2004 Men's Lacrosse Season-Ending Notebook
July 2, 2004
The Team: The 2004 Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team posted a 13-2 record and advanced to the Final Four for the third consecutive season. The Blue Jays ended the regular season ranked number one and earned the top seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year. JHU lost to fourth-seeded Syracuse, 15-9 in the semifinals.
Head Coach Dave Pietramala: Dave Pietramala recently completed his fourth season as the head coach of the Blue Jays. The 2002 USILA National Coach of the Year, he sports an overall record of 70-27 (.722), including a 47-10 (.825) record at Johns Hopkins.
Pietramala spent three years as the head coach at Cornell (1998-2000) before returning to his alma mater prior to the 2001 season. He is the only person in the history of college lacrosse who has earned NCAA Division I National Player of the Year honors (1989) and NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year honors (2000 & 2002).
Pietramala has guided the Blue Jays to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons as the head coach at Homewood and has made five straight trips as a head coach as his final team at Cornell also qualified for the NCAAs.
Pietramala was selected for induction into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame on June 23, 2004 and will be part of a 10-member class that will be inducted on November 20, 2004.
Hopkins Lacrosse on the Web: The official web site for Johns Hopkins athletics is located at www.HopkinsSports.com.
These Are The Facts: Johns Hopkins will enter the 2005 season with an all-time record of 833-263-15 (.757) in 116 seasons of play. The Blue Jays own seven NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and 6 ILA titles for a total of 42 national championships.
Captain My Captain: Senior attackman Conor Ford (Timonium, MD/St. Paul's), senior midfielder Kevin Boland (Jessup, MD/Gilman), senior LSM Corey Harned (Holbrook, NY/Sachem), senior defenseman Greg Raymond (Corning, NY/Corning East) and junior defenseman Chris Watson (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) served as team captains for Johns Hopkins this season.
All In the Family: For the fourth consecutive season, the Johns Hopkins coaching staff consisted entirely of Johns Hopkins' graduates. Head coach Dave Pietramala and assistant coaches Seth Tierney (class of 1991), Bill Dwan (1991) and Pat Miller (2001) all earned their degree at JHU. Prior to the 2001 season when Pietramala, Tierney, Dwan and Howard Offit comprised the Blue Jay coaching staff, the last time the entire coaching staff was made up of JHU graduates was 1984, when the Blue Jays were coached by Don Zimmerman (1976), who was assisted by Jerry Pfeifer (1966), Joe Devlin (1978), Fred Smith (1950), Joe Cowan (1969), and Dennis Townsend (1966).
Pulling Rank: Johns Hopkins ended the regular season ranked number one for the third consecutive season. The Blue Jays were ranked number one for nine weeks this season (out of 11), including the last five. Since the beginning of the 2002 season, Johns Hopkins has spent 21 of 31 weeks ranked number one. From 1996-2001 the Blue Jays were ranked number one for a total of one week.
The Johns Hopkins Sports Information Office use the GEICO STX/USILA Poll as the official poll when listing a team's ranking.
Tough: Johns Hopkins once again played arguably the most difficult schedule in the nation. The Blue Jays played five of the other seven NCAA Quarterfinal teams during the regular season (Princeton/Syracuse/North Carolina/Maryland/Navy) and the other three teams that advanced to the Final Four (Syracuse/Princeton/Navy). Johns Hopkins was the only team in the nation that played the other three teams that advanced to the Final Four during the regular season.
More Tough: The game against Towson on May 1 was the Blue Jays' eighth straight against a team ranked in the top 20 in the nation at the time of the game and the ninth overall against a team in the top 20. Overall, JHU played 11 games against top 20 teams this season.
A Final Tough: Six of Johns Hopkins' 15 games this season were played against teams ranked in the top five in the nation at the time of the game. The Blue Jays were 5-1 in those six games.
OK, One More: Johns Hopkins played 11 games against teams that qualified for the 2004 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships (including the three games in the NCAA Tournament). JHU was 10-1 in those 11 games.
Brother Act: The Blue Jays had six players on this year's team whose brother previously played for Hopkins. Senior LSM Corey Harned (Chris), junior attackman Peter LeSueur (Paul), sophomore middie Greg Peyser (Mike), sophomore attackman Joe Benson (Bobby), sophomore goalie Scott Smith (Todd) and sophomore defenseman Andrew DiConza (P.J.) all followed older brothers to Johns Hopkins.
Home Sweet Home: Johns Hopkins has won 27 straight games at Homewood Field and is 28-1 at home under head coach Dave Pietramala. The Blue Jays' only home loss under Pietramala was a 9-8 loss in four overtimes to Virginia during the 2001 season. The current 27-game home winning streak is the longest for Johns Hopkins since the Blue Jays won 31 straight home games from 1982-85.
More Home: In eight home games this season the Blue Jays outscored their opponents, 110-55 (13.75 - 6.88). In the last two years (15 games), JHU has outscored the opposition, 236-96 (15.7-6.4)
Anytime, Anywhere: Including the NCAA Semifinal game against Syracuse, 35 of the last 37 games Johns Hopkins has played away from Homewood Field have been against teams ranked in the top 20.
Regular-Season Roll: Johns Hopkins is 36-3 (.923) in its last 39 regular season games. This is the best 39-game regular season run for Johns Hopkins since JHU won 36-of-39 regular season games covering a span from 1982-86.
More Rolls: Dating back to the 2002 season, Johns Hopkins is 36-5 (.878) in its last 41 games (including the NCAA playoffs). Hopkins' five losses during that time have come by a total of 12 goals.
One-Goal Turnarounds: JHU is 16-4 in one-goal games under head coach Dave Pietramala (since the start of the 2001 season) and the Blue Jays won 4-of-5 one-goal games this season. From the final game of the 1994 season through the 2000 season Johns Hopkins was 11-9 in one-goal games.
Overtime Notes: Johns Hopkins improved to 1-1 in overtime games this season with the 10-9 overtime victory over Navy. The Blue Jays are 5-2 in overtime under head coach Dave Pietramala.
Younger Than You Think: Despite fielding a team that boasted starting experience at virtually every position, the Blue Jays were still not what you would consider a senior-laden team. In fact, of the players listed on the starting attack, the first two midfields, the starting defense, the top two goalies and the defensive midfield, only three were seniors.
I'm Honored: Johns Hopkins placed seven players on the 2004 STX/USILA All-America Team, which was announced at halftime of the NCAA Division I Championship Game. Junior midfielder Kyle Harrison garnered First Team AA status, while senior attackman Conor Ford, senior midfielder Kevin Boland, junior atttackman Kyle Barrie and junior defenseman Tom Garvey all garnered Second Team honors. Junior midfielder Matt Rewkowski (Third Team) and senior LSM Corey Harned (Honorable Mention) rounded out JHU's seven selections.
More Honors: Junior Kyle Harrison was awarded the 2004 Lt. Donald McLaughlin Award as the nation's outstanding midfielder. He is the first Hopkins middie to earn the award since Del Dressel (1984 & 1985) and he is just the fourth Blue Jay to ever win the award (Dave Huntley - 1979, Brendan Schneck - 1981).
Quick Starts: For the second consecutive year the Blue Jays parlayed quick starts into victories. Hopkins outscored the opposition, 48-27 in the first quarter this season and 102-52 in the first half.
A Pesky Bunch: Johns Hopkins, which finished ninth nationally in scoring defense (7.67 goals/game), had its consecutive games streak of holding the opposition to less than 10 goals snapped at 18 when Maryland's Bill McGlone scored with 26 seconds remaining in the 14-10 win over the Terps. Prior to Maryland, the last team to score 10 goals against the Blue Jays was North Carolina (3-29-03).
More Pesky: Syracuse scored 15 goals against the Blue Jays in the NCAA Semifinals to snap a streak of 26 consecutive games where the Blue Jays didn't allow more than 10 goals in a game. Prior to this Syracuse was also the last team to score more than 10 goals against Johns Hopkins (in a 15-14 victory over the Blue Jays on March 15, 2003).
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