April 14, 2010
The Game: The greatest rivalry in college lacrosse renews itself for the 106th time as Johns Hopkins (5-5) and Maryland (7-2) meet in the second game of the Smartlink Day of Rivals at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. The JHU-Maryland game will follow the Army-Navy game, which is due to begin at 4 pm. Faceoff for the JHU-Maryland game is tentatively scheduled for 6:33 pm.
Last Time Out: Johns Hopkins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 19-7 win against Albany last Saturday at Homewood Field. Maryland snapped a two-game losing streak with an 11-9 win over Navy at Byrd Stadium last Saturday.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Maryland are meeting for the 106th time in a series that dates to a 10-0 Johns Hopkins win in 1895. The Blue Jays hold a 67-37-1 advantage in the series and the Blue Jays have currently won three straight and 12 of the last 15 against the Terps. A complete series history can be found on page 10.
Game Number 1,200: Last week's game against Albany was the 1,200th in the history of the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse program.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game against Maryland with an all-time record of 897-288-15 (.754). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
That's 609 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays' all-time record is now 897-288-15 (.754) ... that's 609 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 nine games over .500.
Home Away From Home: This week's game against Maryland will be the 11th Johns Hopkins has played at M&T Bank Stadium. The Blue Jays are 6-4 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. After dropping two of their first three games at M&T Bank Stadium in 2003 and 2004, the Blue Jays have won five of their last six here, including last season's 10-9 win over Maryland in the inaugural Day of Rivals event.
Home(wood) Sweet Home(wood): Johns Hopkins is 65-11 (.855) under Dave Pietramala at Homewood Field. Included in those 65 wins are a school and NCAA-record-tying 37-game winning streak from 2001-06.
Streaking: Johns Hopkins is 87-25 in its last 112 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 103-31 overall since the start of the 2002 season.
April Reign: Flipping the calendar to April has usually been a good sign for the Blue Jays, who won all five of their games in April a year ago and had won nine straight games in April prior to the loss to North Carolina on April 3. The Blue Jays are 42-5 (.894) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 23-3 at home, 18-2 on the road and 1-0 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala's guidance
State Rivalries: Without question the Blue Jays play one of the most difficult schedules in the nation and a big part of the schedule are the in-state rivalries the Blue Jays have. JHU won all six of its games last season against in-state rivals (UMBC, Maryland, Navy, Towson, Mount St. Mary's, Loyola) and the Blue Jays are 46-2 (.958) against teams from Maryland under head coach Dave Pietramala. JHU has currently won 23 straight games against teams from Maryland as the Blue Jays last lost a game against an in-state team during the 2006 season (Maryland).
Poll Position: The Blue Jays are ranked 15th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 16th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Maryland is ranked fourth in both polls. The Johns Hopkins SID Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU's official ranking at the time of a game.
More Poll Position: Including this week's USILA Poll, there have been 366 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in all 366 of those polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 350 of those 366 polls.
A Brutal Stretch: JHU played second-ranked Syracuse on March 20, traveled to top-ranked Virginia on March 27 and rounded out a brutal three-game stretch with the home game on April 3 against third-ranked North Carolina. Those three teams currently have a combined record of 30-2 (the UNC and Syracuse losses were both against Virginia).
Johns Hopkins is the only team in the nation that has played Syracuse, Virginia and North Carolina and no other team in the nation in scheduled to play the consensus top three teams in the nation at any point during the regular season.
Youth Shall Be Served: If it was possible, the Blue Jay lineup actually got younger against North Carolina. While sophomore Tom Palasek jumped into the starting lineup on attack for rookie Zach Palmer, freshman John Ranagan replaced senior Max Chautin on the Blue Jays' first midfield and fellow freshman Pierce Bassett got his first start in goal.
Ranagan and Bassett joined freshmen Tucker Durkin (D) and John Greeley (M) in the starting lineup to mark the first time Johns Hopkins has started four freshmen since the 2002 NCAA Semifinals, when attackmen Kyle Barrie and Peter LeSueur, midfielder Kyle Harrison and defenseman Chris Watson all started against Princeton. Ranagan, Greeley, Durkin and Bassett also started last week against Albany.
More Youth: Johns Hopkins freshmen combined for eight goals and two assists in last week's win over Albany. In addition, players who will return next season combined for a total of 12 goals and three assists in the victory.
Bassett Gains Victory in Goal: One week after becoming just the fifth true freshman to start in goal for Johns Hopkins since 1972, Pierce Bassett gained his first victory with last week's 19-7 win against Albany. He posted eight saves and allowed six goals in just under 55 minutes of action.
Bassett became the first player from the state of Arizona to start a men's lacrosse game at Johns Hopkins when he got the nod against UNC and, as noted above, is just the fifth true freshman to start a game in goal for the Blue Jays since freshmen became eligible in 1972 (from the late 1940s through 1971 freshmen were ineligible for varsity athletics in college).
Offensive Notes of Interest:
JHU ranks 23rd in the nation in scoring (10.8).
The 19 goals Johns Hopkins scored last week against Albany are the most for the Blue Jays since April 3, 2006, when they knocked off Mount St. Mary's 19-6.
JHU has picked up right where it left off last season in terms of shooting percentage as JHU has scored 108 goals on 319 shots (.339) in 10 games this season.
As a team, Johns Hopkins currently ranks eighth in the nation in shooting percentage. The highest shooting percentage the Blue Jays have had over a full season in the Dave Pietramala era came last season, when JHU connected on 32.9 percent of its shots.
The Blue Jays scored on 16-of-31 (.516) shots in the win over UMBC. This marked the first time since at least 1993 that JHU has scored on 50 percent or more of its shots in a game.
Defensive Notes of Interest:
Johns Hopkins ranks 22nd in the nation in scoring defense (9.5).
JHU held Manhattan scoreless for the first 53:12. This is the longest the Blue Jays have held an opponent scoreless in one game in the Dave Pietramala era. The previous long was 49:11 against Mount St. Mary's in 2008.
JHU allowed the first goal of the game against Albany, then held the Great Danes scoreless for the next 24:46.
JHU has held the opposition scoreless for a stretch of 10 minutes or longer 16 times in 10 games this season.
Since the start of the 2007 season the Blue Jays have held the opposition scoreless for a streak of 14 minutes or longer 54 times. JHU has already done it seven times this season.
Hopkins has held the opposition scoreless for 25 minutes or longer 15 times since the start of the 2007 season.
One-Goal Turnarounds: Despite the 11-10 loss to Princeton, Johns Hopkins is still 36-12 in one-goal games since Dave Pietramala took over in 2001. The Blue Jays have won 23 of their last 31 and 27 of their last 36 one-goal games. In the nine seasons prior to Pietramala arriving (1992-2000) the Blue Jays were 12-10 in one-goal games.
More One-Goal Notes: The Blue Jays have come from behind to win 19 times during their last 23 one-goal wins. In 12 of those 19 come-from-behind one-goal wins the Blue Jays came back from a deficit of two goals or more.
Extra, Extra: With the 11-10 loss to Princeton, Johns Hopkins is now 16-7 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala's guidance. JHU won nine straight overtime games from 2004 through 2007. The Blue Jays had won three straight overtime games before dropping the game to Princeton.
Boyle Climbing In Record Book: Senior attackman Steven Boyle continues to make his mark in the Johns Hopkins record book. With his two goals and three assists last Saturday against Albany, he now leads the team in scoring with 24 goals and 16 assists for 40 points. His 24 goals and 40 points are both career highs and his 16 assists are just one shy of his personal best of 17, which came last season.
Boyle now ranks among the top 25 in school history in goals, assists and points. Below is a look at where he ranks in each category:
Steven Boyle needs ...
One point to become the 19th player in school history to reach the 150 career point mark.
Three goals to become the 13th player in school history with 90+ goals and 60+ assists.
Kimmel Among JHU Midfield Leaders: Senior midfielder Michael Kimmel ranks second on the team in scoirng with 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points this season. He broke out of a mini-slump with a two-goal, three-assist showing last week against Albany and continues to make his mark on the Blue Jay record book.
On JHU's career charts, Kimmel currently is tied for 18th in school history in assists (62) and ranks 24th in points (132).
Among players who played exclusively midfield during their career, Kimmel ranks fourth all-time in assists points and third in points.
JHU Career Assist Leaders - Midfielders Only
1. Kevin Boland - 82/2001-04
2. Del Dressel - 75/1983-86
3. Paul Rabil - 67/2005-08
4. Michael Kimmel - 62/Active
JHU Career Points Leaders - Midfielders Only
1. Paul Rabil - 178/2005-08
2. Del Dressel - 174/1983-86
3. Michael Kimmel - 132/Active
4. Kevin Boland - 129/2001-04