Johns Hopkins-Loyola Men's Lacrosse Notes
April 30, 2009
The Game: Johns Hopkins (8-4) closes the regular season at home with the annual season finale against Charles Street rival Loyola (9-4).
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins rans its winning streak to five games with a 12-5 win at Mount St. Mary's on Monday night. The Greyhounds won their fourth straight with a 16-7 home victory against Hobart last Saturday.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game against Loyola with an all-time record of 890-282-15 (.756). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
That's 608 Games Over .500: With the win over Mount St. Mary's, the Blue Jays' all-time record is now 890-282-15 (.756) ... that's 608 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 eight games over .500.
Honoring the Seniors: Johns Hopkins will honors its seniors prior to the game against Loyola. Since arriving in the fall of 2005, the current senior class has helped guide the Blue Jays to a 41-19 (.683) record with one national championship (2007) and one national runner-up finish (2008). Johns Hopkins has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of the first three years of their career.
Honoring the Past: Johns Hopkins will add nine members to its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday night and the nine will be recognized at halftime of the game against Loyola. Among the nine are former men's lacrosse standouts Franz Wittelsberger `76 and Quint Kessenich `90. Wittelseberger graduated as JHU's career leader in goals (151) and held that mark until 1995, when it was surpassed by Terry Riordan. He led JHU in goals scored (45) during the Blue Jays' 1974 NCAA Championship season (1st NCAA title for JHU). Kessenich started in goal at Johns Hopkins from 1987-90 and helped the Blue Jays to the 1987 NCAA Championship. He twice earned First Team All-America honors and remains the only Johns Hopkins goalie to earn All-America honors four times in his career.
May Day: JHU is 27-6 (.818) in the month of May under Pietramala, including a perfect 13-0 at Homewood Field. Overall the Blue Jays have won 21 consecutive games at Homewood Field in the month of May. JHU's last loss at home in May came on May 2, 1992, when Towson dropped the Blue Jays, 14-13, in overtime.
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 five wins this season (5-0), the Blue Jays are 41-4 (.911) under head coach Dave Pietramala in games played in April. JHU is 22-2 at home, 18-2 on the road and 1-0 on a neutral field in April under Pietramala's guidance.
A Brutal Stretch: Starting with the game against Princeton on February 28 and running through the game against Navy (4/18), Johns Hopkins played nine straight games against teams ranked in the top 20.
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 104-29 (.782) on his watch and he is just the third coach in school history to win 100 games (Bob Scott-158, Henry Ciccarone-105).
Petro Earns Career Win Number 125: In addition to recently earning his 100th win as the head coach at Johns Hopkins, Dave Pietramala grabbed the 125th overall coaching victory of his career with the 15-7 win over Navy. He enters this week's game against Loyola with an overall record of 127-46 (.734). 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 Loyola ranked eighth in the USILA Coaches Poll. The Blue Jays are also ranked sixth in the Inside Lacrosse/Nike Media Poll. Loyola is ranked sixth in both polls.
More Poll Position: Records indicate that the USILA began sponsoring a weekly coaches poll during the 1973 season. Since then there have been 356 weekly polls. Amazingly, Johns Hopkins has been ranked in the top 20 in all 356 of those polls and has been in the top 10 in 344 of the 356.
Total Weeks: 356
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 97-23-2 (.8030 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 81-20 in its last 100 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 96-25 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 have combined for 10 or more points five times in nine starts together and nine or more points six times in those nine games.
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 12 games, 102 of the Blue Jays' 142 goals (71.8%) have been scored by players who will return next season, while 70 of the team's 86 assists (81.4%) have been accumulated by players with at least one year of eligibility remaining. Taking a look at the top of the scoring charts magnifies the Blue Jays' youth even more:
JHU's top four scorers (Kyle Wharton-37, Chris Boland-36, Michael Kimmel-36, Steven Boyle-33) have combined for 142 points this season. All four are due to return in 2010.
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Kimmel Joins Elite Club: Junior Michael Kimmel is enjoying the finest season of his career and one of the finest seasons by a midfielder in the nation this season and has established himself as a legitimate contender for the the McLaughlin Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top midfielder.
One-Goal Turnarounds: With the 11-10 double overtime win at Towson, Johns Hopkins is 33-11 in one-goal games since Dave Pietramala took over in 2001. The Blue Jays have won 20 of their last 27 and 24 of their last 32 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 17 times during their last 20 one-goal wins. In 11 of those 17 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 at Towson (4-22-09), when the Blue Jays trailed by as many as four (twice) in the third quarter. The four-goal deficit is the largest JHU has overcome to win a game since March 18, 2005, when the Blue Jays erased a 7-1 deficit and defeated Syracuse 12-11 in overtime.
Extra, Extra: Last week's 11-10 double overtime victory at Towson snapped a four-game losing streak in overtime for the Blue Jays. JHU is 14-6 all-time in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala's guidance and won seven straight overtime games from 2004 through 2007 before dropping three straight games in OT last season and one earlier this year at North Carolina.
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