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Hopkins aims for 2-0 start Saturday against Towson

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins plays the second of three straight games at home to open the 2014 season as the Blue Jays welcome local rival Towson to Homewood Field. The game will air live on ESPN3 and on tape delay on Sunday, February 16 on ESPNU.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins topped 14th-ranked Ohio State, 10-9, in triple overtime on Sunday at Homewood Field. Brandon Benn’s goal 59 seconds into the third extra period won it for the Blue Jays.
Towson opened the season on a positive note as well as the Tigers beat visiting High Point, 11-8, at Unitas Stadium last Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Towson are meeting for the 42nd time in a series that dates to a 15-8 Blue Jay victory on March 27, 1976. Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series 38-3 and has currently won 18 straight games against the Tigers. Towson’s last victory against Johns Hopkins came on April 27, 1996, when the Tigers grabbed a 13-12 victory at Homewood Field.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Towson with an all-time record of 934-303-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 11th in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll and 13th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Preseason Poll. Towson was among the teams listed as receiving votes in both polls. Neither organization released a new poll this week.

Second-Longest Game in School History: Last week’s triple overtime game against Ohio State ranks as the second-longest game in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program. The longest game in school history was a four-overtime game against Virginia on March 24, 2001.

In Overtime: Johns Hopkins improved to 20-10 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala with last week’s 10-9 triple overtime victory against Ohio State. The Blue Jays have now won four of their last five overtime games dating back to late in the 2011 season.

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 20 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 17-3 in those 20 games. With last week’s victory the Blue Jays have currently won 13 straight games played in the month of February.

For Openers: With last week’s win against Ohio State, Johns Hopkins is 12-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season-openers with seven of the 14 games being decided by three goals or less.

First Big Ten Game: Well, kind of. Last week’s game against Ohio State was the first of three games this season the Blue Jays will play against future Big Ten opponents. Johns Hopkins announced last June that it would join the Big Ten for men’s lacrosse starting with the 2015 season. The Blue Jays will also take on Michigan and Maryland, both future Big Ten opponents, later this season.

New Blue: Johns Hopkins entered the season with six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D),Bronson Kelly (M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but makes the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins will field one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine - Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova - have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

What it Means in 2014: Despite the loss of the large senior class from last season, the Blue Jays return 67.7% of their goals (109-of-161), 45.7% of their assists (42-of-92) and 59.7% of their points (151-of-253) from last season.

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown will be counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season and the trio was more than up to the task in the season opener as they combined for five goals and seven assists to fuel the 10-9 triple-overtime victory against Ohio State.
Stanwick led the way with one goal and a career-high-tying five assists, while Benn and Brown both added two goals and one assist. The five assists matched Stanwick’s career high and marked his 11th career multi-assist game and 18th career multi-point game.
Benn’s two goals boosted his goal-scoring streak to 17 games, a streak that ranks as the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. It was also his 21st career multi-point game.
The trio combined for 75 goals and 28 assists last season, with Stanwick leading the team in points (47) and assists (23) and Benn pacing the team in goals (34). The trio also combined for 20 of Johns Hopkins’ 27 extra-man goals on the year.

Kennedy Shines: Despite missing most of the preseason, junior Drew Kennedy suited up last week and fueled Johns Hopkins’ win against Ohio State with a dominating performance at the X.
Kennedy was 18-of-22 (.818) and grabbed 13 ground balls in the victory. The 18 faceoff wins, 22 faceoff attempts and 13 GBs are all career highs. In addition, Kennedy’s 18 faceoff wins are the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Mike Poppleton was 20 (of 26) against Stony Brook in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Reed, Crawley Net First Goals: Sophomore midfielder Connor Reed scored the first goal of his career early in the second quarter last week against Ohio State and freshman middie John Crawley added his first career goal early in the third quarter.

State Rivalries: JHU won five of six games last season against teams 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 with last year’s 5-1 mark.
Starting with this week’s game against Towson, the Blue Jays will play six games this season against in-state rivals, including three of the next five and then three of four late in the season.
Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against teams from Maryland under Pietramala.

Loyola: 12-1
Maryland: 9-5
Mount St. Mary’s: 5-0
Navy: 12-2
Towson: 14-0
UMBC: 9-0

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

More Poll Position: Including the final 2014 USILA Preseason Poll, there have been 410 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 408 of those 410 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 381 of the 410 and the top five in 299 of those 410. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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Hopkins opens season against future Big Ten rival Ohio State Sunday

Posted on 08 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins opens the 2014 men’s lacrosse season by welcoming Ohio State to Homewood Field. Faceoff is set for 11:30 am with a live national television audience on ESPNU.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins posted a 9-5 record and finished the 2013 season ranked 14th by the USILA (final regular season poll) and 17th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Ohio State enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history as the Buckeyes finished 13-4, won the ECAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Series History: This week’s game between Johns Hopkins and Ohio State will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams. The previous four games took place between 1999-2002 with Blue Jays winning all four. The first three of those four wins came at Homewood Field and the last came in Columbus. In the 12-9 win at Ohio State on April 6, 2002, current Blue Jay offensive coordinator Bobby Benson totaled five goals and two assists to lead the way for the Blue Jays.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters the 2014 season with an all-time record of 933-303-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins opens the 2014 season ranked 11th in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll and 13th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Ohio State enters the season ranked 14th in the coaches poll and ninth in the media poll.

For Openers: Johns Hopkins is 11-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season-openers with six of the 13 games being decided by three goals or less.

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 19 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 16-3 in those 19 games. The Blue Jays have currently won 12 straight games played in the month of February.

First Big Ten Game: Well, kind of. This week’s game against Ohio State will be the first of three games this season the Blue Jays will play against future Big Ten opponents. Johns Hopkins announced last June that it would join the Big Ten for men’s lacrosse starting with the 2015 season. The Blue Jays will also take on Michigan and Maryland, both future Big Ten opponents, later this season.

New Blue: Johns Hopkins enters the season with six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright/John Kelly/Nick Fields (two of the three with start on D), Bronson Kelly (M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but makes the move to his natural attack position this season.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins will field one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team’s 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine - Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova - have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

Class Rank: Despite a heavy turnover to the roster, the Blue Jays do return key contributors to an offense that averaged 11.5 goals per game last season. Each returning class contributed at least 23 goals and 31 points last year. Below is a breakdown of JHU’s scoring by returning class:

Class (Gls. • Assts. • Points)
Seniors (56 • 8 • 64)
Juniors (30 • 26 • 56)
Sophomores (23 • 8 • 31)

What it Means in 2014: With the above breakdown of goals, assists and points in mind, the Blue Jays return 67.7% of their goals (109-of-161), 45.7% of their assists (42-of-92) and 59.7% of their points (151-of-253) from last season.

For Starters: The entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counts a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) account 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player has started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year’s 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

Attack Driven: Johns Hopkins’ tentative starting attack unit of senior Brandon Benn, junior Wells Stanwick and sophomore Ryan Brown will be counted on to lead the way offensively for the Blue Jays this season. The trio combined for 75 goals and 28 assists last season, with Stanwick leading the team in points (47) and assists (23) and Benn pacing the team in goals (34). The trio also combined for 20 of Johns Hopkins’ 27 extra-man goals on the year.

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Hopkins lacrosse to be well represented at Champion Challenge

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Seven former Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse players, as well as head coach Dave Pietramala, head athletic trainer Brad Mountcastle and strength and conditioning coach Jay Dyer, will be at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida this weekend for the ninth annual Champion Challenge. The seven former players are all bidding for one of the 23 roster spots available on Team USA, which will compete in the 2014 FIL World Championships from July 10-19 in Denver.

 

Pietramala is serving as an assistant coach for Team USA, while Mountcastle and Dyer were selected as the head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach, respectively. Pietramala was a member of Team USA in 1990 and 1994 and helped the red, white & blue to the world championship in both of those years. This is the first time he has been a member of the team’s coaching staff.

 

The 51 players still competing for a roster spot were recently divided into two teams (Blue & White), which will play on Sunday (January 26) at 1:30 pm at the Wide World of Sports Complex. The game can be seen live on Watch ESPN and will be rebroadcast on ESPNU at 10 pm that evening.

 

Former Johns Hopkins players who are among the 51 remaining candidates for a spot on Team USA include:

 

Tucker Durkin - USA Blue
Michael Evans - USA White
Kyle Harrison - USA Blue
Stephen Peyser - USA White
Mike Poppleton - USA Blue
Paul Rabil - USA White
Jesse Schwartzman - USA Blue

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Hopkins opens 2014 lacrosse season with first practice Monday

Posted on 13 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala and assistants Bill Dwan, Bobby Benson andDave Allan welcomed the Blue Jays to the practice field for the first time in preparation for the 2014 season today. The Blue Jays went through their first workout under perfect conditions at Homewood Field.

Pietramala and his staff directed an energetic session that lasted just under two-and-a-half hours and included stick work, half-field offensive and defensive drills, conditioning under the direction of strength coach Jay Dyer and fast-paced six-on-six half-field drills at both ends of Homewood Field.

The first practice of the season included 20 different activities ranging in time from two to 30 minutes in length with a majority of the sessions lasting between five and eight minutes. With just 10 days remaining until the team’s first scrimmage at Georgetown and 27 days until the season-opener against Ohio State, an emphasis on pace and instruction was evident from the minute the Blue Jays hit the field.

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Hopkins ranked 14th in Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Poll

Posted on 10 December 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins University men’s lacrosse team is ranked 14th in the 2014 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Top 20 it was recently announced. The poll is compiled by members of the staff at Inside Lacrosse, which published a completely digital version of Face-Off Yearbook for the 2014 season.

Johns Hopkins posted a 9-5 record last season and returns its top two scores and four players who scored 10 or more goals in 2013 in junior Wells Stanwick (24g, 23a), senior Brandon Benn (34g, 1a), sophomore Ryan Brown (17g, 4a) and senior Rex Sanders (13g). In addition, senior Jack Reilly returns for his fourth season as a regular on defense, while the rope unit of long stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino and short stick defensive middies Phil Castronova and James Malm returns intact.

Johns Hopkins will open the 2014 season on Sunday, February 9 when the Blue Jays welcome Ohio State to Homewood Field. The Buckeyes are one of 10 teams the 2014 Johns Hopkins schedule that appear in the top 20.

2014 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Top 20
1 – Duke
2 – Syracuse
3 – North Carolina
4 – Notre Dame
5 – Denver
6 – Maryland
7 – Ohio State
8 – Penn State
9 – Virginia
10 – Yale
11 – Penn
12 – Albany
13 – Princeton
14 – Johns Hopkins
15 – Bucknell
16 – St. John’s
17 – Cornell
18 – Villanova
19 – Loyola
20 – Towson

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Hopkins/Michigan lacrosse game moved to Homewood Field

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced a change in the Blue Jays’ 2014 schedule today.  The Johns Hopkins-Michigan game, originally scheduled for February 22, 2014 at Michigan, will now be played at Homewood Field (noon).  Television plans for the game have not been announced at this point.

The game cannot be played at Michigan Stadium as originally agreed upon and a decision to move the game to Homewood Field was made by Pietramala and Michigan head coach John Paul.

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Hopkins opens fall lacrosse practice

Posted on 09 September 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD — The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team opened fall practice this morning as head coach Dave Pietramala and assistant coaches Bill Dwan, Bobby Benson and Dave Allan begin preparation for the 2014 season.

Despite losing an experienced 11-man senior class, the Blue Jays welcome back eight players who started three or more games last season, including two on attack (Wells Stanwick, Brandon Benn), four at midfield (Rob Guida, Ryan Brown, Rex Sanders, Holden Cattoni) and two on defense (Jack Reilly, Rob Enright).

The Blue Jays will also return their entire rope unit in SSDMs Phil Castronova and James Malm and LSM Mike Pellegrino.

Stanwick, an Honorable Mention All-American last season, returns after leading the team in points (47) and assists (23), while Benn paced the team in goals for the second consecutive season (34).

Brown is the leading returning scorer at midfield as he scored 17 goals and added four assists as a freshman last season and paced the team with nine extra-man goals. Sanders (13g), Cattoni (6g, 3a) and Guida (3g, 4a) combined for 22 goals and seven assists a year ago despite Guida missing eight games with an injury.

Reilly is the senior member of Pietramala’s defense as he started all 13 games there last season and has played in 45 games with 30 starts in his career. Enright and junior John Kelly combined to play in 25 games with four starts last season and figure to take on increased roles with the departure of four-year regulars Tucker Durkin and Chris Lightner.

Junior Eric Schneider is the most experienced returning goalie on the roster as he played in eight games with one start and posted a 9.59 goals against average a .500 save percentage a year ago. Pietramala and his staff enter the season without a returning starter in goal for the first time since 2008 as Pierce Bassett, who graduated in May, held since the middle of his freshman year.

A key focus for the Blue Jays this fall will be faceoffs as Second Team All-American Mike Poppleton graduated after winning 161-of-235 (.685) attempts last season.

Junior Drew Kennedy has been the team’s number two faceoff specialist during his first two seasons and won 66-of-123 (.537) while backing up Poppleton. There will be no shortage of competition at the X as sophomores Craig Madaraszand Ryan Matthews and figure to push for increased roles.

Welcome to Homewood
When practice started today, Pietramala and his staff got their first chance to work with an incoming freshman class that is ranked sixth by Inside Lacrosse.

In addition to the class ranking sixth, 10 members of the group are ranked in Inside Lacrosse’s Power 100 freshman rankings. Below is a list of the 10 that appear in rankings with their ranking listed.

14 – Nick Fields (D/LSM)
23 – Wilkins Dismuke (A)
24 – Kieran Eissler (M)
63 – Cody Radziewicz (M)
66 – Ryan Feit (G)
76 – John Crawley (A)
80 – Trevor Koelsch (D)
85 – Jack Grass (A)
92 – Alex Perreault (M)
96 – Joey Carlini (M)

Johns Hopkins to Host Fall Tournament
For the first time in several years, the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team will host its own fall tournament. The Blue Jays will welcome Massachusetts, Fairfield and Rutgers to Homewood Field on Sunday, October 13. Each team will play two games with the following schedule:

9 am – Johns Hopkins vs. UMass
11 am – UMass vs. Rutgers
1 pm – Rutgers vs. Fairfield
3 pm – Johns Hopkins vs. Fairfield

Additional information about the fall schedule will be available closer to the date of competition. There will not be an admission fee to attend the tournament and all games will take place at Homewood Field.

Seven Former Blue Jays Among 52 Team USA Hopefuls
Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala spent Labor Day weekend serving in his other role – as an assistant coach with Team USA.

More than 90 players were invited to tryout for the team, which will represent the United States in the 2014 FIL World Championships in Denver, Colorado. From that group of hopefuls, 52 were selected to move into the next round after the initial tryouts at Goucher College from Aug. 30 – Sept 1.

These players will train with Team USA at a series of fall and winter events, culminating with Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, where players will vie for 23 spots on the final world championships roster.

Among the 52 who made the initial cut are seven former members of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team, all of which played for Pietramala at JHU. Below is a list of the seven former Hopkins standouts who will continue on in their quest to represent the United States next summer:

Tucker Durkin ’13 (D)
Michael Evans ’09 (D)
Kyle Harrison ’05 (M)
Stephen Peyser ’08 (DM)
Mike Poppleton ’13 (FO)
Paul Rabil ’08 (M)
Jesse Schwartzman ’07 (G)

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Hopkins adds Ohio State, Villanova to 2014 lacrosse schedule

Posted on 12 June 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced the addition of Ohio State and Villanova to the Blue Jays’ 2014 schedule today. Both games will take place at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field. The addition of the Buckeyes and Wildcats will end the current scheduling agreements Johns Hopkins has with Siena and Army.

Tentatively, the Blue Jays will open the 2014 season against Ohio State with a late-season midweek game against Villanova. The complete 2014 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse schedule, with game dates and times, should be available in October.

Johns Hopkins and Ohio State have meet four times previously with all four meetings taking place between 1999 and 2002. Johns Hopkins won all four of those games, including a 12-9 decision at Ohio State in the teams’ last meeting during the 2002 season. PIetramala is 3-0 all-time against Ohio State, with two of those three wins coming during his tenure as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. Ohio State posted a 13-4 record, won the ECAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2013.

Villanova was a regular on the Johns Hopkins schedule from 1997-2002 as the teams met six times during that period. Johns Hopkins won all six of those games and took a 10-7 decision at Villanova in the teams’ last meeting midway through the 2002 season. The Wildcats shared the 2013 BIG EAST regular season title and advanced to the league championship game before falling to eventual national runner-up Syracuse. Villanova ended the 2013 season with a 7-8 record.

Ohio State finished the 2013 regular season ranked third in the USILA Coaches Poll, while Villanova was ranked 20th in that poll (the USILA does not release a poll after the NCAA Tournament). The Buckeyes also drew a number eight national ranking in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, while the Wildcats were listed as receiving votes. The final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll was released after the NCAA Tournament.

In the final 2013 Men’s Lacrosse RPI rankings (also issued after the NCAA Tournament), Ohio State was ranked sixth, while Villanova was ranked 21st.

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Hopkins will have great familiarity with future Big Ten foes

Posted on 03 June 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels announced today that the Blue Jay men’s lacrosse team has been accepted by the Big Ten Conference as a sport affiliate member. The announcement comes on the same day that the Big Ten announced the addition of men’s lacrosse as an official conference sport. Big Ten play is scheduled to begin during the 2015 season.

Johns Hopkins will join current Big Ten schools Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan as well as future members Maryland and Rutgers in competing for the Big Ten Championship in men’s lacrosse. Hopkins will officially become a Big Ten sport affiliate member on July 1, 2014.

“This decision may represent the single greatest change in Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse in more than a century,” Daniels said. “I am grateful for the thoughtful process that has led us to this historic place, and I am confident in the success of our shared endeavor in the years to come. ”

Johns Hopkins has competed as an independent in men’s lacrosse since the program began play in 1883. Since then, the program has produced 44 national championships, nine NCAA titles, 183 First Team All-Americans and 65 members of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The Blue Jays rank first nationally in overall national titles, First Team All-Americans and Hall of Fame inductees, while JHU’s nine NCAA titles rank second all time. Johns Hopkins has also appeared in 41 of the 43 all-time NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships since the NCAA began sponsoring the national tournament in 1971.

“We are pleased to announce that the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program will become the Big Ten’s first sport affiliate member,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “Johns Hopkins University is one of the top academic institutions in the country and their men’s lacrosse program has been one of the nation’s best since it was first founded in 1883. Lacrosse is a unique part of the culture on the East Coast, and is an emerging sport both among our current schools and across the country. The addition of Johns Hopkins will give us the opportunity to launch Big Ten men’s lacrosse in 2015, and we look forward to working with their administrators, coaches, student-athletes and fans in preparation for their first conference season.”

The ever-changing landscape of college lacrosse led Johns Hopkins Director of Athletics Tom Calder and men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala to begin discussing conference affiliation in the spring of 2012. While fully aware of the storied history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program as an independent, both realized that national conference realignment was making the challenges of scheduling even more difficult and the opportunity most other teams had to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship through a conference was something that needed to be explored.

With six men’s lacrosse teams, the Big Ten will receive one of the automatic bids to the NCAA Championship. Currently, 16 teams are selected to compete each year in the tournament. NCAA rules allow for up to 50-percent of the tournament field to be comprised of teams receiving an automatic bid.

“The goal each season for our men’s lacrosse team always has been and always will be to compete for the national championship,” Calder noted. “Our administration is fully committed to providing Dave Pietramala and our men’s lacrosse program the resources and opportunities necessary for us to compete at that level. We are proud of the history and accomplishments we enjoyed while competing as an independent, but we feel the opportunity to align with members of the Big Ten as the conference adds men’s lacrosse best positions the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program to maintain the standards that have been established here.”

Johns Hopkins and Maryland have competed in men’s lacrosse since 1895 and the Blue Jays also added Michigan to the schedule during the 2013 season. In addition, Ohio State and Penn State are currently slotted as the team’s two preseason opponents, while Johns Hopkins and Rutgers have met 34 times dating back to 1920. The familiarity with those programs was a key element in the decision-making process.

“This is a very exciting day for Johns Hopkins University as we combine two traditions of excellence – the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program and the Big Ten, which are both committed to excellence in the classroom and on the field” Pietramala stated. “As the head coach and a former player here, one of the things that is truly exciting is the challenging schedule we have been able to maintain. This move allows us to maintain the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse with the University of Maryland, add several nationally-recognized programs to our schedule and maintain a number of national and local rivalries we have in place. All of those things were important considerations and I am thankful to our administration for the time and effort they have put into this process and the unwavering support we have received in making this decision.”

 

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Hopkins to seek lacrosse conference affiliation

Posted on 17 May 2013 by WNST Staff

In a letter to the Johns Hopkins community on Friday, May 17, President Ronald J. Daniels announced that he has accepted the recommendation of a special committee that the Blue Jay men’s lacrosse program seek conference affiliation. The text of President Daniels’ message and the committee report follow.

Dear Member of the Johns Hopkins Community:

In some circles, Johns Hopkins is known best for healing. In others, we are recognized for discovery or for the amazing achievements of our students.

In still others, the name “Johns Hopkins” means lacrosse, Homewood Field and 44 men’s national championships. As with healing, discovery and achievement, that is a very special association and one that we are determined to preserve.

I wrote to you in early March to say that the changing face of intercollegiate athletics and the immense growth in the sport of lacrosse had made it necessary for Johns Hopkins to consider a step it had never taken in 130 years of competition: foregoing our independent status and affiliating with a conference for men’s lacrosse.

It would be a big step, a departure from history and Blue Jay tradition. We would never take such a step lightly. I announced the formation, therefore, of a special committee to examine all aspects of the issue and to provide me with an informed recommendation.

I also invited you to participate in the process by sharing your views with the committee. I am pleased to say that more than 300 of our students, alumni, faculty and staff did so.

In the two months since it was formed, the committee has worked diligently to understand the landscape and to consider whether we should make a change. Its members and staff, in addition to considering your feedback, have consulted with faculty athletics representatives at other universities, with officials of a number of conferences, and with traditional Johns Hopkins rivals. They have compiled and analyzed relevant statistical information; they have engaged in detailed discussions with Athletics Director Tom Calder and Coach Dave Pietramala, A&S ’90.

The committee’s unanimous conclusion, transmitted to me last week, is that Johns Hopkins and its men’s lacrosse student-athletes would best be served by our seeking affiliation for men’s lacrosse only with an NCAA Division I conference. That conclusion was based on committee members’ conviction that such a move will provide our university and history’s most-successful lacrosse program the best opportunity for continued leadership at the highest level of intercollegiate competition. It was based on their conviction that joining a Division I conference for men’s lacrosse is the best course for our athletes, our program and our university, and that it can be done without compromise to our academic integrity or athletic traditions.

I agree with the committee’s analysis and have accepted its recommendations. Tom Calder and Dave Pietramala are also in agreement. Together, we intend to pursue an affiliation. As I mentioned in my March message, there already have been expressions of interest. I will report to you when there is a conclusion to these discussions.

The special committee’s report is available online here. To be clear, we intend, as previously announced, to compete as a Division I independent in women’s lacrosse. We remain deeply and philosophically committed to continued participation in NCAA Division III competition in all other sports.

The members of the special committee have invested a great deal of time and energy and done a wonderful job. On behalf of the entire university community, I want to express my most sincere appreciation to all the members, and especially to co-chairs Jerry Schnydman, A&S ’67, and Chris Watson, A&S ’05.

Sincerely,
Ronald J. Daniels

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