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Johns Hopkins-Ohio State B1G Men's Lacrosse Notes

Johns Hopkins travels to Ohio State for a rematch of the 2015 Big Ten Men's Lacrosse Championship Game.
May 2, 2017

Johns Hopkins-Ohio State B1G Semifinal Game Information
Game Date/Time May 4, 2017 / 7:30 pm
Location Columbus, OH • Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
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When Last We Saw Them: Johns Hopkins (8-5, 3-2 B1G) dropped its regular season finale, 12-5, at Maryland last Saturday night in College Park.

In the Polls: Johns Hopkins is ranked ninth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll, 10th in the Maverik Media Poll and fifth in the latest official NCAA RPI rankings.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Ohio State are meeting for the 10th time in a series that dates to a 17-8 Johns Hopkins victory in 1999. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 7-2 with four of the meetings coming between 1999-2002 and five since 2014. Ohio State knocked off Johns Hopkins, 13-9, in Columbus earlier this season. Detailed series information can be found on page 15.

These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Ohio State with an all-time record of 971-327-15 (.745). 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 May 4 and the Blue Jays are 8-1 in those nine games. Hopkins has currently won five straight games played on this date.

Tourney Talk: Third-seeded Johns Hopkins and second-seeded Ohio State will play in the second Big Ten semifinal game on Thursday, May 4 at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Faceoff will be at approximately 7:30 pm. The first semifinal will pit top-seeded Maryland against fourth-seeded Penn State. Faceoff for the first game is set for 5 pm. Both games will air live on the Big Ten Network.

Tournament History: Johns Hopkins is one of three Big Ten teams that will play in the league tournament for the third time as the Blue Jays join Maryland and Penn State on that short list.

Johns Hopkins won the inaugural Big Ten Tournament in 2015 at Maryland and fell to Rutgers in the semifinals at Homewood Field last season.

This week’s game against Ohio State is a rematch of the 2015 title game, which JHU won 13-6.

Up Next: Up next for the winner of the two Big Ten Semifinal games is an appearance in the 2017 Big Ten Championship game. That game will be played on Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 pm at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network and the winner will receive an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Beyond This Week: The bracket for the 2017 NCAA Tournament will be announced at 9 pm on Sunday, May 7. The bracket announcement will air live on ESPNU with first round games scheduled to take place on May 13-14.

Into Something B1G: Last week’s game at Maryland brought the 2017 Big Ten regular season to a close. Since the league debuted in 2015, Johns Hopkins is 10-5 in B1G regular season games.

All-Time Big Ten Regular Season Records (2015-)
Maryland (13-2)
Johns Hopkins (10-5)
Ohio State (8-7)
Penn State (7-8)
Rutgers (6-9)
Michigan (1-14)

Rematch on Tap: Johns Hopkins and Ohio State played earlier this season, a game the Buckeyes won 13-9. This week’s game against Ohio State will mark the 13th time a Dave Pietramala-coached Blue Jay team will face a team in the post-season (NCAA or Big 10 Tournament) that it lost to during the regular season. In the previous 12 rematches, Hopkins has come back to earn a victory eight times, including three in 2015 and four of five dating back to 2014.

An Offensive Group: Johns Hopkins punched up a season-high 19 goals in the recent 19-9 win against Michigan. The Blue Jays are averaging 11.92 goals per game, have scored 13 or more goals seven times in 13 games and rank 14th in the nation in scoring offense. In the Blue Jays’ eight wins, Hopkins is averaging 14.9 goals per game ... in their five losses, the Blue Jays have averaged 7.2.

The Nation’s Toughest Schedule: Through games of April 30, Johns Hopkins’ 13 regular season opponents had a combined record of 113-55 (.673). That ranks as the highest cumulative opponent winning percentage for any team in the nation.

Extra-Extra: Johns Hopkins is currently 23-of-39 (.590) on extra-man chances through 13 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-600 (.437) on extra-man chances.

Streaking: Junior attackman Shack Stanwick will carry a 46-game point-scoring streak into this week’s game against Ohio State. He has registered at least one point in every game of his career and his 46-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 - at times Benson has played a nine-man rotation.

The nine-man unit includes seniors John Crawley (17g, 4a), Cody Radziewicz (11g, 5a), Kieran Eissler (6g, 1a) and Connor Reed, juniors Joel Tinney (18g, 6a), Patrick Fraser (11g, 1a) and Brinton Valis (2g) and sophomores Alex Concannon (3g, 6a) and Drew Supinski.

Entering this week’s game against Ohio State, Hopkins’ top nine middies have 68 goals and 23 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 363 games and have totaled 229 goals and 119 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, two at Ohio State and against Penn State and one goal and one assist against Michigan and Maryland to boost his career totals to 46 goals and 16 assists for 62 points in 31 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 Ohio State with 67 goals and 30 assists for 97 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 10.62 goals per game.

Joining Fields (22 GBs, 14 CTs in 13 games) in the regular starting lineup are close defensemen Trevor Koelsch (11 GBs, 9 CTs) and Jack Rapine (24 GBs, 14 CTs). Gerald Logan (9.92 GAA, .496 save %) started the first eight games in goal, but junior Brock Turnbaugh (11.48 GAA, .431 save %) got the nod in the last five.

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 6.46 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, a 13-of-20 effort with seven GBs and one assist against Michigan and a 12-of-17 effort with three GBs at Maryland and Moreland is now 86-of-143 (.601) on the year with 29 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 13 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.

A Half Century: Senior midfielders John Crawley and Joe Carlini played in their 62nd career games when the Blue Jays played at Maryland, while senior defenseman Nick Fields and senior midfielder Cody Radziewicz have both now played in 61 games. Senior Kieran Eissler played in his 53rd career game against Maryland and Connor Reed made his 51st career appearance against the Terrapins.

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 29.3% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (76-of-259).

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 462 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 457 of those 462 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 411 of the 462 and the top five in 307 of those 462. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.

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