Johns Hopkins-Michigan Men's Lacrosse Notes
GAME TIME IS 5 PM - IT WAS MOVED FROM ITS ORIGINAL TIME (7 PM) SEVERAL MONTHS AGO
The Game: Johns Hopkins (7-4, 2-1 B1G) heads north to Michigan to take on the Wolverines (3-8, 0-3 B1G) in the next-to-last game of the 2016 regular season for both teams. Faceoff is set for 5 pm on Saturday, April 23 and the game will air live on the Big Ten Network.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins picked up its second straight Big Ten win of the season as the Blue Jays edged Penn State, 12-11, on the road on Sunday night. Michigan dropped its sixth straight as the Wolverines fell to rival Ohio State, 10-7, last Saturday.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Michigan are meeting for just the fourth time in series history. Johns Hopkins has won all three previous meetings. Detailed series information can be found on page 12.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Michigan with an all-time record of 962-319-15 (.748). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 11th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and is tied for 10th in the Cascade/Maverick Media Poll. Michigan is not ranked in either poll.
Something B1G: Johns Hopkins’ last five games of the regular season are all Big Ten games. The Blue Jays are 6-2 all-time in B1G regular season play as they posted a 4-1 mark in last season’s inaugural year and stand at 2-1 this season.
B1G at Home: Johns Hopkins is 4-0 all-time in Big Ten home games as the Blue Jays topped Rutgers, Penn State and Michigan at Homewood Field last season and added a 13-12 win over Ohio State earlier this season.
B1G Road: Johns Hopkins posted a 1-1 record in two Big Ten road games last season and now stands at 2-2 all-time on the road in B1G play after last week’s win at Penn State.
The Race to the B1G Tournament: With two games to play in the regular season, all six teams are still alive in the race for a spot in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament, which will take place at Johns Hopkins on May 5th and 7th.
While it’s still too early to figure out all the possibilities, below is a quick look at the status of JOhns Hopkins and Michigan in the race for a spot in the tournament:
Johns Hopkins (2-1 B1G): Johns Hopkins would clinch a berth in the upcoming B1G Tournament with a win or losses by Penn State and Ohio State this week.
Michigan (0-3 B1G): With games against Johns Hopkins and Penn State remaining, Michigan remains alive in the battle for a spot in the B1G Tournament. A pair of wins, coupled with losses by Johns Hopkins to Maryland and Penn State to Rutgers could get the Wolverines into the tournament (this is not guaranteed).
Blue Jays Win First-Ever Big 10 Tournament: Johns Hopkins earned the first conference title in school history with a 13-6 win over Ohio State in last season’s Big Ten title game. The Big Ten sponsored men’s lacrosse for the first time in 2015. JHU shared the regular season title with Maryland, earned the top seed in the tournament via a head-to-head win against the Terps and then topped Penn State and Ohio State in the tournament to claim the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
It’s Been a While: The 19 goals Johns Hopkins scored at UMBC on March 30 are the most for the Blue Jays this season, the most they’ve scored in a game since a 19-7 win at Virginia in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament and the most in a regular season game since March 5, 2013, when JHU topped Mount St. Mary’s 19-9.
Yes, They Belong to Pietramala: Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala missed the games against Syracuse, Virginia, UMBC and Rutgers. Although the team was led by associate head coach Bill Dwan in each of those games, per NCAA policy, Pietramala is credited with the victories (2) and defeats (2) in his record.
That’s 175: The 13-12 win against Ohio State on April 9 was the 175th for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. Since returning to Homewood in 2001, Pietramala now boasts a record 176-66 (.727).
Closing on 200: The win against Penn State was the 199th in the college coaching career of Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala. Pietramala’s overall record now stands at 199-83 (.706) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 176-66 (.727).
Pietramala ranks 10th among active Division I coaches in career victories.
Most Viewed - Part I: Johns Hopkins ranks fifth in the nation in average home attendance through games of April 19 as the Blue Jays have averaged 2,643 fans for their first five home games. Only seven teams are averaging more than 2,000 fans per home game with Syracuse (4,265), Ohio State (4,151), Maryland (2,989), Army (2,940), Notre Dame (2,541) and Denver (2,531) joining Johns Hopkins as only teams in the nation averaging more than 2,000 fans per home game.
Most Viewed - Part II: Johns Hopkins played its first two games of the 2016 season on the road. In those two games, Johns Hopkins helped draw two of the hightest online viewership numbers in Patriot League Network (PLN) history. The Johns Hopkins-Navy game on February 9 drew a PLN-record 20,624 unique viewers, while the Johns Hopkins-Loyola game on February 20 drew just under 16,000 unique viewers. Against the Big Ten: While this is just the second season of Big Ten men’s lacrosse, the Blue Jays are no strangers to the teams in the league. In fact, this week’s game against Michigan will be the 169th all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team in the Big Ten. The Blue Jays are currently 120-47-1 (.717) in the previous 168 games against Big Ten teams. A majority of the previous 168 have come against long-time rival Maryland (113-of-168).Balanced Scoring: Through 11 games, Johns Hopkins is using a balanced scoring attack to average 12.55 goals per game. The Blue Jays, who rank 13th in the nation in scoring offense, have eight different players who have scored eight or more goals and 11 players with five or more points thus far.
In all, Johns Hopkins has gotten goals from 17 different players, assists from 16 different players and 21 players have at least one point.
In the entire 2015 season, Johns Hopkins got goals from 14 players and assists from 15 players - marks the Blue Jays have already surpassed through just 11 games.
Scoring From Different Places: In addition to the scoring the Blue Jays are receiving from the attack and midfield, the Blue Jays are also getting production from their faceoff specialists, defensive midfielders (LSM & SSDM) and close defensemen. In fact, through 11 games, players who play these positions have combined for eight goals and eight assists.
Brown, Stanwick on Tewaaraton Watch List: Senior attackman Ryan Brown and sophomore attackman Shack Stanwick are among the 65 men’s players listed on the 2016 Tewaaraton Watch List. Brown was among the 50 original players named on February 23, while Stanwick was among 15 players added to the list on March 17.
The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States.
Brown Has Nation’s Fourth-Longest Streak: Senior attackman Ryan Brown extended his point-scoring streak to 45 games with two goals and one assist against Penn State. The streak is tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the nation entering this week’s game against Michigan and is the longest by a Johns Hopkins player since Terry Riordan had a school-record 56-game streak from 1992-95.
New Faces on Defense: Juniors Nick Fields (D) and Joe Carlini (SSDM) are the only two players who saw extended regular playing time on defense last season for the Blue Jays who are back in the rotation this season.
Fields is joined on close defense by freshman Patrick Foley, junior transfer Austin Spencer and graduate student transfer Ben Kellar. Kellar started the first three games, but Spencer has stepped in since then with Kellar coming off the bench. Spencer had been playing long stick midfield before moving down low.
Carlini’s regular linemates include freshman Robert Kuhn (LSM), senior Derrick Kihembo (LSM), sophomores Tal Bruno (SSDM) and Chris Hubler (SSDM) and senior Kelton Black (SSDM). In addition to their efforts on defense, Fields (1g, 1a), Kuhn (2a), Foley (1g), Kihembo (1g), Bruno (2g), and Carlini (4a) have also worked their way onto the scoresheet.
Add in sophomore goalie Brock Turnbaugh, who is in his first season as a starter, and senior Matt O’Keefe, a man-down specialist, and the wholesale changes on that end of the field are even more obvious.
Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins has scored at least two extra-man goals in seven of its 11 games this season and is currently 19-of-37 (.514) in extra-man situations on the year. Johns Hopkins ranks fourth in the nation in extra-man percentage and the Blue Jays are one of just six teams converting at better than 50%.
More Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins scored 38 extra-man goals in 2015 and much of the damage was done by players who are back this season. In fact, players who accounted for all 38 Blue Jay extra-man goals are back, while 23 of the team’s 33 assists accumulated on the extra-man are also back. Hopkins converted 38-of-82 (.463) extra-man chances last season to finish 11th in the nation. The 38 extra-man goals the Blue Jays scored last season were the most for Johns Hopkins since 2003 (40).
Scoring Droughts: After allowing a total of 35 goals in the first three games (11.7/game), the Blue Jay defense has held the opposition to a total of just 84 goals in its last eight outings (10.5) - despite the wholesale changes in personnel noted above.
A big part of the unit’s success has been its ability to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches. In fact, through 11 games, Johns Hopkins has already held the opposition without a goal for a stretch of 10 minutes or longer 19 times and 15 minutes or longer four times.
In Overtime: With last week’s 12-11 win at Penn State, Johns Hopkins is 24-14 (.632) all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays are 3-1 in overtime this season.
One Goal Games: With last week’s 12-11 win at Penn State, Johns Hopkins is 50-25 (.667) in one-goal games under head coach Dave Pietramala.
More One Goal Games: Johns Hopkins has played 75 games that have been decided by one goal since head coach Dave Pietramala took over in 2001. The 75 games represent 31.0% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (75-of-242).
State Rivalries: Including the recent win against UMBC, Johns Hopkins is 72-12 (.856) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played against teams from the state of Maryland.
In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked 11th 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. Prior to falling out of the top 20 of the USILA Poll on April 26 and May 3, 2010 (JHU was receiving votes in both polls), the Blue Jays had been ranked in the top 20 in 367 consecutive polls dating back to the first poll in 1973.
More Polls: Including the most recent USILA Poll, there have been 446 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 441 of those 446 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 401 of the 446 and the top five in 304 of those 446. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.
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