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Hopkins Holds Off Late Princeton to Stay Unbeaten

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

PRINCETON, NJ – Second-ranked Johns Hopkins used a 4-1 run to open the fourth quarter to turn a 6-4 lead into a 10-5 advantage and then held off a late-game rally by 12th-ranked Princeton to knock off the Tigers, 10-8, at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium Friday evening. The win is JHU’s fourth straight to open the season, 11th straight in the regular season and third straight against the Tigers at Princeton.

The Blue Jays (4-0) led 6-4 entering the final period, but needed less than nine minutes to turn the two-goal lead into a five-goal advantage and the run was sparked by reserve attackman John Kaestner, who was making his first career start.

Kaestner jump-started the spree with a nifty goal from an impossible angle as he wrapped a shot around the post and Princeton goalie Tyler Fiorito just over two minutes into the final period for his first career goal to make it 7-4.

Princeton’s Alex Capretta drew the Tigers to within 7-5 at the 10:04 mark as he stepped down and beat JHU’s Pierce Bassett to the far post off a pass from just above the goal line from Mike Grossman, but the Tigers’ fate was sealed over the next four minutes as the Blue Jays scored on three straight possessions to go up 10-5.

Sophomore Brandon Benn got free in the high slot and quickly turned and fired one home off Fiorito’s thigh 38 seconds after Capretta’s goal and Kaestner netted his second of the night 90 seconds later when he came from the side of the goal, took a nice dump pass from John Ranagan and scored from in tight.

Junior Lee Coppersmith added his sixth goal of the season on Hopkins’ next possession as junior Zach Palmer’s skip pass from the goal line to Fiorito’s left found Coppersmith alone and he blew one into the top corner.

Princeton (2-1), as expected, rallied. The Tigers got one back just 38 seconds after Coppersmith’s goal as Jeff Froccaro got free in the slot and went low to slip one past Bassett from seven yards out to make it 10-6.

Nearly four minutes, and one big save by Bassett, passed before Princeton would score again as Grossman got free after a long loose ball scramble and scored his only goal of the game with 2:16 remaining. Tom Schreiber worked free of Hopkins’ Tucker Durkin on a pick behind the goal and drove top side for his eighth goal of the year with just over a minute to play, but the Blue Jay defense held firm in the final 63 seconds to secure the win.

An extra-man goal by Tucker Shanley opened the scoring for the Tigers early in the first quarter, but Hopkins struck for three goals over the next eight minutes to take a 3-1 lead that they would never relinquish.

A cross-crease pass from Palmer found senior Mark Goodrich alone on the backdoor and he quick-sticked home his second goal of the year and Palmer got top side on his defender and rifled home a shot from six yards out that surprised Fiorito just over three minutes later. When sophomore Rob Guida spun inside his defender and whipped home his third goal of the season three minutes later the Blue Jays had the momentum and the two-goal lead.

Froccaro made it a one-goal game with his first strike of the match with 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter, but that would be the final goal – and shot – for the Tigers in the first half.

Hopkins maintained possession for virtually the entire second quarter and got goals in the final five minutes of the half from junior midfielders John Greeley and Ranagan to carry a 5-2 advantage into the half. The Blue Jays outshot the Tigers 9-0 in the quarter and 19-7 in the first half.

Neither team scored in the first seven minutes of the second half, but Goodrich staked the Blue Jays to a 6-2 advantage when he snapped home a laser to the top corner after a quick move to the inside from eight yards out.

Princeton drew within 6-4 at the end of the third on back-to-back goals by Sonnenfeldt and Mike MacDonald, but Kaestner’s goal early in the fourth quarter ignited the decisive run and the Blue Jays pulled out of Princeton with their first 4-0 start since 2005.

Goodrich and Kaestner led the Blue Jays with two goals each, while Palmer added the one goal and a game-high three assists. Bassett totaled nine saves in goal for the Blue Jays, who also won 11-of-21 faceoffs in the game.

Froccaro was the only multi-goal scorer for Princeton as his two tallies led the way. Schreiber and Grossman added one goal and two assists apiece and Fiorito matched Bassett with nine saves.

Johns Hopkins will return to action on Tuesday, March 6 when the Blue Jays host Manhattan at 3:30 pm.

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Hopkins Looks to Stay Undefeated Friday at Princeton

Posted on 02 March 2012 by WNST Staff

The Game: Second-ranked Johns Hopkins (3-0) hits the road for the first time this season as the Blue Jays travel to New Jersey to take on the 12th-ranked Tigers (2-0).

Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins improved to 3-0 with a 9-5 victory at wind-swept Homewood Field last Saturday. The Tigers moved to 2-0 with a 13-7 victory over Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon..

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Princeton are meeting for the 82nd time in a series that dates to a 3-2 Princeton win in 1890. Hopkins leads the series, 54-27. Princeton has won three straight against the Blue Jays, although JHU has won two straight at Princeton and three straight games on the Princeton campus (includes win over Georgetown in the 2007 NCAA Quarterfinals). A complete look at the Johns Hopkins-Princeton series can be found at the back of this week’s note package.

At Princeton: This will be JHU’s first game at Princeton, against Princeton since 2005, when JHU jump-started its run to the National Championship with a 9-6 win over the Tigers.

More at Princeton: Johns Hopkins has played in the national title game in each of the last three seasons the Blue Jays played a game on the Princeton campus (2003, 2005, 2007).

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Princeton with an all-time record of 915-294-15 (.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 152-58 (.724), including a 129-41 (.759) 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 3-0 Start: Johns Hopkins is 3-0 for the third consecutive year and the eighth time 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 915 all-time wins.

That’s 621 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 915-294-15 (.753) … that’s 621 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 one game 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 last Saturday’s 9-5 win over Siena. 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.

Ten Straight: Johns Hopkins ran its regular season winning streak to 10 games with the 9-5 win over Siena. 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.

Bassett Now 16-3 in Last 19 Starts: Sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 19th career victory in goal with the 9-5 win vs. Siena as he posted a season-high 10 saves and allowed five goals to improve to 19-7 in his 26 career starts. He is 16-3 in his last 19 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 Fuels 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 enjoyed solid efforts against the Blue Hens and Siena. After winning 10-of-16 vs. Delaware, he won 15-of-18 against Siena and is now 25-of-34 (.735) on the year. As a team, JHU is 34-of-57 (.596) and ranks 16th nationally in FO winning percentage.

Streaking: Johns Hopkins is 104-29 (.782) in its last 133 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 121-37 (.766) 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 386 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 384 of those 386 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 363 of the 386 and the top five in 289 of those 386.

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including the season-opening win vs. Towson, JHU is 54-4 (.931) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.

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 10 of the 12 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 last week.
• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in four of 12 quarters this season (.333).
• 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 third in the nation in scoring defense (5.67) 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.

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 Beats Siena to Move to 3-0

Posted on 26 February 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The third-ranked Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team scored three goals in a five-minute span early in the fourth quarter to extend a 6-5 lead over visiting Siena to four goals and the Blue Jays held the Saints scoreless for the final 19:30 in a 9-5 victory at wind-swept Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win runs JHU’s regular season winning streak to 10 games dating back to last season and the Blue Jays improve to 3-0 on the year.

Hopkins had a chance to build on the 6-5 lead in the final seconds of the third quarter, but Siena goalie Tom Morr stoned Hopkins’ Zach Palmer from in tight to keep it a one-goal game entering the final 15 minutes.

It took the Blue Jays just over two minutes of the fourth quarter to jump start their game-ending three-goal run as senior Marshall Burkhart forced a turnover in the defensive end and started a transition opportunity that ended with Palmer beating Morr from in tight off a nifty skip pass from freshman Wells Stanwick.

It took the Blue Jays less than a minute – 54 seconds to be exact – to push the lead to 8-5 as sophomore Brandon Benn scooped up a loose ball in front of the cage off a Morr save and fired into and open net. Junior Lee Coppersmith added his second goal of the game and fifth of the season off an ally dodge with 8:05 remaining to close out the scoring and secure JHU’s ninth consecutive home victory.

In a game the Blue Jays seemed to control, they couldn’t pull away until the three-goal spurt in the fourth quarter. Stanwick, senior Mark Goodrich and Coppersmith all scored in the first quarter as the Blue Jays crafted a 3-1 lead after the opening period, but the Saints hung tight and pulled within a goal four times (3-2, 4-3, 5-4 and 6-5) after JHU had edged ahead by two on four different occasions beginning with the 3-1 advantage.

A Conor Prunty goal for the Saints with 4:31 remaining in the third quarter drew Siena within one for the final time at 6-5, but Palmer’s goal 2:08 into the final period ignited the final spree for the Blue Jays, who improved to 4-0 all-time against the Saints with the victory.

Palmer paced the Blue Jays with two goals and two assists, while Stanwick (2g, 1a) and Coppersmith (2g) also enjoyed multi-point games for Hopkins, which also got 10 saves from junior Pierce Bassett. Junior Mike Poppleton enjoyed the finest game of his career for the Blue Jays as he won 15-of-18 faceoffs and grabbed three ground balls in the victory.

Siena got two goals from Chris Roth and one goal and one assist from Danny Martinsen, while Morr posted 12 saves in goal. The Johns Hopkins defense did a nice job of containing the dynamic attack unit of Martinsen, Colin Clive and Bryan Neufeld, who combined for just two goals and one assist.

Siena (1-1) 1-2-2-0/5
#3 Johns Hopkins (3-0) 3-1-2-3/9

GoalsS: Roth-2, Martinsen, Clive, Prunty. J: Palmer, Stanwick, Coppersmith-2, Benn, Guida, Goodrich.AssistsS: Martinsen. J: Palmer-2, Greeley, Ranagan, Stanwick. SavesS: Morr-12. J: Bassett-10. Shots: S-21. J-36. EMOS: 0-for-2. J: 0-for-1. Attendance: 1,167.

 

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Hopkins Looks to Continue Hot Start Saturday Against Siena

Posted on 25 February 2012 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins (2-0) welcomes Siena (1-0) to Homewood Field for the fourth all-time meeting between the two teams.

Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins improved to 2-0 with a tough 8-6 win over Delaware on Tuesday night. The Saints opened their season last Sunday at the Carrier Dome and knocked off Hobart, 13-11.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Siena are meeting for the fourth time in a series that dates to an 11-3 Johns Hopkins win in 2009. Every meeting has taken place at Homewood Field, including last season’s 16-6 JHU victory. The Saints gave the Blue Jays all they could handle in 2010 as JHU needed an extra-man goal by Michael Kimmel with less than a minute to play to pull out an 8-7 victory.

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 15 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 12-3 in those 15 games. JHU has currently won eight straight games in the month of February.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Siena with an all-time record of 914-294-15 (.753). 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 151-58 (.722), including a 128-41 (.757) 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.

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.

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 914 all-time wins.

That’s 620 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 914-294-15 (.753) … that’s 620 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 124 straight seasons, they would even their record at .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 enters this week’s game against Siena having won eight straight games at Homewood Field. The streak is tied for the second-longest under head coach Dave Pietramala, who picked up his 75th career victory at Homewood Field with the win vs. UD and sports a gaudy 75-12 (.862) 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 eight-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. The Blue Jays weren’t nearly as fortunate in the season-opening win vs. Towson … it took JHU all the way until its second shot of the game to find the back of the net vs. the Tigers. JHU was back in touch against Delaware as sophomore Brandon Benn scored the first of his three goals on JHU’s first shot of the game.

Nine Straight: Johns Hopkins ran its regular season winning streak to nine games with the 12-6 win over Delaware. This is the longest regular season winning streak for JHU since the Blue Jays had a nine-game run that bridged the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The last time Johns Hopkins won 10 or more consecutive regular season games was from 2004-06, when the Blue Jays won 19 consecutive regular season games.

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.

Bassett Now 15-3 in Last 18 Starts: Sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 18th career victory in goal with the 8-6 win vs. Delaware on Tuesday night as he posted six saves and allowed six goals to improve to 18-7 in his 25 career starts. He is 15-3 in his last 18 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).

The Fab Five: While the Blue Jays had just one midfielder earn All-America honors last season (John Ranagan), they return four others who performed steadily throughout the 2011 season. The first unit of sophomores John Greeley and Ranagan and freshman Rob Guida started all 16 games together, while the second group returns senior Mark Goodrich, and junior Lee Coppersmith.
The five combined for 58 goals and 30 assists in 16 games last season. The first two lines, which also include sophomore Greg Edmonds, totaled two goals and two assists vs. Towson and four goals and one assist vs. Delaware.

Must be the Speech: Whatever the coaching staff said in the locker room before the game and at halftime worked throughout the 2011 season. Johns Hopkins outscored the opposition 44-25 in the first quarter last season and 51-29 in the third quarter. While JHU was a bit slow getting going against Towson, the halftime speech worked to perfection as the Blue Jays held the Tigers scoreless in the third quarter and tallied the first six goals of the second half to stretch a 5-3 halftime lead to 11-3. JHU outscored Delaware 3-2 in the third quarter … the game was even at 2-2 after the first 15 minutes.

Streaking: Johns Hopkins is 103-29 (.780) in its last 132 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 120-37 (.764) overall since the start of the 2002 season.

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

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 385 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 383 of those 385 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 362 of the 385 and the top five in 288 of those 385.

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 seven of the eight 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 did the same vs. Delaware earlier this week.
• 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 baord for 29:32 midway through the game.
• JHU has held the opposition scoreless in three of eight quarters this season (.375).
• 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 finished sixth in the nation in scoring defense (7.25) last 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 they 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.

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 Aiming For 2-0 Start as Delaware Visits Tuesday

Posted on 21 February 2012 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes Delaware to Homewood Field for the ninth all-time meeting between the two teams. The Blue Jays (1-0) opened the 2012 season with a 12-6 win over Towson last Friday night, while the Blue Hens are 2-1 on the year after dropping a 13-8 decision at Loyola on Saturday.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Delaware are meeting for the ninth time in a series that dates to a 19-6 Johns Hopkins victory in 1980. The Blue Jays have won all eight previous meetings, including last season’s 18-5 victory at frigid Delaware Stadium.

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 14 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 11-3 in those 14 games.

For Openers: Johns Hopkins improved to 10-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season-openers with the 12-6 win over Towson.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Delaware with an all-time record of 913-294-15 (.753). 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 150-58 (.721), including a 127-41 (.756) 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.

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.

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 913 all-time wins.

That’s 619 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 913-294-15 (.753) … that’s 619 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 123 straight seasons, they would still be four 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 will enter this week’s game against Delaware having won seven straight games at Homewood Field. The streak is tied for the third-longest under head coach Dave Pietramala, who sports a gaudy 74-12 (.861) record at Homewood Field in his 12 seasons.
JHU won a school and national-record 37 straight home games from 2001-06 under Pietramala’s guidance and the current seven-game home winning streak is the fourth home streak of seven or more since he arrived.

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first shot of the game seven times in 2011. The Blue Jays weren’t nearly as fortunate in the season-opening win vs. Towson … it took JHU all the way until its second shot of the game to find the back of the net vs. the Tigers.

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.
Boland punched up four goals before leaving the game midway through the third quarter, while Palmer added three goals and three assists. Benn (2g) and Stanwick (2a) also enjoyed multi-point games for the Blue Jays, who saw the quartet tally their nine goals on just 15 shots.

Bassett Among National Leaders: Sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett picked up his 17th career victory in goal with the 12-6 win vs. Towson last Friday night as he posted seven saves and allowed six goals to improve to 17-7 in his 24 career starts. He is 14-3 in his last 17 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 last season. 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).

The Fab Five: While the Blue Jays had just one midfielder earn All-America honors last season (John Ranagan), they return four others who performed steadily throughout the 2011 season. The first unit of sophomores John Greeley and Ranagan and freshman Rob Guida started all 16 games together, while the second group returns senior Mark Goodrich, and junior Lee Coppersmith.
The five combined for 58 goals and 30 assists in 16 games last season. While the first two lines, which also include sophomore Greg Edmonds, totaled just two goals and two assists vs. Towson, this is an area the Blue Jays will look to as the season unfolds.

Must be the Speech: Whatever the coaching staff said in the locker room before the game and at halftime worked throughout the 2011 season. Johns Hopkins outscored the opposition 44-25 in the first quarter last season and 51-29 in the third quarter. While JHU was a bit slow getting going against Towson, the halftime speech worked to perfection as the Blue Jays held the Tigers scoreless in the third quarter and tallied the first six goals of the second half to stretch a 5-3 halftime lead to 11-3.

Streaking: Johns Hopkins is 102-29 in its last 131 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 119-37 (.763) overall since the start of the 2002 season.

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

More Poll Position: Including this week’s USILA Poll, there have been 385 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 383 of those 385 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 362 of the 385 and the top five in 288 of those 385.
State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including the season-opening win vs. Towson, JHU is 54-4 (.931) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.
Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against teams from the state of Maryland under Pietramala.

Loyola (11-0)
Maryland (8-3)
Mount St. Mary’s (4-0)
Navy (11-1)
Towson (13-0)
UMBC (7-0)

Offensive Notes of Interest: Below are several notes about the JHU offense:
• JHU scored at least two goals in all four quarters vs. Towson and three or more in three of the four.
• Hopkins fired 42 shots on Towson last week. 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.
• 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.
• One year after holding the opposition to one goal or less in 32 of 64 (50%) quarters, JHU hit .500 in the season opener as Towson scored just once in the second quarter and was held scoreless in the third.
• 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 finished sixth in the nation in scoring defense (7.25) last 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 of Tucker Durkin, Chris Lightner and Gavin Crisafulli picked up where they left off last season as Towson’s starting attack totaled just two goals and two assists against JHU.

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Hopkins Overwhelms Towson For Season Opening Victory

Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Second-ranked Johns Hopkins used a 9-0 run that bridged the second and fourth quarters and held visiting Towson scoreless for more than 31 minutes during that stretch as the Blue Jays eased past the Tigers, 12-6, at Homewood Field Friday evening. The win is the 150th in the career of Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala, who improves to 150-58 overall and 127-41 during his time at Hopkins.

Towson held a one-goal lead three times in the opening 18:30, including a 3-2 advantage after Robby Zoppo scored on an ally dodge with 11:43 remaining in the second quarter. The Blue Jays needed just 15 seconds to answer Zoppo’s strike as senior Chris Boland scored the second of his four goals off a cross-field pass from junior Zach Palmer in an unsettled situation off the ensuing faceoff and that ignited the 9-0 run for the Blue Jays.

Junior Lee Coppersmith and Palmer both struck in the final six minutes of the second quarter to give the Blue Jays a 5-3 lead at the half and Boland added extra-man and even-strength tallies in the first six minutes of the third quarter to push the lead to 7-3. Coppersmith completed his two-goal showing with an unassisted goal less than a minute after Boland’s goal to make it 8-3 midway through the third period. By this point, the Tigers’ drought had reached nearly 18 minutes.

Sophomore Brandon Benn helped put the game out of reach with back-to-back goals. His first, off an assist from Palmer, made it 9-3 at the end of the third quarter and he added his second just over 90 seconds into the fourth period when he underhanded home a pass from freshman Wells Stanwick. Senior Marshall Burkhart closed the run nine seconds later when he grabbed a long rebound and blew a 12-yarder past Towson’s Andrew Wascavage.

The Tigers, who by this point hadn’t scored since Zoppo’s tally early in the second quarter, needed just nine seconds to score twice early in the final period. Sean Maguire got his hands free and beat Blue Jay goalie Pierce Bassett from seven yards out on a quick feed from Matt Hughes and Andrew Hodgson scored off the ensuing faceoff to make it 11-5.

An extra-man goal by Palmer, which completed his fourth career hat trick, closed the scoring with just under three minutes remaining for the Blue Jays, while Zoppo added his second goal of the game off an assist from Maguire with 33 seconds left to close the scoring.

The Blue Jays’ starting attack of Palmer, Boland and Benn combined for nine goals and three assists in the win with Palmer punching up three goals and three assists to lead the way. Bassett faced just 18 shots and posted seven saves as the Blue Jay defense kept the Tigers away from the goal for long stretches. Hopkins held advantages in shots (42-18) and ground balls (30-21) and forced the Tigers into 21 turnovers and a 17-of-25 showing on clear attempts.

Zoppo’s two goals the way for the Tigers, who also got one goal and one assist from both Hughes and Zoppo. Wascavage posted 11 saves for Towson, which got a strong showing on faceoffs from Matt Thomas, who won 12-of-20 on the night and grabbed six ground balls.

Towson (1-1) 2-1-0-3/6
#2 Johns Hopkins (1-0) 2-3-4-3/12
Goals: T: Zoppo-2, Maguire, Hughes, Hodgson, Sheehe. J: Boland-4, Palmer-3, Benn-2, Coppersmith-2, Burkhart. Assists: T: DeNapoli, Hughes, Maguire. J: Palmer-3, Stanwick-2, Greeley, Ranagan. Saves: T: Wascavage-11. J: Bassett-7. Shots: T-18. J-42. EMO: T: 0-for-0. J: 2-for-3. Attendance: 2,320.

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Towson’s Nadelen facing alma mater, aims for second career win

Posted on 17 February 2012 by Michael Huber

When the Towson Tigers travel to Homewood Field Friday night, Head Coach Shawn Nadelen will feel right at home. The first year coach for the Tigers played four years at Johns Hopkins, originally as a midfielder and then as a defender, the position he played just last season in his 11th year with the Chesapeake Bayhawks of the MLL.

Nadelen, who has been on the Towson staff for seven years, was chosen to succeed long-time Tigers coach Tony Seamen following the 2011 season. An easy choice considering his relationship with the current players, and his world-class knowledge of the game.

Coming off his first win as a head coach on the road against Jacksonville University in Florida; Nadelen looks to have his Tigers in great physical shape and hungry to pull off a cross town upset against the #2 ranked Blue Jays.

For Hopkins, this will be the season opener and one can only assume that Head Coach Dave Pietramala would like nothing more than to hand his former pupil his first career coaching loss.

The Johns Hopkins defense as usual is a talented group under the former All-American defender himself, Pietramala. Junior’s Tucker Durkin and Chris Lightner (Calvert Hall), and sophomore Jack Reilly lead the way for the intimidating Hopkins long poles while freshman Rob Enright looked sharp in the teams scrimmage at Cornell, adding promise to a notoriously solid group.

Junior goalkeeper Pierce Bassett will be between the pipes for his third consecutive year, providing key leadership and vocal command of the defense. Durkin and Bassett are both preseason first team All-American selections, while Reilly was given a second team nod.

Despite such lauded long poles, the Hopkins defense needs to improve the quickness of its slides, after having trouble keeping with the quickness of some of the Cornell attackmen in the Blue Jays last scrimmage.

The Hopkins defense will look to slow down Towson senior attackman Sean Maguire (Calvert Hall) who scored three goals in the season opening 12-10 win at Jacksonville. Maguire is accompanied by two juniors on the attack line, Matt Hughes and Dan Kramer who each tallied a goal and an assist in the opener.

The Towson midfield will look to continue its strong scoring contributions from week one, namely from Thomas DeNapoli who matched Maguire’s three goals against Jacksonville. Fellow Calvert Hall Cardinals Robbie Zoppo and Michael Brashears, along with Carl Iacona add solid depth, and aim to keep their names on the score sheet Friday.

Fifth year senior Chris Boland (Boy’s Latin) is the quarterback of the Johns Hopkins offense.  He’s joined by two crafty Canadians on the attack line, Zach Palmer and Brandon Benn who try to fill the scoring void left by graduate southpaw sniper Kyle Wharton.

Coach Nadelen and the Tigers defense will have their hands full with a beastly midfield 1-2 punch in John Greeley (6’3, 215 lbs) and John Ranagan, another preseason First Team All-American for the Jays. Ranagan (6’3, 210 lbs) is one of the most physical midfielders in the country and loves to get his dodges rolling downhill early and often.

The Hopkins midfield is well rounded, Lee Coppersmith, Rob Guida and Mark Goodrich all contributed offensively last season, while short-stick defensive midfielder Phil Castranova (Calvert Hall) would like to upgrade his label to potent two-way middie.

The key to the game often comes down to the face off X and both teams will likely be deploying a committee system to get the job done. Hopkins lost its stalwart face off man Matt Dolente to graduation, leaving the duties to a pair of underclassmen, Mike Faby (St.Pauls) and freshman Drew Kennedy.

Meanwhile Towson efficiently used the two man system in their first game, getting 6 and 5 wins respectively out of the juniors Matt Thomas and Warren Kalkstein (Loyola Blakefield).

So there it is, a quick breakdown of what to expect and who to watch for. Tune in to WNST 1570AM or ESPN U at 5 p.m. ET Friday to catch some live Baltimore lacrosse action. Enjoy.

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Towson Hopes to Stun Hopkins Friday on WNST

Posted on 17 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Hoping to win back-to-back games to open the season for the first time since 2007, the Tigers will continue their three-game road trip on Friday evening when they make the short trip down Charles Street to face No. 2 Johns Hopkins at historic Homewood Field at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte on the call. In addition, the game will air live on ESPNU and available online at ESPN3.com.

Updating the Tigers
Now 1-0 on the season, the Tigers used a strong second half performance to win their season opener with a 12-10 road victory over Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who won their season opener for the first time since 2007, scored seven goals after the intermission to overcome a two-goal deficit and present Coach Shawn Nadelen with his first victory as the Tigers’ coach. Senior attackman Sean Maguire led the Tigers with three goals and an assist; all three of his goals came in the second half.

Scouting the Blue Jays
Ranked No. 2 in the preseason USILA Division I Coaches’ Poll, the Blue Jays will be opening their 125th season of college lacrosse when they host the Tigers on Friday night. The Blue Jays, who finished last year with a 13-3 record and a number three national ranking, reached the NCAA quarter-finals before losing to Denver by a 14-9 margin. Senior attackman Chris Boland, who earned honorable mention USILA All-America honors last year, returns as the Blue Jays’ leading scorer after a 54-point season in 2011. Coach Dave Pietramala, who was named as an assistant coach for the United States National Team last week, begins his 12th season at the helm. He has posted a 126-41 record at Johns Hopkins, including two NCAA championships.

On Second Thought
When the Tigers face No. 2 Johns Hopkins on Friday night, it will mark the highest-ranked opponent for the Tigers since Mar. 21, 2010 when Towson hosted top-ranked Virginia at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. The game will mark the 14th time since 1980 that the Tigers have faced the nation’s second-ranked team; the Tigers are 0-13 all-time in those contests. 

Lights, Camera, Action
Friday night’s game between Towson and No. 2 Johns Hopkins will mark the Tigers’ only scheduled television appearance during the regular season. Since the start of the 1999 season, the Tigers have been featured on television 45 times, including 19 times since 2007. Mike Corey will handle the play-by-play duties while Quint Kessenich will serve as the color analyst. John Kettering is the producer for Friday night’s game.

Towson-Johns Hopkins Series History
The Tigers and the Blue Jays will be meeting for the 40th time in a series which Johns Hopkins has dominated. The Blue Jays, who have won 16 straight games in the series, hold a 36-3 advantage over the Tigers. The Tigers’ last win in the series came on Apr. 17, 1996, a 13-12 victory over the Blue Jays at Homewood Field. Two of the Tigers’ three wins in the series have come on the road and the Tigers have not beaten the Blue Jays at Unitas Stadium since May 6, 1989, a span of 12 home games.

Last Year’s Towson-Johns Hopkins Meeting
Led by three goals from attackman Kyle Wharton, No. 11 Johns Hopkins used a five-goal run in the third quarter to break a 4-4 tie and earn a 10-6 victory over the Tigers in the season opener for both teams at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Wharton, who tallied the 10th “hat trick” of his career, scored twice in a five-minute span as the Blue Jays sprinted out to a 9-4 lead they never relinquished. Attackman Zach Palmer scored two goals with three assists for the Blue Jays while midfielder Pat Britton scored twice to lead the Tigers in a losing effort.

Too Close for Comfort
Of the 39 previous meetings between the Tigers and the Blue Jays, 14 of them have been decided by two goals or less, including eight one-goal affairs. There have also been three overtime games, including a double overtime outing three years ago at Unitas Stadium. In addition, all three of the Tigers’ wins in the series have been by a one-goal margin. The Tigers posted a 9-8 double overtime victory in 1989 at Minnegan Stadium before earning a 14-13 verdict three years later at Homewood Field. In 1996, the Tigers won by a 13-12 count at Homewood Field.

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Big Expectations Loom as Hopkins Opens Season Friday

Posted on 17 February 2012 by WNST Staff

The Game: Johns Hopkins welcomes Towson to Homewood Field for the Blue Jays’ 2012 season opener. Towson opened its season with a 12-10 win last Saturday at Jacksonville.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Towson are meeting for the 40th time in a series that dates to a 15-8 Johns Hopkins victory in 1976. The Blue Jays have won 36 of the previous 39 meetings and JHU has currently won 16 straight against the Tigers.

Check the Calendar: This year’s season-opener against Towson will be the earliest game played in the history of the Blue Jay lacrosse program. Johns Hopkins opened the 2010 (Manhattan) and 2011 (Towson) seasons on February 19. Those had been the earliest games in school history.

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 13 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 10-3 in those 13 games.

For Openers: Johns Hopkins is 9-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season-openers and close calls have been the norm as six of the 11 games have been decided by three goals or less.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters the 2012 season with an all-time record of 912-294-15 (.753). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins closed a successul 2011 season with an overall record of 13-3 and the program’s 40th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

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.

Consensus Top Four: Johns Hopkins enters the 2012 season as a consensus top four team as the Blue Jays are ranked in the top four in each of the four major polls. JHU is ranked second in the USILA Preseason Poll, third in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, third in the Lacrosse Magazine Poll and fourth in the Face-Off Yearbook Poll. The Johns Hopkins office of Athletic Communications uses the USILA Poll to reflect JHU’s official national ranking at the time of a game.

Welcome Back: Head coach Dave Pietramala welcomes back nine starters from last seaon’s team, which posted a 13-3 record and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Of note …
• The Blue Jays return two starters on attack – Chris Boland and Zach Palmer – who combined for 56 goals and 45 assists last season.
• JHU’s entire first midfield returns with juniors John Ranagan and John Greeley and sophomore Rob Guida all back in the fold. As the youngest first midfield in the nation last season this trio totaled 44 goals and 27 assists.
• Juniors Tucker Durkin and Chris Lightner and sophomore Jack Reilly return to close defense after they started all 16 games together a year ago.
• Junior Pierce Bassett grabbed Second Team USILA All-America honors a year ago and returns after posting a 7.07 goals against average and a .570 save percentage.

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 912 all-time wins.

That’s 618 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays’ all-time record is now 912-294-15 (.753) … that’s 618 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 123 straight seasons, they would still be three 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.

I’ve Got 125 Can I Get 150: The win against Army in the 2011 regular season finale was the 125th for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. He is now 126-41 (.754) at JHU. Add in the 23 wins he accumulated as the head coach at Cornell (1998-2000) and he is currently 149-58 (.720) overall. His first win of the 2012 season will be the 150th of his coaching career.

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.

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

Striking the First Blow: Johns Hopkins scored on its first shot of the game seven times in 2011.

Bassett Among National Leaders: Sophomore goalie Pierce Bassett concluded his first full season as the starter for the Blue Jays and posted a 7.07 goals against average and a .570 save percentage last season. 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, whose 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) has started 23 games in his career and sports a 16-7 record in those 23 games.

Attack Oriented: Johns Hopkins finished 10th in the nation in scoring offense in 2011 (11.25 goals per game) and a big part of that production was the performance of the Blue Jays’ starting attack trio of seniors Chris Boland and Kyle Wharton and sophomore Zach Palmer. Boland and Palmer are back and should lead a talented Blue Jay offense.

Boland led the Blue Jays in scoring with 34 goals and 20 assists for 54 points. An honorable mention All-American, Boland set career highs in each category and was especially effective in the NCAA Tournament as he totaled four goals and seven assists in two games. Boland has career totals of 66 goals, 38 assists and 104 points.

Palmer enjoyed a breakout campaign last season as he posted 22 goals and a team-high 25 assists for 47 points. He ended the season with a 12-game point-scoring streak and scored at least one point in 15 of JHU’s 16 games.

Must be the Speech: Whatever the coaching staff said in the locker room before the game and at halftime worked throughout the 2011 season. Johns Hopkins outscored the opposition 44-25 in the first quarter last season and 51-29 in the third quarter.

Streaking: Johns Hopkins is 101-29 in its last 130 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 118-37 (.761) overall since the start of the 2002 season.

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

More Poll Position: Including the 2012 preseason USILA Poll, there have been 384 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 382 of those 384 polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 361 of the 384 and the top five in 287 of those 384.

State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. Including the wins over Towson, UMBC, Maryland, Navy and Loyola last season, JHU is 53-4 (.930) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.

Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against teams from the state of Maryland under Pietramala.

Loyola (11-0)
Maryland (8-3)
Mount St. Mary’s (4-0)
Navy (11-1)
Towson (12-0)
UMBC (7-0)

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Hopkins Lacrosse Picked 4th in Inside Lacrosse Preseason Poll

Posted on 01 December 2011 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team is ranked fourth in the 2012 Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Poll it was announced today. The Blue Jays return nine starters from last season’s team, which posted a 13-3 record and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Defending national champion Virginia tops the poll, which counts Duke, Cornell, Johns Hopkins and Denver among the top five as well. Johns Hopkins will play four of the top eight teams in the poll during the 2012 regular season as the Blue Jays will take on top-ranked Virginia, sixth-ranked North Carolina, seventh-ranked Syracuse and eighth-ranked Maryland.

Head coach Dave Pietramala will return four All-Americans among his nine returning starters as midfielder John Ranagan (1st Team), defenseman Tucker Durkin (2nd), goalie Pierce Bassett (2nd) and attackman Chris Boland (honorable mention) are all back. Amazingly, of the nine returning starters, only one, Boland, will be in his final year of eligibility in 2012.

The Blue Jays will return their top two scorers in Boland (34g, 20a) and junior attackman Zach Palmer (22g, 25a) and every other player on the team who registered five or more goals and 10 or more points last season. In addition, Durkin and Bassett will lead a defense that returns also Chris Lightner and Jack Reilly, who joined Durkin as 16-game starters on close defense last season.

Johns Hopkins will open the 2012 season on Friday, February 17 when Towson visits Homewood Field. Johns Hopkins’ complete 2012 schedule will be announced no later than Friday, December 9, 2011.

2012 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Poll
Rk. Team
1. Virginia
2. Duke
3. Cornell
4. Johns Hopkins
5. Denver
6. North Carolina
7. Syracuse
8. Maryland
9. Notre Dame
10. Villanova
11. Hofstra
12. UMass
13. Yale
14. Penn
15. Bucknell
16. Princeton
17. Drexel
18. Colgate
19. Harvard
20. Penn State

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