|Johns Hopkins-Loyola Game Information|
|Game Date/Time||February 18, 2017 / 1 pm|
|Location||Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field|
|Johns Hopkins Game Notes||PDF Version|
|Television||ESPNU (Airs Tape Delay - Feb. 19 • 10 am)|
|Hopkins Lacrosse on Twitter||@jhumenslacrosse|
|Hopkins Lacrosse on Instagram||@jhumenslax|
When Last We Saw Them: Johns Hopkins picked up a pair of wins in a five-day span last week as the Blue Jays topped Navy (15-8) and UMBC (15-5) in the first two games of the season.
In the Polls: Johns Hopkins is ranked fifth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and the Blue Jays also check in at number five in the Maverick Media Poll. Loyola is ranked ninth in both polls this week.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Loyola are meeting for the 54th time in a series that dates to a 20-1 Johns Hopkins win in 1939. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 47-6, although it’s Loyola that has won three straight in the series. Detailed series information can be found on page 11.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Loyola with an all-time record of 965-322-15 (.747). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA ttles for a total of 44 national championships.
In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 32 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 25-7 in those 32 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 two in both polls this week (USILA/Media), while Loyola (9/9) and Navy (17/17) are also among the top 20.
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 Loyola will be the 250th all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team from the Patriot League. Johns Hopkins is 191-57-1 (.769) all-time against current Patriot League schools.
Pietramala Seventh Among Active Coaches in Wins: The win against UMBC was the 202nd in the college coaching career of Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala. Pietramala’s overall record now stands at 202-86 (.701) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 179-69 (.722). Pietramala ranks seventh among active Division I coaches in career victories.
It’s Been a While: Johns Hopkins has scored 15 or more goals in back-to-back games to open a season for the first time since 1995. That year, the Blue Jays scored 15+ in three straight games to open the season.
Just in Case: Johns Hopkins has scored 15 or more goals in back-to-back games. The last time JHU scored 15 or more in three straight games was late in the 2003 season, when the Blue Jays actually scored 17+ goals in four consecutive wins against Canisius (21-5), Navy (17-3), Towson (17-9) and Loyola (17-6). For the record, current Blue Jay offensive coordinator Bobby Benson scored nine goals as a senior attackman for Johns Hopkins during that four-game run.
Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins was 3-for-3 on extra-man chances against Navy and went 2-for-2 in the win against UMBC. Johns Hopkins is currently tied for the national lead in extra-man offense (1.000) and is one of just five teams that are still perfect on EMO chances.
More Extra: The 2017 season is the 11th 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 seven times in 10 full seasons, including each of the last five. Johns Hopkins has finished in the top 10 in the nation in extra-man offense three times in the last five years and in the top 12 in each of those five seasons.
Since 2007, Benson’s first year as Hopkins’ offensive coordinator, Johns Hopkins is 244-of-568 (.430) on extra-man chances.
Streaking: Junior attackman Shack Stanwick will carry a 35-game point-scoring streak into this week’s game against Loyola. He has registered at least one point in every game of his career and his 35-game run is tied for the ninth-longest in the nation.
Blue Jays Flash Deep, Experienced Midfield: 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, juniors 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. Other than Reed getting the start over Supinski in the second game against UMBC, the top nine remained unchanged in the second game.
Entering this week’s game against Loyola, Hopkins’ top nine middies have 15 goals and seven assists this season and for their careers have played in a combined 275 games and have totaled 176 goals and 103 assists among them.
Tinney Nets 30th Career Goal: Junior Joel Tinney, who created an internet and social media buzz with his 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.
He added one goal against UMBC to boost his career totals to 32 goals and 12 assists for 44 points in 20 games played. His 30th career goal (scored against Navy) came in his 19th career game. 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.
Fields Leads Agressive Defense Against Navy: Senior Nick Fields was the lone returning regular among the starting close defensemen and goalie in the season-opening 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). That group remained intact for the game against UMBC, when the Blue Jays held the Retrievers to just five goals and 26 shots.
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.
Defense Off to Quick Start: Johns Hopkins has allowed a total of 13 goals through two games, a mark that is in line with typical Dave Pietramala-coached teams. Since Pietramala took over in 2001 (a span of 17 seasons), Johns Hopkins has allowed 13 or fewer goals through two games eight times and 15 or fewer in all but three seasons (2009, 2014, 2016).
First-Timers: Freshman Cole Williams scored the first goal of his career in the season-opening win against Navy, while Alex Concannon, Forry Smith and Thomas Guida all found the back of the net for the first time in their career against UMBC.
Providing a Spark: Senior Matt Ledwin entered last Saturday’s game against UMBC having won 6-of-11 career faceoffs with three ground balls to his credit.
Against the Retrievers, he took over at the X in the second quarter and finished with a 9-of-12 showing with five ground balls in the 15-5 victory.
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 joined them by playing in their 50th career games when the Blue Jays hosted UMBC last 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 29.4% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (73-of-248).
State Rivalries: Entering this week’s game against Loyola, Johns Hopkins is 74-13 (.851) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland.
In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked fifth 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.
More Polls: Including the most recent USILA Poll, there have been 451 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 446 of those 451 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 405 of the 451 and the top five in 305 of those 451. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973. Below is a breakdown of the Blue Jays in the USILA Coaches Poll since its inception on March 19, 1973:
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