Johns Hopkins has released its schedule for the 2014 season. Here is a breakdown of the slate that awaits the Blue Jays, who went 9-5 last year and failed to qualify for their 42nd straight NCAA tournament.
10: The 10-goal benchmark was critical for Johns Hopkins in 2012. When scoring 10 goals or more, the team was 7-1. When held to fewer than 10 goals, the Jays went 2-4.
9: The program has captured nine NCAA championships, but the Blue Jays have not brought home a title since 2007. The six-year drought is the longest in Dave Pietramala’s 13-year tenure.
8: Senior Eric Schneider, who returns as Johns Hopkins’ most experienced goalkeeper, played in eight games last season, starting once. He recorded a 9.59 goals-against average and a .500 save percentage.
7: The Blue Jays will tangle with seven teams that qualified for last year’s NCAA tournament. That group consists of national runner-up Syracuse, two quarterfinalists in North Carolina and Ohio State, and four qualifiers in Loyola, Maryland, Towson and Albany.
6: Johns Hopkins said farewell to six starters in midfielders John Ranagan and John Greeley; defensemen Tucker Durkin and Chris Lightner; attackman Zach Palmer; and goalie Pierce Bassett. Filling those holes – as well as those created by the graduation of midfielder Lee Coppersmith, attackman John Kaestner and faceoff specialist Mike Poppleton – looms large as a priority for the program.
5: The Blue Jays will kick off the season with a home date against Ohio State, which will mark the fifth time these programs will have met. The teams, which will be rivals in the Big Ten Conference in 2015, have not played each other since 2002.
4: Johns Hopkins will take to the road for four straight contests, meeting Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 22, Princeton at the Face-Off Classic at M&T; Bank Stadium on Sunday, March 2, Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday, March 4, and UMBC on Saturday, March 8. The last time the team played four consecutive games on the road in the regular season was 1986, which was coach Dave Pietramala’s freshman year.
3: The Blue Jays’ longest homestand of the season is three contests. They welcome to Homewood Field North Carolina on Saturday, March 29 at 2 p.m., Albany on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m., and Maryland on Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m.
2: Johns Hopkins will try to end a two-game losing streak to the Tar Heels in the last game of March. The skid is tied for the current longest active losing streak to an opponent.
1: The Blue Jays will make their first trip to Ann Arbor on Feb. 22 to play Michigan, entering its third season in Division I. If the weather cooperates, Hopkins could step into “The Big House” – otherwise known as Michigan Stadium – for the first time.
Johns Hopkins 2014 schedule
at Georgetown (scrimmage) – Washington
vs. Penn State (scrimmage) - Homewood Field
vs. Ohio State - Homewood Field 11:30
vs. Towson - Homewood Field
vs. Michigan - Homewood Field
vs. Princeton - Baltimore*
at Mount St. Mary's – Emmitsburg
at UMBC – Catonsville
vs. Syracuse - Homewood Field
at Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
vs. North Carolina - Homewood Field
vs. Albany - Homewood Field
vs. Maryland (Homecoming) - Homewood Field
at Navy – Annapolis
vs. Villanova - Homewood Field
at Loyola Maryland – Baltimore
*Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T; Bank Stadium