The Game: Seventh-ranked and second-seeded Johns Hopkins (12-3) makes the short trip down to Navy’s Marine Corps Stadium to take on rival Maryland (10-5) in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Faceoff is set for 12:03 pm on Saturday, May 19 and the game will air live nationally on ESPN2.
Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back in a 19-9 victory over Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Maryland built an early 6-1 lead, fell behind and then rallied late to top host Lehigh in its first round game.
A Look Ahead: The winner of this week’s quarterfinal game between Johns Hopkins and Maryland will take on the winner of the Duke-Colgate game in the NCAA Semifinals next Saturday in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The time of that game will be determined on Sunday evening (May 20).
Noting JHU in the NCAA Tournament: Johns Hopkins is making its 41st consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. By comparison, the next five longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to 37 consecutive appearances (Maryland-10, Virginia-8, Notre Dame-7, Duke-6, North Carolina-6).
At Navy in the NCAAs: Johns Hopkins is 2-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played at Navy. The Blue Jays knocked off Notre Dame in the first round of the 1992 tournament (15-7) and Navy in the 2008 quarterfinals (10-4) before falling to Virginia (19-8) in the 2009 quarterfinals.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Maryland are meeting for the 109th time in a series that dates to a 10-0 Johns Hopkins win in 1895. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series, 68-39-1, but Maryland picked up a 9-6 win at Homewood Field earlier this season (April 14).
JHU-Maryland in the NCAA Tournament: It’s been 14 years since Johns Hopkins and Maryland last met in the NCAA Tournament. The Terps took that meeting, 11-10, in overtime at Byrd Stadium.
Here are a few notes of interest about the JHU-Maryland series in the NCAAs: • Johns Hopkins and Maryland have met 12 times previously in the NCAAs with the Blue Jays holding a 9-3 advantage in those 12 games.
• Maryland has won two of the last three meetings (1998, 1995).
• The lower seeded team has won the last four NCAA Tournament meetings (JHU in 1987 and 1996 / Maryland in 1995 and 1998). Prior to that the higher seeded team had won five straight.
• Johns Hopkins ended Maryland’s season with a loss in the NCAAs five times in a six-year span from 1977-82.
• The teams met three times for the national championship in the 1970s with JHU winning in 1974 and 1979 and Maryland taking the crown in 1973.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Maryland with an all-time record of 924-297-15 (.754). 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 …
• Advance Johns Hopkins to the NCAA Semifinals for the 29th time.
• Give the Blue Jays 13 wins for the second consecutive year and the sixth time in 12 seasons under head coach Dave Pietramala.
• Give JHU 13 wins for the 13th time in school history.
• Improve Hopkins’ record to 34-9 (.791) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in the month of May.
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 161-61 (.725), including a 138-44 (.758) 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.
Homeschooled: Johns Hopkins’ entire coaching staff is comprised of former Blue Jay standouts. In addition to head coach Dave Pietramala ‘90, Hopkins is led by associate head coach Bill Dwan ‘91, assistant coach/offensive coordinator Bobby Benson ‘03 and volunteer assistant coach Jamison Koesterer ‘07. Between the four of them they have eight combined national championships as either players or coaches at JHU (Pietramala 3 (1 as a player, 2 as the head coach), Dwan (2 as an assistant coach), Benson (1 as an assistant coach), Koesterer (2 as a player).
Odd, But True: Johns Hopkins has advanced to at least the NCAA Semifinals every year since the inception of the NCAA Tournament in years ending in “2”. In 1972 and 1982 the Blue Jays lost in the national championship game; in 1992 and 2002 JHU fell in the NCAA Semifinals.
Second Time Around: Johns Hopkins and Maryland will be meeting for the second time this season on Saturday in the NCAA Quarterfinals. This will be the 18th time Johns Hopkins faces a team in the NCAA Tournament that it lost to during the regular season.
In 17 previous instances the Blue Jays avenged the loss 10 times (including three times in the championship game) and were swept seven times. This week’s game against Maryland marks the sixth time the Blue Jays have faced a team that beat them during the regular season under Dave Pietramala. JHU has avenged the regular season loss four times in the previous five instances.
Working Overtime: The Blue Jays have won their last three overtime games dating back to last season and are now 19-9 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.
Play it and They Will Come: Johns Hopkins played in front of its second sellout crowd in three weeks at Loyola (April 28) as LU sold all 6,000 tickets available for its home game against JHU. 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 (6,529).
Six Over Six: The crowd of 6,000 that watched the Johns Hopkins-Loyola game on April 28 was the sixth crowd of 6,000 or more that Johns Hopkins has played in front of in 2012.
Eight of Nine: Johns Hopkins has played in front of a crowd of 5,130 or more in eight of its last 10 games.
Five of Top 10: There have been 10 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 10.
Against Number One: The 10-9 overtime victory at Loyola (April 28) was JHU’s second win of the season against a team ranked number one in the nation. Earlier this season (March 24) the Blue Jays knocked off then top-ranked Virginia, 11-10, in overtime.
The game against Loyola was also the 11th Johns Hopkins has played against a team ranked number one under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays are now 7-4 in their 11 games against the nation’s top-ranked team under his guidance. This is the first time in school history that Johns Hopkins has defeated a top-ranked team twice on the road in the same season.
Close Calls: Eight of the 11 games Johns Hopkins has played against teams ranked number one under head coach Dave Pietramala have been decided by one goal. JHU is 6-2 in those eight one-goal games.
Streaking: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 20-4 in its last 24 games, 25-6 since the start of the 2011 season and 27-8 in its last 35 games.
Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins has scored on its first (6x) or second (6x) shot of the game a total of 12 times in 15 games this season.
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. The unit has combined for 77 goals and 53 assists (8.67 points per game) through 15 games.
On the Flip Side: While the Blue Jay attack is collectively averaging 8.67 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 52 goals and 27 assists (5.27 points per game).
Bassett Now 25-6 in Last 31 Starts: Junior goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 28th career victory in goal with the 19-9 win over Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Bassett is now 25-6 in his last 31 starts dating back to the start of the 2011 season and counts a 28-10 career record to his credit.
Through 15 games Bassett currently ranks sixth in the nation in goals against average (7.23) and 21st in save percentage (.531).
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. Despite missing the second half against Towson and seven full games, he ranks third on the team in scoring with 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points.
He enters this weeks’ game against Maryland on a roll as he totaled three goals and two assists in a 13-6 win against Army and added three goals and four assists in last week’s win over Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
In his last five NCAA Tournament games (dating back to the first round of the 2009 tournament), he has 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points. He has played in seven career NCAA games, but all 25 of his points in the playoffs have come in his last five outings.
Boland pushed his career totals to 82 goals and 51 assists for 133 points with his effort against Stony Brook. He now has 12 career hat tricks, 31 career multi-point games and 20 games with four points or more.
Boland passed his older brother, Kevin ‘04, on JHU’s career scoring list with his seven-point effort against Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (133-129). The Bolands are the first brothers in school history to both surpass the 125 career point mark.
Stanwick in Rare Company: Freshman Wells Stanwick scored the fifth goal in JHU’s game-opening 5-0 run at top-ranked Loyola, added the final goal in a 4-1 game-opening run in the win over Army and chipped in one goal and one assist in the win over Stony Brook.
Stanwick has nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points in 12 games played this season. He missed three games early in the season with an injury, but still ranks second on the team in assists and tied for fifth in points.
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.
Palmer in Rare Company: Junior attackman Zach Palmer punched up three goals and three assists in last week’s 19-9 win over Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to push his season totals to 26 goals and 26 assists for 52 points. He also ran his career totals to 58 goals and 56 assists for 114 points.
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).
Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU offense:
• JHU has scored at least one goal in 55 of 60 quarters this season and two or more in 46 of the 60 quarters.
• For all the talk about JHU being a slow-down team, the Blue Jays are averaging 36.2 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 20th in the nation in scoring offense (10.67), 11th in extra-man offense (.434) and seventh in scoring margin (+3.53).
Defensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU defense:
• Hopkins is surrendering an average of just 28.2 shots per game.
• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in 16 of 60 quarters this season (26.7%). • The Blue Jays rank third in the nation in scoring defense (7.13), 15th in man-down defense (.714) and seventh in scoring margin (+3.53) this season.
• Johns Hopkins has held each of its 15 opponents scoreless for a stretch of at least 13:05 and 10 of the 13 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 checked in at number seven in the final regular season USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU’s official ranking at the time of a game. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.
More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 396 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 394 of those 396 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 373 of the 396 and the top five in 295 of those 396. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.
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 an 81-13 (.860) 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.
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 wins this season vs. Towson, UMBC and Loyola and losses to Maryland and Navy, JHU is 56-6 (.903) against teams from Maryland under head coachDave Pietramala.
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 924 all-time wins.
That’s 627 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 924-297-15 (.753) … that’s 627 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 seven games over .500.