Having won 64.1 percent of his faceoffs (59 of 92) thus far, Johns Hopkins senior Hunter Moreland ranks 10th in Division I in faceoff percentage (64.1). The White Hall resident and Boys’ Latin graduate also ranks eighth in the nation with 8.5 ground balls per game. Moreland talked after the No. 17 Blue Jays’ 16-9 victory over then-No. 20 Princeton on Saturday, in which he set career highs in both faceoff wins (20) and ground balls (14).
Hunter, can you just talk about your performance tonight? I believe career highs in both faceoff wins and ground balls — how meaningful is that for you?
I mean, wins are kind of more important than the stats for us. But it feels great to go out and help the team out. We were getting plenty of shots in the beginning, but they weren’t falling. But we were getting stops, and I was convinced that if we keep getting possessions, the shots would finally fall. So it was great to have a good win tonight. We needed to get back at it, and it was good to help the team out.
The individual numbers for you, are they personally meaningful though?
Obviously, I go out there and I have a job where it’s all based around statistics. So I want to do the best that I possibly can. So it’s great. It means that I did my job tonight. So I’ll take it.
How important was this win for you guys considering the loss to North Carolina on Feb. 23?
It’s huge. We definitely let that one get away. So we really focused, especially after what happened last year, on getting back on and getting a big win against Princeton.
Hunter, can you talk about your season thus far? I believe you’re winning more than 60 percent of your faceoffs. How do you feel this year compared to previous years?
I mean, the past couple years, I haven’t been able to be as healthy. So it feels great to finally get back and feel like myself again and help the team out. It’s one of my goals, to get above that. So I think I’m doing a good job so far. We’ve got a long way to go, but I’d love to keep rolling.
Is there a part of you that’s knocking on everything to make sure you stay healthy?
No, you’ve just got to play, you know? It’s the senior year. So I’ve just got to take care of my body every day. I’m a little bit older, but I’ve just got to keep going.