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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | February 25, 2005
Read our transcript with the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala, a 1990 graduate of Johns Hopkins, enters his fifth season as head coach at his alma mater. Johns Hopkins finished with a 13-2 record and reached the NCAA semifinals. Baltimoresun.com: What is your outlook for the season? Dave Pietramala: This is the first team we've had that is very experienced. We've always had a lot of younger guys playing for us. Our first recruiting class has gone through four years and we have a larger group of seniors that are playing.
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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 Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | January 8, 1994
It was only an indoor lacrosse scrimmage, but the matchup was of classic proportions.For the Philadelphia Wings, it was Paul Gait, the best offensive player in the world if his twin brother Gary isn't.For the Baltimore Thunder, it was Dave Pietramala, MVP in the 1990 World Games and acknowledged as the best defensive player in the game.As Gait was stretched out and had planted a foot after catching a pass during the scrimmage a few weeks ago at the Baltimore Arena, Pietramala, 6 feet 4, 208 pounds, hit him. Gait, no shrimp at 6-2, 200, was knocked cold for three minutes.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
Loyola Maryland coach Charley Toomey and Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said Saturday's game will not be the last between their programs even though the Blue Jays' schedule will change as it joins the Big Ten next season. There have already been phone conversations between the coaches, and they talked before Saturday's game, which No. 1 Loyola won, 13-10, over the No. 6 Blue Jays. The two teams met for the 52nd time Saturday at a sold-out Ridley Athletic Complex in a series that dates back to 1939.
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By MIKE PRESTON | May 8, 2004
JOHNS HOPKINS lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala is driven to win a national championship, but it's not an obsession, even at a university that is synonymous with the sport. Pietramala is still the same old, animated, intimidating figure who stalks the sidelines with the gravelly, baritone voice, though recent events have changed his approach and the pressure he puts on himself and his team. He is fully aware that the Blue Jays haven't won a national title since 1987, but he also knows that Michael Breschi, the 3-year-old son of Ohio State coach Joe Breschi, died after he was struck by a sports utility vehicle two months ago. On March 17, George Boiardi, a senior midfielder for Cornell who had played at the Landon School in Bethesda, died after being hit in the chest with a shot during the Big Red's game against Binghamton in Ithaca, N.Y. Pietramala recruited Boiardi for Cornell, where he was the head coach from 1998 through 2000.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
Loyola Maryland coach Charley Toomey and Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said Saturday's game will not be the last between their programs even though the Blue Jays' schedule will change as it joins the Big Ten next season. There have already been phone conversations between the coaches, and they talked before Saturday's game, which No. 1 Loyola won, 13-10, over the No. 6 Blue Jays. The two teams met for the 52nd time Saturday at a sold-out Ridley Athletic Complex in a series that dates back to 1939.
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By From Staff Reports | August 12, 1993
Dave Pietramala, who was the nation's premier defenseman at Johns Hopkins in the late 1980s, has been named assistant lacrosse coach at Loyola College.Pietramala graduated from Hopkins in 1989, after earning first-team, All-America honors in 1987, 1988 and 1989. He was honored as the country's top defenseman after his junior and senior seasons.Pietramala led Hopkins to the 1987 NCAA championship and an appearance in the 1989 title game. He also was the USILA Division I Player of the Year in 1989.
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By Steven Kivinski and Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer | August 20, 1994
Dave Pietramala is going home.Johns Hopkins head lacrosse coach Tony Seaman yesterday named Pietramala as the Blue Jays' new full-time assistant coach, filling the vacancy created by the departure of John Haus, who is now head coach at Washington College."
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By MIKE PRESTON | May 20, 2002
JOHNS HOPKINS had 16 freshmen on its 40-man preseason lacrosse roster, but the person who may have grown up the most this season is coach Dave Pietramala. Pietramala, in his second year, has Hopkins in the Division I final four next weekend after the Blue Jays defeated Massachusetts, 13-12, yesterday in sudden- death overtime. In the NCAA quarterfinal at Homerwood Field, two Minutemen goals were nullified because of crease violations, and Hopkins was the recipient of a mysteriously called timeout despite not gaining control of the faceoff that set up the game-winning goal.
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By GARY LAMBRECHT and GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTER | February 24, 2006
Nearly nine months after delivering the ultimate prize to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala would rather not talk about it. Pietramala is way too busy analyzing videotape of a recent practice and contemplating tomorrow's season opener against Albany to think about that glorious Memorial Day last year when the Blue Jays ended 17 years of frustration. He is too consumed with teaching this younger team the right way to do things, whether it's positioning and rotating properly on defense or keeping the locker room spotless and staying on top of schoolwork.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
With a 6-5 win over Navy on Friday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, No. 5 Johns Hopkins won its third game in seven days, and coach Dave Pietramala said afterward that the team is physically exhausted. “Three games in seven days is a lot,” he said. “… I think we need a rest, and I think we need it right now. We made a decision that we would give these guys two days off. Do you want to prepare for [Wednesday's home game vs.] Villanova on two days? No, you don't, but they play tomorrow.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
With Johns Hopkins moving to the Big Ten for the 2015 season, a schedule that the program could mold and shape will have certain limitations. For one, the Blue Jays must face conference opponents Maryland, Penn State, Ohio State, Rutgers and Michigan, and must keep one weekend open in late April or early May for the league tournament. Other traditional rivalries are on the chopping block, but coach Dave Pietramala confirmed on Thursday that the school's annual showdown with Navy - which will unfold for the 88th time on Friday at 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis - will be retained.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Sophomore attackman Ryan Brown did not make his usual start in No. 5 Johns Hopkins' 17-2 thrashing of Mount St. Mary's on Monday. Coach Dave Pietramala was mum about Brown's absence, which  Lacrosse Magazine reported  was caused by a minor injury that the Calvert Hall graduate suffered late in the team's 11-6 victory over No. 6 Maryland on Saturday.  “Ryan didn't play,” Pietramala said on Thursday morning. “He was with the team but did not dress.” Asked whether Brown - the team's leader in goals with 32 this season - would return against Navy (4-7)
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team has five games remaining, including Saturday's matchup against Maryland. After the Terps, the No. 9 Blue Jays play at Mount St. Mary's, at Navy, host Villanova and then close out the regular season at Loyola Maryland. The general consensus is that the Blue Jays have to beat either No. 5 Maryland or No. 1 Loyola to pick up a quality win to get into the NCAA tournament, which it missed last season for the first time in 41 years. "These kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for," said Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala.
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Mike Preston | April 11, 2014
Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala appears to be cool while the whirlwind blows around him. A year ago, the Blue Jays failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 41 years, and they are on the verge of being left out again if they don't get another big win in their final five games. That might be impossible for the Blue Jays faithful to bear. Lacrosse to Hopkins is what football is to Notre Dame and basketball to Kentucky. Lacrosse isn't just a sport at Hopkins, it's the sport.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
No. 10 Johns Hopkins unveiled a different look on defense in Saturday's 13-9 loss to No. 5 North Carolina when junior Michael Pellegrino shifted from the midfield to join senior Jack Reilly and junior Robert Enright on close defense and freshman Nick Fields started as long-stick midfielder. The impetus behind the move was to match Pellegrino's speed with that of Tar Heels junior attackman Joey Sankey, but it's not the first time the Blue Jays (5-3) have tinkered with their defensive personnel.
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By MIKE PRESTON | May 27, 2003
AFTER 16 YEARS of waiting to win an NCAA Division I men's lacrosse championship, Johns Hopkins players, alumni and fans have to wait at least another year. And guess what? They don't mind it. Really. After Hopkins lost, 9-7, to Virginia in the championship game before a record crowd of 37,944 at M&T Bank Stadium yesterday, one might figure some of the old alumni were starting to become antsy and put some pressure on coach Dave Pietramala. After all, this was the third straight year the Blue Jays have played in the tournament, their second straight as the No. 1 seed.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | May 5, 2009
The Loyola men's lacrosse team has picked up a supporter in its displeasure with being left out of the 16-team NCAA tournament: Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala. While praising the quality of the bracket, Pietramala questioned the selection committee's decision to emphasize significant wins over strength of schedule. "It's obvious that the criteria that this committee used is different than the committee that had been together for the previous two or three years, and it's something that our sport needs to address in terms of consistency," he said.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
As expected, Johns Hopkins' 12-10 loss to Syracuse on Saturday sparked some soul-searching on the part of the Blue Jays. It's a natural consequence when a team drops its first game after opening the season with five consecutive wins. But coach Dave Pietramala said he hopes that the setback hasn't fundamentally impacted the players. “The key is you treat your wins and losses the same and you learn from them,” he said on Thursday morning. “That's a hard thing to do emotionally and mentally.
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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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