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Johns Hopkins-Rutgers Men's Lacrosse Notes

Johns Hopkins welcomes Rutgers to Homewood Field for the Big Ten opener for both teams on Friday night.
March 29, 2017

Johns Hopkins-Rutgers Game Information
Game Date/Time March 31, 2017 / 7 pm
Location Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field
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When Last We Saw Them: Johns Hopkins (5-3) got back in the win column last Saturday at home as the Blue Jays edged Virginia, 18-17, in overtime.

In the Polls: Johns Hopkins is ranked 13th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 13th in the Maverik Media Poll. Rutgers is ranked seventh in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 10th in the Maverik Media Poll. The Scarlet Knights were ranked number one in the nation in last week’s Maverik Media Poll. That marked the first time in program history that Rutgers was ranked number one.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Rutgers are meeting for the 38th time in a series that dates to a 13-0 Johns Hopkins victory in 1920. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 31-6, although Rutgers swept a pair of meetings last season. Detailed series information can be found on page 13.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Rutgers with an all-time record of 968-325-15 (.746). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

On This Date: Since 1955, Johns Hopkins has played nine games on March 31 and the Blue Jays are 7-2 in those nine games. In three of the last five years that Johns Hopkins played a game on March 31 (2007, 1984, 1979), the Blue Jays went on to win the NCAA Championship.

The Start of Something B1G: This week’s game against Rutgers marks the opening of Big Ten play for the Blue Jays and each of the six teams in the league. Since the league debuted in 2015, Johns Hopkins is 7-3 in B1G regular season games.

The Comeback: Johns Hopkins trailed Virginia 10-4 in the second quarter of last week’s 18-17 overtime victory. The six-goal deficit is the largest JHU has overcome to win since March 18, 2005, when the Blue Jays erased a 7-1 deficit in a 12-11 overtime win at Syracuse.

It’s Been a While: The 17 goals the Blue Jays allowed in last week’s 18-17 overtime win against Virginia are the most in a JHU victory since May 14, 1977, when Hopkins knocked off Maryland, 21-20, in overtime. The game-winner that day was scored by All-American Dave Huntley.

Toughest Remaining Schedule: Through games of March 26, Johns Hopkins’ five remaining regular season opponents have a combined record of 39-5 (.886), which gives the Blue Jays the toughest remaining regular season schedule in the nation.

It’s All Tough: Through games of March 26, Johns Hopkins’ 13 regular season opponents had a combined record of 73-30 (.709). That ranks as the second-highest cumulative opponent winning percentage for any team in the nation.

A Final Tough: Of Hopkins’ five remaining regular season opponents, four are ranked in the top 20 of the USILA Coaches Poll and the fifth, Michigan, is receiving votes in the poll.

Quarterly Report: In the first eight games of the 2017 season, Johns Hopkins has played five teams that advanced to at least the quarterfinals in the 2016 NCAA Tournament (Navy, Loyola, North Carolina, Towson, Syracuse). The Blue Jays will add a sixth, Maryland, by the end of the regular season.

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.

Against the Big Ten: This week’s game against Rutgers will be the 172nd all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team currently in the Big Ten. Johns Hopkins is 121-49-1 (.711) all-time against current Big Ten schools. Note that not all of these games were played against teams while they were a member of the Big Ten.

Pietramala Seventh Among Active Coaches in Wins: The recent win against Virginia was the 205th in the college coaching career of Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala. Pietramala’s overall record now stands at 205-89 (.697) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 182-72 (.717). Pietramala ranks seventh among active Division I coaches in career victories.

Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins is currently 14-of-25 (.560) on extra-man chances through eight games. The Blue Jays are second in the nation in extra-man offense with five of the six regulars on the unit counting at least four 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 253-of-588 (.430) on extra-man chances.

Streaking: Junior attackman Shack Stanwick will carry a 41-game point-scoring streak into this week’s game against Rutgers. He has registered at least one point in every game of his career and his 41-game run is tied for the eighth-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 to 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 (12g, 4a), Cody Radziewicz (4g, 3a), Kieran Eissler (3g) and Connor Reed, juniors Joel Tinney (12g, 4a), Patrick Fraser (7g, 1a) and Brinton Valis (2g) and sophomores Alex Concannon (3g, 3a) and Drew Supinski.

Entering this week’s game against Rutgers, Hopkins’ top nine middies have 43 goals and 15 assists this season after they combined for nine goals and four assists in last week’s win against Virginia. For their careers they have played in a combined 325 games and have totaled 205 goals and 112 assists among them.

Tinney Notches 50th Point: Junior Joel Tinney reached the 50-point mark in his career against Towson, added a goal against Syracuse and three against Virginia to boost his career totals to 40 goals and 14 assists for 54 points in 26 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 Rutgers with 62 goals and 30 assists for 92 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 seen games the Blue Jays are allowing 10.00 goals per game.

Joining Fields (16 GBs, 9 CTs in eight games) in the starting lineup are close defensemen Trevor Koelsch (8 GBs, 4 CTs) and Jack Rapine (16 GBs, 9 CTs) and goalie Gerald Logan (10.44 GAA, .472 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 is averaging 6.5 caused turnovers per game. The school single-season record for caused turnovers per game is 6.47 in 2010.

Welcome Back: Johns Hopkins welcomed Hunter Moreland back to the lineup against Syracuse and the junior faceoff specialist responded with an 8-of-12 showing at the X. He also assisted on a Robert Kuhn goal that gave the Blue Jays a 7-6 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and followed that with a 16-of-29 performance on faceoffs with five ground balls in the win against Virginia. The 16 FO wins and 29 FO attempts are both career highs.

Rope Unit Contributing: While the perception is that Johns Hopkins doesn’t want to play an up-tempo style, the facts disprove that theory.

Through eight games, the Blue Jays’ top five players on the rope unit - LSMs Robert Kuhn (3g, 2a) and Austin Spencer (1g, 1a) and SSDMs Joe Carlini (5a), Tal Bruno (1g) and Danny Jones (1a) - have combined for five goals and nine assists.

Carlini’s five assists rank third on the team, while Kuhn scored twice against Syracuse and has at least one point in three of the last four games.

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).

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 48 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 18-17 win against Virginia, Johns Hopkins is 26-15 (.634) all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays were 3-1 in overtime last season and have won six of their last eight overtime games.

One Goal Games: With the 18-17 win against Virginia, Johns Hopkins is 51-25 (.671) in one-goal games under head coach Dave Pietramala.

More One Goal Games: Johns Hopkins has played 76 games that have been decided by one goal since head coach Dave Pietramala took over in 2001. The 76 games represent 29.9% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (74-of-254).

In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked 13th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll. Including the most recent USILA Poll, there have been 457 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 452 of those 457 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 408 of the 457 and the top five in 307 of those 457. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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