The Game: Tenth-ranked Johns Hopkins (9-3) makes the short trip to the Ridley Athletic Complex to take on top-ranked Loyola (12-0). The game is sold out.
Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins dropped its second straight game with an 8-2 loss at Navy last Saturday. Loyola moved to 12-0 and took over sole possession of the top spot in the national rankings with a 17-6 win at Hobart.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Loyola are meeting for the 50th time in a series that dates to a 20-1 Johns Hopkins win in 1939. Johns Hopkins won last season’s meeing, 8-7, at Homewood Field, has won 12 straight against the Greyhounds and leads the series 46-3. A complete series review can be found at the back of this week’s note packet.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Loyola with an all-time record of 921-297-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
A Win For Johns Hopkins Would …
• Give the Blue Jays 10 wins for the ninth time in 12 seasons under head coach Dave Pietramala.
• Give JHU 10 wins for the 33rd time in school hsitory.
• Be the 13th consecutive win for Johns Hopkins over Loyola.
• Improve JHU’s record to 56-6 against teams from the state of Maryland since Dave Pietramala took over in 2001.
• Improve Johns Hopkins’ reocrd to 50-10 in games played in April under Dave Pietramala.
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 season opener. He now sports an all-time record of 158-61 (.721), including a 135-44 (.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: 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.
Durkin, Bassett Among Tewaaraton Nominees: Johns Hopkins placed two players among the top 25 men’s nominees for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award it was announced on April 25. Juniors Tucker Durkin (D) and Pierce Bassett (G) are among the 25, making Johns Hopkins one of just five schools with two nominees.
The 12th-annual Tewaaraton Award will be presneted to the top male and female lacrosse players on May 31 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Durkin is one of just three close defensemen among the final 25, while Bassett is one of just four goalies among the final 25.
Program Ties-I: Johns Hopkins Associate Head Coach Bill Dwan is the older brother of Loyola assistant coach/defensive coordinator Matt Dwan.
Program Ties-II: Loyola sophomore faceoff specialist Brandon Donovan is the younger brother of Tim Donovan, who played at Johns Hopkins from 2008-11 and helped the Blue Jays to four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Play it and They Will Come: Johns Hopkins will play in front of its second sellout crowd in three weeks on Saturday as Loyola has sold all 6,000 tickets available for this week’s game. JHU also played in front of a packed house of 8,500 on April 14 when Maryland visited Homewood Field.
Playing in front of large crowds is nothing new for the Blue Jays, who lead the nation in average attendance for all games played (7,094).
Six Over Six: This week’s crowd of 6,000 at Loyola will be the sixth crowd of 6,000 or more that Johns Hopkins will have played in front of in 2012.
Five of Top Eight: There have been eight crowds of 6,500 or more at a Division I men’s lacrosse game this season and Johns Hopkins has been a participant in five of the eight.
Against Number One: This week’s game against Loyola will be the second this season for the Blue Jays against a team ranked number one – and both will have taken place on the road.
Earlier this season (March 24) the Blue Jays knocked off then top-ranked Virginia, 11-10, in overtime.
This week’s game will be the 11th Johns Hopkins has played against a team ranked number one under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays are 6-4 in their 10 games against the nation’s top-ranked team under his guidance and 16-22 overall against the number-one ranked team since 1973 (USILA rankings began in 1973).
Close Calls: Seven of the 10 games Johns Hopkins has played against teams ranked number one under head coach Dave Pietramala have been decided by one goal. JHU is 5-2 in those seven one-goal games. Overall, 15 of JHU’s 37 games against a team ranked number one have been decided by one goal – JHU is 7-8 in those 15 games.
That’s Odd: This will be the fourth game Johns Hopkins has played under head coach Dave Pietramala as the 10th-ranked team in the nation. JHU is a perfect 3-0 in the previous three games.
April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who are 49-10 (.831) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 28-4 at home, 19-4 on the road and 2-2 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala’s guidance.
Prepping For May: May become a whole lot more important when the NCAA began sponsoring the lacrosse national championhip in 1971. Johns Hopkins currently has a streak of 40 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament and finishing April strong has been a big part of Hopkins’ success. In fact, Johns Hopkins has won the last game it has played in the month of April in each of the last 15 years and 39 of 40 during its streak of qualifying for the NCAAs. The only time JHU lost its last game in April since 1972 was in 1996 (Towson: Lost 13-12).
Marching Orders: Johns Hopkins closed out the March portion of its 2012 schedule at Virginia on March 24. The Blue Jays posted their first perfect record in the month of March (5-0) since 2005, when they also won all five of their games played in the month. Since 1972, JHU has posted a perfect record in the month of March 15 times (not including this season). In six of those years the Blue Jays went on to win the national championship and in seven other instances JHU finished as national runner-up.
Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 17-4 in its last 21 games, 22-6 since the start of the 2011 season and 24-8 in its last 32 games.
13-Win Seasons: With a 13-3 record last season, Johns Hopkins reached the 13-win mark for the fifth time under head coach Dave Pietramala and the 12th time in school history.
Home Cookin’: Johns Hopkins had its 12-game home winning streak snapped with the 9-6 loss to Maryland on April 14. The streak is the second-longest under head coach Dave Pietramala, who picked up his 75th career victory at Homewood Field with the win earlier this season against Delaware. Hopkins sports a 79-13 (.859) record in home games during his career at JHU.
JHU won a school and national-record 37 straight home games from 2001-06 under Pietramala’s guidance and the recent 12-game home winning streak is the fourth home streak of seven wins or more since he arrived.
Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins has employed virtually the same first and second midfield units throughout the first 12 games and those units have proven to be steady in terms of production. JHU’s first unit of Rob Guida(13), John Ranagan (13) and John Greeley (7) has combined for 33 goals, while the second unit of Lee Coppersmith (12), Mark Goodrich (6) and Greg Edmonds (4) has 22 goals to its credit.
The major difference between the two groups has been with assists. The unit of Guida, Ranagan and Greeley has combined for 19 assists. Edmonds’ assist against North Carolina was the first assist of the season from the trio on the second midfield, which now has two assists to its credit.
Attack Oriented: Despite being forced to start five different players in three different combinations, the starting attack units the Blue Jays have trotted out have been effective and efficient. Despite struggling the last two weeks, the unit has combined for 54 goals and 38 assists (7.67 points per game) through 12 games.
On the Flip Side: While the Blue Jay attack is collectively averaging nearly eight points per game, the Blue Jay defense has not been nearly as giving. In fact, the starting attack units Johns Hopkins has faced this season have totaled just 41 goals and 23 assists (5.3 points per game).
Bassett Now 22-6 in Last 28 Starts: Junior goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 25th career victory in goal with the 17-6 win vs. Albany as he posted 11 saves in just over 55 minutes of action. Bassett is now 22-6 in his last 28 starts dating back to the start of the 2011 season and counts a 25-10 career record to his credit.
Through 12 games Bassett currently ranks sixth in the nation in goals against average (7.02) and 19th in save percentage (.552).
Bassett concluded his first full season as the starter for the Blue Jays last season and posted a 7.07 goals against average and a .570 save percentage. He finished fifth in the nation in GAA and 10th in save percentage. Bassett’s 7.07 goals against average is the second best by a JHU goalie since 1993 (Jesse Schwartman’s 6.68 GAA in 2005 is the best since records became available in ‘93).
Boland Returns: Senior attackman Chris Boland returned to the lineup against North Carolina after missing seven consecutive games with an injury he suffered 35 minutes into the season opener against Towson. Boland scored twice and dished out a pair of assists against the Tar Heels and came back with a three-goal, two-assist showing against Albany and a one-goal, one-assist effort against Maryland to push his season totals to 10 goals and five assists. He had 13-game goal and point-scoring streaks snapped last week at Navy.
Boland pushed his career totals to 76 goals and 43 assists for 119 points with his one goal and one assist vs. Maryland. He has 10 career hat tricks, 28 career multi-point games and 18 games with four points or more.
Stanwick in Rare Company: Freshman Wells Stanwick ran his streak of consecutive multi-point games to seven with one goal and two assists in the win over Albany before being held scoreless by Maryland and Navy. His run of seven straight multi-point games to open his career is the longest by a Johns Hopkins player (freshmen only – not transfers) since all-time leading scorer Terry Riordan opened his career with 18 consecutive multi-point games from 1992-93.
Stanwick has six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in nine games played. He missed three games early in the season with an injury, but still ranks second on the team in assists and fourth in points.
Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU offense:
• JHU has scored at least one goal in 43 of 48 quarters this season and two or more in 35 of the 48 quarters.
• For all the talk about JHU being a slow down team, the Blue Jays are averaging 35.5 shots per game. That number compares favorably to JHU’s averages in 2005 (38.1) and 2007 (36.3) – the most recent years in which Johns Hopkins won the national championship.
• Johns Hopkins ranks 30th in the nation in scoring offense (9.83), 15th in extra-man offense (.419) and 12th in scoring margin (+2.92).
Defensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU defense:
• Hopkins is surrendering an average of just 29.2 shots per game.
• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in 14 of 48 quarters this season (29.2%).
• The Blue Jays rank fifth in the nation in scoring defense (6.92), 14th in man-down defense (.722) and 12th in scoring margin (+2.92) this season.
• Johns Hopkins has held each of its 12 opponents scoreless for a stretch of at least 14:25 and 10 of the 12 have gone scoreless for 19:30 or longer.
Now That’s a Drought: The Johns Hopkins defense did not allow an even-strength goal for an amazing stretch of 116:37 from late in the win at Princeton through early in the fourth quarter of the win over UMBC.
About the Shutout: Shutouts in college lacrosse are rare, but JHU notched one with the 11-0 victory over Manhattan on March 6. Prior to that, the Blue Jays had last posted a shutout on March 26, 1988, when they knocked off Princeton, 9-0. The shutout vs. Manhattan was the 61st in JHU history with 57 of those coming prior to 1950.
Poll Position: The Blue Jays check in at number 10 in the USILA Coaches Poll and 11th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week. 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 394 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 392 of those 394 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 371 of the 394 and the top five in 295 of those 394. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.
Noting JHU in the NCAA Tournament: Johns Hopkins made its 40th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. By comparison, the next six longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to exactly 40 consecutive appearances (Maryland-9, Cornell-8, Virginia-7, Notre Dame-6, Duke-5, North Carolina-5).
First to 900: Johns Hopkins’ 10-6 win at Towson in the 2011 season opener not only got the season off on the right foot for the Blue Jays, but also made history. The win was the 900th all-time in school history, making Johns Hopkins the first program to record 900 all-time wins. JHU now has 921 all-time wins.
That’s 624 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 921-297-15 (.753) … that’s 624 games over .500. To put this in perspective: JHU has played an average of just over 15 games per season under head coach Dave Pietramala. Using a 15-game season as a reference, if the Blue Jays posted a 5-10 record for 125 straight seasons, they would still be four games over .500.