Johns Hopkins has released its schedule for the 2015 season. Here is a by-the-numbers breakdown of the slate that awaits the Blue Jays, who went 11-5 last year and lost to Duke in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament.
10: Johns Hopkins enjoyed a 10-4 record last spring when scoring at least 10 goals. But that squad dropped two of its last three games in which it broke the 10-goal barrier (13-10 loss to Loyola Maryland and 19-11 setback to Duke).
9: The Blue Jays rank second among Division I programs in national championships with nine, but they haven’t won one since 2007. The seven-year drought is the longest in coach Dave Pietramala’s tenure.
8: Johns Hopkins will open its first season in the Big Ten Conference with a home game against Rutgers on March 28. The Blue Jays are seeking their eighth victory in eight meetings against the Scarlet Knights.
7: The Blue Jays play host to seven games at Homewood Field in Baltimore. It’s the fewest number of games at home since 2011, when the Blue Jays also played seven times at Homewood.
6: For the fourth consecutive year, Johns Hopkins will play in six road games. The 2011 squad played seven games away from Homewood Field.
5: The Blue Jays return five players who registered at least 18 points last season. Senior attackman Wells Stanwick (67 points), junior attackman Ryan Brown (54), junior midfielders Holden Cattoni (35) and Connor Reed (24), and sophomore midfielder John Crawley (18) will be expected to power the offense.
4: Johns Hopkins will tangle with four opponents that took part in last spring’s NCAA tournament. The team will travel to North Carolina on Feb. 21, Syracuse on March 14, and Maryland on April 25. The only home game involving a tournament participant is Virginia on March 21.
3: The Blue Jays will take to the road for three consecutive games against Towson on Feb. 10, Villanova on Feb. 14, and North Carolina. The last time the program had embarked on a three-game road trip in the regular season was 2000 when that squad met Hofstra on March 11, Syracuse on March 17, and Virginia on March 25.
2: Johns Hopkins’ longest home stretch of the season is two games. That’s the shortest span of games at Homewood Field since 2009 when that squad also did not exceed two home games in a row.
1: For the first time in the program’s history, the Blue Jays will compete in a league as affiliate members of the Big Ten. The top four teams will qualify for the Big Ten tournament, which will be hosted by Maryland on April 30 and May 2.