|Johns Hopkins-Towson Game Information|
|Game Date/Time||March 11, 2017 / 12 pm|
|Location||Towson, MD • Johnny Unitas Stadium|
|Johns Hopkins Game Notes||PDF Version|
|Hopkins Lacrosse on Twitter||@jhumenslacrosse|
|Hopkins Lacrosse on Instagram||@jhumenslax|
When Last We Saw Them: Johns Hopkins had its season-opening four-game winning streak snapped as the Blue Jays fell at Princeton, 18-7, last Friday.
In the Polls: Johns Hopkins is ranked sixth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and seventh in the Maverik Media Poll. Towson checks in at number 17 in the USILA Coaches Poll and is tied for 16th in the Maverik Media Poll.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Towson are meeting for the 45th time in a series that dates to a 15-8 Johns Hopkins victory in 1976. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 40-4. Detailed series information can be found on page 11.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Towson with an all-time record of 967-323-15 (.747). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
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 flipped to March, the Blue Jays played 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.
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 played NCAA Semifinalist Loyola on February 18 and defending national champion North Carolina a week later in Chapel Hill. Johns Hopkins will 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.
Toughest Remaining Schedule: Through games of March 8, Johns Hopkins’ eight remaining regular season opponents have a combined record of 37-6 (.860), which gives the Blue Jays the toughtest remaining regular season schedule in the nation. Only two other teams in the nation (Maryland and Michigan) have a remaining schedule with its opposition featuring a winning percentage above 80%.
It’s All Tough: Through games of March 8, Johns Hopkins’ 13 regular season opponents had a combined record of 50-14 (.781). That ranks the highest cumulative opponent winning percentage for any team in the nation.
Against the CAA: This week’s game against Towson will be the 84th all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team from the CAA. Johns Hopkins is 74-9 (.892) all-time against CAA schools with 44 of the first 83 games played against the league coming against Towson.
Pietramala Seventh Among Active Coaches in Wins: The recent win against North Carolina was the 204th in the college coaching career of Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala. Pietramala’s overall record now stands at 204-87 (.701) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 181-70 (.721). Pietramala ranks seventh among active Division I coaches in career victories.
Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins is currently 8-of-16 (.500) on extra-man chances through five games. The Blue Jays are tied for 12th in the nation in extra-man offense with five of the six regulars on the unit counting at least two points in EMO situations.
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 247-of-579 (.427) on extra-man chances.
Streaking: Junior attackman Shack Stanwick will carry a 38-game point-scoring streak into this week’s game against Towson. He has registered at least one point in every game of his career and his 38-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 tp the second game of the season 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. While the combinations have changed at times in the first five games, the top nine have remaining unchanged.
Entering this week’s game against Towson, Hopkins’ top nine middies have 26 goals and nine assists this season and for their careers have played in a combined 302 games and have totaled 188 goals and 106 assists among them.
Tinney Setting the Pace: 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 the Midshipmen to match his personal best for goals (3), assists (2) and points (5) in a game.
He added one goal against UMBC, the overtime game-winner against Loyola (also an internet-sensation) and two goals and two assists at North Carolina to boost his career totals to 35 goals and 14 assists for 49 points. 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 Defense: 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 and limited UMBC to just five goals in a 15-5 victory. Hopkins held North Carolina to less than half of its scoring average in a 13-5 road victory; through five games the Blue Jays are allowing 9.8 goals per game.
More Aggressive: The Johns Hopkins Athletic Communications Office first began tracking caused turnovers in 2009. Since then, there have been nine instances where the Blue Jays have caused 10 or more turnovers.
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.
Hopkins added 11 in the win against Loyola and ranks 25th in the nation in caused turnovers per game (7.4). The school single-season record for caused turnovers per game is 6.47 in 2010.
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.
Senior LSM Austin Spencer added his name to the list with his first career goal at Johns Hopkins in the Blue Jays’ game at Princeton (Spencer did score one goal at UMass before transferring to Johns Hopkins prior to the 2016 season).
Providing a Spark: Senior Matt Ledwin entered the 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. On the year, he is 16-of-30 (.533).
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. Closing in on 50 career games played are Connor Reed and Kieran Eissler, who have both played in 45 games.
In Overtime: With the 14-13 win against Loyola, Johns Hopkins is 25-14 (.641) all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays were 3-1 in overtime last season and have won five of their last six overtime games.
One Goal Games: With the 14-13 win against Loyola, Johns Hopkins is 50-24 (.676) in one-goal games under head coach Dave Pietramala.
More One Goal Games: Johns Hopkins has played 74 games that have been decided by one goal since head coach Dave Pietramala took over in 2001. The 74 games represent 29.5% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (74-of-251).
In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked sixth 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 454 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 449 of those 454 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 408 of the 454 and the top five in 307 of those 454. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.
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