Johns Hopkins-Brown NCAA Men's Lacrosse Notes
Johns Hopkins-Brown NCAA Men's Lacrosse Notes
Game Day Information in Brief
Television: ESPNU (5 pm)
Live Video: WatchESPN
Live Stats: Brownbears.com
Interactive Bracket: NCAA.com
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(Tickets, parking and other important gameday information)
The Game: Unseeded and 14th-ranked Johns Hopkins (8-6) heads to Providence to take on fourth-ranked and fifth-seeded Brown (14-2) in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. The game between the Blue Jays and Bears is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 5 pm with a live national television broadcast on ESPNU.
A Look Back: The Blue Jays and Bears both fell in their respective conference tournament semifinals. Johns Hopkins dropped a 14-12 decision to Rutgers, while Brown suffered a 13-12 setback to Harvard.
Series History: Johns Hopkins and Brown are meeting for the 12th time in a series that dates to a 10-5 Johns Hopkins win in 1970. The Blue Jays have won 10 of the previous 11 meetings, including a 12-11 overtime decision in the 2009 NCAA Tournament (first round). Detailed series information can be found on page 14.
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week’s game against Brown with an all-time record of 963-321-15 (.747). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
Number 1,300: This week’s game at Brown will be the 1,300th in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program.
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked 14th in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and 13th in the Cascade/Maverick Media Poll. Brown is ranked fourth in this week’s USILA Coaches Poll and fifth in the Cascade/Maverick Media Poll.
NCAA Tournament History by the Numbers
44: Johns Hopkins is making its record 44th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Blue Jays’ 44 all-time appearances are the most of any team since the tournament began in 1971 (JHU has qualified for all but two: 1971, 2013).
70: Johns Hopkins has won a record 70 NCAA Tournament games in its history. The Blue Jays are 70-34 (.673) all-time in NCAA Tournament action.
14-2: Johns Hopkins is 14-2 all-time in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Looking for the Trifecta: This will be the third consecutive year that Johns Hopkins has played on the road in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays topped Virginia on the road in the first round in 2014 (14-8) and 2015 (19-7). Johns Hopkins and Albany are the only two teams in the nation that won on the road in the first round in 2014 and 2015.
At Brown in NCAA Tournament: This week’s game against Brown will be the first Johns Hopkins plays against the Bears in Providence in the NCAA Tournament. But, it’s not Johns Hopkins’ first-ever NCAA Tournament game on the Brown campus.
In 1985, Hopkins capped a 13-1 season with an 11-4 win over Syracuse in the NCAA Championship game at ... Brown Stadium (May 25, 1985).
The Blue Jays’ starting goalie that day was Larry Quinn, who is in his first season serving as Johns Hopkins’ volunteer assistant coach. As expected, he works primarily with the Blue Jay goalies. Quinn allowed only one Syracuse goal in the final three quarters of that 11-4 title-game win.
Against the Five: This week’s game against Brown will be Johns Hopkins’ 13th all-time against the number five seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays are 5-7 all-time against the number five seed and have currently lost five straight against the five.
Against the Ivy League: This week’s game against Brown will be the 217th all-time for Johns Hopkins against a team from the Ivy League. Johns Hopkins is 172-42-2 (.801) all-time against Ivy League schools.
Against the Ivy League in the NCAA Tournament: This week’s game against Brown will be Johns Hopkins’ 12th all-time NCAA Tournament game against a team from the Ivy League. The Blue Jays are 6-5 all-time against Ivy League teams in the NCAAs.
Against the Field: The Blue Jays will enter the tournament battle-tested as they faced six teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays topped Navy (12-11), Towson (14-8) and Syracuse (11-10) and fell to Loyola (9-8), North Carolina (15-11) and Maryland (11-8).
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.
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 177-68 (.722).
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 200-85 (.702) and his record at Johns Hopkins is 177-68 (.722).
That’s Tough: Through games of May 8, Johns Hopkins had a schedule that was the second toughest in the nation based on the cumulative record of all of its opponents. The Blue Jays’ opponents to date have posted a combined record of 108-69 (.610) through games of May 8.
Most Viewed - Part I: Johns Hopkins ranks fourth in the nation in average home attendance through games of May 8 as the Blue Jays have averaged 2,911 fans for their seven home games. Only five teams are averaging more than 2,500 fans per home game with Syracuse (3,994), Ohio State (3,819), Maryland (3,330) and Army West Point (2,642) joining Johns Hopkins as only teams in the nation averaging more than 2,500 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.
Balanced Scoring: Through 14 games, Johns Hopkins is using a balanced scoring attack to average 12.64 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 19 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 14 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 14 games, players who play these positions have combined for 10 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 Fifth-Longest Streak: Senior attackman Ryan Brown extended his point-scoring streak to 48 games with five goals and two assists against Rutgers in the Big Ten Semifinals. The streak is the fifth-longest active streak in the nation entering this week’s game against Brown 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 14 games this season and is currently 24-of-49 (.52) in extra-man situations on the year. Johns Hopkins ranks seventh in the nation in extra-man percentage.
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: Despite allowing an average of 11.21 goals per game, the Blue Jay defense has been stingy at times this season. A big part of the unit’s success has been its ability to hold the opposition scoreless for long stretches. In fact, through 14 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 30.6% of the games Johns Hopkins has played under his direction (75-of-245).
In the Polls: The Blue Jays are ranked 14th 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 449 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in 444 of those 449 polls (98.9%). The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 403 of the 449 and the top five in 304 of those 449. Johns Hopkins has been ranked number one 104 times since the poll debuted in 1973.
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