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Dave Pietramala's focus on UMBC, not becoming all-time winningest coach in Johns Hopkins history

One win will make history for Dave Pietramala.

The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach needs just one victory to become the school's all-time leader in wins. Pietramala, who is 158-55 in 15 seasons with the Blue Jays and has helped the program win two NCAA championships, is tied with Hall of Famer Bob Scott, who went 158-55-1 in 20 years and guided the school to seven national titles.

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Pietramala, whose team opens the season Saturday against UMBC at Homewood Field at 1 p.m., said he hasn't thought much aboout setting the record.

"When I think of Hopkins lacrosse, I think of Coach Scott," Pietramala said Thursday. "But my focus is to have the team try to take a step forward every hour, every afternoon, every day. My focus is to help them be prepared to compete against a UMBC team that will come in here and returns a lot of players from last year. My focus has been on that and not on records. … While it's flattering to even be mentioned in the same vein as Bob Scott, I'm not sure I quite I deserve that. And there is a greater focus right now, which in no way, shape or form belittles what Bob Scott has done."

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If No. 6 Johns Hopkins defeats the Retrievers on Saturday, it would do so at the expense of Don Zimmerman, who brought three NCAA crowns to Homewood Field and coached Pietramala when he was a Blue Jays defenseman from 1987 to 1991.

"I look at it as an honor and a privilege to stand on the same sideline as Don Zimmerman," he said. "That was my coach. That's the guy that helped teach me the game, what work ethic was about, what competing at the highest level was about. Sometimes when we do play, I hear him say things, and I've got to quickly remind myself that I'm not a player because I hear that voice and I hear those words and, quite frankly, it brings me back to when I was playing for him. It is a privilege to be on the same sideline with him. He has achieved great success, and he's one of the greatest coaches to have coached the game. I don't think he gets the credit that he deserves."

Zimmerman returned the favor, saying of Pietramala: "I'm very proud of Dave and what he's done as a coach. What can I say about Bob Scott? He has to be considered one of the great coaches of all time, as does Petro. Records are meant to be broken, and I'm sure Scotty would be the first to go in the locker room and shake Dave's hand. It's a wonderful opportunity for a guy who has worked very, very hard in his profession."


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