#2 Johns Hopkins (10-2) vs. #7 Hofstra (12-2)
May 22, 1999 -- Hofstra Stadium -- Noon
The Game: Johns Hopkins will play its second consecutive game at Hofstra Stadium as the second-seeded Blue Jays will travel to Hempstead to battle seventh-seeded Hofstra in the NCAA I Quarterfinals. Johns Hopkins (10-2) had a bye in the first round of the tournament, while Hofstra knocked off Navy, 15-7 in the first round last Saturday at Brown.
1999 NCAA Tournament Schedule/Results:
First Round (May 15 @ Brown)
#7 Hofstra 15 Navy 10
#8 Syracuse 7 Princeton 5
First Round (May 16 @ Towson)
#5 Georgetown 14 Notre Dame 10
#6 Delaware 12 UMBC 11 OT
Quarterfinals (May 22 @ Hofstra)
#2 Johns Hopkins vs. #7 Hofstra Noon
#4 Duke vs. #5 Georgetown 3:00 pm
Quarterfinals (May 23 @ Princeton)
#1 Loyola vs. #8 Syracuse Noon
#3 Virginia vs. #6 Delaware 3:00 pm
Semifinals (May 29 @ Maryland)
Loyola-Syracuse winner vs. Noon
JHU-Hofstra winner vs. 3:00 pm
Championship (May 31 @ Maryland)
Semifinal winners 10:55 am
Hopkins Lacrosse on Television: The Johns Hopkins-Hofstra quarterfinal game is not scheduled to be televised. The national semifinals at College Park will be televised on ESPN2 and the national championship game will be broadcast on ESPN. All three games from the final weekend will be televised live.
Hopkins Lacrosse on Radio: The Johns Hopkins-Hofstra game can be heard live on WJFK-AM 1300. Jody Martin, Larry Quinn, and Mark Dixon will once again cover the play-by-play and commentary.
Hopkins Lacrosse on the World Wide Web: The official web site for all 27 Johns Hopkins varsity athletic teams is www.HopkinsSports.com.
The Coaches: Johns Haus is in his first season at Johns Hopkins and picked up his first win as the Blue Jays' coach with the season-opening 12-11 come-from-behind win at Princeton. Haus, who spent seven years as an assistant coach at Hopkins from 1988-94, was most recently the head coach at Division III power Washington College. In four years at Washington, Haus guided the Shoremen to a record of 47-21, three trips to the NCAA III title game, and the 1998 NCAA Division III title. Overall he now sports a collegiate coaching record of 57-23 (.713).
Haus is the only person in history to win an NCAA lacrosse title as a player (won two at North Carolina in 1981 and 1982) and a head coach (guided Washington to the 1998 NCAA III title). Since 1971, 26 coaches have combined to win all 61 NCAA Lacrosse Championships (NCAA I, II, and III) that have been awarded, but John Haus is the only individual among the 26 to also have won a title as a player.
Including his time as a player and coach, John Haus has been involved in college lacrosse for a total of 15 years. In that time, teams he has played for or coached (head coach or assistant) have posted a cumulative record of 162-58 (.736), won three NCAA Championships, played in six NCAA Championship games, advanced to the NCAA Semifinals 11 times, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament 14 times.
John Danowski is in his 14th season as the head coach at Hofstra after a three-year stint at LIU-C.W. Post. He sports an overall coaching record of 146-95 (.606), including a 119-79 (.601) record at Hofstra. He is the second-winningest coach in school history.
Danowski has been the architect behind the revival of the Hofstra program over the last decade. In the five years prior to his arrival in 1986, the Flying Dutchmen posted just two winning seasons. Since then, Hofstra has qualified for the NCAA Tournament four times (including this season), won six conference championships, and posted nine or more wins nine times (including this season).
The Series (Johns Hopkins-Hofstra):
Series Record: Johns Hopkins leads 9-2
Current Streak: Hofstra Won 1
Series Began: 1974/JHU, 18-10
Johns Hopkins and Hofstra have met every year since 1991. Hofstra picked up its second win in the series earlier this season (9-8/OT), but Hopkins still leads the all-time series, 9-2. This will be the third meeting between the two schools in the NCAA Tournament as the first two meetings in the series came in the NCAA Tournament in 1974 and 1978.
All-Time Series Results (Johns Hopkins vs. Hofstra):
1974 W * 18-10
1978 W * 20-8
1991 W 20-11
1992 W 15-4
1993 W 11-5
1994 W 15-7
1995 W 15-11
1996 L 7-9
1997 W 8-5
1998 W 16-10
1999 L (OT) 8-9
* NCAA Tournament Games
NCAA Series Record: JHU leads, 2-0
Current NCAA Series Streak: JHU won two
The first two meetings between the two schools came in the NCAA Tournament (1974 & 1978), with Hopkins picking up wins that eventually led to NCAA Championships. In both instances, just like this season, Hopkins was the number two seed and opened with a quarterfinal win over seventh seeded Hofstra. The Blue Jays proceeded to knock off the number three seed in the semifinals and the top seed in the championship game. The 20 goals the Blue Jays scored against Hofstra in the 1978 quarterfinals are one of just four instances when Hopkins has scored 20 or more goals in an NCAA Tournament game.
All-Time NCAA Tournament Results (JHU vs. Hofstra)
Year Round Seeds Result
1974 Quarterfinals JHU-2/Hofstra-7 JHU/18-10
1978 Quarterfinals JHU-2/Hofstra-7 JHU/20-8
Scouting the Flying Dutchmen: The Flying Dutchmen enter this week's NCAA Quarterfinal game against Johns Hopkins sporting a school-record 12-game winning streak. Hofstra knocked off Navy, 15-7 in the first round of the tournament last weekend at Brown.
Head Coach John Danowski may boast the deepest scoring attack in the nation as nine different players have scored 10 or more goals on the year.
Leading the way offensively for Hofstra are junior attackman Chad Eisenhart and sophomore midfielder Doug Shanahan. Eisenhart has a team-high 21 goals and 10 assists for 31 points, while Shanahan has 19 goals and 13 assists for a team-high 32 points. Senior attackman Brad Obloj has a team-high 19 assists to go along with 12 goals to help lead the balanced attack.
Defense has played a big role in the Hofstra 12-game winning streak and junior goalie Mike Demeo has been a key part of that unit. Demeo has started all 14 games and boasts a 743 goals against average and a .613 save percentage. He has not allowed more than nine goals since Delaware scored 13 in the second game of the season and was ranked fourth in the nation in goals against average and 14th in save percentage entering the NCAA Tournament.
During their 10-game winning streak, the Flying Dutchmen have won six games by three goals or less, including four one-goal games.
Top This: Once again, Johns Hopkins played the most difficult schedule in the nation. Last season, Hopkins played three games against teams ranked number one in the nation at the time of the game (only team in the nation to play more than one game against a team ranked number one at the time), all four teams which advanced to the NCAA Final Four (only team in the nation to play all four), and the other five teams which were seeded in the top six (JHU was seeded fourth) in the NCAA Tournament (only team in the nation to play five of the top six seeds).
Somehow, the Blue Jays managed to top that schedule this season. The Blue Jays played three of last season's Final Four teams to open the season (Princeton/Loyola/Syracuse) and then battled Virginia and North Carolina to close out what may be the most difficult five-game stretch in the history of college lacrosse. This is believed to be the first time since the NCAA began sponsoring the national championship (1971) that a team has open the season with three straight games against teams from the previous season's Final Four.
The Blue Jays played six games this season against teams which qualified for the NCAA Tournament and posted a 4-2 record in those games.
All-Americans Abound: Johns Hopkins is the only school in the nation with three returning First Team All-Americans. In addition, the Blue Jays return two other players who earned Honorable Mention All-America honors last season. Below is a list of JHU's returning All-Americans:
Name Position AA Team
Brian Carcaterra Goalie 1st Team
Rob Doerr Defense 1st Team
A.J. Haugen Midfield 1st Team
Matt O'Kelly Midfield HM
Dylan Schlott Attack HM
All-American Notes of Interest:
- With three First Team All-Americans last season, Johns Hopkins has now had 163 First Team All-America selections since the team was first selected in 1922. Only two other schools (Maryland-106/Navy-100) have even had 100 First Team All-Americans.
- The 1998 season marked the 26th time in school history that Hopkins has produced three or more First Team All-Americans. Prior to 1998, the last time JHU had three First Team All-Americans was in 1995. The school record for most First Team All-Americans is five, originally set in 1932 and matched in 1978.
- Johns Hopkins has had at least one player earn First Team All-America honors in 26 of the last 27 years and 69 of the 77 years in which the All-America teams have been selected.
Streaking- Part I: Johns Hopkins is making its 28th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, a streak which is by far the longest in the nation. Hopkins has competed in every NCAA Tournament since 1972, having missed only the first tournament in 1971. Below is a list of the longest active streaks of qualifying for the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament.
Team Streak Began
Johns Hopkins 28 1972
Syracuse 17 1983
Loyola 12 1988
Princeton 10 1990
Virginia 7 1993
Streaking- Part II: In addition to boasting the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament, the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team also boasts the longest active streak of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in any Division I team sport. Below are the longest active streaks in each of the five major team sports in which the NCAA sponsors championships. Bowl games for Division I-A football are not included since they are not directly sponsored by the NCAA.
Team Sport Streak/Began
Johns Hopkins Lacrosse 28/1972
Miami (FL) Baseball 26/1973
North Carolina Basketball 25/1975
Virginia Soccer 18/1981
Boston U. Hockey 10/1990
Note: The field for the 1999 NCAA I Baseball Tournament has not
been announced. The University of Miami is expected to receive its 27th
straight bid to the Tournament.
In addition to the above streaks, the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team holds the record for the most overall appearances in the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament. Below is a list of the schools with the most all-time appearances in the tournament.
Johns Hopkins 28
Setting the Standard: Johns Hopkins' seven NCAA I Men's Lacrosse Championships in the last 25 years (since 1974) are the most by any school. Below is a list of each NCAA I Team Sport and the school in each of those sports which has won the most NCAA Championships in the last 25 years:
Cross Country Arkansas-9
Fencing Penn State-7
Football (I-AA) Georgia Southern/Youngstown State-4
Golf Oklahoma State-7
Ice Hockey North Dakota/Wisconsin-4
Lacrosse Johns Hopkins-7
Rifle West Virginia-13
Indoor Track Arkansas-15
Outdoor Track Arkansas-8
Water Polo California-10
Road Warriors: The Blue Jays have played five games on the road this season and have posted a 4-1 record in those five games. This success on the road should come as no surprise as Hopkins is now 12-2 in its last 14 road games. Included in the 12 wins are 10 against teams which were ranked in the top 20 at the time of the game and three against teams ranked in the top five at the time of the game. Included in Hopkins four road victories this season are wins over top-ranked Princeton, seventh-ranked Maryland, and 14th-ranked North Carolina (all rankings at the time of the game).
Slaying the Giants, Part I: The season-opener against Princeton was the latest for Johns Hopkins against a defending national champion. Hopkins has now played the defending national champion every year since 1973 (the longest such streak in the nation). The Blue Jays have won seven of their last 11 games against teams which were the defending national champions at the time of the game, including wins over Princeton in 1995 and 1999 and Syracuse in 1996..
Slaying the Giants, Part II: The game against Princeton was Johns Hopkins' fourth against a number-one ranked team since the beginning of the 1998 season and 10th since the start of the 1994 season. The Blue Jays are 5-5 against the number-one ranked team in the nation since the beginning of the 1994 season.
Slaying the Giants, Part III: The win over Virginia gave Hopkins a 3-1 record at the time with all four games against teams ranked in the top four in the nation at the time of the game. It wasn't until the final weekend in April before another school in the country had played as many games against teams ranked first through fourth as Johns Hopkins has won against teams ranked first through fourth.
Rare Occurrences: The win over North Carolina gave Hopkins a season sweep of Princeton, Syracuse, Virginia, and North Carolina, marking just the second time in the 1990s that a team has beaten those three teams in the same season. The only other time this happened in the 1990s was in 1995, when Hopkins knocked off Princeton (15-14), Syracuse (14-13/OT), Virginia (22-13), and North Carolina (13-9) on its way to posting a perfect 12-0 record in the regular season.
Did You Say Rematch: The Blue Jays will be looking to avenge a 9-8 overtime loss against Hofstra in the regular-season finale when they meet the Flying Dutchmen this weekend. A win over Hofstra in the NCAA Quarterfinals would mark the eighth time in school history Hopkins has beaten a team in the NCAA Tournament that it lost to in the regular season. The last time JHU got revenge was in 1996, when a stunning 9-7 win over Maryland in the quarterfinals avenged a 12-9 regular-season loss. Below are the seven instances where JHU has come back to beat an opponent it lost to in the regular season:
Year Opponent Result Result
1972 Maryland L/12-13 W/9-6
1978 Cornell L/11-16 W/13-8 *
1980 Virginia L/9-12 W/9-8 (OT) *
1983 North Carolina L/13-14 (OT) W/12-9
1987 Maryland L/7-11 W/13-8
1992 Towson L/13-14 W/15-8
1996 Maryland L/9-12 W/9-7
26 and Counting: Senior attackman Dylan Schlott (Baltimore, MD/Gilman) enters the 1999 NCAA Tournament having scored a team-high 38 goals on the year. He has scored at least one goal in each of the 26 games Johns Hopkins has played in the last two years. During the 26-game run, he has 21 multi-goal games and seven games with five or more goals. Last season, he led the nation in goals per game (3.43) and scored all 48 of his goals on just 91 shots (.527). This season, he is on nearly an identical scoring pace (38 goals/12 games/3.17 goals per game) and boasts a .447 shooting percentage. In the most recent NCAA statistics (through games of May 8), Schlott was third in the nation in goals per game. In his career, he has scored 94 goals on just 193 shots (.487) with 86 of those goals coming in the last two years. Schlott is currently in 14th place on the career goal-scoring list at Hopkins and needs just 10 goals to jump all the way to 7th on the list.
JHU Career Goal-Scoring Leaders
1. Terry Riordan (1992-95) 184
2. Brian Piccola (1991-95) 154
3. Franz Wittelsberger (1973-76) 151
4. Michael O'Neill (1975-78) 138
5. Jeff Cook (1979-82) 128
6. Bill Morrill (1957-59) 107
7. Jack Thomas (1972-74) 103
8. Mike Morrill (1985-88) 102
9. Richie Hirsch (1974-77) 101
10. Dave Huntley (1976-79) 100
11. Brian Wood (1984-87) 100
12. Del Dressel (1983-86) 99
13. Peter Scott (1981-84 ) 99
14. Dylan Schlott (Active) 94
15. Jerry Schmidt (1960-62) 93
16. Craig Bubier (1984-87) 92
17. Matt Panetta (1988-91) 86
Carcaterra Closes in on 500: Junior goalie Brian Carcaterra (Yorktown Heights, NY/Yorktown) enters the NCAA Tournament needing just six saves to reach 500 for his career. In the earlier game against Hofstra, Carcaterra recorded 18 saves and allowed just nine goals in the 9-8 overtime loss. Twice this season he has shut out an opponent for the entire first half as he kept both Maryland and Navy off the scoreboard during that time. The 1998 Ensign C. Markland Kelly Award winner as the nation's outstanding goalie, Carcaterra is in line to become just the fifth goalie in school history to amass 500 career saves. He currently boasts an 8.73 goals against average and a .580 save percentage. He enters the NCAAs ranked 15th in the nation in goals against average and 19th in save percentage.
Johns Hopkins Career Saves List
1. Jonathan Marcus (1993-96) 877
2. Quint Kessenich (1987-90) 573
3. Kevin Mahon (1974-77) 561
4. Mike Federico (1977-80) 541
5. Brian Carcaterra (1997-) 494
6. Larry Quinn (1982-85) 462
7. Brian Holman (1980-83) 432
8. Scott Giardina (1989-92) 353
9. Geoff Berlin (1966-68) 332
10. Les Matthews (1971-73) 320
11. Ken Dauses (1969-71) 242
12. Emmett Collins (1957-59) 219
Doerr and his Defense: During Hopkins' nine-game winning streak and through the regular-season finale against Hofstra, senior defenseman Rob Doerr (Yorktown Heights, NY/Yorktown) has shown why he is considered by many the top one-on-one defender in the nation. The 1998 First Team All-American helped the Blue Jays limit Navy to just one goal in an 11-1 win over the Midshipmen last weekend. The 11-1 win marked the first time Hopkins had held an opponent to one goal since 1989, the first time Navy had been held to one goal since 1951, and the first time JHU had held Navy to one goal since 1912. A week earlier, he helped hold Maryland to just three goals, it lowest scoring output since April 11, 1992, when Navy defeated Maryland, 11-3. A closer look reveals that Doerr held Maryland's Scott Hochstadt, a Second Team All-American in 1998, to just one assist (which came in an extra-man situation) and no shots on goal. Doerr, who tallied his first goal of the season in the win over Navy, now has one goal and one assist on the year and ranks fourth on the team with 44 ground balls. Joining Doerr on the close defense are senior John Paleologos (Potomac, MD/Georgetown Prep) and sophomore Brandon Testa (Bethpage, NY/Bethpage) , who have helped the Blue Jays limit the opposition to a total of 43 goals in the last seven games. Paleologos has scored one goal and has 25 ground balls this season, while Testa has 30 ground balls on the year after scooping up a career-high six in the win over Towson. Playing in the shadow of his senior partners, Testa has quietly put together a season worthy of All-America consideration.
O'Kelly Sets Career Mark: Senior midfielder Matt O'Kelly (Manhasset, NY/St. Mary's) is doing what he does at the end of every season, get hot. After scoring a pair of goals in the 11-1 win over Navy, he tallied two more goals and tied his career high with four assists in the win over Towson and added one goal and one assist in the loss to Hofstra. O'Kelly, arguably one of the most underrated midfielders in the nation, entered the 1999 season having scored four or more points in a game four times in his career. This season, he has tallied four or more points four times after the six-point effort against Towson. He tied his career high with seven points in the win over Ohio State as he scored three goals and notched a career-high four assists in the win. He now ranks third on the team in scoring with 19 goals and 17 assists for 34 points. The 17 assists and 36 points are both career highs. He enjoyed perhaps the finest game of his career with a seven-point effort in the win over Virginia on March 27. He scored four goals and added three assists to account for his seven points and had a hand in four of Hopkins' last five goals. The four goals tied his career high. He now has career totals of 62 goals and 35 assists for 97 points. The three-goal outburst against Ohio State marked the eighth time in O'Kelly's career that he has scored three or more goals and the two-goal effort against Towson ranks as the 18th multi-goal game of his career. Dating back to last season, he has now scored two or more goals in nine of his last 15 games. Since the beginning of the 1997 season, O'Kelly now registered at least one point in 36 of Hopkins' 40 games.
Dan Denihan Ties School Record: Junior Dan Denihan (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset) continues to enjoy without question the finest season of his career. In the 20-10 win over Towson, he tied the Johns Hopkins single-game record for points as he scored a career-high five goals and a added a career-best six assists for 11 points. He is just the sixth player in school history to score 11 points in a game (it has been done a total of seven times) and the first since Matt Panetta turned the trick against Hofstra in 1991. Including the 11-point effort, Denihan has posted at least four points in a game eight times this season and was at the time the fifth straight game he registered five or more points. Denihan is currently in the midst of the hottest streak of his career as he has tallied at least three points in nine of the last 10 games and has 49 points during that time (4.9 points per game). On the year, he currently leads the team in scoring with 24 goals and 29 assists for 53 points. In his career, he now has 70 goals and 57 assists for 127 points. Entering the NCAA Tournament, Denihan was ranked 11th in the nation in points per game (4.42) and eighth in the nation in assists per game (2.42). Denihan also needs just one assist to tie Peter Scott for 15th on the all-time list at Johns Hopkins.
Johns Hopkins Single-Game Points Leaders
Points Player Opponent Year
11 Dan Denihan Towson 1999
11 Matt Panetta Hofstra 1991
11 Jack Thomas Princeton 1972
11 Jack Thomas Washington Coll 1972
11 Joe Cowan Washington Coll 1968
11 Bill Morrill Yale 1959
11 Charles Thomas Loyola 1942
Johns Hopkins All-Time Assist Leaders
1. Dave Marr (1993-96) 134
2. Joe Cowan (1967-69) 123
3. Jack Thomas (1972-74) 121
4. Mickey Webster (1957-59) 105
5. Richie Hirsch (1974-77) 103
6. Michael O'Neill (1975-78) 99
7T. Jeff Cook (1979-82) 91
Brian Piccola (1991-95) 91
9. Brian Wood (1984-87) 78
10. Del Dressel (1983-86) 75
11. Matt Panetta (1988-91) 71
12. Franz Wittelsberger (1973-76) 69
13. Bill Morrill (1957-59) 67
14. Terry Riordan (1992-95) 63
15. Peter Scott (1981-84) 58
16. Dan Denihan (Active) 57
17. Downy McCarty (1966-68) 55
Conor Denihan Emerges From the Shadows: Playing on the first midfield line with returning All-Americans A.J. Haugen and Matt O'Kelly, sophomore midfielder Conor Denihan (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset) has stepped up his play this season and has doubled his goal total and nearly doubled his point total from a year ago. In the 20-10 win over Towson, he recorded his seventh multi-goal game of the season with a pair of goals. Entering the NCAA Tournament, Denihan has scored 20 goals and added seven assists for 27 points to rank fourth on the team in scoring. He scored a career-high five goals in a 16-15 win over Virginia and added a four goals and an assist in a 21-12 win over North Carolina. Denihan has also won 13-of-24 (.542) faceoffs on the year. Last season, Denihan tallied 10 goals and five assists.
Haugen Returns: Despite missing four full games and the final quarter against Loyola, junior All-America midfielder A.J. Haugen (Bethpage, NY/Bethpage) ranks fifth on the team in scoring with 18 goals and two assists for 20 points after a three-goal effort in the win over Hofstra. Since his return, he has steadily worked his way back to into playing shape and has 14 goals and two assists in the six games since his return. Included in those totals are a three-goal effort against Maryland, a two-goal, one-assist performance against Ohio State, a two-goal showing in the win over Navy, and a three-goal, one-assist posting against Towson.
D-Middies Fuel Defensive Success: While the spotlight often shines on the goalie and close defense when a team is playing well on the defensive end of the field, the play of the Hopkins defensive midfield has not gone unnoticed. Senior captain Paul LeSueur (Garden City, NY/Garden City) and sophomores Brendan Shook (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and Shawn Nadelen (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) have played an integral role in the recent surge by the JHU defense. LeSueur, who uses his speed to jump-start the Hopkins' transition game, has been a key part of the unit for each of the last three years and has three assists and 17 ground balls on the year. He assisted on Dan Denihan's short-handed goal in the fourth quarter of the win over Towson for his most-recent assist. Shook, the Blue Jays' top long-stick middie, is currently fifth on the team in groundballs with 33. He regularly draws the opposition's top midfielder and has been strong on the wing on faceoffs throughout the season. Nadelen has quietly put together a solid season and has 16 ground balls to his credit. One of the most physically gifted players on the team, Nadelen is extremely strong on the ball.
X Marks His Spot: Sophomore Eric Wedin (Levittown, NY/Levittown Division) continued to make his case as one of the top faceoff specialists in the nation as he won 12-of-22 against Towson. On the year, Wedin has won 138-of-234 (.590) faceoffs and leads the team in ground balls with 88. Against Ohio State, he won 21-of-27 faceoffs with the 21 faceoffs won and 27 faceoffs taken both ranking as career highs for Wedin. For the year, he has scored two goals and added three assists, which already surpass his totals from last season. Wedin's game-by-game faceoff and ground ball totals are listed below:
Opponent GBs Faceoffs
Princeton 13 17-of-24
Loyola 2 6-of-14
Syracuse 8 12-of-22
Virginia 8 13-of-25
North Carolina 10 15-of-27
Villanova 7 8-of-13
Ohio State 11 21-of-27
Maryland 4 12-of-18
St. Joe's 6 7-of-10
Navy 6 8-of-15
Towson 9 12-of-22
Hofstra 4 8-of-17
Totals 88 138-of-234
April Reign: The 11-1 win over Navy improved JHU's' winning streak in the month of April to 18 games dating back to the first April game in 1997. Hopkins out-scored its three opponents in the month April, 109-36 (average margin of victory/12.2 goals per game). Last season, JHU posted a 6-0 record in April, outscoring its six opponents, 99-46. This recent success in April should come as no surprise as the Blue Jays are 36-5 (.878) in the month of April since 1993, with perfect 6-0 marks in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 1999.
A Clean Sweep: Entering the NCAA Tournament, Hopkins holds a scoring advantage over the opposition in all four quarters. Through 12 games, Hopkins holds a slim 38-30 scoring margin in the first quarter, which is the closest goal-differential quarter for the Blue Jays. After that, JHU hold a 23-goal scoring margin in the second quarter (51-28), a 28-goal scoring margin in the third quarter (49-21), and a 19-goal scoring margin in the fourth quarter (44-25).
Ground Control: The Blue Jays hold a commanding, 617-432 ground ball advantage on the year, including a 166-106 bulge in the second quarter, a 162-97 margin in the third quarter, and a 148-108 advantage in the fourth quarter. Hopkins has picked up at least 50 ground balls in nine of its 12 games this season, including seven of the last eight. The Blue Jays have won the ground ball war in 11 of their 12 games this season (tied Syracuse, 50-50). Below is the game-by-game breakdown of groundballs:
JHU GBs Opp GBs
Princeton 50 32
Loyola 35 34
Syracuse 50 50
Virginia 41 33
North Carolina 55 41
Villanova 50 37
Ohio State 57 27
Maryland 55 33
St. Joe's 77 37
Navy 54 38
Towson 57 37
Hofstra 36 33
Extra-Man/Man-Down Holding Their Own: The Johns Hopkins extra-man unit continues to rank among the nation's best. On the year, JHU is 23-of-60 (.383) and was ranked 11th in the nation in extra-man offense in the most recent NCAA statistics (entering the NCAA Tournament). The Blue Jay extra-man unit has scored at least two goals in five of the last seven games and has scored two or more times in seven of Hopkins' 12 games this season. In addition, JHU has limited the opposition to just 14 extra man goals in 64 attempts (.219) and was ranked third in the nation in the most recent NCAA statistics (entering the NCAA Tournament). Towson entered the game against Hopkins ranked eighth in the nation in extra-man offense, converting 23-of-54 (.426) attempts on the year. The Blue Jays limited the Tigers to a pair of extra-man goals on 10 attempts and scored a shorthanded goal as well.
Scoring Record Falls: The 31 goals the Blue Jays scored against St. Joe's broke the previous school record for most goals in a game. The previous record of 29 had been set against Loyola in 1959 in a 29-3 Hopkins win. After scoring a total of 29 goals in the first three games, JHU has now scored 16 or more goals in six of the last eight games, averaging 18.1 goals during that time.
Hopkins By Nine (or more): During the Blue Jays nine-game winning streak (which was snapped with the 9-8 overtime loss to Hofstra to close the regular season) late in the season, JHU racked up an impressive scoring margin against the opposition. A close look reveals the Blue Jays won the last seven of those games by nine goals or more. This broke the school record for most consecutive wins by nine or more goals. The previous record of six straight wins by nine or more goals was originally set in 1941.
Revisiting the Streak: The win over Towson gave the Blue Jays a nine-game winning streak on the year, marking the third straight season Hopkins has had a winning streak of at least eight games.
Miscellaneous Player Notes:
- Sophomore Ryan Quinn (Hicksville, MD/St. Mary's) scored two goals on two shots and picked up a pair of ground balls in the regular-season-ending loss at Hofstra. This was his second consecutive multi-point game and his fifth of the season. He scored the first goal of the game against Navy, tallied a career-high three assists in the win over St. Joe's, and now has nine goals and six assists on the year. He has started all 10 games on attack this season.
- Junior Joe Driscoll (Corning, NY/Corning) scored one goal, scooped up two ground balls, and won 2-of-4 faceoffs in the win over Towson. He has now won 25-of-36 (.694) faceoffs on the year. He picked up a pair of assists against UNC, the first two points of his career at Johns Hopkins, and added his first career goal in the win over Ohio State. The junior-college transfer also won all three of his faceoffs against the Tar Heels and 4-of-6 vs. Villanova. He now has three goals, two assists and 20 ground balls on the year.
- Freshman longstick middie John Brasko (Springfield, PA/Springfield) Scored a pair of goals against St. Joe's and added five ground balls in the win as well. He scored the first goal of his career with 9:05 remaining in the first quarter against the North Carolina. Brasko, who is number two on the depth chart at the rope, has 21 groundballs to his credit this season. His three goals are tied for the most of any first-year player on the team.
- Senior attackman Jason Moolenaar (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) scored two goals on just two shots and added a pair of groundballs against Towson. He scored a pair of goals in the win over the North Carolina and added two goals and an assist against Villanova in his first start of the season. He tallied three goals and one assist in the win over St. Joe's and one goal in the win over Navy. He now has a career-high 11 goals and two assists on the year, increasing his career totals to 22 goals and four assists. The four points against St. Joe's are a career high, while the back-to-back multi-goal games against UNC and Villanova were the first back-to-back multi goal games of his career.
- Senior attackman Sol Kumin (Boston, MA/Hotchkiss) scored a career-high four goals and added one assist in the win over St. Joe's and is now tied for seventh on the team in scoring with eight goals and five assists for 13 points. A regular on the Hopkins' extra-man unit, Kumin has already established a career high for points (13) with his eight goals and five assists this season and his five assists are tied for fifth on the team. He has scored his eight goals on 21 shots (.381).
- Freshman backup goalie Nick Murtha (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset) played the entire second half of the game against Villanova and recorded five saves while allowing three goals. He played 26 minutes against St. Joe's, giving up three goals and record three saves. On the year, he has played in eight games (79 minutes) and boasts a 9.11 goals against average and a .586 save percentage.
- Junior midfielder Dave Rabuano (Auburn, NY/Auburn) is tied for seventh on the team in scoring with six goals and seven assists for 13 points after posting one goal in the win over Towson. He tallied one goal and one assist in the win over St. Joe's and is now tied for fourth on the team in assists with seven. Rabuano enjoyed the most productive game of his career earlier this season against North Carolina when he tallied three goals and added one assist. His 13 points this season already surpasses his previous career total of nine.
- Freshman midfielder Jamie Hubbard (Baltimore, MD/Friends) has quietly worked his way up to a regular role on Hopkins' midfield unit and is a regular on the clearing unit as well. Hubbard has played in all 12 games and has one goal and three assists to his credit. He scored the first goal of his career in Hopkins' 17-8 win over Ohio State and dished out all three of his assists on the year in the win over St. Joe's.
- Senior attackman Chris Lynch (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles) scored one goal and added one assist against St. Joe's to increase his season totals to two goals and two assists for four points.
- Senior midfielder Tod Winchester (Galesville, MD/Severn) took full advantage of the most extensive playing time of his career against St. Joe's as he scored three goals and added a pair of assists in the win. The five points were the first five of his career and make him one of six players on the team to have posted five or more points in a game this season.
- Sophomore midfielder Alex Brown (McLean, VA/McLean) enjoyed one of the finest all-around games of his career against St. Joe's as he won all six of his faceoffs and scooped up five ground balls in the win. On the year, he has won 6-of-11 faceoffs and has seven ground balls to his credit.
- Junior defensive midfielder Rich Schwester (Morristown, NJ/Mountain Lakes) has seen increased playing time throughout the season as Hopkins' top reserve short-stick defensive midfielder. He has played in 10 games and has two ground balls to his credit.
- Senior midfielder Pete Thomas (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron) scored the first goals of his career and added a pair of ground balls in the win over St. Joe's. He has played in six games this season.
- Sophomore attackman Noah Hunt (Lancaster, PA/Hempfield) scored a pair of goals in the win over St. Joe's, giving him three goals in his career.
- Freshman attackman Doug McCann (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) scored the first two goals of his career and added a pair of ground balls in the win over St. Joe's.