Johns Hopkins Men's Lacrosse Season-Ending Notebook
June 17, 2009
The Team: Johns Hopkins posted a 10-5 record and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinal before the Blue Jays were eliminated by top-seeded Virginia (19-8).
38 Special: Johns Hopkins made its 38th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season - the longest active streak of qualifying for the tournament in the nation. The 38 straight appearances are just one of a number of impressive streaks the Blue Jays have relative to the NCAA Tournament. For a complete list of these streaks please see the box on page 2.
19 In a Row - Or 16 More Than Anyone Else: Johns Hopkins made its 19th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The next longest active streak is three (Duke).
These are the Facts: Johns Hopkins concluded the season with an all-time record of 892-283-15 (.756). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.
That's 609 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays' all-time record is now 892-283-15 (.756) ... that's 609 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 nine games over .500.
Five Earn All-America Honors: Johns Hopkins placed five players on the 2009 USILA All-America Team. It is the eighth straight year that Johns Hopkins has placed five or more players on the All-America Team.
May Day: JHU is 29-7 (.806) in the month of May under Pietramala, including a perfect 15-0 at Homewood Field. Overall the Blue Jays have won 23 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.
NCAA Notes of Interest: In addition to the breakdown to the right, below are some notes of interest concerning JHU's history in the NCAA Tournament.
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.
Petro Passes Ciccarone: JHU head coach Dave Pietramala earned his 106th career victory at Johns Hopkins with the 12-11 victory over Brown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. With the win he passed legendary coach Henry Ciccarone (1975-83) for second place on JHU's career coaching victories list. Pietramala now sports a 106-30 (.779) record at Hopkins and trails only Bob Scott (1955-74) on the list. Scott posted a 158-55-1 record during his tenure.
Petro Earns Career Win Number 125: In addition to 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 now sports an overall record of 129-47 (.733). This includes a 23-17 record in three seasons as the head coach at Cornell (1998-2000).
Poll Position: Johns Hopkins concluded the regular season ranked eighth in the USILA Coaches Poll and finished the year ranked seventh in the Inside Lacrosse/Nike Media Poll. There is a media poll at the end of the NCAA Tournament, but the USILA Poll is not conducted after the NCAA Tournament begins.
More Poll Position: Records indicate that the USILA began sponsoring a weekly coaches poll during the 1973 season. Since then there have been 357 weekly polls. Amazingly, Johns Hopkins has been ranked in the top 20 in all 357 of those polls and has been in the top 10 in 345 of the 357. Below is a breakdown of the Blue Jays in the USILA Coaches Poll since its inception on March 19, 1973:
Total Weeks: 357
Streaking: Johns Hopkins is 82-20 in its last 102 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 98-26 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. Starters Steven Boyle, Kyle Wharton and Chris Boland combined for 10 or more points six times in 11 starts together and nine or more points seven times in those 11 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. In 2009, 120 of the Blue Jays' 173 goals (69.4%) were scored by players who will return next season, while 90 of the team's 108 assists (83.3%) were accumulated by players with at least one year of eligibility remaining.
Defensive Notes of Interest:
Offensive Notes of Interest:
Kimmel Joins Elite Club: Junior Michael Kimmel enjoyed the finest season of his career and one of the finest seasons by a midfielder in the nation this season.
Kimmel finished third on the team in points (45), led the team with a career-high 25 assists and finished fifth on the team in goals (20). He also ranked fourth on the team in ground balls (32), totaled two or more points in 13 of 15 games this season and had 23 points in his last seven games (9g, 14a).
Evans Grabs Schmeisser Award: Senior Michael Evans closed out a billiant career on defense this season with a selection as a First Team USILA All-American. He also became the first Johns Hopkins player to earn the Schmeisser Award as the nation's top defenseman since Brian Kuczma in 1997.
One-Goal Turnarounds: With the 12-11 overtime win against Brown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Johns Hopkins is now 35-11 in one-goal games since Dave Pietramala took over in 2001. The Blue Jays have won 22 of their last 29 and 26 of their last 34 one-goal games. In the nine seasons prior to Pietramala arriving (1992-2000) the Blue Jays were 12-10 in one-goal games.
More One-Goal Notes: The Blue Jays have come from behind to win 18 times during their last 22 one-goal wins. In 12 of those 18 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 against Loyola, when the Blue Jays trailed 7-5 in the third quarter. JHU also erased a pair of four-goal deficits in the 11-10 (2OT) win at Towson. 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: The 11-10 double overtime victory at Towson snapped a four-game losing streak in overtime for the Blue Jays, who made it two double-overtime victories in 10 days when they slipped past Loyola by the same score in the regular season finale. JHU added a 12-11 OT decision against Brown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Players on the 2009 team who have scored game-winning goals in overtime during their career:
Senior Brian Christopher netted the second game-winning overtime goal of his career at Towson (4-22-09) as he scored with just 1.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime to lift the Blue Jays to the improbable victory. He added his school-record third game-winning goal in overtime when he scored 25 seconds into the second overtime to lift the Blue Jays past Loyola and made it a stunning three OT game-winners in a four-game span when he beat Brown just 36 seconds into extra time in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Previously he also scored 1:22 into OT against Loyola on May 6, 2006.
Junior Michael Kimmel became the first freshman in school history to score an overtime goal in an NCAA Tournament game when he netted the game-winner one-minute into overtime against Notre Dame in 2007.
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