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Johns Hopkins-Penn State Men's Lacrosse Notes

Senior co-captains John Crawley (44) and Nick Fields (91) lead the Blue Jays against fifth-ranked Penn State on Saturday.
April 12, 2017

Johns Hopkins-Penn State Game Information
Game Date/Time April 15, 2017 / 2 pm
Location Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field
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When Last We Saw Them: Johns Hopkins (6-4, 1-1 B1G) had its two-game winning streak snapped as the Blue Jays fell at Ohio State, 13-9, on Sunday night.

In the Polls: Johns Hopkins is ranked 12th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 13th in the Maverik Media Poll. The Blue Jays are also seventh in this week’s NCAA RPI rankings. Penn State is ranked fifth in the USILA Coaches Poll and seventh in the Maverik Media Poll. The Nittany Lions are third in the NCAA RPI rankings.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Penn State are meeting for the ninth time in a series that dates to a 14-1 Blue Jay victory in 1916. Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series 8-0, and has won all three meetings since the formation of Big Ten men’s lacrosse in 2015. Detailed series information can be found on page 13.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Penn State with an all-time record of 969-326-15 (.745). 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 10 games on April 15 and the Blue Jays are 8-2 in those 10 games. JHU has advanced to the Final Four in six of the last seven years it has played on April 15.

Into Something B1G: The game against Rutgers on March 31 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 8-4 in B1G regular season games.

All-Time Big Ten Regular Season Records (2015-)

Maryland (11-1)
Johns Hopkins (8-4)
Ohio State (6-6)
Penn State (5-7)
Rutgers (5-7)
Michigan (1-11)

Tourney Talk: All of sudden, there are only three regular season games remaining in the 2017 season and the race for one of the four spots in the upcoming B1G Tournament is on. Entering this weekend’s games, only Maryland can clinch a bid in the tournament with a win. Michigan could be eliminated with a loss, but isn’t necessarily eliminated in that scenario.

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 10 games. The Blue Jays have held five of their 10 opponents to eight goals or less, while five of the 10 have scored 13 or more goals.

Toughest Remaining Schedule: Through games of April 9, Johns Hopkins’ three remaining regular season opponents have a combined record of 25-6 (.806), which gives the Blue Jays the fourth-toughest remaining regular season schedule in the nation.

It’s All Tough: Through games of April 9, Johns Hopkins’ 13 regular season opponents had a combined record of 92-39 (.702). That ranks as the second-highest cumulative opponent winning percentage for any team in the nation (Notre Dame (.721) ranks first).

A Final Tough: Of Hopkins’ three remaining regular season opponents, two are ranked in the top five of the USILA Coaches Poll and the third, Michigan, is 8-3 on the year.

Quarterly Report: In the first 10 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 Penn State will be the 174th all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team currently in the Big Ten. Johns Hopkins is 122-50-1 (.708) 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 206-90 (.696) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 183-73 (.715). Pietramala ranks seventh among active Division I coaches in career victories.

Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins is currently 17-of-30 (.567) on extra-man chances through 10 games. The Blue Jays rank first in the nation in extra-man offense with all 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 256-of-591 (.433) on extra-man chances.

Streaking: Junior attackman Shack Stanwick will carry a 43-game point-scoring streak into this week’s game against Penn State. He has registered at least one point in every game of his career and his 43-game run is tied for the eighth-longest in the nation. His streak is also the fourth-longest at Johns Hopkins in the last 25 years.

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 (14g, 4a), Cody Radziewicz (7g, 4a), Kieran Eissler (3g) and Connor Reed, juniors Joel Tinney (14g, 4a), Patrick Fraser (8g, 1a) and Brinton Valis (2g) and sophomores Alex Concannon (3g, 5a) and Drew Supinski.

Entering this week’s game against Penn State, Hopkins’ top nine middies have 51 goals and 18 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 340 games and have totaled 213 goals and 115 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, three against Virginia and two at Ohio State to boost his career totals to 42 goals and 14 assists for 56 points in 28 games. In the 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 Penn State with 64 goals and 30 assists for 94 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 10 games the Blue Jays are allowing 10.60 goals per game.

Joining Fields (19 GBs, 13 CTs in 10 games) in the regular starting lineup are close defensemen Trevor Koelsch (9 GBs, 5 CTs) and Jack Rapine (17 GBs, 10 CTs). Gerald Logan (10.37 GAA, .472 save %) started the first eight games in goal, but junior Brock Turnbaugh (11.01 GAA, .481 save %) got the nod in the last two games.

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 6.5 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. Add in a 13-of-22 performance against Rutgers that included seven ground balls and the game against Ohio State, and Moreland is now 42-of-78 (.538) on the year with 14 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 10 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 are tied for third on the team, while Kuhn scored twice against Syracuse and has at least one point in three of the last six 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 59 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 58 games. Senior Kieran Eissler played in his 50th career game at Ohio State and Connor Reed has 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 29.7% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (76-of-256).

In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked 12th 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. Including the most recent USILA Poll, there have been 459 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 454 of those 459 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 408 of the 459 and the top five in 307 of those 459. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.