|Johns Hopkins-UMBC Game Information|
|Game Date/Time||February 11, 2017 / 1 pm|
|Location||Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field|
|Johns Hopkins Game Notes||PDF Version|
|Television||ESPNU (Airs Tape Delay - Feb. 12 • 10 am)|
|Hopkins Lacrosse on Twitter||@jhumenslacrosse|
|Hopkins Lacrosse on Instagram||@jhumenslax|
When Last We Saw Them: Johns Hopkins opened the season on Tuesday, February 7 with an impressive 15-8 win over 10th-ranked Navy. The Blue Jays used an 8-1 game-ending run to break a 7-7 tie and fuel the victory.
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. UMBC is not ranked in either poll.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and UMBC are meeting for the 15th time in a series that dates to a 15-4 Johns Hopkins win in 1983. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 14-0 and won the last meeting, 19-7, in 2016. Detailed series information can be found on page nine .
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against UMBC with an all-time record of 964-322-15 (.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 improved to 15-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season openers with the win against Navy and the Blue Jays have currently won nine straight season openers.
In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 31 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 24-7 in those 31 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 America East: This week’s game against UMBC will be the 30th all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team currently in the America East Conference. Johns Hopkins is 27-2 (.931) all-time against current America East schools with all but two of those games coming against UMBC and Albany. Note that not all of these games were played against teams while they were a member of the America East.
Stony Brook (1-0)
Pietramala Seventh Among Active Coaches in Wins: The win against Navy was the 201st in the college coaching career of Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala. Pietramala’s overall record now stands at 201-86 (.700) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 178-69 (.721). Pietramala ranks seventh among active Division I coaches in career victories.
Streaking: Junior attackman Shack Stanwick will carry a 34-game point-scoring streak into this week’s game against UMBC. He has registered at least one point in every game of his career and his 34-game run is tied for the 13th-longest in the nation entering the 2017 season.
Blue Jays Flash Deep, Experienced Midfield Against Navy: 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.
Fast forward to 2017 and the return of the “lost four” coupled with an experienced group of other returning players gives offensive coordinator Bobby Benson a number of different options here.
In the season-opener against Navy, junior Joel Tinney (3g, 2a) and Patrick Fraser (3g) started on the first line with sophomore Drew Supinski. Senior John Crawley (2g, 2a) started on attack, but played significant time at midfield and others in the the nine-deep rotation included seniors Cody Radziewicz, Connor Reed and Kieran Eissler (1g), junior Brinton Valis and sophomore Alex Concannon.
Entering this week’s game against UMBC, Hopkins’ top nine middies have played in a combined 266 games and have totaled 170 goals and 100 assists among them.
Tinney Nets 30th Career Goal: Junior Joel Tinney, who created an internet and social media buzz with is hidden ball goal in the season-opening win against Navy, scored his 29th, 30th and 31st career goals and added two assists against Navy to match his personal best for goals (3), assists (2) and points (5) in a game.
His effort against the Midshipmen boosted his career totals to 31 goals and 12 assists for 43 points in 19 games played.
How rare is it for a Johns Hopkins midfielder to reach 30 career goals in 19 games? Consider that in head coach Dave Pietrmala’s 17-year tenure at Homewood, that’s the quickest a Blue Jay midfielder has gotten there.
Here’s a look at some other notable Blue Jay midfielders and when they scored their 30th career goal since Pietramala took over (2001-present):
Joel Tinney (Active) - 30th career goal in 19th career game
Paul Rabil (2005-08) - 30th career goal in 21st career game
Kyle Harrison (2002-05) - 30th career goal in 29th career game
Michael Kimmel (2007-10) - 30th career goal in 29th career game
Fields Leads Agressive Defense Against Navy: Senior Nick Fields was the lone returning regular among the starting close defensemen and goalie in Tuesday’s win over Navy. He totaled three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the victory and earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts. With Fields leading the way, Johns Hopkins held the Midshipmen to just three goals in the second half and only one in the final 24 minutes.
Joining Fields in the starting lineup were close defensemen Trevor Koelsch (1 GB) and Jack Rapine (3 GBs, 3 CTs) and goalie Gerald Logan (8 saves, 8 GA in 58:44).
More Aggressive: The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office first began tracking caused turnovers in 2009. Since then, there have been eight instances where the Blue Jays have caused 10 or more turnovers in a game.
The 12 caused turnovers for Johns Hopkins against Navy in the season opener matched the school single-game record, which was originally set against Siena in 2009 and equalled against Maryland in 2014.
A Half Century: Senior midfielders John Crawley and Joe Carlini played in their 50th career games when the Blue Jays hosted Navy in the season opener. Senior defenseman Nick Fields and senior midfielder Cody Radziewicz are expeted to play in their 50th career game when the Blue Jays host UMBC on Saturday. 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 29.6% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (73-of-247).
State Rivalries: Entering this week’s game against UMBC, Johns Hopkins is 73-13 (.849) 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.
Mount St. Mary’s (6-0)
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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