Feb. 26, 2010
The Game: Johns Hopkins plays the third of three straight home games to open the season as the Blue Jays welcome Siena to Homewood Field. Game time is set for noon on Sunday, February 28.
Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins improved to 2-0 with a 15-7 win over 13th-ranked Delaware last Tuesday. Siena dropped a 21-14 decision at Stony Brook in its season-opener on Saturday, February 20.
Series History: This week's game will be just the second meeting between the Blue Jays and the Saints. Johns Hopkins picked up an 11-3 win against Siena in the season-opener for both teams last season.
JHU vs. the MAAC: This week's game against Siena will be JHU's 10th against a team that currently competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Blue Jays are 9-0 all-time against MAAC teams with four of those nine wins coming against Mount St. Mary's. JHU has single wins against Siena, Marist, Canisius, St. Joe's and Manhattan.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game against Siena with an all-time record of 894-283-15 (.756). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
That's 611 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays' all-time record is now 894-283-15 (.756) ... that's 611 games over .500. To put this in perspective: JHU has played an average of just over 15 games per season under head coach Dave Pietramala. Using a 15-game season as a reference, if the Blue Jays posted a 5-10 record for 120 straight seasons, they would still be 11 games over .500.
In February: Johns Hopkins has played just nine all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 6-3 in those nine games. Eight of the nine games have been played at Homewood Field. The other was played at M&T Bank Stadium in the 2009 Face-Off Classic against Princeton.
Home(wood) Sweet Home(wood): Johns Hopkins improved to 62-9 (.873) under Dave Pietramala at Homewood Field with last Tuesday's 15-7 victory over Delaware. Included in those 62 wins are a school and NCAA-record 37-game winning streak from 2001-06.
Streaking: Johns Hopkins is 84-20 in its last 104 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 100-26 overall since the start of the 2002 season.
Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked fifth in this week's USILA Coaches Poll and fourth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Siena is not ranked in either poll. The Johns Hopkins Sports Information Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU's official ranking at the time of a game.
More Poll Position: Including this week's USILA Poll, there have been 359 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in all 359 of those polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 347 of those 359 polls.
Two Freshmen Gain Starts in Season-Opener: JHU freshmen Tucker Durkin (D) and Zach Palmer (M) both started in the season-opener against Manhattan. Durkin is the first freshman defenseman to start at season-opener for the Blue Jays since Matt Drenan in 2006, while Palmer is the first rookie midfielder to start a season-opener for JHU since Mark Bryan in 2006.
In all, 10 members of JHU's top-ranked freshman class saw action in the season-opener and nine played in the win over Delaware.
Offensive Notes of Interest:
JHU has scored 14 or more goals in back-to-back games for the first time since beating Marist (22-6) and UMass (19-9) in the first two rounds of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
JHU has scored 14 or more goals in the first two games of a season since 1995, when the Blue Jays scored 14 or more in each of the first five games of the year.
The 14 goals JHU scored against Manhattan are the most in a season-opener by the Blue Jays since 1995, when they knocked off Princeton 15-14.
The 11-goal margin of victory for JHU against Manhattan is the largest for the Blue Jays since a 12-1 win over Mount St. Mary's on April 28, 2008.
The 11-goal margin of victory for JHU against Manhattan is the largest for the Blue Jays in a season-opener since 1983, when JHU knocked off UMBC 15-4.
Johns Hopkins finished the 2009 season ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense (11.53), seventh in the nation in points per game (18.73) and fourth in assists per game (7.2). This is the highest Johns Hopkins has finished in scoring offense since 2005, when the Blue Jays placed sixth.
The 11.53 goals per game the Blue Jays averaged last season are the most for JHU since 2005 (11.63).
JHU has scored in double figures 32 times in its last 40 games and is averaging 11.33 goals per game during that time (453 goals in 40 games).
The Blue Jays scored 173 goals on 529 shots last season for a shooting percentage of .329 - the highest during Dave Pietramala's tenure as the head coach at Homewood. Prior to last season The last time JHU connected on better than 32% of its shots was in 1993 (211-of-607 /.348).
JHU has picked up right where it left off last season in terms of shooting percentage as JHU has scored 29 goals on 74 shots (.392) in two games this season.
Defensive Notes of Interest:
JHU held Manhattan scoreless for the first 53:12. This is the longest the Blue Jays have held an opponent scoreless in one game in the Dave Pietramala era. The previous long was 49:11 against Mount St. Mary's in 2008.
The Blue Jays held Delaware scoreless for 10:22 to open the game, 18:03 at one stretch duirng the middle of the game and 13:06 late in the game.
Since the start of the 2007 season the Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for a streak of 14 minutes or longer 49 times. JHU turned this trick 10 times last season.
JHU has held 24 of their last 38 opponents scoreless for a stretch of at least 18 minutes.
Hopkins has held the opposition scoreless for 25 minutes or longer 15 times since the start of the 2007 season.
One-Goal Turnarounds: With the 12-11 overtime win against Brown in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Johns Hopkins is now 35-11 in one-goal games since Dave Pietramala took over in 2001. The Blue Jays have won 22 of their last 29 and 26 of their last 34 one-goal games. In the nine seasons prior to Pietramala arriving (1992-2000) the Blue Jays were 12-10 in one-goal games.
More One-Goal Notes: The Blue Jays have come from behind to win 18 times during their last 22 one-goal wins. In 12 of those 18 come-from-behind one-goal wins the Blue Jays came back from a deficit of two goals or more. The latest of these come-from-behind one-goal wins came last season against Loyola, when the Blue Jays trailed 7-5 in the third quarter. JHU also erased a pair of four-goal deficits in the 11-10 (2OT) win at Towson a year ago.
Extra, Extra: JHU is 16-6 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala's guidance and won nine straight overtime games from 2004 through 2007 before dropping three straight games in OT in 2008 and one early last year at North Carolina.
Kimmel Joins Elite Club: Junior Michael Kimmel enjoyed the finest season of his career and one of the finest seasons by a midfielder in the nation last season.
Kimmel tied for second on the team in points (45), led the team with a career-high 25 assists and finished fifth on the team in goals (20). He also ranked fourth on the team in ground balls (32), totaled two or more points in 13 of 15 games and had 23 points in his last seven games (9g, 14a).
With his late surge, Kimmel joined an exclusive club at Johns Hopkins, one which counts just three members. With his 45 points last season, Kimmel is just the third midfielder in school history to total 30 or more points as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He joins four-time First Team All-American Del Dressel and three-time First Team All-American Paul Rabil as the only middies in JHU history to turn this trick. Kimmel currently has 115 career points (60g, 55a).
In additon to the above, Kimmel is just the fourth Johns Hopkins player in the last 15 years to total 20 or more goals and 25 or more assists in one season (Rabil-2007, Kevin Boland-2003, Dan Denihan-1999 & 2000).
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