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Johns Hopkins-North Carolina Men's Lacrosse Notes

Feb. 22, 2018

Johns Hopkins-North Carolina Game Information
Game Date/Time February 23, 2018 / 5 pm
Location Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field
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When Last We Saw Them:
Johns Hopkins dropped a 12-5 decision at Loyola Maryland last Saturday; the Blue Jays slipped to 1-1 with the loss to the Greyhounds.

In the Polls: Johns Hopkins and North Carolina both enter this week’s game ranked in the top 15 in the nation in both major Division I men’s lacrosse polls. The Blue Jays are ranked 13th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 14th in the Maverik Media Poll, while the Tar Heels are ranked 12th (USILA) and 12th (Media Poll).

Series History: Johns Hopkins and North Carolina are meeting for the 47th time in a series that dates to a 16-9 Johns Hopkins victory in 1977. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 25-21 and grabbed a 13-5 victory in Chapel Hill last season.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against North Carolina with an all-time record of 972-330-15 (.744). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just 36 all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 28-8 in those 36 games. The Blue Jays won all four of their games in the month of February in 2017 and have won five of six February games since the start of the 2017 season.

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 in 2017 - 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.

Against the ACC: This week’s game against North Carolina will be the 219th all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team currently in the ACC. Johns Hopkins is 130-86-2 (.601) all-time against current ACC schools. Note that not all of these games were played against teams while they were a member of the ACC.

Duke (12-7)
North Carolina (25-21)
Notre Dame (4-1)
Syracuse (29-26-1)
Virginia (60-31-1)

Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins converted on all three of its extra-man chances in the 14-6 season-opening victory against Towson before an 0-for-5 showing against Loyola. The Blue Jays got EMO goals from Patrick Fraser, Joel Tinney and Kyle Marr in the win against the Tigers.

More 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.

Still 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 269-of-612 (.440) on extra-man chances.

Stanwick Among Career Leaders: With 76 goals and 84 assists for 160 points to his credit, senior attackman Shack Stanwick enters this week’s game ranked 11th in school history in assists and tied for 19th in school history in points. With four more goals, he’ll become just the eighth player in school history with 80 career goals and 80 career assists.

Tinney One Shy of 50: Senior midfielder Joel Tinney enters this week’s game against North Carolina just one goal shy of 50 for his career. He totaled two goals and two assists for four points in the season-opening win against Towson, added one assist at Loyola and now has career totals of 49 goals and 22 assists for 71 points.
The 2017 Second Team USILA All-American has started all 35 games in his career and also has 75 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers.

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