|Johns Hopkins-Ohio State Game Information|
|Game Date/Time||April 9, 2017 / 7 pm|
|Location||Columbus, OH • Ohio Stadium|
|Johns Hopkins Game Notes||PDF Version|
|Television||Big Ten Network (BTN)|
|Hopkins Lacrosse on Twitter||@jhumenslacrosse|
|Hopkins Lacrosse on Instagram||@jhumenslax|
When Last We Saw Them: Johns Hopkins (6-3, 1-0 B1G) made it two straight victories as the Blue Jays knocked off then seventh-ranked Rutgers, 12-6, at Homewood Field on Friday, March 31.
In the Polls: Johns Hopkins is ranked 11th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 11th in the Maverik Media Poll as well. Ohio State is ranked ninth in the USILA Coaches Poll and is also ninth in the Maverik Media Poll.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Ohio State are meeting for the ninth time in a series that dates to a 17-8 Johns Hopkins victory in 1999. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 7-1 with four of the meetings coming between 1999-2002 and four since 2014. Detailed series information can be found on page 13.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Ohio State with an all-time record of 969-325-15 (.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 eight games on April 9 and the Blue Jays are 6-2 in those eight games. Included is last season’s 13-12 win over Ohio State.
The Start of Something B1G: Last week’s game against Rutgers marked 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 8-3 in B1G regular season games.
All-Time Big Ten Regular Season Records (2015-)
Maryland - 10-1
Johns Hopkins - 8-3
Penn State - 5-6
Ohio State - 5-6
Rutgers - 4-7
Michigan - 1-10
The Comeback: Johns Hopkins trailed Virginia 10-4 in the second quarter of its 18-17 overtime victory against the Cavaliers on March 25. 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 the 18-17 overtime win against Virginia (March 25) 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.
Statistical Oddity: Johns Hopkins has played nine games. The Blue Jays have held five of their nine opponents to eight goals or less, while four of the nine have scored 13 or more goals.
Toughest Remaining Schedule: Through games of April 4, Johns Hopkins’ four remaining regular season opponents have a combined record of 33-6 (.846), which gives the Blue Jays the toughest remaining regular season schedule in the nation (tied with Rutgers for top spot).
It’s All Tough: Through games of April 4, Johns Hopkins’ 13 regular season opponents had a combined record of 84-33 (.718). That ranks as the second-highest cumulative opponent winning percentage for any team in the nation (Notre Dame’s remaining opponents are 72-28 (.720).
A Final Tough: Of Hopkins’ four remaining regular season opponents, three are ranked in the top 10 of the USILA Coaches Poll and the fourth, Michigan, is receiving votes in the poll.
Quarterly Report: In the first nine 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 Ohio State will be the 173rd all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team currently in the Big Ten. Johns Hopkins is 122-49-1 (.712) 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 Rutgers was the 206th in the college coaching career of Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala. Pietramala’s overall record now stands at 206-89 (.698) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 183-72 (.718). Pietramala ranks seventh among active Division I coaches in career victories.
Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins is currently 15-of-26 (.577) on extra-man chances through nine games. The Blue Jays rank 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 254-of-589 (.431) on extra-man chances.
Streaking: Junior attackman Shack Stanwick will carry a 42-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 42-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 (13g, 4a), Cody Radziewicz (6g, 4a), Kieran Eissler (3g) and Connor Reed, juniors Joel Tinney (12g, 4a), Patrick Fraser (7g, 1a) and Brinton Valis (2g) and sophomores Alex Concannon (3g, 4a) and Drew Supinski.
Entering this week’s game against Ohio State, Hopkins’ top nine middies have 46 goals and 17 assists this season; they combined for nine goals and four assists in the win against Virginia. For their careers they have played in a combined 334 games and have totaled 208 goals and 114 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 27 games. In that win against the Cavaliers, he scored his 40th career goal in his 26th game
How rare is it for a Johns Hopkins midfielder to reach 40 career goals in 26 games? Consider that in head coach Dave Pietramala’s 17-year tenure at Homewood, that’s the quickest a Blue Jay midfielder has gotten there.
Here’s a look at some other notable Blue Jay midfielders and when they scored their 40th career goal since Pietramala took over (2001-present):
Joel Tinney (Active) - 40th career goal in 26th career game
Paul Rabil (2005-08) - 40th career goal in 27th career game
Kyle Harrison (2002-05) - 40th career goal in 37th career game
Michael Kimmel (2007-10) - 40th career goal in 36th career game
Closing on 100: Senior midfielder John Crawley enters this week’s game against Ohio State with 63 goals and 30 assists for 93 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, Syracuse to just eight in an 8-7 overtime loss and Rutgers to less than half its average in a 12-6 victory; through nine games the Blue Jays are allowing 10.33 goals per game.
Joining Fields (17 GBs, 12 CTs in nine games) in the regular starting lineup are close defensemen Trevor Koelsch (8 GBs, 4 CTs) and Jack Rapine (16 GBs, 9 CTs). Gerald Logan (10.44 GAA, .472 save %) started the first eight games in goal, but junior Brock Turnbaugh (10.07 GAA, .526 save %) got the nod last week against Rutgers.
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 equaled against Maryland in 2014. Hopkins added 11 in the win against Loyola and is averaging 6.44 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. Add in last week’s 13-of-22 performance against Rutgers that included seven ground balls, and Moreland is now 37-of-63 (.587) on the year with 13 GBs to his credit.
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 nine 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 five 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 and each has now played in 58 career games. Senior defenseman Nick Fields and senior midfielder Cody Radziewicz joined them by playing in their 50th career games when the Blue Jays hosted UMBC and they’ve both now played in 57 games. Closing in on 50 career games played are Connor Reed and Kieran Eissler, who have both played in 49 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 29.8% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (76-of-255).
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 458 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 453 of those 458 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 408 of the 458 and the top five in 307 of those 458. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.