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Goalies legacy at Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse doesn't burden Brock Turnbaugh

Baltimore, MD -- 2/20/16 -- Johns Hopkins goalkeeper Brock Turnbaugh (29) faces off against Loyola attacker Zach Herreweyers (27) before Herreweyers prepares to shoot and score on the play. The No. 8 Greyhounds held on to beat the No. 7 Blue Jays 9-8 at Ridely Athletic Complex. _CTA4002 Christopher T. Assaf/Baltimore Sun staff #4002
Baltimore, MD -- 2/20/16 -- Johns Hopkins goalkeeper Brock Turnbaugh (29) faces off against Loyola attacker Zach Herreweyers (27) before Herreweyers prepares to shoot and score on the play. The No. 8 Greyhounds held on to beat the No. 7 Blue Jays 9-8 at Ridely Athletic Complex. _CTA4002 Christopher T. Assaf/Baltimore Sun staff #4002 (Christopher T. Assaf / Baltimore Sun)

It's too early to tell whether Brock Turnbaugh will develop into the kind of goalkeeper who can carry on the tradition of standout players at that position for Johns Hopkins. But if the legacy of Mike Federico, Larry Quinn, Quint Kessenich and Jesse Schwartzman is too much to bear, Turnbaugh isn't giving it much thought.

"It doesn't bother me," said the Phoenix resident and Hereford graduate, who grew up watching Schwartzman and Pierce Bassett anchor the Blue Jays. "I go out and give it 100 percent every day and take it one day at a time. I'm not looking far into the future right now. Right now, I'm just looking at practice and Towson this Saturday and not too much past that."

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Turnbaugh has fared well in four starts for No. 14 Johns Hopkins (2-2). He currently ranks 15th in Division I in saves per game at 11.8 and 18th in save percentage at .540.

The numbers are a good starting point, but Turnbaugh said there's room for improvement.

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"I'm not playing perfectly, and it's still early in the season," he said. "From a team standpoint, we all have a lot to improve on and hopefully as the year goes on, we'll start to see things shape up with everyone and start playing lacrosse like we have to."

Coach Dave Pietramala said what he, the coaches and Turnbaugh's teammates appreciate about him is there there's no pretense.

"He is as vanilla as vanilla gets in everything he does," Pietramala said. "What we like about him is, we know what we're getting with him. … He's been very solid, and that's who he is as a kid, that's who he is as a friend. He is a solid guy, and we think he grows every day. You can see his confidence grow every day. He's changed his command of the defense and is a thousand times more vocal than he was in the fall. So you can see a guy who's just very fundamentally sound, very rock solid, not flashy, isn't going to try to overdo it. He's just going to try to do his job."

Turnbaugh said he continues to work on being more vocal on the field. He said he also is humbled to be the first sophomore since Bassett in 2011 to start in the cage.

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"That shows me that they have a lot of faith in me," Turnbaugh said of the coaching staff. "I've had multiple talks with Coach Petro, and we've become very close since the start of the season, and I know he has my back 100 percent of the way. That's not something I've ever been worried about because I know my coaches have got my back."

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