Johns Hopkins-UMBC Men's Lacrosse Notes
The Game: 11th-ranked Johns Hopkins (4-3) hits the road for the second time in four days as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Catonsville to take on UMBC (1-5). Faceoff is set for 7 pm.
A Makeup: This week’s Johns Hopkins-UMBC game is a makeup of the game that was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 13. The game that day was postponed as temperatures in the teens and wind-chill in the single digits made for unsafe playing conditions.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins had its three-game winning streak snapped as the Blue Jays dropped a 13-12 overtime decision at Virginia on Sunday. UMBC is also coming off a loss as the Retrievers fell to Stony Brook, 14-11, on Saturday.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and UMBC are meeting for the 14th time in a series that dates to a 15-4 Johns Hopkins win in 1983. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 13-0 and won the last meeting, 16-4, in the 2015 season opener. Detailed series information can be found on page 12.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against UMBC with an all-time record of 959-318-15 (.748). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 11th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and ninth in the Cascade/Maverick Media Poll. UMBC is not ranked or receiving votes in either poll.
Schedule Update: Although still nearly a month away, please note that the time of the Johns Hopkins-Michigan game on April 23 has been moved to 5 pm. It was originally scheduled for 7 pm.
Yes, They Belong to Pietramala: Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala missed the last two games against Syracuse, (a game the Blue Jays won, 11-10, in overtime) and Virginia (a game the Blue Jays lost, 13-12, in overtime). Although the team was led by associate head coach Bill Dwan in each of those games, per NCAA policy, Pietramala is credited with the victory and defeat in his record.
That’s Tough: Through games of March 27, Johns Hopkins had the third toughest schedule in the nation based on the cumulative record of its past opponents to date. The Blue Jays’ seven regular season opponents have posted a combined record of 33-18 (.647) through games of March 27.
Closing on 200: The recent win against Syracuse was the 196th in the college coaching career of Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala. Coupled with Sunday’s loss at Virginia, Pietramala’s overall record now stands at 196-82 (.705) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 173-65 (.727). Pietramala ranks 10th among active Division I coaches in career victories.
Most Viewed - Part I: Johns Hopkins ranks fourth in the nation in average home attendance through games of March 27 as the Blue Jays have averaged 2,483 fans for their first four home games. Only six teams are averaging more than 2,000 fans per home game with Syracuse (3,512), Maryland (2,678) and Denver (2,541) the only teams in the nation averaging more fans per home game than Johns Hopkins.
Most Viewed - Part II: Johns Hopkins played its first two games of the 2016 season on the road. In those two games, Johns Hopkins helped draw two of the hightest online viewership numbers in Patriot League Network (PLN) history. The Johns Hopkins-Navy game on February 9 drew a PLN-record 20,624 unique viewers, while the Johns Hopkins-Loyola game on February 20 drew just under 16,000 unique viewers.
Balanced Scoring: Through seven games, Johns Hopkins is using a balanced scoring attack to average 12.14 goals per game. The Blue Jays, who rank 15th in the nation in scoring offense, have eight different players who have scored five or more goals and nine players with five or more points thus far. In all, Johns Hopkins has gotten goals from 14 different players, assists from 14 different players and 18 players have at least one point.
In the entire 2015 season, Johns Hopkins got goals from 14 players and assists from 15 players - marks the Blue Jays have matched and nearly matched, respectively, through just seven games.
Brown, Stanwick on Tewaaraton Watch List: Senior attackman Ryan Brown and sophomore attackman Shack Stanwick are among the 65 men’s players listed on the 2016 Tewaaraton Watch List. Brown was among the 50 original players named on February 23, while Stanwick was among 15 players added to the list on March 17.
The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States.
Brown Has Nation’s Fifth-Longest Streak: Senior attackman Ryan Brown extended his point-scoring streak to 41 games with one goal in the 13-12 overtime loss at Virginia on Sunday. The streak ranks as the fifth-longest active streak in the nation entering this week’s game at UMBC and is the longest by a Johns Hopkins player since Terry Riordan had a 56-game streak from 1992-95.
New Faces on Defense: Juniors Nick Fields (D) and Joe Carlini (SSDM) are the only two players who saw extended regular playing time on defense last season for the Blue Jays who are back in the rotation this season.
Fields is joined on close defense by freshman Patrick Foley, junior transfer Austin Spencer and graduate student transfer Ben Kellar. Kellar started the first three games, but Spencer got the nod in the last four games with Kellar coming off the bench. Spencer had been playing long stick midfield before moving down low.
Carlini’s regular linemates include freshman Robert Kuhn (LSM), senior Derrick Kihembo (LSM), sophomores Tal Bruno (SSDM) and Chris Hubler (SSDM) and senior Kelton Black (SSDM). In addition to their efforts on defense, Kihembo (1g) and Kuhn (2a) have also worked their way onto the scoresheet. Add in sophomore goalie Brock Turnbaugh, who is in his first season as a starter, and senior Matt O’Keefe, a man-down specialist, and the wholesale changes on that end of the field are even more obvious.
Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins has scored at least two extra-man goals in five of its seven games this season and is currently 14-of-24 (.583) in extra-man situations on the year. Johns Hopkins currently ranks third in the nation in extra-man percentage and the Blue Jays are one of just three teams converting at better than 55%.
More Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins scored 38 extra-man goals in 2015 and much of the damage was done by players who are back this season. In fact, players who accounted for all 38 Blue Jay extra-man goals are back, while 23 of the team’s 33 assists accumulated on the extra-man are also back. Hopkins converted 38-of-82 (.463) extra-man chances last season to finish 11th in the nation. The 38 extra-man goals the Blue Jays scored last season were the most for Johns Hopkins since 2003 (40).
Scoring Droughts: The Johns Hopkins defense continues to improve as the season unfolds. After allowing a total of 35 goals in the first three games, the unit has held the opposition to a total of just 38 goals in its last four outings.
A big part of the unit’s success has been its ability to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches. In fact, through seven games, Johns Hopkins has already held the opposition without a goal for a stretch of 10 minutes or longer 12 times and 15 minutes or longer twice.
In Overtime: With last week’s 13-12 loss at Virginia, Johns Hopkins is 23-14 (.622) all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays had won three straight overtime games before the setback in Charlottesville.
One Goal Games: With last week’s loss at Virginia, Johns Hopkins is 48-25 (.658) in one-goal games under head coach Dave Pietramala.
More One Goal Games: Johns Hopkins has played 73 games that have been decided by one goal since head coach Dave Pietramala took over in 2001. The 73 games represent 31.6% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction.
State Rivalries: Johns Hopkins is 71-12 (.855) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland. Below is a breakdown of JHU’s record against teams from Maryland under Pietramala.
In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked 11th 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 443 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 438 of those 443 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 401 of the 443 and the top five in 304 of those 443. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.
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