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Johns Hopkins-Navy Men's Lacrosse Notes

The eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team will host 10th-ranked Navy in the season-opener for both teams on Tuesday afternoon.
Feb. 6, 2017

Johns Hopkins-Navy Game Information
Game Date/Time February 7, 2017 / 5 pm
Location Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field
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When Last We Saw Them: Johns Hopkins posted an 8-7 record and advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, where the Blue Jays fell to eventual national semifinalist Brown in the first round.

In the Polls: Johns Hopkins is tied for eighth (with Yale) in the 2017 Preseason USILA Coaches Poll. The Blue Jays are also ranked ninth in the Preseason Maverick Media Poll.

After last season’s run to the NCAA Quarterfinals, Navy is just behind Johns Hopkins in both polls as the Midshipmen are ranked 10th by the coaches and 11th by the media.

Blue Jays 2nd in B1G Poll: In addition to drawing a pair of preseason top 10 national rankings, Johns Hopkins also checked in at number two in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches Poll. Maryland, which won the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles a year ago, was the unanimous pick at the top of the poll.

2017 Preseason Big Ten Coaches Poll
1. Maryland
2. Johns Hopkins
3. Penn State
4T. Ohio State
4T. Rutgers
6. Michigan

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Navy are meeting for the 90th time in a series that dates to a 6-1 Johns Hopkins victory in 1908. JHU leads the series 61-27-1 - Detailed series information can be found on page eight.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Navy with an all-time record of 963-322-15 (.747). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA ttles for a total of 44 national championships.

For Openers: Johns Hopkins is 14-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season openers and has currently won eight straight season openers.

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 30 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 23-7 in those 30 games.

Top This: It’s possible that a team has a more difficult opening slate of games than Johns Hopkins, but we’d like to see that before deciding. Before the calendar flips to March, the Blue Jays will play defending national champion North Carolina, 2016 NCAA Semifinalist Loyola and 2016 NCAA Quarterfinalist Navy, which fell just one goal short of the final four a year ago. UNC is ranked number one in both preseason polls (USILA/Media), while Loyola (5/6) and Navy (10/11) are also among the top 11.

It Stretches Into March: After playing three teams that advanced to at least the NCAA Quarterfinals before the end of February, the Blue Jays will add two more (Towson, Syracuse) in the first three games in March. In all, Johns Hopkins will play six of the eight teams that advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals last season (Navy, Loyola, North Carolina, Towson, Syracuse, Maryland).

Hopkins Only Team to Play Three From 2016 Final Four: Johns Hopkins is the only team in the nation that will play three teams that advanced to the 2016 Final Four. The Blue Jays will play NCAA Semifinalist Loyola on February 18 and defending national champion North Carolina a week later in Chapel Hill. Johns Hopkins will then close the regular season at defending national runner-up Maryland on April 29 to make JHU the only team with three of last year’s final four teams on its 2017 schedule.

Opponents Won Nearly 61 Percent of Games in 2016: Johns Hopkins’ 13 regular season opponents this year posted a combined record of 127-82 (.608) last season. Seven of JHU’s 13 opponents won 11 or more games a year ago.

Against the Patriot League: This week’s game against Navy will be the 249th all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team from the Patriot League. Johns Hopkins is 190-57-1 (.768) all-time against current Patriot League schools. Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against Patriot League opponents:

Army (56-13) 
Boston University (0-0) 
Bucknell (0-0) 
Colgate (0-0) 
Holy Cross (0-0) 
Lafayette (2-0) 
Lehigh (24-11) 
Loyola (47-6)
Navy (61-27-1)

That’s 200: The win against Michigan last April was the 200th in the college coaching career of Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala. Pietramala’s overall record now stands at 200-86 (.699) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 177-69 (.720). He ranks seventh among active Division I coaches in career victories.

Deep, Experienced Midfield Returns: It was no secret a year ago that the Blue Jay midfield took some heavy losses in personnel as three of the top seven midfielders didn’t make it the second game of the year and another was lost for the year in the eighth game.

While the losses were difficult on the team in 2016, all four of those players are back this season and the result is a talented midfield unti that may be the deepest in the nation. No fewer than nine players are expected to see time in the regular rotation and that doesn’t include an attackman or two that could come through the box.

How experienced is that group of nine? Entering the 2017 season, Hopkins’ projected top nine middies have played in a combined 257 games and have totaled 161 goals and 96 assists among them.

A Half Century: Senior midfielders John Crawley and Joe Carlini are expected to play in their 50th career games when the Blue Jays host Navy. The JHU record for career games played is 64, set by Paul Rabil (2005-08) and matched by Michael Kimmel (2007-10).

In Overtime: With the 12-11 win at Penn State last April, Johns Hopkins is 24-14 (.632) all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays were 3-1 in overtime last season and have won four of their last five overtime games.

One Goal Games: With the 12-11 win at Penn State last April, Johns Hopkins is 49-24 (.671) in one-goal games under head coach Dave Pietramala.

More One Goal Games: Johns Hopkins has played 73 games that have been decided by one goal since head coach Dave Pietramala took over in 2001. The 73 games represent 29.7% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (73-of-246).

State Rivalries: Entering the 2017 season, Johns Hopkins is 72-13 (.847) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland. Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against teams from Maryland under Pietramala.

Loyola (12-3) 
Maryland (11-7) 
Mount St. Mary’s (6-0) 
Navy (15-2)
Towson (16-1)
UMBC (12-0)

In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked eighth in the Preseason 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.

More Polls: Including the most recent USILA Poll, there have been 450 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 445 of those 450 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 404 of the 450 and the top five in 304 of those 450. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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