Johns Hopkins-Maryland Men's Lacrosse Notes
April 9, 2009
The Game: Johns Hopkins (4-4) takes the short four-mile trip down Martin Luther King Boulevard to M&T Bank Stadium to take on Maryland (6-4) in the second game of the Smartlink Day of Rivals. The annual Army-Navy game will lead off the event at 11:30 am with the Hopkins-Maryland game to follow.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins snapped a three-game losing streak with a 14-9 victory over Albany last Saturday at Homewood Field. Maryland dropped its second straight game last Friday night as the Terrapins lost at Navy, 10-4.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game against Maryland with an all-time record of 886-282-15 (.755). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
That's 604 Games Over .500: With the win over Albany, the Blue Jays' all-time record is now 886-282-15 (.755) ... that's 604 games over .500. To put this in perspective: JHU has played an average of just over 15 games per season under head coach Dave Pietramala. Using a 15-game season as a reference, if the Blue Jays posted a 5-10 record for 120 straight seasons, they would still be four games over .500.
Home Away From Home: This week's game against Maryland will be the ninth Johns Hopkins has played at M&T Bank Stadium. The Blue Jays are 5-3 all-time at the home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. JHU won all three of its games at M&T in 2007, including a 7-6 double-overtime win against Princeon in the Face-Off Classic and a 12-11 win against Duke in the NCAA Championship game. The Blue Jays added a 14-9 win over Princeton in the Face-Off Classic last season, before falling to Princeton, 14-8, in the Face-off Classic earlier this season.
April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who won four-of-five games in April last season to jump-start their run to the national championship game. The Blue Jays are 37-4 (.902) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 21-2 at home in April under Pietramala's guidance and 16-2 on the road.
A Brutal Stretch: This week's game against 12th-ranked Maryland is the eighth straight for the Blue Jays against teams currently ranked in the top 20 in the nation. Using this week's USILA Coaches Poll as a reference, the Blue Jays played second-ranked Princeton, seventh-ranked UMBC, fifth-ranked Hofstra, sixth-ranked Syracuse, top-ranked Virginia, 10th-ranked North Carolina and 18th-ranked Albany in their last seven games. All seven of those teams were ranked in the top 18 in the nation at the time of the game.
Hitting the Century Mark: JHU head coach Dave Pietramala reached a milestone with last week's 14-9 win over Albany as the victory was his 100th as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays are now 100-29 (.775) on his watch (he's 123-46 (.728) overall) and his is just the third coach in school history to win 100 games (Bob Scott-158, Henry Ciccarone-105).
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game against Maryland ranked ninth in the USILA Coaches Poll. The Blue Jays are also ranked ninth in the Inside Lacrosse/Nike Media Poll. Maryland is ranked 12th in the Coaches Poll and 13th in the Media Poll.
More Poll Position: Records indicate that the USILA began sponsoring a weekly coaches poll during the 1973 season. Since then there have been 353 weekly polls. Amazingly, Johns Hopkins has been ranked in the top 20 in all 353 of those polls and has been in the top 10 in 341 of the 353.
Total Weeks: 353
Poll Notes: In some years a preseason poll was not conducted In some years a preseason poll was conducted, but the second poll of that season may have been held until after several weeks of the season passed In some years a poll was conducted after the NCAA Tournament.
Lucky Number Nine: Years ending with the number nine have been kind to the Blue Jays since the program's inception in 1883. Johns Hopkins has played 13 seasons in years ending in nine (including 2009) and has compiled a 93-23-2 record with seven national championships in those 13 years. The Blue Jays also played in the 1989 national championship game and advanced to the final four in 1999.
Streaking: Johns Hopkins is 77-20 in its last 97 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 92-25 overall since the start of the 2002 season.
Attack Emerges: With the loss of standouts Paul Rabil and Stephen Peyser at midfield, it was no secret that the Blue Jay offense was likely to become more attack oriented. While the group was held in check in the losses to Princeton and UNC, it has more than held its own thus far. Starters Steven Boyle, Kyle Wharton and Chris Boland combined for seven goals and five assists against UMBC, seven goals and two assists against Hofstra, six goals and six assists at Syracuse, 10 goals and three assists against top-ranked Virginia and seven goals and three assists against Albany.
Boland currently leads the team in goals (18) and points (26), while Wharton (17g, 8a) and Boyle (14g, 9a) are not far behind.
Young Guns: A year ago the Blue Jay offense was a senior-laden group that was led by Paul Rabil, Kevin Huntley, Stephen Peyser and Michael Doneger, who combined for 108 goals and 34 assists. Fast forward to this season and the experience has been replaced by youth. Through eight games, 71 of the Blue Jays' 94 goals (75.5%) have been scored by players who will return next season, while 47 of the team's 57 assists (82.5%) have been accumulated by players with at least one year of eligibility remaining.
Defensive Notes of Interest:
Johns Hopkins held Albany scoreless for streaks of 20:32 and 11:32. The streak of 20:32 is the second longest scoring drought for an opponent this season.
Offensive Notes of Interest:
While the focus of any Dave Pietramala-coached team will always be defense, the Blue Jay offense has also been effective. Consider:
One-Goal Turnarounds: Despite one-goal losses to Virginia and North Carolina, Johns Hopkins is 31-11 in one-goal games since Dave Pietramala took over in 2001. The Blue Jays have won 18 of their last 25 and 22 of their last 30 one-goal games. In the five seasons prior to Pietramala arriving (1996-2000) the Blue Jays were 5-8 in one-goal games.
More One-Goal Notes: The Blue Jays have come from behind to win 15 times during their last 18 one-goal wins. In 10 of those 15 come-from-behind one-goal wins the Blue Jays came back from a deficit of two goals or more. The latest of these come-from-behind one-goal wins came against Duke in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, when the Blue Jays erased a 2-1 second-quarter deficit.
Extra, Extra: The at North Carolina in overtime was JHU's fourth straight defeat in extra time. Despite this, JHU is 13-6 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala's guidance.
Players on the 2009 team who have scored game-winning goals in overtime during their career:
Evans, Drenan Named to Tewaaraton Watch List: Senior defenders Michael Evans and Matt Drenan were recently named to the 2009 Tewaaraton Watch List. The players on the list were nominaed by coaches across the country. Johns Hopkins produced the 2005 Tewaaraton Award winner (Kyle Harrison) and Paul Rabil was a finalist for the award in 2007 and 2008. The award is presented annually to the top male and famale lacrosse players in the country.
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