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The Game: Johns Hopkins (11-6) makes the trip north to Philadelphia to take on sixth-seeded Maryland (14-3) in the NCAA Semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Faceoff is set for 3:30 pm with a live national television audience on ESPN2.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins advanced to the NCAA Semifinals with a 16-15 upset of top-ranked and second-seeded Syracuse in the NCAA Quarterfinals last Sunday in Annapolis.
Maryland didn’t have nearly as much trouble moving into the Final Four as the Terrapins dusted third-seeded North Carolina 14-7 in a game not nearly as close as the score indicates.
How They Got In: Johns Hopkins earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with the Big Ten Tournament title.
Maryland earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after the Terrapins shared the Big Ten regular season title with Johns Hopkins.
A Look Ahead: The winner of the Johns Hopkins-Maryland semifinal game will advance to the NCAA Championship game on Monday, May 25 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (1 pm).
Waiting there for the Blue Jays or Terrapins will be the winner of the semifinal game between top-seeded Notre Dame and fourth-seeded Denver.
In the Semifinals: This week’s game against Maryland will mark Johns Hopkins’ record 29th appearance in the NCAA Semifinals. The Blue Jays are 18-10 (.643) all-time in semifinal games.
Johns Hopkins is 4-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in the NCAA Semifinals and has won four of its last five semifinal games.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Maryland are meeting for the 113th time in a series that dates to a 10-0 Johns Hopkins victory in 1895. Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series 71-40-1. A complete series history can be found on page 21.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Maryland with an all-time record of 955-314-15 (.750). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
Breaking it Down: For the record, Johns Hopkins has now played 1,174 non-conference regular season games, 103 NCAA Tournament games, five conference games and two conference tournament games.
Rematch on Tap: Johns Hopkins improved to 8-3 under head coach Dave Pietramala in post-season rematches against teams it lost to in the regular season with last week’s 16-15 win over Syracuse.
This week’s game against Maryland is also a rematch, but the Blue Jays topped the Terps, 15-12, in the regular season.
In 10 previous instances under Pietramala where the Blue Jays faced a team in the post-season that they had beaten in the regular season, JHU completed the season sweep six times.
Blue Jays Enter on a Roll: Johns Hopkins will carry a seven-game winning streak into this week’s NCAA Semifinal game against Maryland.
Hopkins stood at 4-6 after a 15-12 loss at Ohio State on April 5, but the Blue Jays rallied for five straight wins to earn their way into the NCAA Tournament and then topped Virginia, 19-7, in the first round and Syracuse, 16-15, in the quarterfinals. The seven-game winning streak is the second-longest active streak in the nation.
The longest active winning streaks in the nation: Denver-11, Johns Hopkins-7, Notre Dame-3, Maryland-2
Recapping the First Round: A few notes of interest from the 19-7 win at Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament:
• JHU’s 12-goal margin of victory is the largest ever for an unseeded team against a seeded team in the 45-year history of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.
• JHU’s 12-goal margin of victory is the largest ever for a road team in the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament game.
• JHU’s 12-goal margin of victory is its largest in an NCAA Tournament game since 2005, when Hopkins topped Marist, 22-6, in the first round.
• Hopkins improved to 14-2 all-time in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Recapping the Quarterfinals: A few notes of interest from the 16-15 win against Syracuse in the NCAA Quarterfinals:
• The win snapped a four-game JHU losing streak in the quarterfinals.
• The 16 goals are the most Johns Hopkins has scored in a quarterfinal game since 2005, when the Blue Jays topped UMass, 19-9.
• Hopkins improved to 29-12 all-time in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Unseeded to Championship Weekend: With the 16-15 win against Syracuse in the quarterfinals, the Blue Jays became the 12th unseeded team to make it to Championship Weekend.
Of the 11 previous unseeded teams to make it, seven of those 11 advanced to the championship game. None of those seven went on to win the title.
Below is a look at the 12 unseeded teams to advance to the Final Four.
Six-Loss Semifinalists: In addition to being just the 12th unseeded team to advance to the Final Four, Johns Hopkins is also just the third team to move into the semifinal round with six losses. Washington & Lee was the first team to do this as the Generals turned the trick in 1975 (in an eight-team bracket).
Notre Dame nearly pulled off the greatest run in tournament history as the unseeded Irish entered the 2010 tournament with a 7-6 record before catching fire and advancing to the title game before falling to Duke, 6-5, in overtime.
Against the Number Six Seed: This week’s game against Maryland in the NCAA Semifinals will be Johns Hopkins’ sixth all-time game against a team seeded sixth in the tournament. The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their previous five games against the number six seed.
Another Higher-Ranked Opponent: For the fourth consecutive game and the fifth time in six games, Johns Hopkins will play a higher-ranked team as the 10th-ranked Blue Jays take on seventh-ranked Maryland.
Among the seven straight wins Johns Hopkins has accumulated are victories against third-ranked Maryland, 14th-ranked Ohio State, ninth-ranked Virginia and top-ranked Syracuse.
Blue Jays Win First-Ever Big 10 Tournament: Johns Hopkins earned the first conference title in school history with the 13-6 win over Ohio State on Saturday, May 2 at Maryland. The Big 10 is sponsoring men’s lacrosse for the first time in 2015. JHU shared the regular season title with Maryland, earned the top seed in the tournament via a head-to-head win against the Terps and then topped Penn State and Ohio State in the tournament to claim the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
First Big Ten Season: After playing as an independent from 1883-2014, Johns Hopkins is in its first season as a member of the Big Ten.
Johns Hopkins and the Big Ten announced in June, 2013 that JHU would be the first sport affiliate member in league history. The Big Ten announced on the same day that it would sponsor men’s and women’s lacrosse as championship sports for the first time beginning in 2015.
Pietramala Becomes Hopkins’ Winningest Coach: Dave Pietramala picked up his 159th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with the 16-4 season-opening win against UMBC. In the process, he surpassed Bob Scott as the all-time winningest coach in program history.
Pietramala, who is in his 15th season as the head coach at JHU, now sports a 169-61 record since taking over in 2001.
Scott won 158 games from 1955-74 and guided JHU to seven national championships, including the program’s first NCAA title in 1974. That 17-12 win over Maryland in the 1974 title game was the final game of Scott’s coaching career.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins finished the regular season ranked 10th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 13th in the Cascade/Maverik Media Poll. Maryalnd is ranked seventh in the coaches poll and eighth in the media polls.
Close Calls: Johns Hopkins has played 17 games thus far and 11 of the 17 have been decided by three goals or less and six have been decided by two goals or less.
Johns Hopkins’ six losses have come by a total of just 12 goals with five of the six coming against teams ranked in the top 17 in the final regular season USILA Coaches Poll. In addition, the cumulative record of the six teams that have beaten JHU is 68-31 (.687).
Against Number One: Last week’s game against Syracuse was Johns Hopkins’ 15th under head coach Dave Pietramala against a team ranked number one at the time of the game. With the win, the Blue Jays are 9-6 in 15 games against the nation’s top-ranked team under Pietramala.
An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins is currently averaging 13.12 goals per game, a mark that ranks ninth in the nation. Hopkins has scored 10 or more goals 15 times and 13 or more 11 times.
Hopkins also ranks seventh nationally in assists per game (8.12) and eighth in points per game (21.24).
13+: Johns Hopkins has scored 13 or more goals in each of its last six games as the Blue Jays punched up 16 against Michigan, 15 against Maryland, 14 against Penn State, 13 against Ohio State, a season-high 19 at Virginia and 16 against Syracuse. JHU last scored 13+ in six straight games late in the 2003 season, when the Blue Jays actually did it in seven straight games.
Freshmen Make Immediate Impact: A year ago, freshmen on the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team combined for 28 points on 18 goals and 10 assists in 16 games. In 17 games thus far, the freshmen on this year’s team have combined for 100 points (63 goals, 37 assists).
Defense to Offense: Generating offense outside the traditional six-on-six set can be a huge benefit and the Blue Jays have certainly gotten some of that in recent games. In fact, in the last six games, Johns Hopkins has gotten five goals and six assists from its defensive midfield. Senior LSM Michael Pellegrino (2g, 2a), and senior SSDM Phil Castronova (2g, 2a) each have four points during that time, while junior SSDM Kelton Black (1g) and sophomore SSDM Joe Carlini (2a) have also contributed. The 11 points actually came in a four-game run leading into the NCAA Tournament On the year, this group has combined for six goals and nine assists for 15 points.
Stanwick, Tinney Leading Newcomers: While individual player rankings can always be debated, Shack Stanwick and Joel Tinney were the top two ranked incoming freshmen by Inside Lacrosse entering the 2015 season. To date, they are both living up to the lofty rankings.
Stanwick ranks third on the team in scoring with 27 goals and 23 assists, while Tinney is fourth with 26 goals and 10 assists. They have also combined for 53 ground balls and are shooting a collective 39.0% from the field. Stanwick’s 50 points are the most by a Johns Hopkins freshman since 1992, when Brian Piccola (61) and Terry Riordan (54) both topped the 50-point mark.
The duo combined for eight points against Virginia (4g, 4a) during the regular season, added eight more against the Cavaliers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (6g, 2a) and eight against Syracuse in the NCAA Quarterfinals (5g, 3a). They have teamed for at least four points 12 times in 17 games.
Stanwick 1K: When Covie Stanwick scored twice in Boston College’s 13-5 win over UConn on Saturday, March 14, it left the Stanwick family just three goals shy of 1,000 combined career goals for the first family of Baltimore lacrosse.
Johns Hopkins’ game at Syracuse started an hour later than the Boston College-UConn game and it took until midway through the third quarter for JHU’s Wells and Shack Stanwick to net the three that pushed the family total to an even 1,000.
For the record, it was a Shack Stanwick goal with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter that was 1,000th.
Sharing the Ball: Johns Hopkins earned an assist on 60.2% of its goals last season (129-of-193). This marked just the fourth time since 2003 that Hopkins finished a season with more than 60% of its goals being assisted. The 2003 team assisted on 67.4% of its goals, while the 2004 (64.3%) and 2009 (62.4%) teams also eclipsed the 60% mark. Through 17 games this season, JHU is notching an assist on 61.9% of its goals (138-of-223). In the last eight games, that average is even higher as Hopkins has earned an assist on 81-of-125 goals during that time (64.8%).
Holding Them Down: Johns Hopkins has held the opposition scoreless for 11 minutes or longer 70 different times since the start of the 2013 season. In addition, Johns Hopkins has held the opposition scoreless for 15 minutes or longer 45 different times in 47 games since the start of the 2013 season.
Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins is 36-of-77 (.468) on extra-man this season. JHU’s 36 extra-man goals are tied for second in the nation and the Blue Jays rank ninth in the nation in extra-man percentage.
More Extra: Making the Johns Hopkins extra-man unit as effective as it is are the number of different options the Blue Jays have on the unit. Junior Holden Cattoni leads the team with 11 extra-man goals, while freshman Patrick Fraser counts 10 EM goals to his credit. Ryan Brown (6g, 11a), John Crawley (4g, 4a), Shack Stanwick (5g, 5a) and Wells Stanwick (0g, 10a) are also major contributors to the unit.
Entering this week’s game against Maryland, Cattoni is tied for third in the nation in EM goals, while Fraser is tied for fifth.
Brown Carries Nation’s Longest Goal-Scoring Streak: Junior attackman Ryan Brown will carry a 33-game goal scoring streak into the game against Maryland. The streak is the longest active streak in the nation and the longest by a Johns Hopkins player since Terry Riordan had a school-record 56-game run from 1992-95.
Streaking: In addition to the 33-game goal-scoring streak by junior Ryan Brown, the Blue Jays have another active streak going as senior Wells Stanwick has registered at least one point in 36 straight games, a streak that is tied for the ninth-longest active streak in the nation. Stanwick has 51 goals and 94 assists for 145 points during his 36-game run, which dates to a 15-4 win over Navy on April 20, 2013.
Faceoff by Committee: With new faceoff rules and the wear and tear faceoff specialists take, having a rotation of players that can step in is crucial. Through 17 games, Johns Hopkins has seen four different players contribute here as the Blue Jays have won 238-of-453 (.525) faceoffs on the year and rank 22nd in the nation in team faceoff winning percentage.
Senior Drew Kennedy is 112-of-220 (.509) with a team-high 63 ground balls. Freshman Hunter Moreland has won 100-of-179 (.559) with 39 ground balls, while sophomore Kevin O’Toole has won 16-of-34 (.471) with nine GBs.
Kennedy and Moreland sparked a 24-of-33 (.727) effort against Virginia in the regular season as Kennedy was 14-of-20 with eight GBs, while Moreland won 10-of-13. Moreland also won 8-of-13 at Ohio State and 7-of-12 against Penn State.
Kennedy fueled the 16-9 win over Michigan as he was 18-of-24 (.750) with 11 GBs, while it was Moreland who took the lead in the 15-12 win at third-ranked Maryland as he was 15-of-25 with six ground balls. Moreland was also 10-of-18 with two GBs in the Big Ten Semifinal win over Penn State and 10-of-17 with a career-high nine ground balls against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. He followed that with a 15-of-23 showing against Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
In Overtime: Johns Hopkins is 21-13 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.
Class Act:The 52-man Johns Hopkins roster is balanced in terms breaking down the Blue Jays by class. Hopkins counts 15 freshmen, 13 sophomores, 11 juniors, 12 seniors and one graduate student.
In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked 10th in this week’s USILA Coaches 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.