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Hopkins faces critical test Saturday against Loyola

Posted on 26 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

The Game: Johns Hopkins (8-4) welcomes Charles Street rival Loyola (10-3) to Homewood Field for a key late-season game. JHU is ranked 11th in this week’s USILA Poll, while Loyola carries a number seven national ranking into the game.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins will carry a two-game winning streak into this week’s game against Loyola as the Blue Jays followed their win two weeks ago at top-ranked Maryland with a 15-4 win over Navy last Saturday. Seventh-ranked Loyola made the long return trip from Hobart an enjoyable one as the ‘Hounds raced past the Statesmen, 19-11.

Series History: This week’s game will be the 51st in a series that dates to a 20-1 Johns Hopkins win in 1939. The Blue Jays lead the series 47-3 and have won 13 straight against the Greyhounds.

Senior Day: The 11 seniors on the 2013 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team will play their final regular season home game at Homewood Field this week. The 11 have helped the Blue Jays to a 40-19 record, three trips to the NCAA Tournament and two appearances in the NCAA Quarterfinals during their time at Homewood. There will be a ceremony recognizing the 11 before the game.

Program Ties: Johns Hopkins associate head coach Bill Dwan is the older brother of Loyola assistant coach Matt Dwan.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Loyola with an all-time record of 932-302-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

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

That’s 103 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 169th career win with Johns Hopkins’ victory over Navy last week and he now stands at 169-66 overall. Included in that mark is a 146-49 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who are 52-11 (.825) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 29-5 at home, 21-4 on the road and 2-2 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala’s guidance.

Must be the Speech: There must be something to what Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala says in the locker room that sparks the Blue Jays as Johns Hopkins holds decided scoring advantages in the first and third quarters through 12 games. JHU has outscored the opposition 43-23 in the first quarter and 40-24 in the third.
The Blue Jays also hold a 28-20 scoring margin in the second quarter and a 37-29 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Attack Oriented: The Johns Hopkins starting attack trio of John Kaestner, Brandon Benn and Wells Stanwickfueled last week’s 15-4 win vs. Navy as they combined for nine goals and eight assists.
Kaestner totaled career highs of three goals, three assists and six points, while Benn tied his career high with five goals on the day. Stanwick scored once and matched his personal best with five assists.

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

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

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

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

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

EMO Among Nation’s Best: The Blue Jay extra-man offense is 25-of-56 (.446) on the year and currently ranks eighth in the nation in man-up offense.
Seven different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshman Ryan Brown(8), junior Brandon Benn (6) and sophomore Wells Stanwick (4) leading the way. Brown’s eight extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski had 12 and Conor Ford had eight.

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

Kaestner Enjoys Career Day: Senior attackman John Kaestner fueled JHU’s 15-4 win against Navy with the most productive game of his career. Starting again for an injured Zach Palmer, Kaestner totaled career highs of three goals, three assists and six points to go along with three ground balls on the day.
Despite playing in just eight of JHU’s 12 games, Kaestner now ranks seventh on the team in scoring with eight goals and seven assists for 15 points. In 21 career games played before this season, he had four goals and two assists.
He also represents the third-generation of Kaestners to play at JHU as his grandfather (Benjamin “Bud” Kaestner, Jr.) and uncle (Benjamin “Hank” Kaestner, III) both played lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, are members of the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. His uncle was a two-time recipient of the Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defenseman (1966 & 1967), His father, John, played lacrosse at Maryland, was a three-time All-American and the 1972 recipient of the Turnbull Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top attackman.
In addition, Kaestner’s two older sisters were also accomplished Division I lacrosse players. His oldest sister, earned All-America honors three times at Georgetown, while another sister, Christie, played at Duke and was a First Team All-America pick for the Blue Devils.

Stanwick Leads Team in Scoring: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick had a nine-game streak with multiple points come to an end at Maryland as he was held scoreless for the first time this season, but he bounced back in a big way in the 15-4 win over Navy with one goal and a career-high five assists for six points.
Stanwick continues to lead the team in scoring with 23 goals and 21 assists for 44 points on the year and he has far surpassed his goal (9), assist (13) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks 15th in the nation in points per game (4.00), 19th in assists per game (1.91) and second in shooting percentage (.535).
Stanwick has recorded at least two points in 10 of the 11 games he has played in this season and, despite not registering a point at Maryland, still has 36 points in his last eight games (4.5/game).
Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s earlier this season as he totaled five goals and four assists for nine points. Previously he had never had more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game. Stanwick is the first Johns Hopkins player to post nine points in a game since Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy in 2003. He is also the first JHU player with back-to-back six-point games since Dan Denihan did it against Villanova (8), Ohio State (6) and Maryland (7) during the 2000 season.

Poppleton Rolls On: Senior Mike Poppleton continued to enjoy a standout season as he won 15-of-17 faceoffs and grabbed 10 ground balls in last week’s win over Navy. It was the 11th time in is career he has won 14 or more faceoffs in one game.
Poppleton, who ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 150-of-220 (.682) on the year and leads the team with 83 ground balls. He also improved to 340-of-530 (.642) in his career with his showing last week against Navy and now ranks seventh in school history in career faceoffs won and eighth in faceoffs attempted.

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

Benn Leads Team in Goals: Junior Brandon Benn continues to pace the team in goals (28) and ranks second in points (29) after punching up a career-high-tying five goals in last week’s win over Navy. He has scored 58 of his 63 career goals since the start of the 2012 season and has scored at least one goal in all 11 games this season and 14 straight dating back to last season.
Benn’s 14-game goal-scoring streak is currently the ninth-longest active streak in the nation.

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

Sanders Breaks Through: Junior midfielder Rex Sanders entered the 2013 season with one career goal to his credit. He has already far surpassed that total as he has scored 13 goals through 12 games. Sanders ranks fifth on the team in goals (13) and ranks ninth in points (13).

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

Bassett Among National Win Leaders: Senior Pierce Bassett enters this week’s game against Loyola with a 7.89 goals against average and a .591 save percentage after posting seven saves while allowing just four goals in last week’s win against Navy. He currently ranks ninth in the nation in both save percentage and goals against average.
Bassett enjoyed one of his finest games of the season against Virginia as he posted 16 saves and allowed just seven goals in 59:02. The 16 saves are tied for the second-highest total of his career and he followed that with a 15-save performance against Albany, a 12-save showing against Maryland and the seven-save effort against Navy that boosted his career total to 475 saves, good for seventh place on JHU’s career saves list. He passed Larry Quinn (462 saves • 1982-85) on the career saves list with his 12 against the Terps.
Bassett also enters this week’s game against Loyola tied for second among active Division I goalies in career wins after picking up number 35 against Navy.

Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago.
Durkin has been on a roll of late as the two players he has primarly covered in his last two games – Albany’s Lyle Thompson and Maryland’s Kevin Cooper, combined for one assist in the two games. He held Thompson, the nation’s leading scorer at better than seven points per game, scoreless, while Cooper managed just a first-quarter assist.
Durkin currently ranks fifth on the team in ground balls (24) and leads the team with 15 caused turnovers. He is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks ninth nationally in scoring defense (8.08).

Lightner, Reilly Round Out Starting Defense: While senior Tucker Durkin has drawn the most headlines among JHU’s close defensemen, the Blue Jays also count talented senior Chris Lightner and junior Jack Reillyamong the key pieces to their defensive puzzle.
Lightner leads JHU’s close defensemen and ranks third on the team with 28 ground balls and also has eight caused turnovers to his credit, while Reilly has 13 ground balls and ranks second on the team with 13 caused turnovers. Lightner had five ground balls and two caused turnvoers in the recent win at Maryland.

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

• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 11 minutes or more 19 times this season.
• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 15 mnutes or more 12 times this season.
• The Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for 20 minutes or more seven times this season.

State Rivalries: Last week’s 15-4 win against Navy improved Johns Hopkins’ record to 61-7 (.897) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland. JHU is 5-0 this year against in-state teams.

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

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 407 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 405 of those 407 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 381 of the 407 and the top five in 299 of those 407. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Posted on 19 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

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

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

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

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

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

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 168th career win with Johns Hopkins’ victory at Maryalnd last week and he now stands at 168-66 overall. Included in that mark is a 145-49 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

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

Must be the Speech: There must be something to what Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala says in the locker room that sparks the Blue Jays as Johns Hopkins holds decided scoring advantages in the first and third quarters through 11 games. JHU has outscored the opposition 41-22 in the first quarter and 34-23 in the third. The Blue Jays also hold a 26-18 scoring margin in the second quarter – the bulge slides to a 32-29 advantage in the fourth quarter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stanwick Leads Team in Scoring: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick had a nine-game streak with multiple points come to an end at Maryland as he was held scoreless for the first time this season.
Stanwick had recorded at least two points in the first nine games he played this season and most recently had a four-goal, one-assist effort against Albany. He had totaled four or more points in four straight games prior to the game at UNC, when he was held to two assist. Despite not registering a point at Maryland last week, he still has totaled 30 points in his last seven games.
Stanwick continues to lead the team in scoring with 22 goals and 16 assists for 38 points on the year and he has far surpassed his goal (9), assist (13) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks 20th in the nation in points per game (3.80).
Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s earlier this season as he totaled five goals and four assists for nine points. Previously he had never had more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game.
He followed that with a two-goal, four-assist effort in the win over UMBC and then added the three-goal, one-assist performance at SU. Stanwick is the first Johns Hopkins player to post nine points in a game since Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy in 2003. He is also the first JHU player with back-to-back six-point games since Dan Denihan did it against Villanova (8), Ohio State (6) and Maryland (7) during the 2000 season.

Poppleton Rolls On: Senior Mike Poppleton won 13-of-24 faceoffs and grabbed nine ground balls against North Carolina, followed that with a 14-of-23 showing with eight GBs against Albany and won 8-of-15 at top-ranked Maryland last week.
Poppleton, who ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 135-of-203 (.665) on the year and leads the team with 73 ground balls. He also improved to 325-of-513 (.634) in his career with his showing last week against Maryland and now ranks eighth in school history in career faceoffs won and ninth in faceoffs attempted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago.
Durkin has been on a roll of late as the two players he has primarly covered in the last two weeks – Albany’s Lyle Thompson and Maryland’s Kevin Cooper, combined for one assist in the two games. He held Thompson, the nation’s leading scorer at better than seven points per game, scoreless, while Cooper managed just a first-quarter assist.
Durkin currently ranks fourth on the team in ground balls (24) and leads the team with 15 caused turnovers. Durkin is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 14th nationally in scoring defense (8.45).

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

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

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

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

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

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 406 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 404 of those 406 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 381 of the 406 and the top five in 299 of those 406. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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

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

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

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

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

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Hopkins looks to bounce back Friday against Albany

Posted on 04 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Television:  ESPNU

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s 102 Games Over .500: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up his 167th career win when JHU knocked off Virginia on March 23 and he now stands at 167-65 overall. Included in that mark is a 144-48 record at JHU and a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell.
Pietramala ranks second all-time in school history in career coaching victories as only Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott (158 wins from 1955-74) has more victories than Pietramala while patrolling the sidelines at Homewood.

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

Must be the Speech: There must be something to what Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala says in the locker room that sparks the Blue Jays as Johns Hopkins holds decided scoring advantages in the first and third quarters through nine games. JHU has outscored the opposition 34-18 in the first quarter and 32-20 in the third. The Blue Jays also hold a 24-16 scoring margin in the second quarter – the bulge slides to a 27-24 advantage in the fourth quarter.

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

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

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

EMO Clicking: The Johns Hopkins extra man unit has been on a roll of late as the group is 14-of-24 (.583) in the last five games and is now 22-of-41 (.537) on the year. Johns Hopkins currently ranks third in the nation in man-up offense. Seven different players have scored at least one extra man goal for the Blue Jays with freshmanRyan Brown (8), sophomore Wells Stanwick (4) and junior Brandon Benn (4) leading the way. Brown’s eight extra man goals are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since 2004, when Matt Rewkowski had 12 andConor Ford had eight.

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

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

Stanwick Breaks Out: Sophomore attackman Wells Stanwick ran his consecutive multi-point game streak to eight (all eight he has played this season) with a pair of assists against North Carolina. He had totaled four or more points in four straight games prior to the game at UNC and has now accumulated 25 points in his last five games.
Stanwick boosted his totals to 18 goals and 15 assists on the year with his effort against UNC and he has already surpassed his goal (9), assist (13) and point (23) totals from last season. He currently ranks 12th in the nation in points per game (4.13).
Stanwick enjoyed the finest game of his career in the 19-9 win over Mount St. Mary’s as he totaled five goals and four assists for nine points. Previously he had never had more than two goals, three assists or four points in a game.
He followed that with a two-goal, four-assist effort in the win over UMBC and then added the three-goal, one-assist performance at SU.
Stanwick is the first Johns Hopkins player to post nine points in a game since Kyle Barrie had five goals and four assists in a 17-3 win over Navy in 2003. He is also the first JHU player with back-to-back six-point games since Dan Denihan did it against Villanova (8), Ohio State (6) and Maryland (7) during the 2000 season.

Poppleton Rolls On: In a matchup of two of the top faceoff specialists in the nation, senior Mike Poppleton won 13-of-24 faceoffs and grabbed nine ground balls against North Carolina. This effort came on the heels of a 14-of-23 performance at Syracuse and a 4-of-6 effort against Virginia in his previous two games.
Poppleton, who ranks second in the nation in faceoff winning percentage, is now 113-of-141 (.685) on the year and leads the team with 64 ground balls. He also improved to 303-of-475 (.638) in his career with his showing last week against North Carolina and is now tied for eighth in school history in career faceoffs won.

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

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

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

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

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

Durkin Fuels Defense: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala has the luxury of returning the nation’s top defensive player in senior co-captain Tucker Durkin, who has picked up right where he left off a year ago.
Durkin currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (18) and leads the team with 11 caused turnovers. Durkin is the anchor of a Johns Hopkins defense that ranks 16th nationally in scoring defense (8.78).

Scoring Droughts Abound: Despite the new rules in place this season that aim to quicken the pace (and thus increase scoring), the Johns Hopkins defense has been able to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches this season.
The Blue Jays held Virginia scoreless for a stretch of 31:25 midway through the game and Siena, Towson and Michigan each drew blanks of at least 15 minutes – all three had two droughts that lasted at least 13 minutes. Princeton was more productive in its win against JHU, but did have one scoring drought that covered more than 11 minutes, while Mount St. Mary’s went more than 18 minutes without a goal at one point and UMBC was held off the board for 24:04 to open the game and 13:01 later in the game.

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

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 404 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 402 of those 404 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 381 of the 404 and the top five in 299 of those 404. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hopkins drops heartbreaker in OT at Carolina

Posted on 31 March 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Hopkins, 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

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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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 continues dominance of Towson with blowout win

Posted on 16 February 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, MD – Visiting Johns Hopkins got eight goals and four assists from its starting attack unit and held host Towson scoreless for nearly 27 minutes midway through the game as the fourth-ranked Blue Jay lacrosse team posted a 12-6 victory over the Tigers Saturday night at Unitas Stadium. The win is the 18th straight for the Blue Jays against the Tigers and improves Hopkins’ record to 2-0 on the year. Towson slips to 0-2 with the loss.

The Blue Jays scored the final two goals of the first half to give themselves a 6-3 halftime lead and then added the first four of the second half to push out to what proved to be an insurmountable 10-3 lead early in the fourth quarter.

All three of the Blue Jays’ goals in the third quarter came in the first five minutes of the period as Hopkins seized control of what had been a tight game. An unassisted goal by Brandon Benn less than three minutes into the second half was followed less than a minute later by an extra-man goal from freshman Ryan Brown. When junior midfielder Rex Sanders ripped a shot home less than 90 seconds later after a beautiful split dodge at the top of the box, the Blue Jays had doubled their three-goal halftime lead.

Benn capped a four-goal night with an extra-man goal of his own just 22 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it 10-3, but Towson goal back-to-back goals from Greg Cuccinello and Robby Zoppo in a 36-second span to slice the deficit to 10-5.

The Tigers would get no closer than five the rest of the way as Phil Castronova and Zach Palmer sandwiched goals around an extra-man goal by Cory Dobyns in the final seven minutes to account for the 12-6 final.

The third quarter surge matched a game-opening spree by the Blue Jays as sophomore Wells Stanwick helped stake JHU to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter as he had a hand in all three JHU strikes in the opening 15 minutes. He needed less than a minute to open the scoring as senior John Ranagan found him cutting across the crease and he went behind the back to give JHU a 1-0 lead just 53 seconds into the game.

The 1-0 lead held for more than eight minutes before Stanwick came from behind the goal and beat Towson goalie Andrew Wascavage from in tight to make it 2-0 and then completed his three-point first quarter with a nifty pass to the crease that Benn one-timed home to give the Blue Jays the three-goal lead.

The Tigers grabbed some momentum and trimmed the deficit to 4-3 with a 3-1 run in the first six minutes of the second quarter. An extra-man goal from Dobyns put the Tigers on the board with 13:19 remaining in the period, but senior Palmer answered with JHU’s first man down goal since 2008 less than a minute later to push the lead back to three.

Two-thirds of that three-goal lead were gone less than three minutes later as Cuccinello and Thomas DiNapoli scored unassisted goals from virtually the same spot on the field just to JHU goalie Pierce Bassett’s right to make it 4-3 with more than nine minutes remaining in the opening half.

The Blue Jays pushed the lead back to three by halftime as Stanwick fed Benn for his second of the game and junior Rob Guida blew a laser past Wascavage with the Blue Jays man-up to make it 6-3 at the half.

The lead went from three to six less than five minutes into the second half as JHU used a 6-0 run bridging the second and third quarters to put the game away. The Tigers were held scoreless from the 9:32 mark of the second quarter until Cuccinello’s goal early in the fourth.

Stanwick’s four points (2g, 2a) are a career-high, while Benn’s four goals were one shy of his career high and mark his sixth career hat trick. Palmer rounded out JHU’s trio of starting attackmen with four points on two goals and two assists.

Senior Mike Poppleton was again strong on faceoffs as he won 12-of-17 and grabbed six ground balls, while Bassett posted 12 saves in goal for the Blue Jays, who held advantages in shots (40-38) and ground balls (32-24).

Dobyns and Cuccinello led Towson with two goals apiece and Wascavage posted 13 saves in goal, but the Tigers solved Bassett only three times in even strength situations and the mid-game drought was more than they could overcome.

#4 Johns Hopkins (2-0) 3-3-3-3/12
Towson (0-2) 0-3-0-3/6

Goals: J:Benn-4, Stanwick-2, Palmer-2, Sanders, Brown, Castronova, Guida. T: Cuccinello, Dobyns, Zoppo, DeNapoli. AssistsJ: Palmer, Ranagan, Stanwick, Guida. T: Mabus-2, Hodgson, Zoppo. SavesJ: Bassett-12. T: Wascavage-13. Shots: J-40. T-38. EMO: J: 3-for-4. T: 3-for-5. Attendance: 1,687.

 


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Hopkins opens lax season in top five of both polls

Posted on 28 January 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Less than two weeks from its season-opener, the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team earned a pair of preseason top five rankings on Monday. The Blue Jays are tied for fourth in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll and check in at number five in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Preseason Media Poll. The Blue Jays picked up one first-place vote and 186 points in the USILA Poll and earned one first-place vote and 402 points in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll.

The Johns Hopkins office of Athletic Communications uses the USILA Poll to represent Johns Hopkins’ official national ranking.

Johns Hopkins returns eight starters from last year’s team, which posted a 12-4 record and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Among the returning starters are senior defenseman Tucker Durkin, the 2012 William C. Schmeisser Award winner as the nation’s top defenseman, Second Team All-American midfielders John Ranagan and Rob Guida, and senior Zach Palmer, who led the team in scoring last season with 27 goals and 26 assists.

Johns Hopkins will open the 2013 season at home against Siena on Friday, February 8.

2013 USILA Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk. Team (Pts/1st-Place Votes)
1. Loyola (232/10)
2. Maryland (221/1)
3. Notre Dame (198)
4T. Johns Hopkins (186/1)
4T. North Carolina (186)
6. Duke (185)
7. Virginia (170)
8. Cornell (168)
9. Denver (150)
10. Colgate (122)
11. Lehigh (113)
12. UMass (104)
13. Syracuse (103)
14. Princeton (88)
15. Penn State (68)
16. Fairfield (40)
17. Yale (36)
18. Bucknell (32)
19. Ohio State (23)
20. Hofstra (18)

Others Receiving Votes: Villanova, Drexel, Harvard, Bryant, Georgetown, Army, Delaware, Albany, Brown
2013 Nike/Inside Lacrosse Preseason Media Poll
Rk. Team (Pts/1st-Place Votes)
1. Loyola (494/21)
2. Maryland (459/2)
3. Notre Dame (427/2)
4. Duke (416)
5. Johns Hopkins (402/1)
6. Cornell (360)
7. North Carolina (354)
8. Denver (325)
9. Virginia (319)
10. Lehigh (272)
11. Colgate (251)
12. Syracuse (227)
13. UMass (194)
14. Princeton (182)
15. Penn State (126)
16. Fairfield (100)
17. Hofstra (70)
18. Bucknell (68)
19. Yale (56)
20. Ohio State (42)

Others Receiving Votes: Villanova, Bryant, St. John’s, Drexel, Georgetown, Albany, Robert Morris, Towson, Navy

 

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