|Johns Hopkins-Syracuse Game Information|
|Game Date/Time||March 18, 2017 / 4 pm|
|Location||Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field|
|Johns Hopkins Game Notes||PDF Version|
|Television||Tape Delay (ESPNU • March 19 • 10 am)|
|Hopkins Lacrosse on Twitter||@jhumenslacrosse|
|Hopkins Lacrosse on Instagram||@jhumenslax|
When Last We Saw Them: Johns Hopkins slipped to 4-2 on the year with a 13-8 loss at Towson last Saturday.
In the Polls: Johns Hopkins is ranked 14th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 14th in the Maverik Media Poll as well. Syracuse is ranked sixth in the USILA Coaches Poll this week and sixth in the Maverik Media Poll as well.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Syracuse are meeting for the 56th time in a series that dates to a 4-4 tie in 1921. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 29-25-1 and have won the last two head-to-head matchups. Detailed series information can be found on page 11.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Syracuse with an all-time record of 967-324-15 (.747). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
On This Date: Johns Hopkins is 6-0 all-time in games played on March 18 with the last three of those victories coming against Syracuse in 1995 (14-13/OT), 2005 (12-11/OT) and 2006 (14-9).
It Stretches Into March: After playing three teams that advanced to at least the NCAA Quarterfinals last season 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 14, Johns Hopkins’ seven remaining regular season opponents have a combined record of 42-5 (.894), which gives the Blue Jays the toughtest remaining regular season schedule in the nation. Only two other teams in the nation (Ohio State and Michigan) have a remaining schedule with its opposition featuring a winning percentage above 80%.
It’s All Tough: Through games of March 15, Johns Hopkins’ 13 regular season opponents had a combined record of 59-20 (.747). That ranks as the second-highest cumulative opponent winning percentage for any team in the nation.
A Final Tough: Of Hopkins’ seven remaining regular season opponents, six are ranked in the top 20 of the USILA Coaches Poll and the seventh is receiving votes.
Against the ACC: This week’s game against Syracuse will be the 216th all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team currently in the ACC. Johns Hopkins is 130-83-2 (.609) 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.
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 204-88 (.699) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 181-71 (.718). Pietramala ranks seventh among active Division I coaches in career victories.
Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins is currently 9-of-18 (.500) on extra-man chances through six games. The Blue Jays are 11th 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 248-of-581 (.427) on extra-man chances.
Streaking: Junior attackman Shack Stanwick will carry a 39-game point-scoring streak into this week’s game against Syracuse. He has registered at least one point in every game of his career and his 39-game run is tied for the seventh-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 t0 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.
The nine-man unit includes seniors John Crawley (11g, 3a), Cody Radziewicz (1g), Kieran Eissler (3g) and Connor Reed, juniors Joel Tinney (8g, 4a), Patrick Fraser (6g) and Brinton Valis (2g) and sophomores Alex Concannon (1g, 3a) and Drew Supinski.
Entering this week’s game against Syracuse, Hopkins’ top nine middies have 32 goals and 10 assists this season and for their careers have played in a combined 309 games and have totaled 194 goals and 107 assists among them.
Tinney Notches 50th Point: Junior Joel Tinney, who created an internet and social media buzz with his hidden ball goal in the season-opening win against Navy, notched the 50th point of his career with a goal last week at Towson to boost his career totals to 36 goals and 14 assists for 50 points in 24 games. Earlier this season, 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.
Closing on 100: Senior midfielder John Crawley enters this week’s game against Syracuse with 61 goals and 29 assists for 90 points. He is bidding to become the first Blue Jay midfielder to reach the 100-point mark since Michael Kimmel totaled 145 points (2007-10).
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 six games the Blue Jays are allowing 10.33 goals per game.
Joining Fields (11 GBs, 5 CTs in six games) in the starting lineup are close defensemen Trevor Koelsch (6 GBs, 2 CTs) and Jack Rapine (15 GBs, 7 CTs) and goalie Gerald Logan (10.00 GAA, .479 save %).
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 in a game.
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 31st in the nation in caused turnovers per game (6.8). 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 ot the 2016 season).
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 46 games.
The JHU record for career games played is 64, set by Paul Rabil (2005-08) and matched by Michael Kimmel (2007-10).
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 29.4% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (74-of-252).
In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked 14th 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 455 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 450 of those 455 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 408 of the 455 and the top five in 307 of those 455. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.
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