BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins is ranked fourth in the 2012 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Poll, it was announced today. The Blue Jays return nine starters from last season’s team, which posted a 13-3 record and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Defending national champion Virginia tops the poll, which counts Duke, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and Denver among the top five. Johns Hopkins will play four of the top eight teams in the poll during the 2012 regular season as the Blue Jays will take on top-ranked Virginia, sixth-ranked North Carolina, seventh-ranked Syracuse and eighth-ranked Maryland.
Head coach Dave Pietramala will return four All-Americans among his nine returning starters as midfielder John Ranagan (1st Team), defenseman Tucker Durkin (2nd), goalie Pierce Bassett (2nd) and attackman Chris Boland (honorable mention) are all back. Amazingly, of the nine returning starters, only one, Boland, will be in his final year of eligibility in 2012.
The Blue Jays will return their top two scorers in Boland (34g, 20a) and junior attackman Zach Palmer (22g, 25a) and every other player on the team who registered five or more goals and 10 or more points last season. In addition, Durkin and Bassett will lead a defense that returns also Chris Lightner and Jack Reilly, who joined Durkin as 16-game starters on close defense last season.
Johns Hopkins will open the 2012 season on Friday, February 17 when Towson visits Homewood Field. Johns Hopkins’ complete 2012 schedule will be announced no later than Friday, December 9, 2011.
2012 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Poll:
4. Johns Hopkins
6. North Carolina
9. Notre Dame
20. Penn State