Nov. 17, 2008
A Look Back: Johns Hopkins went on the road again on Sunday for the second round of the NCAA Tournament to take on #2 York College. The Blue Jays held the potent Spartan offense (averaging 3.11 goals per game) scoreless for 110 minutes, setting up a penalty kick shootout. Junior goalie Matt Mierley made a save on Chris Ports, the fifth York shooter to set up senior co-captain Ethan Mulligan with a chance to send JHU to the Sweet 16. Mulligan nailed his shot to the lower left corner sending the Blue Jays storming onto the field with a 4-3 shootout victory.
Goin’ Dancin’: Johns Hopkins is making its 12th overall and third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays are now 12-12-3 (.500) all-time in the tournament, including two final four appearances (1975, 1994) and one championship game appearance (1994). JHU last made three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Hopkins is 4-3-3 in overtime games in the NCAA, including a 3-0-0 mark in penalty kick shootouts. The Blue Jays now advance to the Sweet 16 for the second time in the last three seasons and seventh overall in program history. Hopkins is 3-2-1 (.583) in Sweet 16 games.
At the Helm: Head coach Craig Appleby is in his first season at Johns Hopkins and carries a 13-5-4 record with the Blue Jays. Appleby came to JHU after spending six seasons as the head coach of Emory & Henry.
Coach Appleby Stands Alone: Head coach Craig Appleby is the first coach in program history to guide Johns Hopkins to the NCAA Tournament in his first season. In addition, he is the first coach in the history of the Centennial Conference to turn the trick.
Stevens Tech in the Big Dance: Stevens Tech, making its sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, advanced to the Sweet 16 on Sunday for the fifth time in the last six seasons. The Ducks are 5-1-2 in its last four NCAA Tournament appearances and 7-3-2 in the last six.
Against the Ducks: Saturday’s game will be just the third meeting between Johns Hopkins and Stevens Tech and the first since 1999. The Blue Jays are 2-0-0 against the Ducks. Hopkins won the first ever meeting between the two programs 1-0 on Sept. 12, 1992. The two met again, exactly nine years later, with the Blue Jays coming out on top, 9-0.
Against the Knights and the Panthers: A Sunday match-up between Johns Hopkins and Carleton would be the first ever meeting between the two programs. Likewise, a Hopkins-Middlebury match-up in the sectional finals would be the first ever meeting between the two programs.
Road Warriors: Johns Hopkins has opened the 2008 NCAA Tournament with back-to-back road games. This weekend’s Sweet 16 match-up at Stevens Tech will mark the third straight road game in the NCAAs for Hopkins. The Blue Jays are just one of two teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament to play three straight road games. Augsburg opened the tournament at Whitworth and advanced 4-2 on penalty kicks before defeating Redlands 1-0 on the road in the second round. The Auggies will travel to Dubuque, Iowa to take on the Loras Duhawks in the Sweet 16.
Family Affair: The NCAA Tournament is a family affair for two members of the Johns Hopkins men’s soccer team, freshmen Corey Adams and Drew Holland. Adams’ brother Blake is a sophomore forward on the Rensselaer men’s soccer team that earned an at-large bid out of the Liberty League. The Engineers fell in the first round to the Ducks of Stevens Tech. Holland’s brother Grayson, is a senior defender on the Amherst men’s soccer team. The Lord Jeffs were an automatic qualifier as the winners of the NESCAC Tournament. Amherst has advanced to the Sweet 16 and will take on Swarthmore.
Centennial in the NCAA: Three teams from the Centennial Conference earned bids to the NCAA Tournament this year. Swarthmore earned the conference’s automatic bid as the tournament champion. Johns Hopkins and Dickinson each earned at-large bids. Johns Hopkins and Swarthmore have advanced to the Sweet 16 as the Centennial Conference is now 4-1-1 in the NCAA Tournament.
Centennial in the NCAA - Part II: The Centennial Conference has two teams in the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1997 and just the third time since the inception of the conference in 1993. Johns Hopkins and Muhlenberg advanced to the Sweet 16 in 1994. In 1997, it was Gettysburg and Muhlenberg. This will be the first time however, that the two Centennial teams are not meeting in the Sweet 16. Johns Hopkins and Swarthmore would not meet until the Final Four.
Against the Field: Three of Hopkins’ opponents in 2008 were selected to the NCAA Tournament - York, Swarthmore and Dickinson. The Blue Jays went a combined 2-2 against those teams during the season.
One of Five: Johns Hopkins is just one of five schools that has both its men’s and women’s soccer teams in the NCAA Sweet 16. The other four are Messiah, Amherst, Hobart & William Smith and Carleton.
I’m Honored: Senior midfielder Matty Carlson was named the 2008 Centennial Conference Player of the Year on November 6. He is the fourth player in program history and the first field player since 2000 to earn the honor. He also earned First Team All-Centennial Conference honors, making him a three-time all-conference selection.
Carlson was joined on the first team by sophomore forward Scott Bukoski. A two-time first team selection, Bukoski leads the Blue Jays in scoring for the second consecutive season. Hopkins has had more first team selections (42) in the 16-year history of the conference than any other school, though Gettysburg is a close second with 41 first team picks.
Earning second team honors were senior midfielder Nick Gauna and freshman defender Corey Adams. Gauna is a three-time All-Centennial pick and ranks in the top 10 in school history in career points (84) and assists (26). Adams was one of just two freshmen to earn All-Centennial honors in 2008 and is just the second freshman defender from Hopkins to earn All-Centennial honors.
Junior goalie Matt Mierley and sophomore forward David Drake earned All-Centennial Honorable Mention honors. Mierley has played nearly 1800 minutes in goal this season and posts a 0.71 goals against average and an .803 save percentage. Drake earns all-conference honors despite missing six games with a broken hand. He is tied for fourth on the team in points (9) and goals (4).
Scouting the Ducks: Since losing to Ithaca in overtime during the regular season on Oct. 25, Stevens Tech has won five straight. The Ducks exacted some revenge on the Bombers, with a 3-0 victory in Ithaca in the Empire 8 Tournament championship game. The Ducks have not surrendered a goal since that 2-1 overtime loss to the Bomberes on Oct. 25. In fact, Stevens Tech has posted 15 shutouts on the season, having given up just nine goals on the season.
Stevens Tech is led by junior forward Terrence Johnson, the 2008 Empire 8 Player of the Year. He leads the Ducks with 13 goals, seven assists and 33 points on the season. Sophomore goalie Zach Carr entered the NCAA Tournament ranked 10th in the nation in goals against average (0.457) and currently boasts a GAA of 0.41 and a save percentage of .871.
On the Move: Senior Nick Gauna enters the NCAA Sweet 16 with 84 career points, ranking him seventh all-time in school history. In addition, he is tied for 8th with 29 career goals and fourth with 26 career assists. In Centennial Conference history, he is tied for ninth in career assists and 22nd in career points.
Scott Bukoski is also making his mark on the record book. The sophomore already ranks in the top-15 in career points and goals. He ranks 13th with 69 points and tied for eighth with 29 goals. Last season, he became just the fifth player in program history to score 20 or more goals in one season.
Leading the Way: For the second consecutive season, sophomore forward Scott Bukoski leads Hopkins in both points (23) and goals (9). In addition, he is tied for the lead in the Centennial Conference in points, goals and game-winning goals (4).
In the Ranks: Johns Hopkins dropped out of the NSCAA top 25 on Nov. 4 after losses to Gettysburg and Washington. That snapped a streak of five consecutive weeks in the top 25 for the Blue Jays. The program record for consecutive weeks in the NSCAA top 25 is 31 from Oct. 28, 1996 to Oct. 4, 1999.
The Centennial Conference Tournament: This is the first time Hopkins has not been the Centennial Conference champion in an even-numbered year since 1994. The Blue Jays won the conference title in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007. Last season was the first time Hopkins had claimed the trophy in an odd-numbered year.
In all, Hopkins has won the Centennial Conference seven times - the most in the history of the conference. Muhlenberg ranks second with five titles.
NCAA Tournament History: Junior Max Venker has scored three goals in the NCAA Tournament in his career - tying the school record. He is tied with Aerik Williams ‘02, Teddy Zingman ‘00 and Jared Lawrence ‘96. Senior Nick Gauna has tallied two assists in the NCAA Tournament in his career, tying him with Ryan Kitzen ‘02 for the program record. Gauna scored his first career NCAA Tournament goal on Nov. 13, the overtime winner at Ithaca.