Ryan Brown still has (at least) one game left in his career at Johns Hopkins, but coach Dave Pietramala said the senior attackman has already cemented his legacy as one of the program’s most prolific goal scorers.
The Sykesville resident and Calvert Hall graduate currently owns sole possession of second place in school history in all-time goals (159) and hat tricks (27) and ranks seventh in points (209). Brown would be hard-pressed to pass Terry Riordan, who leads in all three of those categories with 184 goals, 37 hat tricks and 247 points, but Pietramala said what Brown has done remains impressive.
“You do have to take stock as to what this young man has done given the fact that there have been guys like Terry Riordan and Brian Piccola,” Pietramala said Monday. “I’ve coached both of those guys, and you’re talking about two all-time Johns Hopkins greats, two Hopkins Hall of Famers. I think Ryan has proven he is one of the all-time great scorers here in Johns Hopkins history and to say that is saying an awful lot given the fact that there have been so many great players and so many great attackmen that have played here. The hope is that we can in his final season help him to win.”
Brown has ratcheted up his production for the Blue Jays (8-6), who visit No. 5 seed Brown (14-2) in an NCAA tournament first-round game Saturday at 5 p.m. He has registered 24 goals and nine assists in his past seven games, including a season high-tying seven points on five goals and two assists in a 14-12 loss to Rutgers in Thursday night’s Big Ten tournament semifinal.
Pietramala said Brown’s effectiveness despite the absence of four of the team’s top seven midfielders is a credit to how he has refined his role in offensive coordinator Bobby Benson’s system. Now the key is to cultivate similar efforts from Brown’s teammates.
“I think Coach Benson has done a good job of putting him in spots, and I think he’s done a good job of finishing his opportunities early,” Pietramala said. “But at the end of the other night, he was 5-for-15, and while that’s a good shooting percentage, we think it can be even better. We’re very fortunate that he’s been productive, but we’ve got to get other guys to take some of that burden off of him.”