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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
It just doesn't seem natural playing lacrosse when there is still snow on the ground. There used to be a time when the regular season opened in the first week of March, but those days are long gone. Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala isn't in favor of starting the season so early and would like to move the postseason back as well. “I'm not a fan of where we are right now,” Pietramala said. “I'm not a fan of where we are with recruiting, not a fan of where we are with the calendar.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
The NCAA rules committee's decision on Thursday not to recommend a shot clock for the 2015 season drew a mixed reaction from a pair of area Division I men's lacrosse coaches. A shot clock had been a heavily debated topic as players, coaches and fans bemoaned the slower pace of play associated with a game that has been called "the fastest sport on two feet. " But the committee, which met Tuesday through Thursday in Indianapolis, instead suggested by next spring the installation of a visible shot clock for the 30-second warning issued when officials rule that an offense is stalling and not making a concerted effort to attack the net. "I'm surprised because I did think there had been enough conversation and a lot of proponents for the shot clock," Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
The starting attack of senior Zach Palmer, junior Brandon Benn and sophomore Wells Stanwick combined for seven points on five goals and two assists in Johns Hopkins' 15-6 victory over Siena a week ago, but coach Dave Pietramala thinks that trio is capable of doing more. Pietramala is not suggesting that he expects 10-point outings from Palmer, Benn and Stanwick, who totaled 13 shots against the Saints. (By comparison, the starting midfield of seniors John Ranagan and John Greeley and junior Rob Guida combined for 21 attempts.)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Johns Hopkins and Loyola have put their annual men's lacrosse rivalry on hold for the 2015 season. Unable to find a Saturday date suitable for both sides, the Charles Street rivals agreed to take a break next season and resume their annual series in February 2016 at Ridley Athletic Complex. With the Blue Jays moving to the Big Ten for 2015 and the Greyhounds playing in the Patriot League this past spring, Loyola coach Charley Toomey said he and Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala were intent on keeping the game on a Saturday rather than participating in a midweek contest during their conference schedules.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2013
The release of the NCAA's first RPI list confirmed what many had suspected of Johns Hopkins. The program - which is ranked No. 22 in RPI, which is a tool that the NCAA selection committee will use to determine the at-large teams in the 16-team field - needs a quality win and a prime opportunity will take place this Saturday when the Blue Jays, who are ranked No. 15 in The Sun, visit No. 4 Maryland (8-1) at Byrd Stadium in College Park. At this point, Johns Hopkins, which is 6-4 after losing three of its last four contests, could use any victory, but coach Dave Pietramala insisted that the team isn't feeling the heat from possibly missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
Two days after announcing an open competition at goalkeeper, Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala has not yet named the team's starting goalkeeper for Friday night's home contest against UMBC. Senior Pierce Bassett, who has started 27 consecutive games prior to sitting out Tuesday night's 19-9 thrashing of Mount St. Mary's for violating an undisclosed team policy, and redshirt sophomore Eric Schneider, who made four saves against the Mountaineers, are vying for the role. Although the No. 10 Blue Jays (4-1)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2014
Junior attackman Wells Stanwick stood out on Johns Hopkins' stat sheet courtesy of his one-goal, five-assist outing in the team's 10-9 triple overtime decision against then-No. 13 Ohio State on Sunday. But the Blue Jays (1-0), who moved from No. 15 to No. 13 in The Sun's rankings this week, were also the beneficiaries of varied contributions from others. Senior attackman Brandon Benn recorded two goals and one assist, which already matches the number of helpers he finished with last season.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
The success that No. 12 Johns Hopkins has enjoyed in victories over then-No. 13 Ohio State and No. 18 Towson can be credited to the offense and defense. A faceoff unit paced by junior Drew Kennedy has also played a role. Kennedy has won 75.6 percent (34-of-45) of his draws and scooped up 23 ground balls thus far. His play has helped allay concerns over the graduation of Mike Poppleton, who won 64.8 percent (328-506) and collected 167 ground balls as the team's primary faceoff specialist over the past two seasons.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
While the starting attack and midfield have bolstered the offense of No. 2 Johns Hopkins, the numbers produced by the second midfield would seem to suggest that the unit is in a little bit of a slump. Junior Bronson Kelly and freshmen John Crawley and Cody Radziewicz have combined for just one goal and zero assists in the last two games for the Blue Jays (5-0). Through the first three contests, Crawley, Radziewicz and sophomore Holden Cattoni had totaled 11 goals and zero assists.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
While the men's college lacrosse season officially began last weekend with a pair of games, many teams are debuting this weekend. So don't expect a well-oiled No. 15 Johns Hopkins against No. 13 Ohio State at Homewood Field on Sunday. “We're a work in progress,” coach Dave Pietramala acknowledged. “Needless to say, it's early lacrosse, and there are going to be mistakes made and there are going to be miscues. That's to be expected. More games are lost than won in sports, and one of the keys, especially at this time of the year, is to not lose those games, and what I mean by that is to try to limit mistakes that are somewhat natural at this time of the year.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
A six-year absence from the NCAA semifinals would usually sound the alarm at Johns Hopkins, where national championships are not a dream but almost an expectation. It's the longest drought in program history and one that has not escaped the notice of coach Dave Pietramala. But rather than hide from the disappointment, Pietramala is meeting it head-on. “That's the goal, and you want to meet your goals,” he said of reaching the Final Four. “We re-established the standard and raised the bar a little bit [by reaching the quarterfinals last month after sitting out the NCAA tournament in 2013]
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Here is the sixth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Teams are scheduled to appear according to the chronological order in which their seasons ended. Friday's visit was with Loyola Maryland. Monday's visit is with Johns Hopkins. REVIEW The good: After failing to qualify for the NCAA tournament in 2013 for the first time since 1971, the Blue Jays entered this spring with weighty expectations.
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Mike Preston | May 23, 2014
Denver coach Bill Tierney doesn't think he is a genius, but he has one of the greatest defensive minds in the history of college lacrosse. If there are two head coaches who could come up with a scheme to upset No. 1 seed Duke, they are Johns Hopkins' Dave Pietramala or Tierney. Pietramala had his turn last week, and Duke routed the Blue Jays, 19-11. Tierney gets his turn Saturday in the men's Division I lacrosse semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium. "Coach T had a shot at them earlier in the year and I think they lost, 14-10," said Loyola assistant coach Dave Metzbower, who worked as an assistant for 20 years under Tierney at Princeton.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
On Memorial Day 2007, the possibilities for lacrosse seemed limitless. A record 123,225 fans had flocked to M&T Bank Stadium that weekend to watch the NCAA men's championships, and they were rewarded with a thrilling final between local favorite Johns Hopkins and perennial power Duke. The three-day event had drawn similar crowds the year before in Philadelphia and would again the next year in Foxborough, Mass. Youth participation was skyrocketing in states that had barely known the game 20 years earlier.
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By Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun and By Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
The beginning of the end came early for Johns Hopkins. Very early. After falling behind 6-0 midway in the first quarter, Johns Hopkins tried to rally several times but couldn't withstand the constant offensive pressure as top-seeded Duke routed the unseeded Blue Jays, 19-11, at Delaware Stadium in an NCAA quarterfinal Sunday afternoon. The win by Duke appears to be part of their annual march to the Final Four - the Blue Devils will make their eighth straight semifinal appearance next weekend at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
Johns Hopkins has won 12 of 17 games against Duke, but the two sides haven't met since May 15, 2010, when the Blue Devils coasted to an 18-5 rout in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Blue Jays own a slight 3-2 record over Duke in the NCAA tournament. Johns Hopkins (11-4) has won six of its last seven contests, which includes a 14-8 victory over eighth-seeded Virginia in Sunday's first-round game. The program is making its third quarterfinal appearance in the last four years but hasn't been to the Final Four since 2008.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
The traditional strength of the Johns Hopkins program is showing up at the right time. With Sunday's 14-8 victory over eighth-seeded Virginia in an NCAA tournament first-round game, the Blue Jays (11-4) have limited six of their last seven opponents to under 10 goals. And with the Cavaliers going scoreless for a 20 minute, 29 second stretch and an 18 minute, 17 second stretch, the defense has shut out opponents for 15 minutes or longer 15 times this season. Coach Dave Pietramala said Johns Hopkins had better defensive showings in a 13-8 win against Albany on April 4 and an 11-6 victory over Maryland on April 12, but said the team improved as the contest developed against Virginia (10-6)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Johns Hopkins' 14-8 victory over eighth-seeded Virginia in an NCAA tournament first-round game on Sunday at Klockner Stadium propelled the team to its 13th quarterfinal since the field was expanded to four rounds for the 2003 campaign. It was especially meaningful for many Blue Jays players who had suffered the indignity of being part of a 2013 squad that contributed to the program missing out on the NCAA postseason for the first time since 1971. “Last year not getting in, it was tough to sit at home with all of these games going on and knowing that we weren't playing,” junior attackman Wells Stanwick said.
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