the final two minutes of the quarter to make it 11-7.

Junior Brandon Benn scooped up a loose ball in front of the goal and fired into an open net less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, but Matt Pratt answered less than a minute later and a Dylan Donahue goal closed out the scoring 10 minutes later for the Orange.

Loy led the Orange with three goals, while Schoonmaker added two goals and one assist for SU, which outshot the Blue Jays 39-29.

Stanwick paced the Blue Jays with his third straight four-point game on three goals and one assist, but no other Blue Jay posted more than one point on the day. Bassett posted 11 saves in goal for JHU and senior Mike Poppleton won 14-of-23 faceoffs and grabbed seven ground balls, but the Blue Jays’ 17 turnovers and SU’s hot shooting in the first quarter (6-of-11) was more than JHU could overcome.

Johns Hopkins will return to action next Saturday when the Blue Jays play Virginia in the second game of the Konica Minolta Faceoff Classic at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.

#4 Johns Hopkins (5-2) 1-5-1-1/8
#11 Syracuse (4-1) 6-2-3-2/13

GoalsJ: Stanwick-3, Sanders, Benn, Brown, Cattoni, Coppersmith. S: Loy-3, Schoonmaker-2, Lecky-2, Cometti, Maltz, Ward, Donahue, Harris, Pratt. AssistsJ: Greeley, Stanwick. S: Marasco-3, Barber, Cometti, Donahue, Maltz, Schoonmaker, Ward. SavesJ: Bassett-11, Schneider-0. S: Wardwell-3, Lamolinara-5. Shots: J-29. S-39.EMOJ: -3-for-6. S: 0-for-4. Attendance: 6,292.

 

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Hopkins, Syracuse renew rivalry Saturday at Carrier Dome

Posted on 15 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-1) leaves the state of Maryland for the first time in 2013 as the Blue Jays travel to Syracuse (3-1) to renew one of the great rivalries in college lacrosse.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 5-1 on the year as the Blue Jays topped UMBC, 13-7, last Friday night at Homewood Field. Syracuse made it three straight in the win column as the Orange topped St. John’s, 13-11, in the Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic last Saturday in Chester, PA.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Syracuse are meeting for the 51st time in a series that dates to a 4-4 tie in 1921. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 27-22-1 and won last season, 11-7. SU had won five in a row against JHU prior to last season and has won the last two meetings in the Carrier Dome.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Syracuse with an all-time record of 929-299-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

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 win last week against UMBC, JHU is 59-7 (.894) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.
That’s 103 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 166th career win when JHU knocked off UMBC and he now stands at 166-63 overall. Included in that mark is a 143-46 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

Must be the Speech: There must be something to what Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala says in the locker room that sparks the Blue Jays as Johns Hopkins holds decided scoring advantages in the first and third quarters through six games. JHU has outscored the opposition 27-7 in the first quarter and 24-10 in the third. By contrast, the Blue Jays hold just a 20-17 scoring margin in the fourth quarter and are deadlocked in the second quarter (13-13).

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts seven players with four or more goals and 10 players with four or more points through six games. In all, 17 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 20 players have at least one point.

EMO Clicking: The Johns Hopkins extra man unit connected on 5-of-6 chances against Mount St. Mary’s, came back with a 4-of-6 showing against UMBC and is now 17-of-29 (.586) on the year. Johns Hopkins currently leads the nation in extra-man offense. Seven different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshman Ryan Brown (6), senior Zach Palmer (3) and junior Brandon Benn (3) leading the way.

Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s last Tuesday 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 to push his season totals to 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points. The 12 goals already surpass his total from last season and his 23 points match his total from a year ago.
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 15-of-21 performance against Mount St. Mary’s and a 12-of-19 effort against UMBC, 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 82-of-112 (.732) on the year and leads the team with 44 ground balls. He also improved to 272-of-422 (.645) in his career with his efforts last week.

Benn Continues Hot Streak: Junior Brandon Benn scored four goals in the win over Mount St. Mary’s to run his season totals to 18 goals and one assist in five games. He currently leads the team in goals and points.
Benn’s four-goal effort marked his fifth straight hat trick, making him the first Johns Hopkins player with five straight hat tricks since Conor Ford turned the trick late in the 2004 season. The last Johns Hopkins player to post six consecutive hat tricks was Dylan Schlott in 1998.

Cattoni Emerging: Freshman Holden Cattoni played in two of the Blue Jays’ first three games, but didn’t register a point in those two outings.
That changed quickly as the hard-shooting lefty punched up back-to-back two-point games against Princeton and Mount St. Mary’s. He fired home a pair of goals againt the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has seven goals and three assists through six games and leads the team with six extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in five of six games this season and his six extra-man goals already match the team-leading total Brandon Benn punched up a year ago.

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 seven goals through six games. Sanders is tied for fifth on the team in goals (7) and is tied for eighth in points (7).

Bassett Solid Through Six: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of the early season in Baltimore hasn’t slowed him as he currently boasts a .600 save percentage and a 7.33 goals against average. He ranks eightth in the nation in goals against average and sixth in save percentage. He posted 10 saves in the win against UMBC and became the 10th Johns Hopkins goalie to reach the 400-save mark (406) in the process.

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 (14) and leads the team with nine caused turnovers. Durkin counts exactly one-fourth of JHU’s total caused turnovers (36) to his credit and is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 11th nationally in scoring defense (7.83).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches this season.
Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes and all three had two droughts that lasted at least 13 minutes. Princeton was more productive in its win against JHU, but did have one scoring drought that covered more than 11 minutes, while Mount St. Mary’s went more than 18 minutes without a goal at one point and UMBC was held off the board for 24:04 to open the game and 13:01 later in the game. I’m Honored: The Blue Jays return four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker Durkin, Pierce Bassettand John Ranagan and junior Rob Guida. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors on defense, while Ranagan and Guida grabbed second team honors at midfield. Bassett earned honorable mention honors in goal and he, Durkin and Ranagan are two-time All-America selections for the Blue Jays.

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

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

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

Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 25-6 in its last 31 games and 30-8 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked fourth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fifth 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 401 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 399 of those 401 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 378 of the 401 and the top five in 299 of those 401. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. With that effort, Palmer became the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer notched two assists against Mount St. Mary’s to run his career assist total to 67. He currently ranks ninth among all active Division I players in career assists.

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Palmer, Stanwick lead Hopkins past UMBC

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Palmer, Stanwick lead Hopkins past UMBC

Posted on 09 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 lead and later used a 5-1 run to put the game away as the Blue Jays powered their way past visiting UMBC, 13-7, at blustery Homewood Field Friday night. Eight different players scored for the Blue Jays, who improved to 5-1 on the year and 11-0 all-time against the Retrievers. UMBC slips to 1-4 on the year with the loss.

The Blue Jays wasted little time taking control as they scored twice before the game was four minutes old and built a five-goal lead in the opening quarter. John Greeley and Ryan Brown sandwiched extra-man goals around the first of Zach Palmer’s three goals to stake JHU to a 3-0 lead and junior Greg Edmonds and Palmer both scored in the final 90 seconds of the first period to account for the five-goal game-opening run for the Blue Jays. Palmer’s second strike of the opening period was a behind-the-back highlight reel goal with just 40 seconds left on the clock.

The quick start is nothing new for Johns Hopkins, which has now outscored its six opponents 27-7 in the first quarter this season.

The Retrievers halted the run and hopped back in the game with back-to-back goals in just under a two-minute span late in the second quarter. A David Campbell strike off a nice feed to the slot from Joe Lustgarten finally got the Retrievers on the board with 5:55 remaining in the first half and Pat Young split a double team and blew home his sixth goal of the season at the 4:03 mark to make it a three-goal game.

Any hopes for a UMBC comeback were dashed in a five-minute span bridging the second and third quarters as JHU scored three goals in that span to push the 5-2 lead to 8-2.

Senior John Kaestner handled a tight pass in traffic on the crease and threaded home his third goal of the season and Palmer completed his first-half hat trick with 63 seconds left before intermission to make it 7-2 at the half. When senior John Ranagan swept across the top of the box and blew a left-handed laser past Wes DeRito early in the second half, the Blue Jays had their largest lead of the game at that point.

The Retrievers scored three of the next five goals, including back-to-back extra-man goals by senior Scott Jones, to make it a 10-5 game early in the fourth quarter, but Hopkins answered by scoring three of the next four as Ranagan, Brown and Wells Stanwick all scored their second goal of the game during the spree to make it 13-6. An unassisted goal by Young with 1:17 to play accounted for the final scoring.

Stanwick led the Blue Jays with two goals and a career-high-tying four assists, while Palmer added two assists to his eighth career hat trick. Ranagan (2g, 1a), Brown (2g) and Kaestner (1g, 1a) also added multi-point efforts for the Blue Jays, who got a 12-of-19 showing on faceoffs from senior Mike Poppleton and 10 saves from senior Pierce Bassett.

Jones was the only multi-goal scorer for the Retrievers, who won the ground ball battle (34-28) and outshot the Blue Jays (35-33), but couldn’t overcome the early five-goal deficit. DeRtio made nine saves in his first career start in goal and Phil Poe won 10-of-22 faceoffs and grabbed six ground balls for the Retrievers.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, March 16 when the Blue Jays renew one of the great rivalries in college lacrosse with a trip to Syracuse.

UMBC (1-4) 0-2-2-3/7
#6 Johns Hopkins (5-1) 5-2-3-3/13

GoalsU: Jones-2, Young-2, Lewnes-Nate, Gregoire, Campbell. J: Palmer-3, Stanwick-2, Ranagan-2, Brown-2, Kaestner, Edmonds, Pellegrino, Greeley. AssistsU: Linkous-2, Doub, Lustgarten. J: Stanwick-4, Palmer-2, Coppermsith, Kaestner, Ranagan. SavesU: DeRito-9. J: Bassett-10, Schneider-1. Shots: U-35. J-33. EMOU: 2-for-3. J: 4-for-6. Attendance: 1,045.

 

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Hopkins welcomes UMBC to Homewood Field Friday

Posted on 07 March 2013 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes UMBC to Homewood Field for the 11th all-time meeting between the Baltimore area rivals. This will be the third of six games the Blue Jays play this season against in-state competition.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 4-1 on the year with a 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s at Homewood Field on Tuesday night. UMBC dropped its last game, 14-9, at Fairfield last Saturday. The Retrievers were scheduled to play top-ranked Maryland on Wednesday, but that game was postponed due to inclement weather.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 11th meeting between Johns Hopkins and UMBC in men’s lacrosse. The teams first met in 1983 with JHU taking a 15-4 decision that day. Johns Hopkins has won all 10 previous meetings, including a 10-8 decision in 1984 in what was current UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman’s first game as the head coach at JHU.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against UMBC with an all-time record of 928-299-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

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 win earlier this week against Mount St. Mary’s, JHU is 58-7 (.892) 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 • 8-0

Zimmerman to be Inducted in JHU Hall of Fame: Current UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman is one of nine individuals recently elected for induction into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame. Zimmerman and the Class of 2013 will be honored in ceremonies scheduled for April 20.
Zimmerman coached the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team from 1984-90 and guided JHU to three NCAA Championships (1984, 1985, 1987) and one national runner-up finish (1989).
Zimmerman compiled a record of 73-15 (.830) during his time at Homewood and led the Blue Jays to the NCAA Tournament in each of his seven seasons. While patrolling the sidelines at Homewood, Zimmerman coached current Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala and associate head coach Bill Dwan. Current JHU offensive coordinator Bobby Benson also spent two years on Zimmerman’s staff at UMBC (2004 & 2005).

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 165th career win when JHU knocked off Mount St. Mary’s and he now stands at 165-63 overall. Included in that mark is a 142-46 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

Must be the Speech: There must be something to what Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala says in the locker room that sparks the Blue Jays as Johns Hopkins holds decided scoring advantages in the first and third quarters through five games. JHU has outscored the opposition 22-7 in the first quarter and 21-8 in the third. By contrast, the Blue Jays hold just a 17-14 scoring margin in the fourth quarter and are deadlocked in the second quarter (11-11).

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts seven players with four or more goals and 10 players with four or more points through five games. In all, 15 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 19 players have at least one point.

EMO Clicking: The Johns Hopkins extra man unit connected on 5-of-6 chances against Mount St. Mary’s and is now 13-of-23 (.565) on the year. Six different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshman Ryan Brown (4) and junior Brandon Benn (3) leading the way.

Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday 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. His effort against the Mount improved his season totals to 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points.

Poppleton Rolls On: With a 15-of-21 performance against Mount St. Mary’s, 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 70-of-93 (.753) on the year and leads the team with 36 ground balls.

Benn Continues Hot Streak: Junior Brandon Benn scored four goals in the win over Mount St. Mary’s to run his season totals to 18 goals and one assist in five games. He currently leads the team in goals and points.
Benn’s four-goal effort marked his fifth straight hat trick, making him the first Johns Hopkins player with five straight hat tricks since Conor Ford turned the trick late in the 2004 season.

Cattoni Emerging: Freshman Holden Cattoni played in two of the Blue Jays’ first three games, but didn’t register a point in those two outings.
That all changed in the last two games as the hard-shooting lefty has punched up back-to-back two-point games against Princeton and Mount St. Mary’s. He fired home a pair of goals againt the Tigers and added one goal and one assist against the Mount.

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has five goals and three assists through five games and leads the team with four extra-man goals. He has registered at least one point in four of five games 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 seven goals through five games. Sanders is tied for third on the team in goals (7) and ranks eighth in points (7).

Bassett Solid Through Four: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of the early season in Baltimore hasn’t slowed him as he currently boasts a .594 save percentage and a 7.61 goals against average. He ranks 12th in the nation in goals against average and 10th in save percentage. He enters this week’s game vs. UMBC just four saves shy of 400 for his career. Only nine Johns Hopkins goalies in school history have amassed 400 or more saves.

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 (12) and leads the team with nine caused turnovers. Durkin counts exactly one-third of JHU’s total caused turnovers (27) to his credit and is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 11th nationally in scoring defense (8.0).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches this season.
Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes and all three had two droughts that lasted at least 13 minutes. Princeton was more productive in its win against JHU, but did have one scoring drought that covered more than 11 minutes, while Mount St. Mary’s went more than 18 minutes without a goal at one point.

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 24-6 in its last 30 games and 29-8 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and sixth 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 400 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 398 of those 400 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 377 of the 400 and the top five in 298 of those 400. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. With that effort, Palmer became the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer notched two assists against Princeton to run his career assist total to 65. He is currently tied for ninth among all active Division I players in career assists.

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Princeton hands Hopkins first loss of season

Posted on 01 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The 12th-ranked Princeton men’s lacrosse team outscored host and third-ranked Johns Hopkins 5-1 over the final 21 minutes of the game as the Tigers slipped past the Blue Jays, 11-8, at Homewood Field Friday evening. The win, Princeton’s third straight at Homewood Field, improves the Tigers’ record to 2-0, while the Blue Jays slip to 3-1 with the loss.

Johns Hopkins hadn’t scored in more than 12 minutes and trailed 6-4 early in the third quarter after senior Jeff Froccaro scored off a nifty two-man game behind the goal with his brother, Jake Froccaro. That two-goal lead for the Tigers was gone less than four minutes later as Johns Hopkins grabbed the lead and all the momentum with three goals in a span of exactly three minutes.

Freshman Holden Cattoni, who had taken exactly one shot entering the game, needed just 63 seconds to score the first two goals of his career to knot the game. He fired home the first of his two strikes after a nifty cut to the goal, where sophomore Wells Stanwick fed him to make it 6-5 and then fired home his second off a feed from seniorLee Coppersmith. When senior Zach Palmer added an extra-man goal with 9:23 remaining in the third quarter, the Blue Jays had a 7-6 lead.

That lead held for just over three minutes before Jeff Froccaro swept across the top of the box and blew a high 12-yarder past Blue Jay goalie Pierce Bassett and the Tigers took the lead for good with 3:31 remaining in the third quarter when Mike MacDonald was on the tail end of some nifty passing and beat Bassett in tight with an extra-man goal.

The Blue Jays had several chances to pull even, but the Tigers held them off and eventually grabbed some breathing room early in the fourth quarter when junior Tom Schreiber ripped a 15-yard laser just inside the post to make it 9-7 and MacDonald dodged from behind the goal to add his second of the game midway through the period to give Princeton its first three-goal lead of the night.Brandon Benn’s fourth goal of the game less than 40 seconds after MacDonald’s goal drew the Blue Jays within two at 10-8, but Princeton senior captain Chris White scored a transition goal two minutes later after one of JHU’s six fourth-quarter turnovers to close the scoring.

The late-game surge for the Tigers came after the teams traded the first six goals of the game and alternated three-goal runs, including the one for the Blue Jays that was capped by Palmer’s extra-man tally that made it 7-6 in the third.

Jeff Froccaro, Schreiber and Jake Froccaro all scored in the opening period for the Tigers, but those goals were matched by two of Benn’s four goals and a strike by Stanwick.

The Blue Jays took their first lead of the game less than five minutes into the second quarter when Benn fired home his third goal of the game off a skip pass from Coppersmith, but that would be the last goal the Blue Jays would score in the first half.

Over the final 9:18 of the second quarter and the first two minutes of the third the Froccaro brothers sandwiched tallies around the second of Schreiber’s three goals to give Princeton the 6-4 lead, which Cattoni erased with his back-to-back strikes. Palmer’s behind-the-back extra-man goal came just under two minutes after Cattoni’s second goal, but Princeton would take the lead for good before the end of the third and the Blue Jays would get no closer than two in the final period.

Jeff Froccaro and Schreiber both recorded hat tricks, while Jake Froccaro scored twice and added two assists to pace the Tigers. Freshman Matt O’Connor posted 10 saves in goal for the Tigers, including four in the first quarter, when the Blue Jays outshot the Tigers, 17-5.

The Tigers were 1-of-2 with the extra-man, but scored three goals in situations where they were playing with the 30-second stall warning in effect. The last two of those three goals pushed two-goal Tiger leads to three.

Benn notched his fourth hat trick of the season with his four goals and Cattoni scored twice to account for JHU’s multi-goal scorers. Coppersmith entered the game with 30 career goals and no assists in 42 games played before notching three assists against the Tigers.

The loss overshadowed another strong performance on faceoffs by Johns Hopkins senior Mike Poppleton, who won 15-of-22 against four different Princeton players. Poppleton also grabbed a game-high eight ground balls.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Tuesday, March 5 as Mount St. Mary’s comes to Homewood Field. Princeton will return to action that night as well as the Tigers host Villanova.

#12 Princeton (2-0) 3-2-3-3/11
#3 Johns Hopkins (3-1) 3-1-3-1/8

GoalsP: Jeff Froccaro-3, Schreiber-3, Jake Froccaro-2, MacDonald-2, White. J: Benn-4, Cattoni-2, Palmer, Stanwick. AssistsP: Jake Froccaro-2, Ambler, Jeff Froccaro, Orban. J: Coppersmith-3, Palmer-2, Ranagan, Stanwick. SavesP: O’Connor-10, Kavanagh-0. J: Bassett-7. Shots: P-33. J-37. EMOP: 1-for-2. J: 1-for-4.Attendance: 2,352.

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Hopkins aims to extend perfect start Friday against Princeton

Posted on 28 February 2013 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes Princeton to Homewood Field for the 83rd meeting in one of college lacrosse’s great rivalries.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 3-0 with a 17-8 win over Michigan last Saturday. Princeton opened its season with a 10-7 road victory at Hofstra on the same day.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 83rd between Johns Hopkins and Princeton. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 55-27 and grabbed a 10-8 win at Princeton last season to snap a three-game Princeton winning streak in the series.

A Top 12 Matchup: This week’s Johns Hopkins-Princeton game pits two teams ranked in the top 12 in both the USILA Coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls. JHU checks in at number three in both polls, while the Tigers are ranked 12th in both. The JHU-Princeton game is one of seven games this week that pit teams both ranked in the top 20.

Marching On: The calendar flips to March for this week’s game against Princeton and JHU will carry a six-game winning streak in the month of March into the contest. JHU last lost a game in March in 2011, when the Blue Jays dropped a 5-4 double-overtime decision at then top-ranked Syracuse.

Program Ties – Part I: Princeton sophomore attackman Brendan DeTommaso is the son of John DeTommaso, a three-time First Team All-American defenseman during his career at Johns Hopkins from 1983-86. John DeTommaso helped JHU to a pair of NCAA Championships during his career at Homewood and was a senior when current Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala was a freshman.

Program Ties – Part II: Princeton assistant coach Greg Raymond played at Johns Hopkins from 2001-05, was a three-time captain for the Blue Jays (2003-05) and helped Hopkins an undefeated record (16-0) and the 2005 National Championship as a senior.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Princeton with an all-time record of 927-298-15 (.754). 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 164th career win with last week’s win over Michigan and improved his record to 164-62 with the victory. Included in that mark is a 141-45 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

Quick Starts: Johns Hopkins has been especially strong in the first and third quarter of its three games this season. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 15-2 in the first quarter and 11-3 in the third. By contrast, JHU holds a slim scoring margin in the fourth quarter (10-7) and is even in the second (8-8).

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins counts seven players with four or more goals and nine players with four or more points through three games. In all, 12 different players have found the back of the net for JHU and 16 players have at least one point.

Among the Leaders: The NCAA issued its first national statistical report this week and Johns Hopkins is well represented among the national leaders. JHU ranks in the top 10 in the nation in eight different team categories and three individual categories.

Below is a look at JHU’s top-10 statistical national rankings:

Team Categories:
Faceoff Win Percentage (1st • .750)
Winning Percentage (T1st • 1.000)
Scoring Defense (3rd • 6.67)
Scoring Margin (3rd • +8.0)
Assists Per/Game (4th • 9.0)
Points Per/Game (5th • 23.67)
Scoring Offense (6th • 14.67)
Ground Balls/Game (9th • 37.0)

Individual Categories:
Faceoff Win Percentage (1st • Mike Poppleton • .800)
Goals Against Average (3rd • Pierce Bassett • 6.34)
Save Percentage (4th • Pierce Bassett • .667)

What Brown Does For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has four goals and two assists through three games and leads the team with three extra-man goals. He scored two goals and added an assist in the win last week against Michigan and has scored in all three games thus far.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He’s needed just three games to surpass that total as he has scored five goals in wins vs. Siena, Towson and Michigan. Sanders is tied for second on the team in goals (5) and ranks fifth in points (5).

Poppleton Strong at the X: Senior Mike Poppleton enjoyed one of the great individual games by a Johns Hopkins faceoff specialist in last week’s win over Michigan.
Poppleton won all 14 faceoffs he took in the first half and finished with a 17-of-18 (.944) showing to go along with 12 ground balls. The 17 wins are the second-highest total of his career.
Poppleton has won 40-of-50 (.800) faceoffs through three games and has a team-high 23 ground balls to his credit. He currently leads the nation in faceoff winning percentage and ranks 12th in ground balls per game (7.67).

Bassett Solid Through Three: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of February in Baltimore didn’t slow him as he currently boasts a .667 save percentage and a 6.34 goals against average. He ranks third in the nation in goals against average and fourth in save percentage. He enters this week’s game vs. Princeton just 11 saves shy of 400 for his career. Only nine Johns Hopkins goalies in school history have amassed 400 or more saves.

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 (11) and leads the team with eight caused turnovers. Durkin counts almost half of JHU’s total caused turnovers (19) to his credit and is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks third nationally in scoring defense (6.67).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold each of its three opponents scoreless for long stretches. Siena, Towson and Michigan have each drawn blanks of at least 15 minutes and all three have had two droughts that lasted at least 13 minutes.

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

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

Did You Know That …
… Pierce Bassett ranks 10th in school history with 389 saves and sports a 28-7 record in his last 35 starts?

… Brandon Benn has scored at least one goal in 18 of 19 games since the start of the 2012 season and has 11 multi-goal games to his credit during that time?

… Tucker Durkin became the first JHU junior to win the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman since Dave Pietramala in 1988.

… Zach Palmer totaled 27 goals and 26 assists last season to become just the eighth JHU player since 1980 with 25 goals and assists in the same season.

… Rex Sanders scored twice in the win over Siena, once against Towson and twice more against Michigan. Prior to this, Sanders had scored one goal in six career games played.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first (6x) or second (6x) shot of the game a total of 12 times in 16 games last season. The Blue Jays were back at it again in the win at Towson as Wells Stanwickscored on JHU’s second shot of the game. JHU scored on its third shot of the game against both Siena and Michigan.

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 23-5 in its last 28 games and 28-7 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked third in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and rank third 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 399 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 397 of those 399 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 376 of the 399 and the top five in 298 of those 399. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. With that effort, Palmer became the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer notched three assists in the win against Michigan to run his career assist total to 63. He is currently tied for eighth among all active Division I players in career assists.

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Hopkins goes for 3-0 start Saturday against Michigan

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes Michigan to Homewood Field for the first-ever meeting between the two teams. This is the second of seven staight games away from home for UM, which won’t play at home again until March 23, when defending national champion Loyola visits Ann Arbor.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 2-0 on the year with a 12-6 win at Towson last Saturday night. Michigan slipped to 0-2 with a 12-6 loss at Bellarmine.

Series History: As noted above, this is the first-ever meeting between Johns Hopkins and Michigan in men’s lacrosse.

JHU, Michigan Among Top Five: Among NCAA Division I men’s team sports whose national champion is determined by a tournament, Johns Hopkins has the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship and Michigan has the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.

Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearancs (Active)
• By Division I Men’s Team Sports •
1. Johns Hopkins (Lacrosse) – 41 (1972)
2. Miami of Florida (Baseball) – 40 (1973)
3. Virginia (Soccer) – 32 (1981)
4. Kansas (Basketball) – 23 (1990)
5. Michigan (Hockey) – 22 (1991)

Johns Hopkins-Michigan Rank One-Two: Did you know that Johns Hopkins University performed $2.1 billion in medical, science, and engineering research in fiscal 2011, making it the leading U.S. academic institution in total research and development spending for the 33rd year in a row?
This week’s opponent, The University of Michigan, ranked second in R&D spending in FY2011 at $1.27 billion (data for 2011 is the most recent available).

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 18 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 15-3 in those 18 games. The Blue Jays have currently won 11 straight games played in the month of February.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Michigan with an all-time record of 926-298-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

That’s 101 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 163rd career win with last week’s win over Towson and improved his record to 163-62 with the victory. Included in that mark is a 140-45 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

Quick Starts: Johns Hopkins has been especially strong in the first and third quarter of its two games this season. The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition 8-1 in both of those quarters. By contrast, JHU has been outscored 6-4 in the second qurter and holds a 7-4 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Balanced Offense For the Jays: The Johns Hopkins offense has been fairly balanced through two games as JHU counts eight players with two or more goals and 10 players with two points or more.
Leading the way for the Blue Jays have been attackmen Brandon Benn and Wells Stanwick, who have combined for 11 goals and two assists.
Benn punched up his second straight hat trick with a four-goal effort at Towson, while Stanwick matched his career high for goals (2) and punched up a personal best four points in the win.

What Brown Can Do For Us: Freshman Ryan Brown has stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Blue Jays. Brown has scored an extra man goal in both games thus far and has an assist to his credit as well. He is tied for first on the team in extra-man goals and tied for fifth in points.

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. It’s taken just two games for him to triple his previous career output as he scored twice in the season opening win against Siena and then added another goal in the win last week at Towson.
Sanders is tied for third on the team in goals (3) and tied for fifth in points (3).

Poppleton Strong at the X: Senior Mike Poppleton enjoyed a solid season a year ago as JHU’s primary faceoff specialist as he won 167-of-271 (.616) and led the team with 78 ground balls.
Poppleton has picked up right where he left off a year ago as he has won 23-of-32 (.719) faceoffs and leads the team with 11 ground balls.

Bassett Solid Through Two: Senior Pierce Bassett hails from Arizona, but the chill of February in Baltimore hasn’t slowed him thus far as he currently boasts a .667 save percentage and a 6.22 goals against average.

Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago.
Durkin is currently tied for second on the team in ground balls (9) and leads the team with eight caused turnovers. Durkin counts almost half of JHU’s total caused turnovers (17) to his credit.

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increasing scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold both Siena and Towson scoreless for long stretches. The Blue Jays held the Saints off the board for 14:43 at one point and 17:03 at another and then kept the Tigers scoreless for the first 16:40 of the game and 26:59 from the second to the fourth quarter.

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

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

Did You Know That
… Pierce Bassett ranks 10th in school history with 379 saves and sports a 27-7 record in his last 34 starts?

… Brandon Benn has scored at least one goal in 17 of 18 games since the start of the 2012 season and has 10 multi-goal games to his credit during that time?

… Tucker Durkin became the first JHU junior to win the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman since Dave Pietramala in 1988.

… Zach Palmer totaled 27 goals and 26 assists last season to become just the eighth JHU player since 1980 with 25 goals and assists in the same season.

… Rex Sanders scored twice in the win over Siena and once against Towson. Prior to this, Sanders had scored one goal in six career games played.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first (6x) or second (6x) shot of the game a total of 12 times in 16 games last season. The Blue Jays were back at it again in the win at Towson as Wells Stanwick scored on JHU’s second shot of the game.

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

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

Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to the 2011 season and are 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 22-5 in its last 27 games and 27-7 since the start of the 2011 season.

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

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 398 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 396 of those 398 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 375 of the 398 and the top five in 297 of those 398. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. With that effort, Palmer became the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).

Palmer Among Career Active Assists Leaders: Senior attackman Zach Palmer notched a pair of assists in the win at Towson to run his career assist total to 60. He is currently tied for eighth among all active Division I players in career assists. Below is a look at the top 10 career active leaders in assists nationwide.

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Hopkins opens lacrosse season Friday against Siena

Posted on 07 February 2013 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes Siena to Homewood Field for the season opener for both teams. This will be the second time the teams have met in the first game of a season (2009).

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Siena are meeting for the fifth time in a series that dates back to 2009. All five meetings have taken place at Homewood Field and the Blue Jays have won each of the previous four meetings. Every meeting between the two teams has taken place in February.

Check the Calendar: This year’s season opener against Siena will be the earliest game played in the history of the Blue Jay lacrosse program. Previously, the earliest game in school history was played on February 17, 2012 when the Blue Jays knocked off Charles Street rival Towson, 12-6.

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 16 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 13-3 in those 16 games. The Blue Jays have currently won nine straight games played in the month of February.

For Openers: Johns Hopkins is 10-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season-openers and close calls have been the norm as six of the 12 games have been decided by three goals or less.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Siena with an all-time record of 924-298-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins closed a successful 2012 season with an overall record of 12-4 and the program’s 41st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Program Ties: Lacrosse is a close-knit sport and it doesn’t take much to tie two teams together when they play, but Johns Hopkins and Siena are tied in a much different way this season.

Did you know that Johns Hopkins freshman Derrick Kihembo’s father ran cross country at Siena and is a member of the Saints’ Hall of Fame? His dad, Joe Rukanshagiza, was a four-time All-American at Siena (track & cross country) and the 1975 NCAA College Division Champion in the 5,000-meter run.

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.

Welcome Back: Head coach Dave Pietramala welcomes back eight starters from last season’s team, which posted a 12-4 record and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Of note…
• The Blue Jays return two starters on attack - Zach Palmer and Brandon Benn - who combined for 57 goals and 33 assists last season.
• JHU’s entire first midfield returns with seniors John Ranagan and John Greeley and junior Rob Guida all back in the fold. This trio totaled 40 goals and 25 assists despite Greeley missing the final four games of the season.
• Seniors Tucker Durkin and Chris Lightner return on close defense after they started all 16 games together a year ago.
• Senior goalie Pierce Bassett returns after grabbing his second All-America nod last season. He finished seventh nationally with a 7.47 goals against average in 2012.

Did You Know That …
… Pierce Bassett ranks 10th in school history with 355 saves and sports a 25-7 record in his last 32 starts?

… Brandon Benn scored at least one goal in 15 of 16 games last season and had eight multi-goal games to his credit?

… Phil Castronova returns to the lineup after missing the 2012 season? He totaled four goals, three assists and 42 ground balls as a SSDM as a freshman in 2011.

… Tucker Durkin became the first JHU junior to win the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman since Dave Pietramala in 1988.

… Zach Palmer totaled 27 goals and 26 assists last season to become just the eighth JHU player since 1980 with 25 goals and assists in the same season.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first (6x) or second (6x) shot of the game a total of 12 times in 16 games last season.

Career Win Number 150: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up career win number 150 with the 12-6 victory vs. Towson in the 2012 season opener. He now sports an all-time record of 161-62 (.722), including a 138-45 (.754) record at Johns Hopkins. He 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.

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 20-5 in its last 25 games and 25-7 since the start of the 2011 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays are tied for fourth in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll and rank fifth 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 year’s Preseason USILA Poll, there have been 397 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 395 of those 397 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 374 of the 397 and the top five in 296 of those 397. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

Palmer in Rare Company: Senior attackman Zach Palmer led Johns Hopkins in scoring with 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points last season. He ran his career totals to 59 goals and 56 assists for 115 points with his effort a year ago.

Palmer is the first player at Johns Hopkins with 25 goals and 25 assists in the same season since 2007, when Paul Rabil totaled 27 goals and 26 assists. The 25-25 feat is rare at Johns Hopkins as Palmer is just the eighth Blue Jay to reach this mark since 1980 (the eight have turned the trick a combined 13 times).

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Five Hopkins lacrosse players receive preseason honors

Posted on 06 December 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team placed five players on the 2013 Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America Team it was recently announced. Johns Hopkins is one of just three teams in the nation to have an attackman, midfielder, defenseman and goalie selected to the team; Lehigh and Maryland are the others.

Headlining the group for the Blue Jays is senior defenseman and returning Schmeisser Award winner Tucker Durkin, who was named to the first team. Durkin earned First Team All-America honors last season after grabbing second team honors as a sophomore. The 13th Johns Hopkins player to earn the Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman, Durkin started all 16 games last season and has started all 47 games in his career. He totaled 35 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and one assist last season while leading a Hopkins defense that allowed an average of just 7.4 goals per game. JHU finished seventh nationally in scoring defense in 2012.

Junior midfielder Rob Guida landed a spot on the second team after enjoying a breakout season in 2012. Guida started all 16 games at midfield and totaled 17 goals and 11 assists for 28 points in 2012. A tireless worker, Guida tied for second on the team with five extra man goals, added 19 ground balls and led all Johns Hopkins midfielders in goals, assists and points a year ago. Guida was a Second Team All-America selection last season.

Senior attackman Zach Palmer earned Third Team Preseason All-America honors after pacing the Blue Jay offense a year ago. Palmer totaled career highs in goals (27), assists (26) and points (53) and tied with Guida for second on the team in extra man goals (5). He led the team in points and assists and ranked second in goals. His 27-goal, 26-assist effort marked just the eight time since 1980 that a Johns Hopkins player has totaled more than 25 goals and 25 assists in one season.

Senior midfielder John Ranagan and senior goalie Pierce Bassett round out Johns Hopkins’ Preseason All-America selections as both grabbed an honorable mention nod.

Ranagan has twice earned All-America honors in his career with a first team nod as a sophomore and second team selection last season. A starter in all 16 games last season and 39 straight games dating back to 2010, he posted 16 goals and seven assists last season and has career totals of 43 goals and 26 assists for 69 points.

Bassett will enter his third full year as Johns Hopkins’ starting goalie and has started 39 consecutive games entering the 2013 season. He posted a 7.47 goals against average and a .522 save percentage last season; his 7.47 goals against average ranked seventh in the nation. He earned Second Team All-America honors as a sophomore, when he posted a 7.07 goals against average and a .570 save percentage.

Johns Hopkins posted a 12-4 record last season and earned its NCAA-record 41st consecutive NCAA Tournament bid. The Blue Jays return eight starters, seven of their top eight scorers, five of the top six midfielders, two-thirds of last season’s rope unit and their top two faceoff specialists from a year ago. Along with 31 returning players, head coach Dave Pietramala also welcomes 12 newcomers to the program for the 2013 season.

 

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