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Johns Hopkins-Michigan Men's Lacrosse Notes

A large Homecoming crowd is expected for Saturday's Johns Hopkins-Michigan men's lacrosse game.
April 20, 2017

Johns Hopkins-Michigan Game Information
Game Date/Time April 22, 2017 / 2 pm
Location Baltimore, MD • Homewood Field
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When Last We Saw Them: Johns Hopkins (7-4, 2-1 B1G) knocked off then fifth-ranked Penn State, 13-11, last Saturday at Homewood Field.

In the Polls: Johns Hopkins is ranked ninth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll, eighth in the Maverik Media Poll and fourth in the NCAA RPI rankings.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Michigan are meeting for just the fifth time in a series that dates to a 17-8 Blue Jay victory in 2013. Johns Hopkins has won each of the first four games in the series. Detailed series information can be found on page 14.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Michigan with an all-time record of 970-326-15 (.746). 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 12 games on April 22 and the Blue Jays are 12-0 in those 12 games. In three of those seasons - 1959, 1967, 1978 - Johns Hopkins went on to win the national championship.

Honoring Our Seniors: Johns Hopkins will honor 16 seniors/graduate students prior to Saturday’s game against Michigan. The 16, along with Will Ryan (honored last season so not part of this week’s ceremony) will play their final regular season game at Homewood Field on Saturday against the Wolverines.

Chris Gardner Game: The Blue Jays’ game against Michigan this week will be in honor of Chris Gardner, a freshman on the 1996 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team who lost his battle with cancer in 1997.

Johns Hopkins has played a game in Gardner’s honor each year since 1998 with $1 added to the cost of all tickets. That revenue is donated to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in his name. Gardner received his treatment at the Children’s Center and members of the team have to continued to regularly visit the hospital since then.

A “Chris Gardner Player of the Game” award is presented to a member of both teams at the conclusion of the game. Chris’s younger brother, Matt, will be on hand to present the awards.

The Champs are Back: Continuing a tradition that started several years ago, Johns Hopokins will welcome the national chmpionship teams of 1957, 1967, 1987 and 2007 as part of Champions Day on Saturday. Each year, Champions Day honors Johns Hopkins teams that are celebrating annivesaries of their national championships (five and 10-year anniversaries).

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 9-4 in B1G regular season games.

All-Time Big Ten Regular Season Records (2015-)
Maryland (12-1)
Johns Hopkins (9-4)
Ohio State (7-6)
Penn State (5-8)
Rutgers (5-8)
Michigan (1-12)

Tourney Talk: With two regular season games remaining in the 2017 season the race for one of the four spots in the upcoming B1G Tournament is on.

Entering this weekend’s games, below is a quick look at each team’s current sitation in the race to the B1G Tournament. What is listed below is the easist path to a berth in the tournament.

Johns Hopkins - The Blue Jays clinch a spot in the tournament with a win this weekend against Michigan. Hopkins gets at least a share of the B1G regular season title with two wins.

Maryland - The Terrapins have clinched a spot in the tournament. Maryland clinches at least a share of the B1G regular season title with a win this weekend and the outright title with a win and a Johns Hopkins loss to Michigan.

Michigan - The Wolverines are in the tournament with two wins coupled with two losses by both Johns Hopkins and Penn State.

Ohio State - Clinches a spot in the tournament with a win this weekend against Maryland. The Buckeyes earn at least a share of the B1G regular season title with two wins.

Penn State - Clinches a spot in the tournament with a win this weekend coupled with a win by Johns Hopkins over Michigan.

Rutgers - Clinches a spot in the tournament with a win against Penn State coupled with wins by Johns Hopkins over Michigan and Ohio State over Maryland this weekend.

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.

Second Toughest Schedule: Through games of April 17, Johns Hopkins’ 13 regular season opponents had a combined record of 100-44 (.694). That ranks as the second-highest cumulative opponent winning percentage for any team in the nation (Notre Dame (.699) ranks first).

Quarterly Report: In the first 11 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.

Pietramala Seventh Among Active Coaches in Wins: The recent win against Penn State was the 207th in the college coaching career of Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala. Pietramala’s overall record now stands at 207-90 (.697) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 184-73 (.716). Pietramala ranks seventh among active Division I coaches in career victories. Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins is currently 18-of-32 (.563) on extra-man chances through 11 games. The Blue Jays are tied for 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 257-of-593 (.433) on extra-man chances.

Streaking: Junior attackman Shack Stanwick will carry a 44-game point-scoring streak into this week’s game against Michigan. He has registered at least one point in every game of his career and his 44-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 (15g, 4a), Cody Radziewicz (9g, 4a), Kieran Eissler (3g) and Connor Reed, juniors Joel Tinney (16g, 4a), Patrick Fraser (10g, 1a) and Brinton Valis (2g) and sophomores Alex Concannon (3g, 5a) and Drew Supinski.

Entering this week’s game against Michigan, Hopkins’ top nine middies have 58 goals and 18 assists this season; they combined for nine goals and four assists in the win against Virginia and seven goals against Penn State. For their careers they have played in a combined 347 games and have totaled 220 goals and 115 assists among them.

Closing on 100: Senior midfielder John Crawley enters this week’s game against Michigan with 65 goals and 30 assists for 95 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, Rutgers to less than half its average in a 12-6 victory and Penn State nearly four below its average in a 13-11 victory; through 11 games the Blue Jays are allowing 10.64 goals per game.

Joining Fields (19 GBs, 13 CTs in 11 games) in the regular starting lineup are close defensemen Trevor Koelsch (10 GBs, 7 CTs) and Jack Rapine (21 GBs, 11 CTs). Gerald Logan (10.37 GAA, .472 save %) started the first eight games in goal, but junior Brock Turnbaugh (11.00 GAA, .463 save %) got the nod in the last three 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 nine against Penn State and is averaging 6.73 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, the game against Ohio State and a 19-of-28 showing with five GBs against Penn State, and Moreland is now 61-of-106 (.575) on the year with 19 GBs to his credit. The 19 FO wins against PSU are a career high and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Drew Kennedy won 21 against Syracuse in 2014.

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 11 games, the Blue Jays’ top five players on the rope unit - LSMs Robert Kuhn (3g, 3a) and Austin Spencer (1g, 1a) and SSDMs Joe Carlini (5a), Tal Bruno (1g) and Danny Jones (1a) - have combined for five goals and 10 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 four of the last seven games. He had a career-high seven GBs, two caused turnovers and an assist against Penn State to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.

A Half Century: Senior midfielders John Crawley and Joe Carlini played in their 60th career games when the Blue Jays hosted Penn State. Senior defenseman Nick Fields and senior midfielder Cody Radziewicz have both now played in 59 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 29.6% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (76-of-257).

In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked ninth 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 460 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 455 of those 460 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 409 of the 460 and the top five in 307 of those 460. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.