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Johns Hopkins-Towson Men's Lacrosse Notes

Johns Hopkins welcomes Towson to Homewood Field on Saturday, February 10 (6 pm) for the 2018 season opener.
Feb. 8, 2018

Johns Hopkins-Towson Game Information
Game Date/Time February 10, 2018 / 6 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 2017 NCAA Tournament, where the Blue Jays fell to Duke in the first round.

In the Polls: A total of four preseason men’s lacrosse polls were issued prior to the start of the 2018 season; Johns Hopkins was ranked between 11th and 13th in each of the four. Towson is also ranked in the top 15 in of each of those polls.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Towson are meeting for the 46th time in a series that dates to a 15-8 Johns Hopkins victory in 1976. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 40-5. Detailed series information can be found on page nine.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Towson with an all-time record of 971-329-15 (.744). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

For Openers: Johns Hopkins is 15-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season openers and has currently won nine straight season openers.

More Openers: Johns Hopkins is 15-2 under head coach Dave Pietramla in its first home game of a season. The Blue Jays’ only two losses in their home openers under Pietramala came in 2007 (Albany, 8-7 in OT) and 2016 (North Carolina, 15-11).

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 34 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 27-7 in those 34 games. The Blue Jays won all four of their games in the month of February in 2017.

Quite a Start: 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 Towson (2017 NCAA Semifinals), Loyola (2017 NCAA First Round - 2016 NCAA Semifinals) and North Carolina (2017 NCAA First Round - 2016 National Champion). Those three teams combined to post a 30-19 (.612) record last season.

The Nation’s Toughest Schedule: The perception of which team plays the nation’s toughest schedule may be in the eye of the beholder, but a case can certainly be made that in 2018 that team is Johns Hopkins. Consider:

• The Blue Jays’ 13 regular-season opponents combined to post a 135-73 (.649) record in 2017.
• Johns Hopkins will play three teams that advanced to at least the NCAA Semifinals last season and seven that played in the NCAA Tournament.
• On JHU’s schedule in 2018 - but not even included among the teams that played in the NCAAs - are Princeton (9-6 in 2017), Rutgers (10-4) and Virginia (8-7).
• Hopkins will play just two teams that had a losing record in 2017 (UMBC, Delaware) and those two teams still combined for a 13-16 record.

A Difficult Road: Johns Hopkins will play six of its 13 regular season games away from Homewood Field in 2018. The Blue Jays’ six road opponents combined to post a remarkable 61-30 (.670) last season. Take away each of those teams’ game against Johns Hopkins, and they were a combined 60-25 (.705).

Against the CAA: This week’s game against Towson will be the 85th all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team from the CAA. Johns Hopkins is 74-10 (.881) all-time against CAA schools with 45 of the first 84 games played against the league coming against Towson. Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against current CAA opponents:

Delaware (9-0)
Drexel (1-0)
Fairfield (0-0)
Hofstra (19-5)
Massachusetts (5-0)
Towson (40-5)

State Rivalries: Entering the 2018 season, Johns Hopkins is 75-15 (.833) 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 (13-3)
Maryland (11-8)
Mount St. Mary’s (6-0)
Navy (16-2)
Towson (16-2)
UMBC (13-0)

One-Two-Three: Johns Hopkins returns its top three scorers from last season as senior attackman Shack Stanwick (26g, 21a), junior attackman Kyle Marr (25g, 20a) and senior midfielder Joel Tinney (19g, 9a) all return. This is the first time since 2010 that Johns Hopkins returns its top three scorers from the previous year. In 2010, JHU returned Chris Boland, Kyle Wharton and Michael Kimmel after they finished first, second and third on the team in scoring in 2009. For the record, Boland played just two games in 2010 before suffering a season-ending injury.

Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins led the nation and set a school record for extra-man percentage by converting on 26-of-43 (.605) EMO chances last season.

More Extra: The 2018 season is the 12th for Bobby Benson as the Blue Jays’ offensive coordinator. Since he took over, the Johns Hopkins extra-man offense has converted on 40% or more of its EMO chances eight times in 11 seasons, including each of the last six. Johns Hopkins has finished in the top 10 in the nation in extra-man offense four times in the last six years and in the top 12 in each of those six seasons. Since 2007, Benson’s first year as Hopkins’ offensive coordinator, Johns Hopkins is 266-of-604 (.440) on extra-man chances.

Stanwick Among Career Leaders: With 74 goals and 82 assists for 156 points to his credit, senior attackman Shack Stanwick enters his final season tied for 11th in school history in assists and ranked 22nd in school history in points. With six more goals, he’ll become just the seventh player in school history with 80 career goals and 80 career assists.

Streaking: Senior attackman Shack Stanwick will carry a 48-game point-scoring streak into the 2018 season. He has registered at least one point in every game of his career and his 48-game run is the third-longest active streak in the nation entering the season. He has totaled 74 goals and 82 assists for 156 points during his run.

Marr Notches 25-20: Junior attackman Kyle Marr finished second on the team in scoring with 25 goals and 20 assists for 45 points last season. The Honorable Mention USILA All-American had a season-opening 12-game point-scoring streak, registered 11 multi-point, six multi-goal and five multi-assist games in 2017.

Tinney Three Shy of 50: Senior midfielder Joel Tinney enters his final season just three goals shy of 50 for his career. After a 28-goal, 10-assist effort as a freshman and a 19-goal, nine-assist encore last season, he has career totals of 47 goals and 19 assists for 66 points. He has started all 33 games in his career and also has 71 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers.

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