Jan. 22, 2013
Blue Jay Jersey Countdown - #17
As we countdown to '13, a season Blue Jay faithful hope will end with a 10 on the 27th, HopkinsSports.com offers its own countdown ... by jersey number ... to the season-opener against Siena on February 8.
Today - #17
Did You Know: Scott Giardina, who wore #17 during his career, holds the JHU record for most saves in an NCAA Tournament first round game with 21 against Notre Dame in 1992.
Player Spotlight – Phil Kneip
Kneip starred for the Blue Jays on attack from 1966-68 and helped JHU to USILA National Championships in his final two years. Hopkins posted a 26-8 record in his career, including a 21-2 mark in his final two seasons.
Kneip tied for the team-lead in goals as a sophomore with 15 before exploding for a career-high 36 as a junior in 1967. His 36 goals that season were the second-most by a Johns Hopkins player in the 1960s and the most by a Blue Jay between 1963-73.
Kneip earned Second Team All-America honors as a junior and senior and was named to the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team at the end of his career.
Other Notable “17s” in JHU Lacrosse History
Scott Giardina - Giardina earned All-America honors in both of his seasons as a starter in 1991 and 1992 and guided the Blue Jays to the 1992 NCAA Semifinals. He grabbed Honorable Mention All-America honors as a junior and third team honors as a senior, when he also served as a co-captain. At the conclusion of his career, Giardina ranked sixth in school history in career saves (353) and fourth in career save percentage (.588).
Famous “17s” in Other Sports
Dizzy Dean (MLB) – Posted a 150-83 record and compiled a 3.02 career ERA from 1930-47. He helped the St. Louis Cardinals to the 1934 World Series title and landed four All-Star selections.
John Havlicek (NBA) - A member of the Boston Celtics’ dynasty from 1962-78. Helped the Celtics to eight NBA titles and earned 13 selections to the All-Star game. Totaled more than 26,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 6,000 assists. The only player in NBA history to reach those three marks.
Jari Kuri (NHL) – The first Finn inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Kuri scored 601 goals and totaled nearly 1,400 points in a career that also included five Stanley Cup Championships with the Edmonton Oilers.
Note: Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse rosters are generally available back to 1950. In many years after 1950, only an alphabetical list is available. The Blue Jay Jersey Countdown is intended to be an enjoyable way to count down to the 2013 season. It is not intended to rank in any way the players who wore a particular number.