No. 5 Hopkins Visits No. 10 Princeton for 84th Jay-Tiger Battle

Johns Hopkins hits the road for the first time this season as the fifth-ranked Blue Jays make the trip to New Jersey to take on 10th-ranked Princeton. Faceoff is set for noon on Saturday, March 1.

A Look Back: Johns Hopkins improved to 3-0 with a 14-5 win against Michigan last Saturday at Homewood Field. Princeton moved to 2-0 on the year with a 14-8 victory at Manhattan on Tuesday night. The Tigers had opened the season just three days prior with a 12-10 victory at home against Hofstra.

Series History: Johns Hopkins and Princeton are meeting for the 84th time in a series that dates to a 3-2 Tiger victory in 1890. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 55-28. The visiting team is 5-0 in the last five Johns Hopkins-Princeton games played on campus.

These Are the Facts: Johns Hopkins enters this week's game against Princeton with an all-time record of 936-303-15 (.752). The Blue Jays own nine NCAA titles, 29 USILA titles and six ILA titles for a total of 44 national championships.

Poll Position: Johns Hopkins is ranked fifth in this week's USILA Coaches Poll and seventh in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Preseason Poll. Princeton is ranked 10th in the USILA Poll and ninth in the Media Poll.

150 in 200: Dave Pietramala picked up his 150th victory as the head coach at Johns Hopkins with last week's 14-5 victory against Michigan. His 150th victory came in his 200th game as the head coach at Homewood. Only Bob Scott, who won 158 games as the head coach at JHU from 1955-74, has won or coached (214) more games that Pietramala at Johns Hopkins.

Back Where it Started: This week's game at Princeton will be the 201st for Dave Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. Princeton was also the site of his first game as the Blue Jays' head coach as JHU fell to then second-ranked Princeton, 8-4, on March 3, 2001.

New Blue: The Johns Hopkins lineup features six new starters after a large senior class departed Homewood last spring. The six are spread throughout the lineup and include Eric Schneider (G), Rob Enright (D), John Kelly (D), Bronson Kelly (M), Connor Reed (M) and Ryan Brown (A). Brown did start four games at midfield last season, but makes the move to his natural attack position this season, and Enright had five career starts through his first two seasons.

New Blue II: In addition to the six new starters in the lineup, the overall Blue Jay roster is also vastly different than a year ago. Gone are 11 seniors who exhausted their eligibility and in their place are 17 freshmen.

Youth Will be Served: Johns Hopkins is fielding one of the youngest rosters in the nation this season as 17 of the team's 49 players are freshmen and 29 are either freshmen or sophomores. Only nine of the 49 are seniors and two of those nine - Eric Schneider and Phil Castronova - have an extra year of eligibility and are planning to return for the 2015 season.

For Starters: Entering the 2014 season, the entire 49-man Johns Hopkins roster counted a total of 132 combined career starts to its credit. Of those 132, Rob Guida (38), Jack Reilly (30), Brandon Benn (29) and Wells Stanwick (17) accounted 114, or 86.7%. No other returning player had started more than five games for the Blue Jays. By contrast, last year's 11-man senior class graduated with a combined 321 starts with six of those 11 players earning 45 or more starts during their careers.

Class Rank: The Blue Jays have gotten balanced production from each of their four classes through three games. Each class has registered at least eight points thus far, with the junior (21 points) and sophomore (19 points) classes leading the way. All four classes have produced at least seven goals through three games.

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