With No. 13 Johns Hopkins mired in a 1-3 skid, perhaps it’s natural to wonder if the losses are having an adverse effect on the players. If so, that’s not a concern for coach Dave Pietramala.
“Most people don’t like to lose,” he said Monday. “Certainly, we don’t like to lose around here. When you win and you beat No. 1, you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread. If you lose a game you shouldn’t lose, you’re the worst thing. That’s the nature of it, and that’s OK. We have to embrace that. This group has to just keep fighting. Obviously, we have to make adjustments, and we’ll do that. But the attitude of these guys has been positive. We’ve talked about what we think the problems are, what we have to do better. We’ve talked about those things, and we’ll try to practice those things in a stressful setting during the practice week. But this is a great group of young men. I really like them, and they’re passionate about what we want to do.”