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Johns Hopkins-Maryland Men's Lacrosse Notes

Senior Kieran Eissler and the Blue Jays travel to College Park to take on fifth-ranked Maryland on Saturday night at 8 pm.
April 27, 2017

Johns Hopkins-Maryland Game Information
Game Date/Time April 29, 2017 / 8 pm
Location College Park, MD • Maryland Stadium
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When Last We Saw Them: Johns Hopkins (8-4, 3-1 B1G) picked up its second straight win and locked up a berth in next week’s Big Ten Tournament with a 19-9 victory against Michigan last Saturday at Homewood Field.

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

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Maryland are meeting for the 115th time in a series that dates to a 10-0 Blue Jay victory in 1895. Johns Hopkins leads the series 71-42-1, although the Terps have won two straight against the Blue Jays. Detailed series information can be found on page 14.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Maryland with an all-time record of 971-326-15 (.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 nine games on April 29 and the Blue Jays are 9-0 in those nine games. Included in that 9-0 record is a 19-13 win over Maryland on April 29, 1978.

Tourney Talk: With one regular season game remaining in the 2017 season the race for one of the four spots in the upcoming B1G Tournament is ... complete. The only things remaining to be decided are the regular champion (s) and the final seeding for the tournament.

Entering this weekend’s games, below is a quick look at each team’s current situation in relation to the B1G Tournament and the regular season title (only the four teams that will participate in the B1G Tournament are included).

Johns Hopkins - Blue Jays get ...
#1 seed with a win and an Ohio State loss at Rutgers - Outright B1G regular season title
#2 seed with a win and an Ohio State win at Rutgers - Share B1G regular season title
#3 seed with a loss.

Maryland - Terps get ...
#1 seed with a win and an Ohio State loss at Rutgers - Outright B1G regular season title
#2 seed with a win and an Ohio State win at Rutgers - Share B1G regular season title
#3 seed with a loss.

Ohio State - Buckeyes get ...
#1 seed with a win - Outright B1G regular season title
#2 seed with a loss.

Penn State - Nittany Lions get ...
#4 seed in every scenario

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 10-4 in B1G regular season games.

All-Time Big Ten Regular Season Records (2015-)
Maryland (12-2)
Johns Hopkins (10-4)
Ohio State (8-6)
Penn State (6-8)
Rutgers (5-9)
Michigan (1-13)

Strange, But True: While not all of the games were against Maryland, every Johns Hopkins season from 1995 through 2001 ended with a loss in Maryland Stadium (four in the NCAA Semifinals and three in the NCAA Quarterfinals). Since then, the Blue Jays have won eight straight games in Maryland Stadium, including three in an eight-day span late in the 2015 season. During that three-game run, Hopkins topped Maryland (15-12) in the regular season finale and then beat Penn State (14-9) and Ohio State (13-6) in the Big Ten Tournament.

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins punched up a season-high 19 goals in last week’s 19-9 win against Michigan. The Blue Jays are averaging 12.5 goals per game, have scored 13 or more goals seven times in 12 games and rank 12th in the nation in scoring offense. In the Blue Jays’ eight wins, Hopkins is averaging 14.9 goals per game ... in their four losses, the Blue Jays have averaged 7.8.

Second Toughest Schedule: Through games of April 24, Johns Hopkins’ 13 regular season opponents had a combined record of 105-49 (.682). That ranks as the second-highest cumulative opponent winning percentage for any team in the nation (Notre Dame (.689) ranks first).

Quarterly Report: In the first 12 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, this weekend.

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.

Against the Big Ten: This week’s game against Maryland will be the 176th all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team currently in the Big Ten. Johns Hopkins is 124-50-1 (.711) all-time against current Big Ten schools. Note that not all of these games were played against teams while they were a member of the Big Ten.

Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins is currently 23-of-37 (.622) on extra-man chances through 12 games. The Blue Jays rank 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 262-of-598 (.438) on extra-man chances.

Streaking: Junior attackman Shack Stanwick will carry a 45-game point-scoring streak into this week’s game against Maryland. He has registered at least one point in every game of his career and his 45-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 (16g, 4a), Cody Radziewicz (11g, 5a), Kieran Eissler (5g, 1a) and Connor Reed, juniors Joel Tinney (17g, 5a), Patrick Fraser (11g, 1a) and Brinton Valis (2g) and sophomores Alex Concannon (3g, 5a) and Drew Supinski.

Entering this week’s game against Maryland, Hopkins’ top nine middies have 65 goals and 21 assists this season; they combined for nine goals and four assists in the win against Virginia, seven goals against Penn State and seven goals and two assists against Michigan. For their careers they have played in a combined 354 games and have totaled 226 goals and 117 assists among them.

Tinney Among Hopkins Midfield Leaders: Junior Joel Tinney reached the 50-point mark in his career against Towson, added a goal against Syracuse, three against Virginia and two at Ohio State and against Penn State and one goal and one assist against Michigan to boost his career totals to 45 goals and 15 assists for 60 points in 30 games. In the win against the Cavaliers, he scored his 40th career goal in his 26th game.

How rare is it for a Johns Hopkins midfielder to reach 40 career goals in 26 games? Consider that in head coach Dave Pietramala’s 17-year tenure at Homewood, that’s the quickest a Blue Jay midfielder has gotten there.

Here’s a look at some other notable Blue Jay midfielders and when they scored their 40th career goal since Pietramala took over (2001-present):

Joel Tinney (Active) - 40th career goal in 26th career game
Paul Rabil (2005-08) - 40th career goal in 27th career game
Kyle Harrison (2002-05) - 40th career goal in 37th career game
Michael Kimmel (2007-10) - 40th career goal in 36th career game

Closing on 100: Senior midfielder John Crawley enters this week’s game against Maryland with 66 goals and 30 assists for 96 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 12 games the Blue Jays are allowing 10.5 goals per game.

Joining Fields (20 GBs, 13 CTs in 12 games) in the regular starting lineup are close defensemen Trevor Koelsch (11 GBs, 8 CTs) and Jack Rapine (24 GBs, 13 CTs). Gerald Logan (10.39 GAA, .477 save %) started the first eight games in goal, but junior Brock Turnbaugh (10.63 GAA, .463 save %) got the nod in the last four 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 6.67 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, a 19-of-28 showing with five GBs against Penn State and a 13-of-20 effort with seven GBs and one assist against Michigan, and Moreland is now 74-of-126 (.587) on the year with 26 GBs and two assists 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 12 games, the Blue Jays’ top five players on the rope unit - LSMs Robert Kuhn (4g, 3a) and Austin Spencer (1g, 1a) and SSDMs Joe Carlini (7a), Tal Bruno (1g) and Danny Jones (1a) - have combined for six goals and 12 assists.

Carlini’s seven assists are third on the team, while Kuhn scored twice against Syracuse and has at least one point in five of the last eight 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.

First-Timers: Freshman Cole Williams scored the first goal of his career in the season-opening win against Navy, while Alex Concannon, Forry Smith and Thomas Guida all found the back of the net for the first time in their career against UMBC.

Senior LSM Austin Spencer added his name to the list with his first career goal at Johns Hopkins in the Blue Jays’ game at Princeton (Spencer did score one goal at UMass before transferring to Johns Hopkins prior to the 2016 season) and Jake Fox netted his first career tally against Michigan.

A Half Century: Senior midfielders John Crawley and Joe Carlini played in their 61st career games when the Blue Jays hosted Michigan, while senior defenseman Nick Fields and senior midfielder Cody Radziewicz have both now played in 60 games. Senior Kieran Eissler played in his 52nd career game against Michigan and Connor Reed made his 50th career appearance against the Wolverines.

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 29.5% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (76-of-258).

In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked eighth 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 461 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 456 of those 461 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 410 of the 461 and the top five in 307 of those 461. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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