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The rivalry won’t spoil your St. Patrick’s Day plans this year.

Johns Hopkins Blue Jays v Syracuse Orange Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Opponent

School: Johns Hopkins

Mascot: Blue Jays

Coach: Dave Pietramala

Location: Baltimore, MD

Conference: Big Ten

Game Location: Syracuse, NY

Game Time: 1 PM

Television/Radio: ACC Network Extra / TK99/105

Weather: DOME WEATHER

All-Time Syracuse Record Vs. Opponent: 26-29-1

Previous Matchup: 8-7 (OT) Syracuse Win

Opponent Ranking: #15

Quick Facts

2018 Record: 2-2

2018 Conference Record: 0-0

2017 Conference Postseason Results: Lost to Ohio State in the first round

2017 NCAA Tournament Postseason Results: Lost to Duke in the first round

2018 Team Statistics

Total Goals– Shot Attempts: 46-170

Total Opponent Goals– Shot Attempts: 40-147

EMO Goals (Percentage): 8 (.444)

EMO Goals Against (Opp. Percentage): 5 (.312)

Team Shooting Percentage: .271

Opponent Shooting Percentage: .272

Shots on Goal Percentage: .535

Opponent Shots on Goal Percentage: .537

Groundballs: 114

Opponent Groundballs: 106

Turnovers: 56

Caused Turnovers: 20

Faceoffs: 60/99 (.606)

Clearing Percentage: .905

Opponent Clearing Percentage: .855

Penalties: 13 PIM

Saturday we will have another chapter in the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse. The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays travel to New York to face the Syracuse Orange for a 1 PM game in the Dome. In 2016 it was Ryan Brown tying the game with 38 seconds to go and Wilkins Dismuke winning the game in overtime for Hopkins. Last year the Orange returned the favor with Sergio Salcido hitting the no-look game-tying goal with 33 seconds left leading to a Brendan Bomberry overtime goal.

Both teams are coming off of wins with Hopkins defeating Princeton in a 16-9 game and the Orange finding a way to win in the final moment of an emotional bout versus Virginia.

Syracuse will be without Nate Solomon but will hopefully return Tyson Bomberry who at last check was close to returning.

ATTACK

Kyle Marr, the son of Albany Great Danes head coach Scott Marr, is the leading point scorer this year with six goals and seven assists. He really came into his own last year with a 25-20 year. The Orange cannot give him any room because with some space he can fire rockets.

Cole Williams came to Hopkins last year as the sixth best incoming freshman in the nation as rated by Inside Lacrosse. Just four games into the season he has surpassed his 2017 goal mark and leads all Jays with eight.

The youngest of eight siblings who have all played division I lacrosse, Shack Stanwick had a lot to live up to. Currently he is rocking a 52 game point scoring streak with five goals and four assists on the year. He is fantastic operating around the crease and dodging from behind cage. Any defenseman that takes him on has to expect a physical opponent who has no problem going body to body.

MIDFIELD

Joel Tinney might be the most recognizable name on this roster. He’s a guy that it feels like has been in college forever but after his freshman year in which he put up 38 points he did not play in 2016 due to an NCAA rules violation. The redshirt senior leads all JHU midfielders with 11 points. Brinton Valis should be the second starter on the midfield and is coming off of a three goal game against Princeton, the first multi-goal game of his career.

After starting the first three games of the year Alex Concannon did not play versus Princeton. If he doesn’t return we will see Connor DeSimone. The freshman was ranked as the fifth best incoming first year by Inside Lacrosse and has three goals on the season. DeSimone has just three goals on the year but he is really turning out to be quite a dodger.

FACEOFF

At the faceoff X, Seth Delisle and Danny Varello will take on Hunter Moreland. Prior to this year the senior had a solid faceoff percentage sitting in the mid to high .500’s but he really has opened things up this year with a .641 winning percentage which is tied for ninth best in the nation. A few weeks ago against stud FOGO Alex Woodall of the Towson Tigers, Moreland struggled going seven of 20. The Orange will be without long pole Jared Fernandez who takes a lot of faceoffs at the wing position.

DEFENSE

Coach Desko indicated that it will most likely be Brendan Bomberry, Stephen Rehfuss and Brad Voigt at attack on Saturady. Voigt will be filling in for Nate Solomon who is out due to an automatic suspension by the NCAA for his hit on Alex Rode last week against the Virginia Cavaliers. Syracuse will get opportunities against this defense, it’s just a matter of whether or not the attack can capitalize without Solomon helping to run the show.

The Jays defense is 64th in the nation in caused turnovers per game and as a team Hopkins is 41st in the nation in groundballs per game. As a freshman, Jack Rapine started all 15 games last year. Patrick Foley is another guy who started every game as a freshman, but he missed all of 2017 due academic issues. He’s got three starts this year with seven groundballs and four caused turnovers along with a long pole goal against Towson. The third defenseman should be Owen Colwell.

GOAL

As a starter Brock Turnbaugh has never had above a .500 save percentage. He has 26 starts in his four years and is coming off a 2017 year in which both he and co-starter Gerald Logan both struggled. He’s not a bad goalie but his defense allows a lot of shots on net.