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Johns Hopkins-Penn State Men's Lacrosse Notes

<b>Jack Keogh</b> and the Blue Jays head to Penn State on Saturday for a Big Ten game against the Nittany Lions.
Jack Keogh and the Blue Jays head to Penn State on Saturday for a Big Ten game against the Nittany Lions.
April 12, 2018

Johns Hopkins-Ohio State Game Information
Game Date/Time April 14, 2018 / 2 pm
Location State College, PA • Panzer Stadium
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When Last We Saw Them
: Johns Hopkins (8-2, 2-0 B1G) picked up its seventh straight win on Saturday, April 7 as the Blue Jays topped visiting Ohio State, 13-10, at Homewood Field.

In the Polls: Johns Hopkins is ranked fifth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fourth in the Maverik Media Poll. Penn State is 15th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 14th in the Maverik Media Poll.

Series History: This week’s game between Johns Hopkins and Penn State will be the 10th in a series that dates to a 14-1 Johns Hopkins victory in 1916. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 9-0 with four of the wins coming since the formation of Big Ten (for lacrosse) in 2015. Detailed series information can be found on page 14.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Penn State with an all-time record of 979-331-15 (.745). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

The Nation’s Toughest Schedule: The perception of which team plays the nation’s toughest schedule may be in the eye of the beholder, but a case can certainly be made that in 2018 that team is Johns Hopkins. Consider:

• Johns Hopkins’ 13 regular season opponents currently have a combined record of 79-50 (.612). That’s the sixth-highest opponent winning percentage in the nation.

• The Blue Jays’ three remaining opponents currently boast a combined record of 23-9 (.719) - that’s the third-highest opponent winning percentage among a team’s remaining games.

• The Blue Jays’ 13 regular-season opponents combined to post a 135-73 (.649) record in 2017.

• Johns Hopkins will play three teams that advanced to at least the NCAA Semifinals last season and seven that played in the NCAA Tournament.

A Difficult Road: Johns Hopkins will play six of its 13 regular season games away from Homewood Field in 2018. The Blue Jays’ six road opponents combined to post a remarkable 61-30 (.670) record last season.

Comeback Kids: Johns Hopkins erased a 9-2 halftime deficit with a 13-4 second-half surge to knock off Virginia, 15-13, on March 24.<

There is no record of Johns Hopkins previously overcoming a seven-goal deficit to win a game (this is not to say it hasn’t happened, but there are no records indicating such a comeback).

Johns Hopkins had twice overcome a six-goal deficit to win a game under head coach Dave Pietramala (@ Syracuse-2005, vs. Virginia-2017). Prior to those two six-goal rallies, the Blue Jays had knocked off Princeton, 12-11, in the 1999 season opener after trailing 9-3.

The Blue Jays did erase a 7-0 deficit against Princeton in 2015 and led the Tigers 15-13 before falling 16-15 in overtime.

So, in the last 20 years, the Blue Jays have three rallies from six-goal deficits to win and, now, one from a seven-goal hole.

More Comebacks: Johns Hopkins has erased at least a three-goal deficit to win three times this season. The Blue Jays trailed 4-1 against Delaware, 9-2 at Virginia and trailed at Rutgers as late as 9-6 in the third quarter before rallying for a 13-12 victory.

Late-Game Heroics: Kyle Marr scored the game-winning goal in the 13-12 win at Rutgers with 14 seconds remaining in regulation. Prior to this, it was nearly seven years to the day since JHU had last scored a goal in the final two minutes of regulation to win a game and more than eight years since the Jays had scored in the final minute to win. In fact, in the last 15+ seasons (2003-2018), JHU has scored the game-winning goal in the final two minutes of regulation just four time.

Streaking: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game at Penn State riding the crest of a seven-game winning streak. The streak is the longest for the Blue Jays since a seven-game run late in the 2015 season and the streak is also currently the longest active streak in the nation. The Blue Jays last won eight in a row in 2012, when JHU opened the season at 8-0.

In the Big Ten: This week’s game against Penn State is the third in a five-game run of Big Ten games for the Blue Jays (and all six teams in the league). Since the league debuted in 2015, Johns Hopkins is 12-5 in B1G regular season games.

All-Time Big Ten Regular Season Records (2015-)
Maryland (15-2)
Johns Hopkins (12-5)
Ohio State (8-9)
Penn State (8-9)
Rutgers (7-10)
Michigan (1-16)

B1G Offense: The 208 goals and 12.3 goals per game Johns Hopkins has averaged in its 16 all-time Big Ten regular season games are the most in league history.

B1G Tournament Talk: The 2018 Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will take place on May 3rd (Semifinals (5 pm & 7:30 pm)) and 5th (Championship (7 pm)) at the University of Michigan.
With three league games still remaining, it might be a bit early to start looking ahead, but Johns Hopkins would clinch a berth in the tournament with a win on Saturday at Penn State.
Further, a Johns Hopkins win on Saturday, coupled with wins this weekend by Maryland and Ohio State would virtually assure the Blue Jays of no worse than the number two seed in the tournament.

13+: Johns Hopkins has scored 13 or more goals in each of the last seven games. This is the longest such streak for JHU since late in the 2003 season, when the Blue Jays actually scored 14+ in seven consecutive games. The last time Johns Hopkins scored 13 or more goals in eight straight games was in 1995, when the Blue Jays hit the mark in each of the first 11 games of the season.

Opponent Droughts: The Johns Hopkins defense held UMBC scoreless for a stretch of 38:05 from late in the first quarter through the middle of the fourth. That’s the longest JHU has held an opponent scoreless since the Jays held Mount St. Mary’s off the board for a run of 44:56 on April 14, 2014.

More Droughts: In the last six games (wins over Syracuse, UMBC, Delaware, Virginia, Rutgers and Ohio State), the Blue Jay defense has held the opposition scoreless for stretches of 38:05 (UMBC), 16:03 (Delaware), 15:50 (SU), 14:33 (Delaware), 14:16 (OSU), 14:00 (UVA), 13:01 (SU), 13:00 (UVA), 11:48 (Ohio State), 10:42 (RU) and 9:02 (SU). That’s a stretch of at least nine minutes 11 times in six games.

Second-Half Surge: The Blue Jays continued their recent second-half roll last Saturday against Ohio State as the Blue Jays outscored the Buckeyes 8-5 after intermission.

The weekend before at Rutgers, JHU outscored the Scarlet Knights 9-6 after intermission to claim a 13-12 win and that effort came one week after Johns Hopkins outscored Virginia 13-4 after halftime to secure a 15-13 come-from-behind victory against the Cavaliers.

The second-half run against OSU is nothing new for the Blue Jays, who have outscored the opposition 70-32 after halftime during their seven-game winning streak. JHU has scored at least eight goals in the second half in each of its last seven games.

That’s a Record: Senior Shack Stanwick broke the Johns Hopkins record for most consecutive games with a point as he had one goal and four assists at Rutgers; he pushed his streak to 58 games with one goal and three assists against Ohio State. He had previously shared the record of 56 games with Terry Riordan (1992-95).

Hitting the Century Mark: With four assists at Rutgers, senior Shack Stanwick topped the 100-career assist mark at Rutgers and added three more against Ohio State to push his total to 106. He is just the seventh player in school history to reach 100 career assists and his 106 rank fifth in school history.

Stanwick Among Career Leaders: With 89 goals and 106 assists for 195 points to his credit, senior attackman Shack Stanwick enters this week’s game ranked fifth in school history in assists, 12th in school history in points and 28th in goals.

90-100: Shack Stanwick needs one goal to become the third player in school history to record 90 or more goals and 100 or more assists. Only Jack Thomas (103g, 121a from 1972-74) and Richie Hirsch (101g, 103a from 1974-77) have turned that trick in JHU history.

Williams Tops in Goals, Second in Points: Sophomore attackman Cole Williams totaled two goals and a career-high four assists in the 13-12 win at Rutgers for a personal best six points and came back with a career-high-tying four goals against Ohio State. He had never previously recorded more than one assist in a game before the game at Rutgers and he earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors and a spot on the USILA Team of the Week for his efforts.

Williams currently leads the team in goals (25), is second in points (33) and ranks fourth in assists (8). He has totaled at least two goals and three points in eight straight games with five hat tricks during that time.

DeSimone Fourth in Goals, Fifth in Points: Freshman Connor DeSimone is quietly putting together a strong rookie campaign as a member of the Blue Jays’ first midfield. He scored twice in the second half of the 13-12 win at Rutgers to push his season total to 13 goals and he now ranks fourth on the team in goals and fifth in points (13).

All 13 of DeSimone’s goals have come in the last eight games with hat tricks against Syracuse and Virginia and two-goal efforts against Princeton, UMBC and Rutgers.

Marr Second in Goals, Fourth in Points: Junior attackman Kyle Marr scored the highlight reel game-winner with 14 seconds left in Johns Hopkins’ 13-12 win at Rutgers and added two goals against Ohio State to push his season totals to 21 goals and 10 assists for 31 points. He is second on the team in goals, third in assists and fourth in points.

Marr has eight multi-point, seven multi-goal and four multi-assist games on the year and has four games with five or more points to his credit. He will carry career totals of 59 goals and 33 assists for 92 points into the game against Penn State.

Tinney Closing on 100: Senior midfielder Joel Tinney enters this week’s game against Ohio State just two points shy of 100 for his career as he has 58 goals and 40 assists to his credit.

After a one-goal, two-assist showing against Ohio State last week, Tinney has seven consecutive multi-point games to his credit and eight multi-point games on the year. He also has six multi-assist games and three multi-goal games and is third on the team in points (32), ranks second in assists (21) and is tied for fifth in goals (11).

The 2017 Second Team USILA All-American has started all 43 games in his career and also has 92 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers.

Moreland Among National Leaders: Senior Hunter Moreland enters this week’s game against Penn State ranked 12th in the nation in faceoff winning percentage (.613) and 10th in ground balls per game (7.1). He is 138-of-225 (.613) at the dot with a team-high 71 ground balls. His 71 GBs are already the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Drew Kennedy had 132 in 2014.

In his last nine games, Moreland is now 131-of-205 (.639) with 67 ground balls (7.4/game).

With his recent surge, Moreland is 425-of-740 (.574) with 182 ground balls in his career. He ranks sixth in school history in career faceoff wins and fifth in faceoff attempts.

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