No. 5 Johns Hopkins Opens Friday vs. Manhattan on ESPNU

Johns Hopkins opens its 123rd season with a first-ever meeting against Manhattan. The Blue Jays return seven starters from last season's team that posted a 10-5 record and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 19th consecutive year. Johns Hopkins enters the 2010 season with an all-time record of 892-283-15 (.756). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles, and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

That's 609 Games Over .500: The Blue Jays' all-time record is now 892-283-15 (.756) ... that's 609 games over .500. To put this in perspective: JHU has played an average of just over 15 games per season under head coach Dave Pietramala. Using a 15-game season as a reference, if the Blue Jays posted a 5-10 record for 120 straight seasons, they would still be nine games over .500.

Check the Calendar: This year's season-opener against Manhattan will be the earliest game played in the history of the Blue Jay lacrosse program. Prior to this season the earliest JHU had ever played a game was February 20 (last season against Siena).

In February: Johns Hopkins has played just seven all-time games in the month of February and the Blue Jays are 4-3 in those seven games. Hopkins split a pair of games in February last season as the Blue Jays knocked off Siena (11-3), but fell to Princeton (14-9).

For Openers: Johns Hopkins is 7-2 under head coach Dave Pietramala in season-openers and close calls have been the norm. Only three of the nine have been decided by more than three goals and the nine games have been decided by a total of just 29 goals.

Streaking: Johns Hopkins is 82-20 in its last 102 regular season games dating back to the end of the 2001 season and 98-26 overall since the start of the 2002 season.

Poll Position: The Blue Jays check in at number five in the USILA Preseason Coaches Poll. The Johns Hopkins Sports Information Office uses the USILA Poll to represent JHU's official ranking at the time of a game.

More Poll Position: Including this season's USILA Preseason Poll, there have been 358 weekly polls since the inception of the poll in 1973. Amazingly, JHU has been ranked in the top 20 in all 358 of those polls. The Blue Jays have been in the top 10 in 346 of those 358 polls.

Poll Notes: In some years a preseason poll was not conducted In some years a preseason poll was conducted, but the second poll of that season may have been held until after several weeks of the season passed In some years a poll was conducted after the NCAA Tournament.

Trio of All-Americans Pace Offense: Johns Hopkins returns three players who earned All-America honors a year ago - all three of which play on the offensive end of the field. Senior midfielder Michael Kimmel garnered Second Team All-America honors a year ago, while senior attackman Steven Boyle and junior attackman Kyle Wharton earned Honorable Mention All-America status.

Attack Fuels Returning Offensive Firepower: Johns Hopkins returns all three starters on attack in seniors Steven Boyle and Chris Boland and junior Kyle Wharton. The trio combined for 83 goals and 46 assists last season and paced an offense that averaged just over 11.5 goals per game a year ago.

Add in the return of senior midfielder Michael Kimmel (20g, 25a) and the Blue Jays have the nucleus of an offense that finished eighth in the nation a year ago back in the fold.

Returning Offensive Notes

Players who combined for 120 of JHU's 173 goals (69.4%) and 90 of JHUs 108 assists (83.3%) last season are back this year.

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