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Hopkins Looks to Bounce Back Saturday at Navy

Posted on 20 April 2012 by WNST Staff

The Game: Sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins (9-2) makes the short trip to Annapolis to take on Navy (5-6) in the 86th meeting between the two teams.

Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins and Navy are both looking to bounce back from identical 9-6 defeats in rivalry games last week. Hopkins fell to Maryland at Homewood Field, while the Midshipmen lost to Army in two of the most storied rivalries in college lacrosse.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Navy are meeting for the 86th time in a series that dates to a 6-1 Johns Hopkins win in 1908. Johns Hopkins won last season’s meeting, 14-5, at Homewood Field, and has won 37 of the last 38 meetings. Navy grabbed a 9-8 overtime victory in 2010 when JHU last visited Navy Marine Corps Stadium. A complete series review can be found at the back of this week’s note packet.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Navy with an all-time record of 921-296-15 (.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 …
• Give the Blue Jays 10 wins for the ninth time in 12 seasons under head coach Dave Pietramala.
• Give JHU 10 wins for the 33rd time in school hsitory.
• Be the 12 for JHU in 13 games against Navy since Dave Pietramala took over in 2001.
• Improve JHU’s record to 56-5 against teams from the state of Maryland since Dave Pietramala took over in 2001.
• Improve Johns Hopkins’ reocrd to 50-9 in games played in April under Dave Pietramala.

Career Win Number 150: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala picked up career win number 150 with the 12-6 victory vs. Towson in the season opener. He now sports an all-time record of 158-60 (.725), including a 135-43 (.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.

About the Start: Although Johns Hopkins had its eight-game season-opening winning streak snapped with the loss to North Carolina on April 1, good things could be in store for the Blue Jays down the road. Since 1977 the Blue Jays have opened a season with eight straight wins seven times (including this season). JHU has won the national championship three times in the previous six years, made two other trips to the title game and advanced to the NCAA semifinals the other year.

April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who are 49-9 (.845) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 28-4 at home, 19-3 on the road and 2-2 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala’s guidance.

Marching Orders: Johns Hopkins closed out the March portion of its 2012 schedule at Virginia on March 24. The Blue Jays posted their first perfect record in the month of March (5-0) since 2005, when they also won all five of their games played in the month. Since 1972, JHU has posted a perfect record in the month of March 15 times (not including this season). In six of those years the Blue Jays went on to win the national championship and in seven other instances JHU finished as national runner-up.

Streaking – Part 1: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 17-3 in its last 20 games, 22-5 since the start of the 2011 season and 24-7 in its last 31 games.

Streaking – Part 2: Johns Hopkins is 110-31 (.780) in its last 141 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 127-39 (.765) overall since the start of the 2002 season.

13-Win Seasons: With a 13-3 record last season, Johns Hopkins reached the 13-win mark for the fifth time under head coach Dave Pietramala and the 12th time in school history.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins has employed virtually the same first and second midfield units throughout the first 11 games and those units have proven to be steady in terms of production. JHU’s first unit of Rob Guida (13), John Ranagan (13) and John Greeley (7) has combined for 33 goals, while the second unit of Lee Coppersmith (12), Mark Goodrich (6) and Greg Edmonds (3) has 21 goals to its credit.
The major difference between the two groups has been with assists. The unit of Guida, Ranagan and Greeley has combined for 19 assists. Edmonds’ assist against North Carolina was the first assist of the season from the trio on the second midfield, which now has two assists to its credit.

Attack Oriented: Despite being forced to start five different players in three different combinations, the starting attack units the Blue Jays have trotted out have been effective and efficient. The unit has combined for 53 goals and 37 assists (8.2 points per game) through 11 games Last week’s starting unit of Chris Boland (1g, 1a), Zach Palmer (0g, 0a) and Brandan Benn (1g) combined to produce a season-low three points against Maryland.

On the Flip Side: While the Blue Jay attack is collectively averaging more than eight points per game, the Blue Jay defense has not been nearly as giving. In fact, the starting attack units Johns Hopkins has faced this season have totaled just 37 goals and 21 assists (5.3 points per game).

Bassett Now 22-5 in Last 27 Starts: Junior goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 25th career victory in goal with the 17-6 win vs. Albany as he posted 11 saves in just over 55 minutes of action. Including the win over the Great Danes and last week’s loss to Maryland, he is 22-5 in his last 27 starts dating back to the start of the 2011 season and counts a 25-9 career record to his credit.
Through 11 games Bassett currently ranks fifth in the nation in goals against average (6.91) and 13th in save percentage (.560).
Bassett concluded his first full season as the starter for the Blue Jays last season and posted a 7.07 goals against average and a .570 save percentage. He finished fifth in the nation in GAA and 10th in save percentage. Bassett’s 7.07 goals against average is the second best by a JHU goalie since 1993 (Jesse Schwartman’s 6.68 GAA in 2005 is the best since records became available in ‘93).

Boland Returns: Senior attackman Chris Boland returned to the lineup against North Carolina after missing seven consecutive games with an injury he suffered 35 minutes into the season opener against Towson. Boland scored twice and dished out a pair of assists against the Tar Heels and came back with a three-goal, two-assist showing against Albany and a one-goal, one-assist effort against Maryland to push his season totals to 10 goals and five assists in just four games. He will carry 13-game goal and point-scoring streaks into this week’s game at Navy.
Boland pushed his career totals to 76 goals and 43 assists for 119 points with his one goal and one assist vs. Maryland. He has 10 career hat tricks, 28 career multi-point games and 18 games with four points or more.

Stanwick in Rare Company: Freshman Wells Stanwick was held scoreless for the first time in his career in last week’s 9-6 loss to Maryland. He had previously run his streak of consecutive multi-point games to seven with one goal and two assists in the win over Albany. His run of seven straight multi-point games to open his career is the longest by a Johns Hopkins player (freshmen only – not transfers) since all-time leading scorer Terry Riordan opened his career with 18 consecutive multi-point games from 1992-93.
Stanwick has six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in eight games played. He missed three games early in the season with an injury, but still ranks second on the team in assists and fourth in points.

Jumping Right In: Junior John Kaestner had played in 12 career games and hadn’t so much as taken a shot before getting the starting nod at Princeton with freshman Wells Stanwick out. No worries, all Kaestner did was stick the first two goals of his career during a 4-1 fourth-quarter run that fueled JHU’s 10-8 win. He came back with one goal and one assist in the win vs. Manhattan and duplicated that effort in the win over UMBC.

Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU offense:
• JHU has scored at least one goal in 41 of 44 quarters this season and two or more in 35 of the 44 quarters.
• For all the talk about JHU being a slow down team, the Blue Jays are averaging 36.0 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 22nd in the nation in scoring offense (10.55), 12th in extra-man offense (.447) and eighth in scoring margin (+3.73).

Defensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU defense:
• Hopkins is surrending an average of just 29.5 shots per game.
• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in 13 of 44 quarters this season (29.5%).
• The Blue Jays rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense (6.82), 26th in man-down defense (.697) and eighth in scoring margin (+3.73) this season.
• Johns Hopkins has held each of its 11 opponents scoreless for a stretch of at least 14:25 and nine of the 11 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. The Retrievers did score a pair of extra-man goals in the first half, but the first six-on-six goal they scored came 34 seconds into the fourth quarter.

About the Shutout: Shutouts in college lacrosse are rare, but JHU notched one with the 11-0 victory over Manhattan on March 6. Prior to that, the Blue Jays had last posted a shutout on March 26, 1988, when they knocked off Princeton, 9-0. The shutout vs. Manhattan was the 61st in JHU history with 57 of those coming prior to 1950.

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

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 393 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 391 of those 393 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 370 of the 393 and the top five in 295 of those 393. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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 and UMBC and last week’s loss to Maryland, JHU is 55-5 (.917) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Noting JHU in the NCAA Tournament: Johns Hopkins made its 40th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. By comparison, the next six longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to exactly 40 consecutive appearances (Maryland-9, Cornell-8, Virginia-7, Notre Dame-6, Duke-5, North Carolina-5).

First to 900: Johns Hopkins’ 10-6 win at Towson in the 2011 season opener not only got the season off on the right foot for the Blue Jays, but also made history. The win was the 900th all-time in school history, making Johns Hopkins the first program to record 900 all-time wins. JHU now has 921 all-time wins.

That’s 625 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 921-296-15 (.754) … that’s 625 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 five games over .500.

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Terps Hoping to Rewrite History Saturday at Hopkins

Posted on 13 April 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Lacrosse’s greatest rivalry renews for the 108th time as No. 10 Maryland (6-3) heads to Homewood Field for the first time since 2008 to face No. 3 Johns Hopkins (9-1). Faceoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU with Eamon McAnaney handling the play-by-play and Quint Kessenich will provide the analysis.

• Maryland (6-3, 1-2 ACC) is coming off of an impressive 13-6 win over Navy last Friday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Maryland had a one-goal lead at the half, but outscored the Mids 7-1 in the second half. Senior Joe Cummings led the Terps with five points on three goals and two assists. Owen Blye, Billy Gribbin and Drew Snider each had two goals in the win.

• For the season, Cummings leads the Terps in points, goals and assists with 27, 17 and 10, respectively. Six other Terps have totaled double-digit goals so far: Billy Gribbin (12), Michael Shakespeare (12), Jay Carlson (11), Blye (10) and John Haus (10) Defensively, Amato has stopped 58.6 percent of the shots put on goal by opponents and has a 7.15 goals-against average. Junior long pole Jesse Bernhardt leads the team with 35 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers.

• The Blue Jays are 9-1 on the year after rebounding from their first loss of the season (13-9 to North Carolina on April 1) with a 17-6 thumping of Albany on April 5. This season Hopkins led by junior attackman Zach Palmer, who has 34 points on 15 goals and 19 assists. Sophomore attackman Brandon Benn is the Jays’ leader in goals with 21. Hopkins boasts the nation’s fourth stingiest defenses, allowing just 6.6 goals per game. Junior Pierce Bassett has started all 10 games in cage for Johns Hopkins and has a .578 save percentage and a 6.70 goals-against average.

The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 88 of the 96 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .916 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 105-23 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .820 winning percentage.
8 … The Terps rank eighth in the NCAA in scoring margin at +3.78.
7 … Niko Amato is seventh in the NCAA rankings with a 7.16 goals-against average.
6 … Maryland has scored at least 10 goals in six games so far in 2012.
5 … The Terps have shot 30% or better in five of their six wins in 2012.
4 … Joe Cummings scored four goals in last season’s meeting with the Blue Jays.
3 … The last three meetings between Maryland and Johns Hopkins have all been one-goal decisions.
2 … Long pole Jesse Bernhardt has two goals in two career games vs. Hopkins, scoring one in each of the two meetings.
1 … This will be the first time Maryland and Hopkins will play at Homewood Field since 2008.

Coaching Match-Up
•John Tillman is in his fifth season as a head coach, and second with the Terps, with a 39-27 career record for a 59.1 winning percentage. Tillman is 19-8 (.704) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Hopkins’ Dave Pietramala is in his 12th season at Hopkins and has a 135-42 (76.3) record with the Jays. He is 158-59 overall in 15 years as a coach for a 72.8 win percentage at both Hopkins and Cornell.

• Tillman has a 0-1 career record against Hopkins, with the 11-10 overtime loss in 2011 as the Terps’ head coach being the only decision. .


Series History vs. Johns Hopkins
• Maryland and Hopkins are the two most storied lacrosse programs in the nation, with the rivalry beginning with back in 1895 as Hopkins defeated the Maryland Agricultural College. The Blue Jays (40) and Terps (34) have played in the first and third most NCAA Tournaments since the event began in 1971, respectively. Maryland (111) and Hopkins (181) have produced the most first team All-Americans in the history of lacrosse dating to the first awards in 1922.

• While this will be the 108th meeting between the two schools, Maryland’s official record vs. Hopkins is 38-61-1. The first seven meetings between the two happened before lacrosse was an official sport at Maryland.

• The 100th official meeting for Maryland between the Terps and the Jays was another classic, but it was Hopkins’ Kyle Wharton scoring the game-winning goal with just 16 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Jays a 12-11 victory in College Park. Joe Cummings led the Terps with four goals, while Ryan Young had a goal and two assists. Niko Amato made 12 saves in the game, while Curtis Holmes won 15-of-27 faceoffs with a career-high nine groundballs.

• In 2010 the Terps and Blue Jays once again played at the Smartlink Day of Rivals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and again the game ended with a 10-9 final. But this time it was Maryland that took home the victory thanks in large part to its quartet of attackmen - Grant Catalino, Travis Reed, Will Yeatman and Ryan Young - who combined for six goals and 11 points. The Terps trailed 4-1 early in the second quarter, but scored eight of the next nine goals to take control of the game. Maryland never trailed after taking the lead, but Hopkins pulled to within a goal by scoring twice in the last two minutes to make it a another one-goal game.

• The 2009 match-up was another one-goal game with the Blue Jays edging the Terps, 10-9, at the inaugural Smartlink Day of Rivals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Hopkins was the beneficiary of nine second-half penalties called against the Terps.Dan Groot had a hat trick for the Terps, while Grant Catalino (2-1=3), Jeremy Sieverts (2-1=3) and Ryan Young (1-2=3) also had three points apiece.

• The 2008 game was not a one-goal affair as Hopkins controlled the game on their home field and took a 10-4 decision. The game was tight in the first half, with the Blue Jays taking a 3-2 lead into halftime. But the third quarter saw Hopkins outscore the Terps 6-1 to put the game out of reach. Grant Catalino was the Terps’ lone multi-point scorer with a goal and an assist, but the highlight of the game for Maryland came on Brian Farrell’s highlight-reel one-handed bounce shot with a pair of Blue Jay defenders draped on him.

• The series returned to its one-goal history in 2007 with the Blue Jays pulling out an 8-7 victory in overtime. Paul Rabil hit a running left-handed shot just 43 seconds into the extra session. Senior midfielder Chris Feifs had the finest outing of his college career in the game, scoring his first-ever hat trick.

• The Terps snapped a four-game losing skid to Hopkins in 2006 with a decisive 11-4 win at Homewood Field on April 14. Leading the way was Attackman of the Year Joe Walters, who scored six goals and added two assists. Eight points and six goals were the most ever by a Maryland player against the Blue Jays. Bill McGlone chipped in with a pair of goals, while junior goalie Harry Alford was solid in the cage, stopping nine shots.

• The 2005 game saw the Blue Jays use a four-goal run in the third quarter to secure an 11-6 victory over the ninth-ranked Terrapins on April 15. Six different Terps scored in the game, led by Joe Walters, Xander Ritz and Dave Matz, who each scored one and added an assist. The loss dropped the Terps to 5-5 on the season, but they would go on a six-game winning streak en route to an ACC Tournament championship and a berth in the Final Four.

• At Homewood Field on April 17, 2004, Hopkins raced out to an 8-1 lead in the first quarter en route to a 14-10 victory in the 100th meeting between the two schools. Sophomore Brendan Healy led the Terps with three goals.

• In the 2003 meeting at Byrd Stadium, on April 12, Joe McDermott scored the game-winner 1:21 into overtime for the 6-5 Hopkins win in front of 8,183 in attendance. Dan LaMonica was the only Terp with multiple points with three on a goal and two assists. Michael Howley finished with a game-high six groundballs.

• Mike Mollot had three goals and an assist to lead the Terps, but Hopkins’ Kyle Barrie scored the game-winning goal at the 1:45 mark of the first overtime to give the Blue Jays a 9-8 victory at Homewood Field. The game was tied at 7-7 going into the fourh, but Mollot’s third goal of the game gave Maryland an 8-7 lead with 13:12 to go in the fourth. The defense tried to hold off the third-ranked Blue Jays, but Kevin Boland scored his only goal of the game at the 3:59 mark of the fourth to tie the score and send the game to overtime..


Maryland-Hopkins: A One-Goal History
• Prior to 2004′s 14-10 Hopkins win, the previous three games in the series were one-goal affairs — with the two going to overtime. The two teams returned to the one-goal decisions in 2007 when the Blue Jays won 8-7 in OT in College Park. The last two games between the long-time rivals were both one-goal games with the same 10-9 final. Hopkins took the 2009 meeting, while Maryland won in 2010. Overall, eight of the last 13 have been one-goal games.

• In total the Terps and Blue Jays have played 19 one-goal games in the 107 games, including last season’s 12-11 overtime thriller in College Park. Johns Hopkins holds an 11-8 advantage in one-goal games in the series.

• The most famous one-goal game in the series was the 1973 NCAA title game that Maryland won, 10-9, in double-overtime to claim the Terps’ first NCAA Championship. The Terps capped off an undefeated season thanks in large part to freshman midfielder Frank Urso. The Long Island, N.Y., native bounced a 15-yard shot off of Blue Jay defender Bob Barbera past Hopkins goalie Les Matthews, who was screened on the play, at 1:18 of overtime to give the Terps their first NCAA Championship.

Urso told Sports Illustrated at the time, “I figured if I couldn’t see him, then he couldn’t see me.”

Urso wasn’t the only hero for Maryland in overtime. Terp goalie Bill O’Donnell came out of the goal on a missed shot by Hopkins, but Blue Jay attackman Jack Thomas caught up with the ball and flipped it blindly over his shoulder to the crease. Dale Kohler caught the pass and fired a shot at what normally would have been an empty net. But Maryland defender Ed Glatzel stepped into the crease and knocked the potential game-ender away.

Earlier in the season, Maryland decimated Hopkins, handing the Blue Jays a 17-4 defeat, which was the worst of coach Bob Scott’s 19-year career. With that loss fresh in their minds, the Blue Jays slowed the tempo down in the national title game. That strategy paid off in the first half as Hopkins took a 5-2 lead into the intermission.

But the Terps stormed out at the beginning of the third quarter, scoring four goals in a three-minute span to take a 6-5 lead, the sixth coming on the first of three goals by Urso. Hopkins rallied with three goals of its own to take an 8-6 lead. Attackman Pat O’Meally cut the lead back to one with an over-the-shoulder shot, but the Blue Jays responded with a goal of their own for a 9-7 advantage.

Goals by Urso and attackman Doug Schreiber, as time wound down, tied the match, sending it to overtime..


The Stretch: Carolina, Virginia, Navy, Hopkins
• Since 1978 Maryland’s schedule has been highlighted by a four-game stretch in the middle of its season: North Carolina, Virginia, Navy and Johns Hopkins. In the 35-year span only four times has the stretch been interrupted with another game added in between one of these traditional four (1981, 1997, 2001, 2003).

• Overall, Maryland is 63-76 (.453) since 1978 vs. those four teams during that time.

• The Terps have swept the four games only once – in 1987. Only twice (1981 & 1988) has Maryland lost all four games. Six times (1978, 1979, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001) the Terps have won three of the four games. Johns Hopkins broke up the Terps’ bid for a perfect stretch four times, while Carolina and Virginia broke it up one time each.


The Terps On ESPNU
• Maryland has had 40 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 22-18 (.550) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• The Terps will have at least four games (at UNC, vs. Virginia, at Johns Hopkis, at ACC tournament) Maryland will play on ESPNU in 2012.

Going Purple
• Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse family last season with the passing of Maria Young on April 17.

• This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.

• If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.


Going Gray
• Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.

• If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.


Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 88 of the 97 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .916 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.

Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.6 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 105-23 in games, for a .820 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 170 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 75.3 percent of the time.


Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 6-3 on the year and has shot 30% or better in five of the six victories. The lone win the Terps have without shooting 30% or better is the 13-6 win over Navy when Maryland took 52 shots.

Hartford: 12 goals, 40 shots = 30%
at Georgetown: 16 goals, 41 shots = 39.0%
Duke: 10 goals, 28 shots = 35.7%
at UMBC: 7 goals, 30 shots = 23.3%
Marist: 17 goals, 43 shots = 39.5%
Villanova: 11 goals, 31 shots = 35.5%
at North Carolina: 10 goals, 35 shots = 28.6%
Virginia: 8 goals, 32 shots = 25%
Navy: 13 goals, 52 shots = 25%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 50-3 (.943) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The first game Maryland lost during that stretch was a 13-10 decision to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas). The second loss came in 2010 in the controversial 11-10 loss to No. 1 Virginia on April 3. The Terps shot 10 of 33 for 30.3%. The most recent came on April 16, 2011 in a 12-11 overtime loss to No. 3 Johns Hopkins.


Fast Starts
• Since 2002 only 13 players (for a total of 23 times) have totaled 22 points or more in the first nine games of a season. Only one of those 13 is on this year’s team.

• Joe Cummings has been a consistent threat during his tenure as a Terp, but since moving to his natural position of attack this season he has been an even more potent point producer. Through nine games Cummings has 27 points on 17 goals and 10 assists. Last year as a midfielder he had 21 points on 20 goals and one assist through nine games.


Youth Is Served
• Maryland started two sophomores (Michael Ehrhardt and Brian Cooper) and a freshman (Goran Murray) at close defense in the 2012 season-opening win over Hartford. The last time Maryland’s defense had two sophomore and one freshman starting was 2005 when sophomores Steve Whittenberg and Ray Megill started alongside freshman Joe Cinosky. The first game that group started together was April 23, 2005 at Fairfield (a 9-6 Terrapin win).

• Goran Murray became the first Maryland freshman to start at close defense in a season opener since 2008 when Max Schmidt started in an 11-6 win at Georgetown.


Face-Off Firsts
• Junior Curtis Holmes’ 19-of-20 (.950) performance facing-off vs. Hartford in the 2012 season opener is just the fifth time since 2000 that a Maryland face-off man has won at least 90% of his draws with at least 10 attempts.

• Holmes joins Andy Claxton and Brian Haggerty as the only Terps with multiple games of 19 or more face-off wins. Claxton did it three times (27 at Towson in 1991, 21 vs. Duke in 1991 and 19 at Brown in 1991), while Haggerty did it twice (20 vs. Butler in 1998 and 19 vs. Virginia in 1998). Holmes had 20 wins vs. Georgetown last season to go along with his 19 vs. the Hawks, which makes him the only Terp to win 19 or more face-offs in different seasons.

• The last 90% performance was in 2008 when Bryn Holmes, Curtis’ older brother, won 9-of-10 face-offs at Mount St. Mary’s.

• The last time a Terp faced-off with a winning percentage above 90% was on March 21, 2006 when David Tamberrino won 12-of-13 in a 14-2 win over Dartmouth.

Best Face-Off Performances Since 2000
Curtis Holmes - 19/20 (.950) vs. Hartford 2/18/12
Brian Carroll - 12/13 (.923) at Delaware 3/17/01
Davin Tamberrino – 12/13 (.923) vs. Dartmouth 3/21/06
Jeremy Pastula - 11/12 (.917) at Towson 3/8/03
Bryn Holmes - 9/10 (.900) at Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/08
Bryn Holmes - 12/14 (.857) vs. Presbyterian 2/13/09
Brian Carroll - 11/13 (.846) vs. Mount St. Mary’s 2/26/02
Bryn Holmes - 11/13 (.846) vs. Air Force 2/14/09
Ryan Moran - 10/12 (.833) vs. Bucknell 3/11/03
Will Dalton - 18/22 (.818) vs. Vermont 2/20/07
Curtis Holmes - 17/21 (.810) vs. Detroit Mercy 2/19/11


The 700 Club
• Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

• Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

Terps’ 87th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 734-250-4 (.746), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 85 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 10-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010′s for a .735 winning percentage.


First-Time Opponents
• Maryland has played 78 different opponents in its 87 seasons. The 2012 season added Hartford (a 12-6 win on 2/18) and will add Marist (3/10) to that list. In the Terps’ 78 first-time meetings Maryland is 74-4 (.949) in those games. Adelphi (12-13, 1982), Army (0-3, 1923), Syracuse (3-10, 1927) and Yale (3-5, 1925) are the only schools to beat the Terps the first time the schools met on a lacrosse field.


Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has a 83-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

19 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Hartford to open the 2012 season the Terps have an 19-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s, Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 19-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 267-99 (an average score of 14.1-5.2) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 18 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• The 11-9 victory over Duke on April 24, 2011 was the 10th of the year for Maryland, giving it nine straight seasons with double-digit wins. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1Scourse.com).

• How does that stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least five-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (9): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Virginia (8): 2012 (10-1), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Cornell (7): 2011 (12-3), 2010 (12-6), 2009 (11-3), 2008 (11-4), 2007 (15-1), 2006 (11-3), 2005 (11-3)
Duke (6): 2012 (10-3), 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Notre Dame (6): 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Siena (5): 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)


A Family Affair
• Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

Three Taken In MLL Draft
• Three University of Maryland men’s lacrosse seniors were selected in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft. Midfielder Jake Bernhardt was the highest pick, being selected with the 12th overall selection by the Hamilton Nationals. Midfielder/attackman Joe Cummings was the next Terp taken, going 17th overall to the Rochester Rattlers (his rights have since been traded to the Chesapeake Bayhawks). Midfielder Drew Snider went 45th overall by the Bayhawks.


2012 Team Captains
• Five players have been named team captains for the 2012 season. The quintet, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Joe Cummings and Drew Snider and juniors Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. Blye and Jesse Bernhardt are the first pair of juniors to be named team captains since Bob Ott and Randy Ratliff were among four captains in 1978.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 27 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Lacrosse-Towson @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm from Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex live on AM1570 WNST.net); Auto Racing: NASCAR Goody’s Fast Relief 500 (Sunday 12:30pm from Martinsville, VA live on FOX), IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of Alabama (Sunday 2pm from Birmingham live on NBC Sports Network); High School Basketball: McDonald’s All American Games (Girls Wednesday 7pm from Chicago live on ESPNU Boys Wednesday 9:30pm from Chicago live on ESPN); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator Fighting Championships 63 (Friday 8pm from Uncasville, CT live on MTV2); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-Hank Lundy vs. Dannie Williams (Friday 9pm from Mashantucket, CT live on ESPN2); Soccer: Team USA Women @ Japan (Sunday 6:30am from Sendai, Japan live on ESPN2), MLS-FC Dallas @ DC United (Friday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC Sports Network); Bill Maher (Saturday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, Sunday 8pm Strathmore); Donnell Rawlings (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Goon” & “Wrath of the Titans” out in theaters (Friday); Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

10. Van Halen/Kool & The Gang (Wednesday 7:30pm Verizon Center), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Mac Miller (Saturday 8pm Patriot Center); Blue October (Sunday 7pm Rams Head Live); Mr. Greengenes (Thursday 8pm Recher Theatre); The Bad Plus (Sunday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); All Mighty Senators (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Sleigh Bells (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Temper Trap (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club), Andrew WK (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Wednesday 8pm Warner Theatre); Patti LaBelle (Friday & Saturday 8pm Strathmore); Leon Redbone (Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere), Three Dog Night (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Of Monsters And Men (Monday 8pm Black Cat)

The new Van Halen is TERRIBLE (at least the song is-I haven’t listened to the record), but it doesn’t change how freaking awesome this is…

I don’t worship Bruce Springsteen. (Some of you would have to admit you do.) I DO freaking love this song though…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GbWwDIo8XU

I have no idea what Three Dog Night even looks like at this point. I would be more than happy to sing along with this though…

Here’s another fantastic tune by a band called Of Monsters And Men. So now we’ve done that…

9. NBA: Washington Wizards @ Indiana Pacers (Thursday 7pm from Indianapolis live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), Philadelphia 76ers @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Toronto Raptors (Sunday 6pm from Toronto live on Comcast SportsNet), Milwaukee Bucks @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS)

Since Sonny Weems doesn’t play for the Raptors anymore, he won’t be there when the ‘Zards visit Canada. It’s a shame because if he was he could bring his creepy foot…

I get the feeling there won’t be many folks willing to click on Page 2 or Page 3 after that, but we’re going to keep going here anyway.

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Hopkins Bests Virginia in Thrilling 1-2 Showdown

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Few games that receive as much hype as Saturday’s men’s lacrosse matchup between top-ranked Virginia and second-ranked Johns Hopkins actually live up to the advance billing. After regulation and all but five seconds of a full overtime, it’s safe to say that the Blue Jays’ 11-10 win over the Cavaliers did – and then some.

Johns Hopkins trailed by as many as three in the first half, led by two early in the fourth quarter and trailed by a goal with just over a minute to play in regulation – while playing a man down.

That’s when things really got crazy.

Virginia turned the ball over with 11 seconds remaining on its extra-man chance and the Blue Jays needed one timeout and 27 seconds before junior Lee Coppersmith slipped inside a pair of defenders and scored from the high slot with 44 seconds left in regulation.

Failed extra-man chances and turnovers by both teams over the remainder of regulation and the first three plus minutes overtime eventually led to Hopkins isolating junior John Ranagan at the top of the box as the first overtime ticket away. After getting a quick step on his defender, he beat Virginia goalie Rob Fortunato low for his eighth goal of the season and the Blue Jays had exorcised yet another demon they had carried – and heard about – for far too long.

Ranagan’s goal lifted the Blue Jays to their first win in Charlottesville against the Cavaliers since 1998. Earlier wins at Princeton and last week against Syracuse had stopped losing streaks against the Tigers and Orange that had stretched to three and five games, respectively.

Winning at Virginia – that was an entirely different monkey on the back; or gorilla as JHU head coach Dave Pietramala has referred to it a week earlier.

That the game went to overtime should surprise few. During the losing streak in Charlottesville the Blue Jays had alternated blowout losses in 2002, 2006 and 2010 with overtime defeats in 2004 and 2008. Eventually one of these had to break Hopkins’ way.

After Virginia built an early 4-1 lead on lengthy possessions and back-to-back goals by Chris Bocklet that bridged the first and second quarters, the Blue Jays slowly began to work their way back into the game.

The Blue Jays grabbed the momentum midway through the second quarter as they scored consecutive goals in a three-minute span midway through the period. Sophomore Brandon Benn one-timed home a pass to the crease from junior Zach Palmer to make it 4-2 and freshman Wells Stanwick made it a one-goal game with 4:34 remaining in the first half as he dodged hard to the crease from behind the goal and beat Fortunato from in tight.

A Steele Stanwick goal into an empty net gave the Cavs a 5-3 lead at halftime and the teams traded goals in a 35-second span early in the period to make it 6-4. Nearly 15 minutes would pass before Virginia would score again. During that time the Blue Jays scored four times to build their two-goal lead.

Benn completed his third consecutive hat trick 29 seconds after a Ryan Tucker goal to ignite the four-goal run, which included the first career goal by sophomore Jack Reilly and back-to-back extra-man goals by Rob Guida in a span of just over five minutes bridging the third and fourth quarters.

Virginia, as it does so often, struck back quickly with two goals in a 50-second span shortly after Guida’s strike made it 8-6. A Rob Emery extra-man goal drew the Cavs within one at 8-7 and Matt White’s highlight-reel behind the back shot from the crease tied it less than a minute later.

If White’s shot was destined for play of the game, it was quickly bumped by Zach Palmer’s goal 52 seconds later. Working from behind the goal, Palmer drove up the side and scored on a one-handed wrap-around shot from goal line extended that gave the Blue Jays a 9-8 lead with more than 10 minutes remaining.

The one-goal lead didn’t figure to hold – and it didn’t. Steele Stanwick scored from in tight after defenseman Tucker Durkin lost his footing to knot the game with just over four minutes remaining and Tucker fired home his second of the game with 2:44 on the clock to give Virginia a 10-9 lead.

The one-goal lead held for exactly two minutes, when Coppersmith fired home the game-tying goal that forced overtime and led to Ranagan’s game-winner that lifted the final proverbial monkey off the Blue Jays’ back.

Benn led the Blue Jays with his three goals, while Guida notched a career-high four points on two goals and two assists. Wells Stanwick (1g, 2a) and Palmer (1g, 1a) were JHU’s other multi-point scorers, while freshman Drew Kennedy won 8-of-14 faceoffs and junior goalie Pierce Bassett posted nine saves.

Virginia, which had its 14-game home winning streak snapped, was led by Steele Stanwick’s two goals and three assists, while Emery, Bocklet and Tucker added two goals apiece for the Cavaliers, who also got 11 saves from Fortunato.

Johns Hopkins, which figures to take over the top spot in the national rankings when the new polls are released on Monday, will play North Carolina in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic next Sunday night (6:30 pm) at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

 

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Hopkins Wins Syracuse Showdown to Stay Perfect

Posted on 17 March 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The highly anticipated 50th all-time meeting between men’s lacrosse heavyweights Johns Hopkins and Syracuse was colored Columbia Blue on Saturday as the second-ranked Blue Jays used a 4-0 run to turn a 6-4 lead into a 10-4 advantage that the Orange never seriously threatened before falling 11-7 before 5,970 sun-drenched fans at Homewood Field. The win runs Hopkins’ home winning streak to 11, it’s regular season winning streak to 14 and its record this season to 7-0. Syracuse had its five-game winning streak against the Blue Jays snapped and slips to 3-2.

After sprinting out to leads to 4-1, 5-2 and 6-3, the Blue Jays led just 6-4 late in the second quarter after the third of Derek Maltz’s three first-half goals with 3:29 remaining before the half.

Playing for the first time in more than two weeks, freshman Wells Stanwick pushed the lead back to three as he converted from the slot off a nifty feed from sophomore Brandon Benn with 2:42 remaining in the second quarter. The goal ignited the game-turning run, which saw the Blue Jays outscore Syracuse 4-0 over a 20-minute span that bridged the second and fourth quarters.

After Stanwick’s tally late in the second period, it was Benn and the Blue Jays’ first midfield doing the damage as Benn scored all three Hopkins goals in the third period with each assisted by a different member of Hopkins’ top unit.

It didn’t take long, nine seconds to be exact, for the Blue Jays to strike in the third quarter as junior John Ranagan scooped up the loose ball on the opening faceoff of the second half and found Benn on the point. Benn had time and room to step in and blow a shot past a defenseless Matt Lerman to give the Blue Jays their first four-goal lead of the game.

Benn added his third of the game just under four minutes later off an assist from John Greeley and completed his three-goal third quarter showing with his career-high fourth goal of the game with 2:30 left in the period to make it 10-4. By then the Orange had gone more than 15 minutes without scoring and the Blue Jays had the six-goal lead.

The drought ended for Syracuse less than two minutes into the fourth quarter when Tom Palasek slipped inside a defender and got to the crease before beating Pierce Bassett in close.

Neither team scored over the next eight minutes as the Blue Jays nursed the 10-5 lead. A Tim Desko goal with 4:49 remaining gave the Orange life, but Hopkins eventually got an empty-net goal from junior Zach Palmer with 62 seconds remaining before Henry Schoonmaker fired home the game’s final goal with 15 seconds left to account for the 11-7 final score.

Like they did in the third quarter, the Blue Jays scored early in the first period as junior Mike Poppleton won the opening faceoff and the Blue Jays worked a nifty play of deception between Greeley and Ranagan that freed Greeley in the middle of the field and he found the top shelf to stake JHU to a quick 1-0 lead just 35 seconds into the game.

Maltz and Greeley traded goals in a two-minute span midway through the quarter before Benn and Ranagan added tallies in the final 3:14 to give the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead after the opening 15 minutes.

Three times the Orange sliced the deficit to two in the second quarter, only to have the Blue Jays answer quickly each time. A Maltz tally in the first two minutes was matched by Ranagan, while a Bobby Eilers strike at the 7:54 mark was answered by Guida with 5:40 remaining in the first half. Guida’s goal gave the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead that held until the Maltz goal made it 6-4. The two-goal lead lasted just 47 seconds before Stanwick’s goal sparked the 4-0 run that Syracuse was unable to answer.

Benn’s four goals and one assist paced the Blue Jays, who also got two goals and one assist each from Greeley and Ranagan and one goal and two assists from Guida. The five goals and four assists the trio combined for was four goals and two assists better than the Syracuse first midfield managed. Stanwick returned to the lineup and totaled one goal and one assist and Poppleton won 12-of-18 faceoffs for the Blue Jays.

Bassett registered nine saves, including several crucial stops with the Blue Jays playing short. He came up with a big first-quarter save with the Blue Jays playing two men down and added a point-blank save on a Maltz shot early in the third quarter that would have cut an 8-4 deficit to 8-5. Instead, Benn added the second of his three straight goals less than a minute later and Syracuse was never closer than four over the final 25 minutes.

Maltz led the Orange with three goals and JoJo Marasco (2a) and Palasek (1g, 1a) also registered multi-point games for SU, but the Orange couldn’t over a 7-of-20 showing on faceoffs and didn’t score consecutive goals in the game until the fourth quarter.

The win potentially sets up a one vs. two matchup next weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia as the second-ranked Blue Jays travel to face the top-ranked Cavaliers next Saturday (new rankings will be released on Monday, March 19).

Notes: Johns Hopkins is 7-0 for the first time since 2005 and the seventh time since 1977 • Palmer’s goal extended his scoring streak to 19 games • Hopkins now leads the all-time series against Syracuse, 27-22-1 • The Blue Jays have scored on their first shot of the game three times this season and their first or second shot of the game six times in seven games • Syracuse went scoreless for 20:14 at one point …the Blue Jays have held all seven of their opponents scoreless for a stretch of at least 19:30.

#6 Syracuse (3-2) 1-3-0-3/7
#2 Johns Hopkins (7-0) 4-3-3-1/11

GoalsS: Maltz-3, Palasek, Desko, Eilers, Schoonmaker. J: Benn-4, Ranagan-2, Greeley-2, Guida, Stanwick, Palmer. AssistsS: Marasco-2, Coleman, Palasek, Ward. J: Guida-2, Benn, Greeley, Ranagan, Stanwick. Saves:S: Lerman-8. J: Bassett-9. Shots: S-29. J-36. EMOS: 2-for-7. J: 2-for-4. Attendance: 5,970.

 

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Top 10 Showdown Saturday As Hopkins Hosts Syracuse

Posted on 17 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The Game: Second-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-0) welcomes sixth-ranked Syracuse (3-1) to Homewood Field for the 50th all-time meeting between the two most storied programs in college lacrosse history.

Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins improved to 6-0 with a 12-5 victory over UMBC in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic last Saturday. Syracuse (3-1) won its BIG EAST opener, 9-8, at St. John’s last Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Syracuse are meeting for the 50th time in a series that dates to a 4-4 tie in 1921. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series, 26-22-1, although Syracuse has won five straight against JHU, including last season’s 5-4 double-overtime victory at the Carrier Dome.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Syracuse with an all-time record of 918-294-15 (.754). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

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 155-58 (.728), including a 132-41 (.763) 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.

About the 6-0 Start: Johns Hopkins is 6-0 for the first time since 2005 and just the second time under head coach Dave Pietramala (2004). Prior to opening at 6-0 in 2005, JHU hadn’t opened a season with six straight wins since 1995. Since 1977 the Blue Jays have opened a season with six straight wins eight times (including this season). JHU has won the national championship four times in those seven years, made two other trips to the title game and advanced to the NCAA semifinals the other year.

Noting JHU in the NCAA Tournament: Johns Hopkins made its 40th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. By comparison, the next six longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to exactly 40 consecutive appearances (Maryland-9, Cornell-8, Virginia-7, Notre Dame-6, Duke-5, North Carolina-5).

First to 900: Johns Hopkins’ 10-6 win at Towson in the 2011 season opener not only got the season off on the right foot for the Blue Jays, but also made history. The win was the 900th all-time in school history, making Johns Hopkins the first program to record 900 all-time wins. JHU now has 918 all-time wins.

That’s 624 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 918-294-15 (.754) … that’s 624 games over .500. To put this in perspective: JHU has played an average of just over 15 games per season under head coach Dave Pietramala. Using a 15-game season as a reference, if the Blue Jays posted a 5-10 record for 125 straight seasons, they would still be four games over .500.

Streaking – Part 1: In case you didn’t notice, Johns Hopkins is 14-1 in its last 15 games, 19-3 since the start of the 2011 season and 21-5 in its last 26 games.

Streaking – Part 2: Johns Hopkins is 107-29 (.787) in its last 136 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 124-37 (.770) overall since the start of the 2002 season.

13-Win Seasons: With a 13-3 record last season, Johns Hopkins reached the 13-win mark for the fifth time under head coach Dave Pietramala and the 12th time in school history.

Home Cookin’: Johns Hopkins ran its home winning streak to 10 games with the 11-0 win over Manhattan on March 6. 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 and sports a gaudy 77-12 (.865) 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 current 10-game home winning streak is the fourth home streak of seven wins or more since he arrived.

More Home Cookin’: In addition boasting the second-longest home winning streak of the Dave Pietramala era, Johns Hopkins’ current 10-game winning streak at Homewood Field is also the third longest active home winning streak in the nation. Only Virginia, which has currently won 14 straight at Klockner Stadium, has a longer current streak in the home whites than Johns Hopkins.

Thirteen Straight: Johns Hopkins ran its regular season winning streak to 13 games with the 12-5 win over UMBC. This is the longest regular season winning streak for JHU since a 19-game run that bridged the 2004 and 2006 seasons. Hopkins’ last loss during the regular season … a 5-4 double-overtime setback at Syracuse last season.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first shot of the game seven times in 2011 and has already turned the trick twice this season. JHU has scored on its first show of the game twice and its second shot of the game three times already this season. Ironically, the only game JHU failed to score on one if its first two shots was against Manhattan. In that game, JHU didn’t score until its fourth shot, but then scored on five of its next seven shots.

Balancing Act: Johns Hopkins has employed virtually the same first and second midfield units throughout the first six games and those units have proven to be virtually identical in terms of production. JHU’s first unit of Rob Guida (6), John Ranagan (5) and John Greeley (4) has combined for 15 goals, while the second unit of Lee Coppersmith (8), Mark Goodrich (5) and Greg Edmonds (1) has 14 goals to its credit.

Attack Oriented: Despite being forced to start five different players in three different combinations, the starting attack units the Blue Jays have trotted out have been effective and efficient. The unit has combined for 32 goals and 23 assists (9.17 points per game) through six games.

On the Flip Side: While the Blue Jay attack is averaging better than nine points per game collectively, 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 13 goals and 11 assists – or one less point than junior Zach Palmer has accumulated himself.

Jumping Right In: Junior John Kaestner had played in 12 career games and hadn’t so much as taken a shot before getting the starting nod at Princeton with freshman Wells Stanwick out. No worries, all Kaestner did is stick the first two goals of his career during a 4-1 fourth-quarter run that fueled JHU’s 10-8 win. He came back with one goal and one assist in the win vs. Manhattan and duplicated that effort in the win over UMBC. Most impressively, he has scored on four of his six shots this season.

Bassett Now 19-3 in Last 22 Starts: Sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 22nd career victory in goal with the 12-5 win vs. UMBC as he posted nine saves and allowed a goal to improve to 22-7 in his 29 career starts. He is 19-3 in his last 22 starts dating back to the start of the 2011 season.
Through six games Bassett currently ranks second in the nation in goals against average (5.23) and fifth in save percentage (.615).
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. His fifth-place finish in GAA is the highest by a JHU goalie since Jesse Schwartzman led the nation in 2005 (6.68), while he is just the third Blue Jay to finish in the top 10 in save percentage since the NCAA began tracking men’s lacrosse statistics in 2000. Bassett’s 7.07 goals against average is the second best by a JHU goalie since 1993 (Schwartman’s 6.68 GAA in 2005 is the best since records became available in ‘93).

Poppleton, Kennedy Fuel Success at the X: Freshman Drew Kennedy did a solid job on faceoffs in the season-opener vs. Towson as he won 9-of-14 in the absence of junior Mike Poppleton. Poppleton returned against Delaware and has been solid in five games since. After winning 10-of-16 vs. Delaware, he won 15-of-18 against Siena, 11-of-21 at Princeton, 10-of-12 vs. Manhattan and 11-of-21 vs. UMBC. He is now 57-of-88 (.648) on the year and ranks seventh in the nation in faceoff winning percentage. As a team, JHU is 67-of-115 (.583) on faceoffs this season and ranks 11th in the nation in FO winning percentage.

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

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 388 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 386 of those 388 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 365 of the 388 and the top five in 291 of those 388.

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 and UMBC, JHU is 55-4 (.932) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest about the JHU offense:
• JHU has scored at least one goal in 23 of 24 quarters this season and two or more in 20 of the 24 quarters.
• For all the talk about JHU being a slow down team, the Blue Jays are averaging 36.8 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 22nd in the nation in scoring offense (10.33), 26th in extra-man offense (.389) and sixth in scoring margin (+5.33).

Defensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest concerning the JHU defense:
• Hopkins held Towson to just 18 shots and Manhattan to just 14. Hopkins is surrending an average of just 23.8 shots per game.
• Johns Hopkins has held each of its six opponents scoreless for a stretch of at least 19:30.

• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in 10 of 24 quarters this season (41.7%).
• The Blue Jays rank second in the nation in scoring defense (5.00), ninth in man-down defense (.765) and sixth in scoring margin (+5.33) this season.

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 last Saturday’s win over UMBC. The Retrievers did score a pair of extra-man goals in the first half, but the first six-on-six goal they scored came 34 seconds into the fourth quarter.

About the Shutout: Shutouts in college lacrosse are rare, but JHU notched one with the 11-0 victory over Manhattan. Prior the 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 school history with 57 of those 61 shutouts coming prior to 1950.

Taking Out the Finalists: Johns Hopkins defeated eventual national champion Virginia and eventual national runner-up Maryland during the 2011 regular season.

We’re Honored: Johns Hopkins produced six USILA All-Americans last season, four of which return in 2012. Headlining the group is returning First Team All-American John Ranagan (M), while classmates Tucker Durkin (defense) and Pierce Bassett (G) grabbed second team honors. Senior Chris Boland (A) rounds out JHU’s four returning All-Americans as he grabbed honorable mention honors in 2011.
The four returning All-Americans are the most for JHU since 2008 and the selection of Ranagan, Durkin and Bassett marked the first time Johns Hopkins had three sophomores earn All-America honors since 1989, when Matt Panetta (A/1st Team), Brian Voelker (M/3rd) and Bill Dwan (D/HM) were selected.

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Hopkins Rolls Past UMBC At Face-Off Classic

Posted on 10 March 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins attackmen Zach Palmer and Brandon Benn combined for six goals and seven assists and the Blue Jay defense held UMBC scoreless for nearly 26 minutes midway through the game as the Blue Jays set up next week’s showdown with Syracuse with a 12-5 victory over the Retrievers in the third game of the 2012 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic on Saturday. The second-ranked Blue Jays improve to 6-0 with the victory, while UMBC slips to 2-3 with the loss.

After the teams traded goals to open the game, the Blue Jays’ Rob Guida ignited a 9-1 run that bridged the first and fourth quarters to turn the early deadlock into a 10-2 Blue Jay advantage at the end of the third quarter.

Guida’s goal, which came with 5:27 remaining in the first quarter, was followed by the first of Benn’s three goals on the day early in the second. The Retrievers had a golden opportunity to draw even when Hopkins was flagged for a two-minute non-releasable penalty with just under 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter and did slice the deficit to one on an extra-man goal by Scott Hopmann just 34 seconds into the man advantage, but the Blue Jays were able to kill off the remaining 86 seconds and stretched their one-goal lead to four by halftime.

Palmer’s second goal of the game midway through the second quarter was followed 73 seconds later by a strike from junior Lee Coppersmith - off an assist from Palmer – and an unassisted tally by junior John Ranagan in the final two minutes made it 6-2 at the half.

The four-goal lead held for more than 11 minutes in the third quarter, but any hopes of a UMBC comeback were dashed late in the period as the Blue Jays scored four times in a span of just 81 seconds to turn the 6-2 lead into the 10-2 bulge.

Junior John Kaestner’s fourth goal in the last three games jump-started the spree, which also included a pair of Benn goals wrapped around Palmer’s third of the game. In all, Palmer had a hand in six of JHU’s nine goals during the 9-1 run as he scored the two goals and added four of his career-high-tying five assists during the spree.

The teams alternated goals in the fourth quarter to account for the 12-5 final. The Retrievers’ Scott Jones scored all three UMBC goals in the final period with Mark Goodrich and Ranagan adding goals in the final 15 minutes for the Blue Jays.

Palmer’s eight points are a career high and led the way for Hopkins, which also got a career-high five points from Benn. The duo connected for four goals together as Benn assisted on two of Palmer’s three goals, while Palmer got the helper on two of Benn’s career-high-tying three goals. Hopkins’ starting attack of Palmer, Benn and Kaestner combined for seven goals and eight assists in the victory.

While Palmer and Benn grabbed the headlines, the Blue Jay defense turned in another workmanlike effort as UMBC’s only two goals in the first thee quarters were extra-man tallies. When Jones scored the first of his three goals just 34 seconds into the fourth quarter it ended a streak of 116:37 that Hopkins had gone without allowing an even-strength goal.

Jones led the Retrievers with his three goals and Joe Lustgarten added three assists, but UMBC’s first midfield shot just 1-of-11 and the team’s non-starters managed just one goal. Adam Cohen was solid in goal for the Retrievers as he posted 12 saves, but JHU outshot UMBC 25-11 in the second and third quarters combined and scored on eight of those shots to put the game away.

Johns Hopkins will welcome Syracuse to Homewood Field next Saturday for the 50th all-time meeting between the two schools. Game time is set for 4 pm.

 

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UMBC Looks For Another Upset Saturday Against Hopkins

Posted on 10 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC (2-2) men’s lacrosse team hurdled the first obstacle in a challenging week as the Retrievers knocked off No. 4 Maryland, 8-7, at UMBC Stadium on Tuesday evening, March 6. Just four days later, UMBC has the assignment of taking on No. 2 Johns Hopkins (4-0) at M&T Bank Stadium at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. The opening face-off is scheduled to take place at 4:00 p.m. Game coverage includes ESPN3 with John Brickley and Paul Carcaterra on the call.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team scored five unanswered fourth-quarter goals and rallied to defeat No. 4 Maryland, 8-7, at UMBC Stadium on March 6. It was the Retrievers’ first victory over a top-five program since a 9-7 win over No. 5 Maryland in March of 2009. UMBC was ranked No. 10 at that time.

Junior attackman Scott Jones led UMBC with two goals and one assist, while sophomore midfielder Conor Finch posted his first three points of the season with a goal and two helpers, all in the fourth quarter. Jones scored both the go-ahead (7th) goal and eventual (8th) game-winning goal. Sophomore midfielder Zach Linkous added two goals for UMBC.

Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe controlled 15 of 19 draws in the contest against a team that entered the game at 61.4 percent.

Jones and Linkous lead UMBC with nine goals apiece through four games.

All four games for the Retrievers this season have been decided by four or fewer goals. Three of the four have been tied at some point in the fourth quarter.

SCOUTING THE BLUE JAYS

Johns Hopkins is coming off an 11-0 shutout win over Manhattan on Tuesday. The Jaspers managed only 14 shots against the Blue Jays. Junior midfielder John Greeley scored three goals for the Jays, as eight different JHU players hit the nets.

Junior attackman Zach Palmer leads the Jays in scoring with 7 goals and 10 assists. Another native of Canada, sophomore attackman Brandon Benn leads the way in goal-scoring with 8. Hopkins is allowing only 5.00 goals per game and junior netminder Pierce Bassett has a 60.9 save percentage in five starts.

The Blue Jays have outscored their foes, 50-25, this year, including 39-16 through the first three quarters.

Johns Hopkins is 106-29 (.784) in its last 135 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 123-37 (.767) overall since the start of the 2002 season.

Johns Hopkins made its 40th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. By comparison, the next six longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to exactly 40 consecutive appearances (Maryland-9, Cornell-8, Virginia-7, Notre Dame-6, Duke-5, North Carolina-5).

THE SERIES

Prior to the 2012 season, UMBC men’s lacrosse had competed against 75 different institutions in men’s lacrosse and had a minimum of one victory against 74 of those schools. The exception is Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays are 9-0 vs. the Retrievers. (UMBC lost its first-ever meeting with Robert Morris to start the 2012 campaign.)

The two schools resumed their series in 2005 and have met in each of the past seven seasons. Three of those seven meetings have been decided by three goals or less, with the closest occurring in 2008, when Hopkins prevailed, 10-8.

Last season’s 16-5 triumph by Johns Hopkins at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic tied the greatest goal differential in the series (15-4 in the first meeting in 1983 in Don Zimmerman’s first game as a Blue Jay mentor).

Dave Brown scored a pair of goals for UMBC, while sophomore attackman Joe Lustgarten contributed a goal and an assist. Adam Cohen made one of his two starts in 2011 in the game and recorded 11 saves.

Rob Grimm has four goals and one assist in three previous games vs. Johns Hopkins.

UP NEXT: UMBC has a rare two-week break between games prior to resuming a series with local rival Loyola. The Retrievers and Greyhounds will square off at UMBC Stadium for the first time since 2004 on Sat., March 24 at 7:00 p.m.

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TOP DAWG: In 2009, Head Coach Don Zimmerman earned his third America East Coach of the Year honors in the four years.  Zimmerman entered the 2012 season 9th in victories (208) and 14th in winning percentage (61.5%) amongst active Division I coaches. The win over Binghamton on April 10, 2010 was the 200th in the career of UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman. He is now 210-131 in his 26th year as a collegiate mentor. Zimmerman is the 10th active coach to record 200 victories. He coached his 250th game at UMBC vs. Hartford on May 4, 2012.

Zimmerman’s Records
Career Record:  210-132 (.614) (26th season)
at UMBC:                137-117 (.539) (19th season)

TEAM CAPTAINS: The UMBC men’s lacrosse team has selected senior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y./Carthage), junior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) and junior long-stick midfielder Ethan Murphy (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East) as its captains for the 2011-12 season.

“We are pleased with the selection of Rob, Scott and Ethan as this year’s captains,” head coach Don Zimmerman said. “They are outstanding individuals in their own right, and this trio will now have the opportunity to work together as leaders, representing the 2012 Retrievers on and off the playing field.”

CONGRATS: Four returning players received their first conference accolades. Junior attackman Scott Jones and junior defender Sam McKelvey earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Sophomore Zach LInkous was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team and sophomore Neill Lewnes earned a spot on the conference’s All-Academic squad.

Sixty Retrievers have been honored by the America East Conference on all-league teams since 2004.

BEASTS OF AMERICA EAST: UMBC is now 33-9 in eight years of America East competition and 18-3 at UMBC Stadium.

In 2011, The Retrievers (6-7, 3-2 AEC) had a winning league record and earned a spot in the four-team America East Conference Championships for the eighth consecutive year.

WINNING THE TIGHT ONES: UMBC is now 24-14 in games decided by three goals or less since the beginning of the 2007 season. UMBC had won eight straight overtime decisions from 2007-09 until dropping a Feb. 20, 2010 triple overtime decision to Delaware. UMBC’s previous overtime loss was an 11-10 setback at Penn early in the 2006 season.

But, in 2012, UMBC has dropped a two-goal decision to Robert Morris and an overtime heartbreaker to Fairfield. The loss to the Stags snapped a four-game winning streak in one-goal games, which dated back to a 6-5 loss to Princeton in 2009. Three days later, the Retrievers rebounded from the Fairfield disappointment to defeat No. 4 Maryland by a single goal, 8-7.

UMBC has won 16 of its last 21 one-goal decisions.

UMBC is now 15-6 in Don Zimmerman’s 19 seasons in overtime and in his career, Coach Zimmerman is 17-8 in extra time.

HOME, SWEET HOME: After 14 consecutive winning seasons at UMBC Stadium, the Retrievers were 1-6 at home in 2010. However, UMBC bounced back to go 4-1 last year and is 35-13 (.729) at home since 2006.

THE HITS JUST KEEP COMING: UMBC’s 45 wins over a four-year period (2006-09) is the most in the school’s history, surpassing the 42 wins recorded from 1974-1977. For the first time in school history, UMBC won 10 or more games in four consecutive seasons.

Programs With Most Victories, 2006-09
1. Virginia 58
2. Duke 56
3. Cornell 50
4. Syracuse 47
5. UMBC 45

DON’T LOOK BACK: UMBC is now in its 45th season of varsity men’s lacrosse with a record of 335-277 (.547). The Retrievers played their 600th intercollegiate match on March 18, 2012 at Maryland. They are 219-212 (.508) in their 31st year at the Division I level, achieving win No. 200
vs. Ohio State on March 21, 2009. Before the win over Towson on April 1, 2008, the last time the program was last over the .500 mark at the Division I level was when at the end of its third season (1983) when the record was 19-18.

POWERFUL POWER PLAY: UMBC has been nationally ranked in man-up percentage in four of the past six years. In 2009, the Retrievers led the country in man-up situations and set a school record by converting on 51.7% (30 of 57) of its opportunities.

Year    Man-Up Pct. Year-End National Rank
2009    .517            1st
2007    .464            5th
2006    .417            7th
2005    .444            2nd
2004    .379            10th

To date in 2012, UMBC has scored on 4 of 22 man-up opportunities. They did not commit a penalty in the opener vs. Robert Morris and have only been flagged six times in four games and all six have been minor fouls. UMBC has killed off of those man-down situations.

Junior attackman Rob Grimm is UMBC’s active scoring leader with 96 points (45-51-95). He needs 4 points to become the 29th player in school history to hit the 100-point plateau.  Grimm has points in 40 of 47 games played in his career.

Grimm’s Five-Point Games
March 31, 2009  2g, 3a vs. Towson
Feb. 19, 2011           1g, 4a at Presbyterian
March 5, 2011           3g, 2a at North Carolina
April 6, 2011           3g, 2a vs. Towson
May 3, 2012             4g, 1a at Hartford

HAT TRICKS: Zach Linkous recorded UMBC’s first hat trick of the season (his first career hat trick) and tacked on two more goals for UMBC’s second five-goal effort in the last two years vs. Rutgers… Junior Scott Jones had the most recent effort at Albany on April 16, 2012. Jones has five 3+ goal games (Presbyterian, Maryland, Albany, Vermont in 2011/Fairfield in 2012); Dave Brown has a pair (4g at Presbyterian, 3g vs. Binghamton, 2011) as does Rob Grimm (UNC, Hartford, 2011), Scott Hopmann (Presbyterian, ‘11) and Joe Lustgarten (Hartford, ‘11)  have one apiece.

A IS FOR ADAM: Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen was named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for games ending Feb. 26, 2012. Cohen scored UMBC’s final goal of the day with 1:39 remaining at Rutgers and it is believed to be the first goal scored by a Retriever
goalkeeper in 32 years of NCAA Division I competition. He made seven fourth-quarter saves and turned a late Knight turnover into a one-man clear and goal to punctuate his first victory since a 8-7 overtime win at Vermont on April 24, 2010. Cohen’s first career win also occurred at Rutgers, a 6-5 victory on Feb. 28, 2010.

Cohen made six of his eight saves, allowing just one goal, in the fourth quarter in the 8-7 victory over Maryland.

ZACH PACK: Zach Linkous scored the game’s first goal vs. Rutgers, had two in the second quarter and another pair in the third stanza. Linkous, an America East All-Rookie team selection in 2011, scored a season-best two goals on two occasions in his freshman campaign an added a pair in the
opener vs. Robert Morris. His nine goals have already surpassed his season total (6) of 2011.

WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU: Dave Brown posted a six-point game (1 goal, 5 assists) at Albany on April 16. The five assists in a game was tied for sixth in the nation last season and was UMBC’s top-assist game since Drew Westervelt had six vs. Vermont on April 21, 2007. Brown opened the 2012 season with a pair of assists vs. Robert Morris and posted 2-2-4 in the win at Rutgers.

CROW ABOUT POE: Sophomore face-off specialist Phil Poe won 15 draws (15-6) vs. RMU in the opener and captured 15 more (15-4) on March 6 vs. No. 4 Maryland. The last Retriever to capture 15 face-offs in a game was Taylor Marino, who garnered 19 in America East Championship victory over Albany on May 3, 2008. Poe has attempted all but two draws through four games in 2012.

VACUUMS: Junior midfielder Neill Lewnes and sophomore LSM Nathan Klein each contributed five ground balls and two caused turnovers apiece at Rutgers. Lewnes, who led UMBC with 41 ground balls in 2011, is the club leader with 20 through four games in 2012. Junior defender Ethan Murphy scooped up a career-high six ground balls vs. Maryland.

FIRST-TIMERS: Senior defender Aaron Verardi and freshman attack man Derek Bertolini each scored their first career goals in the game vs. Fairfield. Bertolini produced his first career multiple-point game (1-1-2) vs. Maryland.

PTP: Sophomore midfielder Conor Finch produced his best game, er, quarter, vs. the Terrapins on March 6. He contributed three points (1g, 2a) in UMBC’s 5-1 15-minute surge and took a leading role in the comeback victory.

LOWS AND HIGHS: UMBC committed a season-low 12 turnovers in the game and caused a season-high 11 Fairfield miscues.

FINIISHING KICK: The Retrievers have been outscored, 19-13, in the first half this season, but have turned the tables in the second half, with a 23-14 advantage on the scoreboard.

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Hopkins Posts Rare Shutout In Win Over Manhattan

Posted on 06 March 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – It took nearly 11 minutes for the second-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team to find the back of the net in Tuesday afternoon’s game against Manhattan as sophomore Rob Guida finally broke through with an unassisted goal 11:35 into the game. As it turned out, that would be all the offense the Blue Jays would need as the defense limited the Jaspers to just 14 shots, eight of which were saved by a combination of four Johns Hopkins goalies in an 11-0 JHU win at Homewood Field Tuesday afternoon.

The shutout is the first for Johns Hopkins since March 26, 1988, when the Blue Jays blanked Princeton, 9-0. Two key members of the Blue Jay defense on that day nearly 24 years ago were currently Blue Jay head coach Dave Pietramala and current associate head coach Bill Dwan.

Guida’s goal ignited a scoring flurry for the Blue Jays (5-0), who added four goals in the final two minutes of the quarter to take a 5-0 lead after the opening 15 minutes. Junior John Greeley sandwiched goals around a strike from John Kaestner in a 72-second span and Lee Coppersmith added an unassisted goal of his own with just 13 seconds remaining in the opening quarter to account for the five-goal spurt.

The spree would stretch to six goals in less than three minutes as John Ranagan, who had assisted on Greeley’s second goal, took a skip pass from Greeley and blew his third goal of the season just inside the far post. The lead swelled to 7-0 at the half when Guida added his second goal of the game late in the period.

Junior Pierce Bassett, who played the first three quarters, posted five of his seven saves in the first half as the Jaspers generated 10 of their 14 shots before intermission. Twice he hugged the post to stop shots in tight and Hopkins blanked an opponent for a half for the first time since the first half of last season’s game against Navy.

The scoring in the second half was limited to four Blue Jay goals in the third quarter. Senior Mark Goodrich fired home his fourth goal of the season and third in the last two games less than four minutes into the period and Brandon Benn, Zach Palmer and Greeley all scored in a span of just under three minutes midway through the quarter to account for the final scoring.

Substituting liberally by the middle of the second quarter, the Blue Jays worked all 44 healthy players into the rotation with the only drama over the last 15 minutes the test to see if Hopkins could preserve its shutout.

Manhattan (1-3) generated just two fourth-quarter shots; one went wide, but the final one by Brendan Rogers in traffic got through to freshman Grant Fitts, who got his body on it to keep it away. The Jaspers came up with the ensuing ground ball, but John Kelly’s forced turnover several seconds later gave the ball back to the Blue Jays, who were able to run out the final 80 seconds to seal the victory.

Greeley led the way offensively with his second career hat trick and one assist for a four-point afternoon. Guida added the two goals, while Palmer, Kaestner and Ranagan all added one goal and one assist. Bassett’s seven saves over 45 minutes of action paced a Blue Jay defense that held its fifth straight opponent to eight goals or less to open the season. Teaming with Bassett on the shutout in goal were Fitts and seniors Steven Burke and Guy Van Syckle. Burke and Van Syckle weren’t forced to make a save during their combined 13:15 in goal.

The final score may have been worse if not for the efforts of Manhattan’s Rich Akapnitis, who played the entire game in goal for the Jaspers and totaled 15 saves and five ground balls.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Saturday, March 10 when the Blue Jays take on UMBC in the third game of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. Game time for the JHU-UMBC game is set for 4 pm.

Manhattan (1-3) 0-0-0-0/0
#2 Johns Hopkins (5-0) 5-2-4-0/11

GoalsM: – J: Greeley-3, Guida-2, Palmer, Kaestner, Benn, Coppersmith, Goodrich, Ranagan. Assists: M: – J: Greeley, Kaestner, Palmer, Ranagan. SavesM: Akapnitis-15. J: Bassett-7, Burke-0, Van Syckle-0, Fitts-1.Shots: M-14. J-40. EMO: M: 0-for-3. J: 1-for-4. Attendance: 420.

 

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Hopkins Looks to Stay Undefeated Tuesday Agaisnt Manhattan

Posted on 06 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The Game: Second-ranked Johns Hopkins (4-0) returns home to host Manhattan (1-2) in a rare Tuesday afternoon game for the Blue Jays.

Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins improved to 4-0 with a 10-8 win at 12th-ranked Princeton last Friday evening. Manhattan picked up its first win of the season on Saturday as the Jaspers knocked off Providence, 11-9.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Manhattan are meeting for just the third time in a series that dates to a 14-3 Johns Hopkins victory in the 2010 season opener. JHU has held the Jaspers to exactly three goals in both previous meetings, taking the 14-3 win in 2010 and a 10-3 victory last season.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Manhattan with an all-time record of 916-294-15 (.754). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

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 153-58 (.725), including a 130-41 (.760) 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.

About the 4-0 Start: Johns Hopkins is 4-0 for the first time since 2005 and just the second time under head coach Dave Pietramala (2004). Prior to opening at 4-0 in 2004 and 2005, JHU hadn’t opened a season with four straight wins since 1995. Since 1977 the Blue Jays have opened a season with four straight wins 14 times (including this season). JHU has won the national championship six times in those 14 years, made five other trips to the title game and advanced to the NCAA semifinals in the other two years.

Noting JHU in the NCAA Tournament: Johns Hopkins made its 40th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season. By comparison, the next six longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament add up to exactly 40 consecutive appearances (Maryland-9, Cornell-8, Virginia-7, Notre Dame-6, Duke-5, North Carolina-5).

First to 900: Johns Hopkins’ 10-6 win at Towson in the 2011 season opener not only got the season off on the right foot for the Blue Jays, but also made history. The win was the 900th all-time in school history, making Johns Hopkins the first program to record 900 all-time wins. JHU now has 916 all-time wins.

That’s 622 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 916-294-15 (.754) … that’s 622 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 two games over .500.

13-Win Seasons: With a 13-3 record last season, Johns Hopkins reached the 13-win mark for the fifth time under head coach Dave Pietramala and the 12th time in school history.

Home Cookin’: Johns Hopkins ran its home winning streak to nine games with the 9-5 win over Siena on February 25. 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 and sports a gaudy 76-12 (.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 current nine-game home winning streak is the fourth home streak of seven wins or more since he arrived.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first shot of the game seven times in 2011 and has already turned the trick twice this season. After not scoring all the way until their second shot of the game against Towson, the Blue Jays netted their first goal of the game against Delaware (Brandon Benn) and Siena (Wells Stanwick) on their first shot. JHU scored on its second shot of the game at Princeton.

Eleven Straight: Johns Hopkins ran its regular season winning streak to 11 games with the 10-8 win over Princeton. This is the longest regular season winning streak for JHU since a 19-game run that bridged the 2004 and 2006 seasons.

Attack Oriented: The starting attack unit of senior Chris Boland, junior Zach Palmer and sophomore Brandon Benn combined for nine goals and three assists in the 12-6 win vs. Towson. Add in two assists by freshman Wells Stanwick,who played a regular role throughout the game, and JHU got nine goals and five assists from its four primary attackmen.
In a tighter game against Delaware, it was Benn (3g, 1a), Stanwick (1g, 2a) and Palmer (1a) leading the way with a combined four goals and four assists, while the same trio combined for five goals and three assists against Siena. Forced to juggle the lineup against vs. Princeton, Palmer (1g, 3a), Benn (1g) and junior John Kaestner (2g) combined for four goals and three assists.

Jumping Right In: Junior John Kaestner had played in 12 career games and hadn’t so much as taken a shot before getting the starting nod at Princeton with freshman Wells Stanwick out. No worries, all Kaestner did is stick the first two goals of his career during a 4-1 fourth-quarter run that fueled JHU’s 10-8 win.

Bassett Now 17-3 in Last 20 Starts: Sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 20th career victory in goal with the 10-8 win at Princeton as he posted nine saves and allowed eight goals to improve to 20-7 in his 27 career starts. He is 17-3 in his last 20 starts dating back to the start of the 2011 season.
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. His fifth-place finish in GAA is the highest by a JHU goalie since Jesse Schwartzman led the nation in 2005 (6.68), while he is just the third Blue Jay to finish in the top 10 in save percentage since the NCAA began tracking men’s lacrosse statistics in 2000.
Bassett’s 7.07 goals against average is the second best by a JHU goalie since 1993 (Schwartman’s 6.68 GAA in 2005 is the best since records became available in ‘93).

Poppleton, Kennedy Fuel Success at the X: Freshman Drew Kennedy did a solid job on faceoffs in the season-opener vs. Towson as he won 9-of-14 in the absence of junior Mike Poppleton. Poppleton returned against Delaware and has been solid in three games since. After winning 10-of-16 vs. Delaware, he won 15-of-18 against Siena and 11-of-21 at Princeton and is now 36-of-54 (.667) on the year. As a team, JHU is 45-of-78 (.577) on faceoffs this season.

Streaking: Johns Hopkins is 105-29 (.784) in its last 134 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 122-37 (.767) overall since the start of the 2002 season.

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

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 387 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 385 of those 387 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 364 of the 387 and the top five in 290 of those 387.
Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes about the JHU offense:
• JHU has scored at least one goal in every quarter this season and two or more in 13 of the 16 quarters.
• Hopkins fired 42 shots on Towson. JHU generated 40 or more shots just four times last season.
• The Blue Jays scored on their first shot of the game seven times last season and have done the same vs. Delaware and Siena this season.
• Johns Hopkins finished 10th in the nation in scoring offense (11.25), second in scoring margin (+4.0), 12th in assists per game (6.19) and 10th in points per game (17.44) last season.

Defensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes of interest concerning the JHU defense:
• Hopkins held Towson to just 18 shots – the fewest the Blue Jays have surrendered since holding Mount St. Mary’s to 16 shots on April 27, 2009.
• JHU held Towson scoreless for a stretch of 31:05 midway through the game and then held Delaware off the board for 29:32 midway through the game. Siena failed to score for the final 19:30 and Princeton failed to score for a stretch of 25:20 midway through the game.
• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in five of 16 quarters this season (.313). • Johns Hopkins held the opposition scoreless for a stretch of 15 minutes or longer 16 times in 16 games last season. The Blue Jays held the opposition scoreless for 10 minutes or longer 33 times.
• The Blue Jays rank among the national leaders in scoring defense (6.25) this season.
• The starting attack units the Blue Jays faced last season combined for a total of 39 goals and 36 assists (4.69 points per game). Six of those units were held to three points or less and only five generated more than five points. The JHU starting defense (Tucker Durkin, Chris Lightner and Gavin Crisafulli) picked up where it left off last season as Towson’s starting attack totaled just two goals and two assists against JHU, while Delaware’s added three goals and three assists.

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