Momentum has been wearing a Blue Jays jersey in this series. Johns Hopkins owns the annual rivalry by the tune of 36-3 and has won the last 16 meetings. But Friday night’s contest at Homewood Field is the season opener for the No. 4 Blue Jays, while the Tigers have worked out some of the kinks with their 12-10 decision over Jacksonville last Saturday. Here are a few factors that could influence the outcome.
1) Who has the advantage at faceoffs? Towson won just 45.5 percent of its faceoffs last season, and that trend rose just slightly to 45.8 percent in the team’s win against the Dolphins. Sophomore Warren Kalkenstein paced the team with a 5-of-10 showing. On the flipside, Johns Hopkins is trying to find a faceoff specialist from a group that includes junior Mike Poppleton, sophomore Mike Faby and freshman Drew Kennedy to replace Matt Dolente (66.7 percent), who has since graduated. Gaining an edge here could allow one side to take an edge on the scoreboard.