Feb. 27, 2008
Setting the Scene: Johns Hopkins and and Princeton meet in game two of the 2008 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. The Blue Jays and Tigers are meeting for the 78th time in a series that dates to a 3-2 Princeton win in 1890. Syracuse and Virginia will play in the first game of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at noon with the JHU-Princeton game to follow at approximately 2:30 pm (no less than 30 minutes after the conclusion of the SU-UVA game).
Looking Back: Johns Hopkins ran its winning streak to 10 games with a 10-5 win over 11th-ranked Albany last Saturday at Homewood Field. The Tigers opened the 2008 season with a 13-6 win over Canisius at home last Saturday.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game an all-time record of 872-272-15 (.759). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 championships.
Yes, That's 600 Games Over .500: Last week's win against Albany improved the Blue Jays' all-time record to 872-272-15 ... that's 600 games over .500. To put this in perspective: JHU has played an average of just under 15 games per season under head coach Dave Pietramala. Using a 15-game season as a reference, it would take 120 straight seasons of the Blue Jays posting a 5-10 record for Johns Hopkins' all-time record to even out at 1,472-1,472-15.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins sits atop the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll and this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Princeton is ranked ninth in the coaches poll and fifth in the media poll.
As Number One: Last week's game against Albany was the 50th the Blue Jays have played under head coach Dave Pietramala as the top-ranked team in the nation. The Blue Jays improved to 43-7 (.860) under Pietramala when playing with the number-one ranking. In the five years prior to Pietramala taking over in 2001 (1996-2001), JHU played exactly one game as the top ranked team in the nation.
125th Anniversary: The 2008 season marks the 125th anniversary of the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse program. The Blue Jays are wearing commemorative patches on their uniforms for the 125th anniversary of the program (it is NOT the 125th season) and the logo is being used in a variety of printed pieces to promote the anniversary.
Check the Calendar: Last week's game against Albany was the earliest game in the history of the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse program. Previously, the earliest date the Blue Jays had played a game was February 24 (last season).
For Openers: With last week's win over Albany, Johns Hopkins is now 6-2 in season-openers under head coach Dave Pietramala.
Program Ties: Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala was recruited to play at Johns Hopkins by current Princeton head coach Bill Tierney while Tierney was an assistant coach at JHU (1985-87). Pietramala played for two seasons under Tierney before he left to take the head job at Princeton. Current JHU associate head coach Bill Dwan was also recuited to play at JHU by Tierney (Tierney left for Princeton during the summer before Dwan arrived at Homewood).
More Program Ties: Current Princeton assistant coach Greg Raymond was a senior captain on the Blue Jays' 2005 undefeated NCAA Championship team. He posted a perfect 4.0 GPA during the spring of 2005.
One-Goal Turnarounds: The 12-11 win over Duke in the 2007 NCAA Championship game improved Hopkins' recent run of success in one-goal games as JHU is 30-6 in one-goal games under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays have won 17 of their last 19 and 21 of their last 24 one-goal games. In the five seasons prior to Pietramala arriving (1996-2000) the Blue Jays were 5-8 in one-goal games.
More One-Goal Notes: The Blue Jays have come from behind to win 14 times during their last 17 one-goal wins. In 10 of those 14 come-from-behind one-goal wins the Blue Jays have come back from a deficit of two goals or more. The latest of these come-from-behind one-goal wins came against Notre Dame, when the Blue Jays erased a 4-1 second-quarter deficit.
In Case We Go Extra: In addition to the Blue Jays' success in one-goal games under head coach Dave Pietramala, Johns Hopkins has also enjoyed a favorable run in overtime games. The Blue Jays have currently won nine straight overtime games dating back to a 10-9 win at Navy in 2004. JHU is 13-2 all-time in overtime under Pietramala's guidance, including an impressive 6-1 in overtime games played on the road.
Comeback Kids: The Blue Jays trailed - albeit briefly- last week vs. Albany and Johns Hopkins came from behind to win eight times last season, including six times during the season-ending nine-game winning streak. JHU trailed in its first two NCAA Tournament games, but never trailed during the Final Four.
Streaking: Johns Hopkins is 66-11 in its last 77 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 78-15 overall since the start of the 2002 season.
Win Streaks Under Petro: Johns Hopkins ended the 2007season with a nine-game winning streak and pushed the streak to 10 in a row with the win over Albany last week. The 10-game winning streak is the fifth wining streak of eight games or longer under head coach Dave Pietramala.
At M&T Bank Stadium: This week's game against Princeton will be the seventh Johns Hopkins has played at M&T Bank Stadium. The Blue Jays are 4-2 all-time at the home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. JHU won all three of its games at M&T last season, including a 7-6 double-overtime win against Princeon in the Face-Off Classic and a 12-11 win against Duke in the NCAA Championship game.
A Defensive Group: Johns Hopkins held all 17 of its opponents scoreless for a span of least 9:32 last season and held the opposition scoreless for a span of 10:45 or longer 23 times during the 2007 season. JHU held Albany scoreless for a streak of 27:03 during last week's 10-5 win. The streak of over 27 scoreless minutes for the Great Danes marks the seventh time since the start of the 2007 season that Hopkins has held an opponent scoreless for 25 minutes or longer.
More Defensive: Albany scored its first goal just 36 seconds into last week's game against JHU. The Great Danes scored exactly one more goal in the next 41:21.
A Final Defensive: Johns Hopkins has not allowed more than nine goals in a season-opener under head coach Dave Pietramala and the Blue Jays have now held seven of eight season-opening opponents to eight goals or less on Pietramala's watch.
6-6-6: Princeton has scored exactly six goals in each of its last three games against Johns Hopkins, has not scored more than eight against the Blue Jays in the last five meetings and has posted more than eight goals against JHU just once in the eight games between the two teams since Dave Pietramala took over in 2001.
What Was Lost: A small, but underrated, senior class guided JHU through the 2007 season to the national championship and will be hard to replace. Attackman Jake Byrne (30g, 7a), midfielder Drew Dabrowski (3g, 1a), goalie Jesse Schwartzman (8.08 GAA, .572 save %), long stick midfielder Brendan Skakandi (25 GBs) and versatile Jamison Koesterer (81 faceoffs won, 35 GBs) all completed their eligibility last season.
Kevin and Dave Huntley Make History: When Johns Hopkins slipped past Duke, 12-11, for the national championship last spring, there were plenty of members of the Huntley family in high spirits. After all, then junior attackman Kevin Huntley scored three times in the title game and punched home what proved to be the game-winning goal with 3:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. The national championship is the second for the Blue Jays since Huntley arrived in 2005.
A little research reveals that Huntley's game-winner also lifted he and his father, Dave, into the record books. Dave Huntley was a standout midfielder for Johns Hopkins from 1976-79 and was a member of the Blue Jays' 1978 and 1979 NCAA Championship teams.
It is believed that Dave and Kevin Huntley are the first father and son to win multiple NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championships as players. There are sets of brothers who have won multiple titles (Gary and Paul Gait) and fathers who have coached their sons to championships (Henry Ciccarone, Bill Tierney), but Dave and Kevin Huntley are the only father and son in the history of the sport to each win more than one NCAA Division I title as players.
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