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Johns Hopkins-Ohio State Men's Lacrosse Notes

April 7, 2016

Johns Hopkins-Ohio State Men's Lacrosse Notes

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The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-4) returns home after three consecutive games on the road and welcomes Ohio State (5-6) to Homewood Field for Homecoming. Faceoff is set for 2 pm. on Saturday, April 9.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins and Ohio State both dropped Big Ten openers last weekend. The Blue Jays fell at Rutgers, 16-9, while the Buckeyes lost a heart-breaker to Penn State, 6-5.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Ohio State are meeting for the eighth time in series history. The teams split last season and Johns Hopkins has won six of the seven all-time meetings. Detailed series information can be found on page 12.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Ohio State with an all-time record of 960-319-15 (.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 17th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 16th in the Cascade/Maverick Media Poll. Ohio State is not ranked in either poll.

Welcome Back: Johns Hopkins will welcome its alumni to campus this weekend as Homecoming is celebrated on the Homewood campus. Johns Hopkins is 14-1 on Homecoming since head coach Dave Pietramala took over in 2001.

Honoring Chris: Johns Hopkins will play this week’s game in honor of former Blue Jay Chris Gardner, a member of the 1996 team who lost his battle with cancer in 1997.
Each year since then, the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team has played a game in his honor with an extra dollar added to the cost of all tickets; that money is donated to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Chris’s name - Chris received his treatment at the Children’s Center.
In addition, a player of the game from both teams will be honored with Chris’s mom, Kathleen Van Haverbeke, on hand to present the awards for the 19th consecutive year.

Something B1G: Johns Hopkins opened Big Ten play with last week’s game at Rutgers. The Blue Jays are 4-2 all-time in B1G regular season play as they posted a 4-1 mark in last season’s inaugual year and stand at 0-1 this season.

B1G at Home: Johns Hopkins is 3-0 all-time in Big Ten home games as the Blue Jays topped Rutgers, Penn State and Michigan at Homewood Field last season.

B1G Road: Johns Hopkins posted a 1-1 record in two Big Ten road games last season and now stand at 1-2 all-time on the road in B1G play after last week’s loss at Rutgers.

Blue Jays Win First-Ever Big 10 Tournament: Johns Hopkins earned the first conference title in school history with a 13-6 win over Ohio State in last season’s Big Ten title game. The Big Ten sponsored men’s lacrosse for the first time in 2015. JHU shared the regular season title with Maryland, earned the top seed in the tournament via a head-to-head win against the Terps and then topped Penn State and Ohio State in the tournament to claim the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Schedule Update: Although still two weeks a 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.

It’s Been a While: The 19 goals Johns Hopkins scored at UMBC on March 30 are the most for the Blue Jays this season, the most they’ve scored in a game since a 19-7 win at Virginia in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament and the most in a regular season game since March 5, 2013, when JHU topped Mount St. Mary’s 19-9.

Yes, They Belong to Pietramala: Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala missed the last four games against Syracuse, Virginia, UMBC and Rutgers. Although the team was led by associate head coach Bill Dwan in each of those games, per NCAA policy, Pietramala is credited with the victories (2) and defeats (2) in his record.

That’s Tough: Through games of April 3, Johns Hopkins had the third toughest schedule in the nation based on the cumulative record of all of its regular season opponents. The Blue Jays’ 13 regular season opponents have posted a combined record of 70-44 (.614) through games of April 3.

Most Viewed - Part I: Johns Hopkins ranks fourth in the nation in average home attendance through games of March 30 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 (4,625), 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.

Against the Big Ten: While this is just the second season of Big Ten men’s lacrosse, the Blue Jays are no strangers to the teams in the league. In fact, this week’s game against Ohio State will be the 167th all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team in the Big Ten. The Blue Jays are currently 118-47-1 (.714) in the previous 166 games against Big Ten teams. A majority of the previous 166 have come against long-time rival Maryland (113-of-166).

Balanced Scoring: Through nine games, Johns Hopkins is using a balanced scoring attack to average 12.56 goals per game. The Blue Jays, who rank 12th in the nation in scoring offense, have eight different players who have scored eight or more goals and 10 players with five or more points thus far. In all, Johns Hopkins has gotten goals from 17 different players, assists from 16 different players and 21 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 already surpassed through just nine games.

Scoring From Different Places: In addition to the scoring the Blue Jays are receiving from the attack and midfield, the Blue Jays are also getting production from their faceoff specialists, defensive midfielders (LSM & SSDM) and close defensemen. In fact, through nine games, players who play these positions have combined for seven goals and five assists.

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 43 games with four goals in the loss at Rutgers. The streak is tied for the fifth-longest active streak in the nation entering this week’s game against Ohio State and is the longest by a Johns Hopkins player since Terry Riordan had a school-record 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 has stepped in since then 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, Fields (1g, 1a), Kuhn (2a), Foley (1g), Kihembo (1g), Bruno (1g), and Carlini (1a) 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 six of its nine games this season and is currently 16-of-29 (.552) in extra-man situations on the year. Johns Hopkins ranks fourth in the nation in extra-man percentage and the Blue Jays are one of just four 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: Despite last week’s game against Rutgers, the Johns Hopkins defense has shown improvement as the season has unfolded. After allowing a total of 35 goals in the first three games (11.7/game), the unit has held the opposition to a total of just 61 goals in its last six outings (10.2) - despite the wholesale changes in personnel noted above.
A big part of the unit’s success has been its ability to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches. In fact, through nine games, Johns Hopkins has already held the opposition without a goal for a stretch of 10 minutes or longer 15 times and 15 minutes or longer four times.

In Overtime: With the recent 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 the recent 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 30.4% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (73-of-240).

In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked 17th 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 444 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 439 of those 444 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 401 of the 444 and the top five in 304 of those 444. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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