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Johns Hopkins-UMBC Men's Lacrosse Notes

March 8, 2010

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The Game: Johns Hopkins plays its second game in four days and fifth in 19 days as the Blue Jays (3-1) welcome UMBC (1-2) to Homewood Field.  Game time is set for 7 pm.

Last Time Out:  Johns Hopkins had its nine-game regular-season winning streak snapped with an 11-10 overtime loss to Princeton in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic last Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.  UMBC fell to 1-2 with a 12-7 loss at home to fourth-ranked North Carolina on Saturday.

Series History:  Johns Hopkins and UMBC are meeting for the eighth time in a series that dates to a 15-4 Johns Hopkins victory in 1983.  The Blue Jays have won all seven previous meetings, including the five since the series resumed in 2005.  The three games at Homewood Field during that stretch have all been tight.  JHU won 9-6 in 2005, 12-7 in 2006 and 10-8 in 2008.

These are the Facts:  Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against UMBC with an all-time record of 895-284-15 (.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 895-284-15 (.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.

Home(wood) Sweet Home(wood):  Johns Hopkins improved to 63-9 (.875) under Dave Pietramala at Homewood Field with last Sunday’s 8-7 victory over Siena.  Included in those 63 wins are a school and NCAA-record 37-game winning streak from 2001-06.

Streaking:  Johns Hopkins is 85-21 in its last 106 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 101-27 overall since the start of the 2002 season.

State Rivalries:  Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have.  JHU won all six of its games last season against in-state rivals (UMBC, Maryland, Navy, Towson, Mount St. Mary’s, Loyola) and the Blue Jays are 45-2 (.957) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala.  JHU has currently won 22 straight games against teams from Maryland as the Blue Jays last lost a game against an in-state team during the 2006 season (Maryland).

Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against teams from the state of Maryland under Pietramala’s guidance:

Loyola (9-0)

Maryland (7-2)

Mount St. Mary’s (4-0)

Navy (10-0)

Towson (10-0)

UMBC (5-0)

Poll Position:  The Blue Jays are ranked 7th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 7th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.  UMBC is not ranked in the USILA Poll and checks in at number 19 in the Nike/IL Media 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 361 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973.  Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in all 361 of those polls.  The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 349 of those 361 polls.

Poll Notes:  In some years a preseason poll was not conducted • In some years a preseason poll was conducted, but the second poll of that season may have been held until after several weeks of the season passed •  In some years a poll was conducted after the NCAA Tournament.

A Brutal Stretch:  Last Saturday’s game against then seventh-ranked Princeton began a stretch that will see JHU play five of six games against teams ranked in the top 10.  Beginning this Saturday, the Blue Jays will play 10th-ranked Hofstra, second-ranked Syracuse, top-ranked Virginia and fourt-ranked North Carolina between now and April 3.

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 a 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:

•  The 47 goals Johns Hopkins has scored are the most in the first four games of a season by the Blue Jays since 2004, when JHU scored 54 in the first four games.

•  JHU ranks 17th in the nation in scoring (11.75).

•  JHU scored 14 or more goals in the first two games of a season (14 vs. Manhattan / 15 vs. Delaware) for the first time since 1995, when the Blue Jays scored 14 or more in each of the first five games of the year.

•  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).

•  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.

•  JHU has picked up right where it left off last season in terms of shooting percentage as JHU has scored 47 goals on 129 shots (.364) in four games this season.  Johns Hopkins currently ranks sixth in the nation in shooting percentage.

Defensive Notes of Interest:

•  Johns Hopkins has allowed just 28 goals in the first four games.  The Blue Jays rank fifth in the nation in scoring defense (7.0).  The 28 goals allowed are the fewest through four games of a season since 2007, when JHU also allowed just 28 over that period.

•  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.

•  JHU has held the opposition scoreless for a stretch of 10 minutes or longer nine times in four games this season.  Each opponent has also been held scoreless for a stretch of at least 11:45.

•  Since the start of the 2007 season the Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for a streak of 14 minutes or longer 51 times.  JHU turned this trick 10 times last season and has already done it four times this season.

•  JHU has held 24 of its last 40 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:  Despite the 11-10 loss to Princeton, Johns Hopkins is still 36-12 in one-goal games since Dave Pietramala took over in 2001.  The Blue Jays have won 23 of their last 31 and 27 of their last 36 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 19 times during their last 23 one-goal wins.  In 12 of those 19 come-from-behind one-goal wins the Blue Jays came back from a deficit of two goals or more.

Extra, Extra:  With the 11-10 loss to Princeton, Johns Hopkins is now 16-7 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala’s guidance and won nine straight overtime games from 2004 through 2007.  The Blue Jays had won three straight overtime games before dropping the game to Princeton.

Kimmel Joins Elite Club:  Senior Michael Kimmel has developed into one of the most complete midfielders in the nation and is a member of an exclusive club at Johns Hopkins, one which counts just three members.  With his 45 points last season, Kimmel became 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 120 career points (63g, 57a).

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).

Kimmel ranks second on the team in scoring through four games (7g, 7a) and will carry a 26-game scoring streak into Tuesday’s game against UMBC.  The streak is the fourth-longest in the nation and the longest by a midfielder.  He counts 36 goals and 39 assists to his credit during the streak.

Additional information, including player notes of interest, included in PDF version.