Johns Hopkins-Navy Men's Lacrosse Notes
April 14, 2009
The Game: Johns Hopkins (5-4) hits the home stretch of the regular season as the Blue Jays welcome Navy (9-3) to Homewood Field. It is Homecoming at Johns Hopkins.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins won its second straight game as the Blue Jays pulled out a 10-9 win over Maryland last Saturday in the second game of Inside Lacrosse's Smartlink Day of Rivals. Navy was also part of the event as the Midshipmen led off the doubleheader with an 8-4 win over archrival Army.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game against Navy with an all-time record of 887-282-15 (.755). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
That's 605 Games Over .500: With the win over Maryland, the Blue Jays' all-time record is now 887-282-15 (.755) ... that's 605 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 five games over .500.
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. Including the two wins this season against Albany and Maryland, the Blue Jays are 38-4 (.905) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 21-2 at home, 16-2 on the road and 1-0 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala's guidance.
A Brutal Stretch: This week's game against 11th-ranked Navy is the ninth 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 top-ranked Princeton, sixth-ranked UMBC, seventh-ranked Hofstra, fourth-ranked Syracuse, second-ranked Virginia, 10th-ranked North Carolina, 20th-ranked Albany and 12th-ranked Maryland in their last eight games. All eight of those teams were ranked in the top 18 in the nation at the time of the game. How difficult is the Blue Jays' schedule? Consider ...
Hitting the Century Mark: JHU head coach Dave Pietramala reached a milestone with the 14-9 win over Albany as the victory was his 100th as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays are now 101-29 (.777) on his watch and he is just the third coach in school history to win 100 games (Bob Scott-158, Henry Ciccarone-105).
And Closing on 125: In addition to recently earning his 100th win as the head coach at Johns Hopkins, head coach Dave Pietramala enters this week's game against Navy with an overall record of 124-46 (.729). This includes a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell (1998-2000).
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game against Navy ranked ninth in the USILA Coaches Poll. The Blue Jays are also ranked ninth in the Inside Lacrosse/Nike Media Poll. Navy is ranked 11th in the Coaches Poll and 11th 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 354 weekly polls. Amazingly, Johns Hopkins has been ranked in the top 20 in all 354 of those polls and has been in the top 10 in 342 of the 354.
Total Weeks: 354
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 94-23-2 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 78-20 in its last 98 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 93-25 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.
Wharton currently leads the team in goals (20) and points (29), while Boland (19g, 9a) 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 nine games, 78 of the Blue Jays' 104 goals (75%) have been scored by players who will return next season, while 51 of the team's 62 assists (82.3%) have been accumulated by players with at least one year of eligibility remaining.
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One-Goal Turnarounds: With the 10-9 win last week against Maryland, Johns Hopkins is 32-11 in one-goal games since Dave Pietramala took over in 2001. The Blue Jays have won 19 of their last 26 and 23 of their last 31 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 16 times during their last 19 one-goal wins. In 10 of those 16 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 last week against Maryland, when the Blue Jays erased an 8-7 deficit late in the third quarter.
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.
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