Johns Hopkins-Rutgers B1G Men's Lacrosse Notes
The Game: Third-seeded Johns Hopkins (8-5) and second-seeded Rutgers (10-4) meet in the second Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Semifinal at Homewood Field on Thursday, May 5. Faceoff is set for 8 pm (game will follow the matchup between top-seeded Maryland and fourth-seeded Penn State, which is set for 5:30 pm). Both semifinal games will air live on the Big Ten Network.
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins had its three-game winning streak snapped last Saturday at home as third-ranked Maryland topped the Blue Jays, 11-8. Rutgers also dropped its regular season finale as the Scarlet Knights fell at Ohio State, 12-10.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Rutgers are meeting for the 37th time in a series that dates to a 13-0 Johns Hopkins win in 1920. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 31-5, although it was Rutgers that took the last meeting, 16-9, earlier this season. Detailed series information can be found on page 13.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Rutgers with an all-time record of 963-320-15 (.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 10th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and ninth in the Cascade/Maverick Media Poll. Rutgers is ranked18th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 17th in the Cascade/Maverick Media Poll.
I’m Honored: Johns Hopkins placed four players on the 2016 All-Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Team, which was announced on Tuesday, May 3.
Senior attackman Ryan Brown and sophomore attackman Shack Stanwick both grabbed first team honors, while junior defenseman Nick Fields and junior midfielder John Crawley earned honorable mention status.
How It Sets Up: The winner of the Johns Hopkins-Rutgers Big Ten Semifinal will take on the winner of the other semifinal game between Maryland and Penn State in Saturday’s championship game. The title game is scheduled for 6 pm on Saturday, May 7.
What’s at Stake: The winner of the Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament earns the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
About the NCAA Tournament: The bracket for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will be announced on Sunday, May 8 at 9 pm on ESPNU.
More About the NCAA Tournament. The 18-team NCAA Tournament field will include 10 automatic qualifiers and eight at-large bids. The champions from the four lowest rated RPI conferences will play preliminary round games on Wednesday, May 11 with the winners advancing to the first round on May 14 or May 15.
There are eight at-large selections added to the automathic qualifers to complete the 18-team field.
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 2015 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 (14-9) and Ohio State (13-6) in the tournament to claim the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
May Day: Johns Hopkins has won 26 consecutive home games in the month of May. The last time the Blue Jays lost at home in the month of May was on May 2, 1992, when Towson topped the Blue Jays, 14-13.
More May: Johns Hopkins is 19-0 at home in the month of May since head coach Dave Pietramala took over in 2001.
Rematch on Tap: Johns Hopkins and Rutgers played earlier this season, a game the Scarlet Knights won 16-9. This week’s game against Rutgers will mark the 12th 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 11 rematches, Hopkins has come back to earn a victory eight times, including three last season and four straight dating back to 2014.
It’s Been a While: The 19 goals Johns Hopkins scored at UMBC on March 30 were the most for the Blue Jays in a regular season game since March 5, 2013, when JHU topped Mount St. Mary’s 19-9 (JHU did score 19 at Virginia in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament). Hopkins matched that 19-goal outburst at Michigan in a 19-13 win. This marks the first time since 2005 that Hopkins has scored 19 or more goals in a game more than once in the same season (JHU scored 19+ three times in 2005).
Yes, They Belong to Pietramala: Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala missed the games earlier this season 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 177-67 (.725).
That’s 200: The win against Michigan was the 200th in the college coaching career of Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala. Pietramala’s overall record now stands at 200-84 (.704) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 177-67 (.725).
That’s Tough: Through games of May 1, Johns Hopkins had a schedule that was the second toughest in the nation based on the cumulative record of all of its regular season opponents. The Blue Jays’ 13 regular season opponents have posted a combined record of 103-67 (.606) through games of May 1.
Most Viewed - Part I: Johns Hopkins ranks fourth in the nation in average home attendance through games of May 1 as the Blue Jays have averaged 3,150 fans for their first six home games. Only four teams are averaging more than 3,000 fans per home game with Syracuse (4,265), Ohio State (3,819) and Maryland (3,330) joining Johns Hopkins as only teams in the nation averaging more than 3,000 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 Rutgers will be the 171st all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team in the Big Ten. The Blue Jays are currently 121-48-1 (.715) in the previous 170 games against Big Ten teams. A majority of the previous 170 have come against long-time rival Maryland (114-of-170).
Balanced Scoring: Through 13 games, Johns Hopkins is using a balanced scoring attack to average 12.69 goals per game. The Blue Jays, who rank ninth in the nation in scoring offense, have nine 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 18 different players, assists from 18 different players and 21 players have at least one point.
In the entire 2015 season (18 games), Johns Hopkins got goals from 14 players and assists from 15 players - marks the Blue Jays have already surpassed through 13 games.
Scoring From Different Places: In addition to the scoring the Blue Jays are receiving from the attack and midfield, they are also getting production from their faceoff specialists, defensive midfielders (LSM & SSDM) and close defensemen. In fact, through 13 games, players who play these positions have combined for nine goals and nine assists.
Brown, on Tewaaraton List: Senior attackman Ryan Brown is among the 25 final men’s nominees for the 2016 Tewaaraton Award. The 25 were named on April 29 and that list will be pared down to the final five on May 12.
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 47 games with three goals and two assists against Maryland. The streak is XXXX for the fourth-longest active streak in the nation entering this week’s game against Rutgers 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 (1g, 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 nine of its 13 games this season and is currently 24-of-46 (.52) in extra-man situations on the year. Johns Hopkins ranks third in the nation in extra-man percentage and the Blue Jays are one of just six teams converting at better than 50%.
Scoring Droughts: After allowing a total of 35 goals in the first three games (11.7/game), the Blue Jay defense has shaved nearly a goal per game off that average in its last 10 outings (10.8) - 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 13 games, Johns Hopkins has already held the opposition without a goal for a stretch of 10 minutes or longer 21 times and 15 minutes or longer four times.
In Overtime: With the recent 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 the recent 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 30.7% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (75-of-244).
In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked 10th 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 448 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 443 of those 448 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 403 of the 448 and the top five in 304 of those 448. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.
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