Dave Pietramala built a name for himself as the head coach of Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse for 20 seasons. But we aren’t here to analyze him as a coach. See, before he was a terrifying presence on the sideline, he was an absolute nightmare with a six foot pole. Some call Pietramala the greatest defenseman to ever play. It would have been a treat to watch him extend his career if pro lacrosse existed in the early 90s. From 1986 to 1989 he prowled the Hopkins backfield, devouring any poor soul within a stick’s reach.
For today’s Lacrosse Film Study, we’re going back in time to 1989. It’s Johns Hopkins against North Carolina in the NCAA Semifinals. Hop won the contest, 10-6, earning a right to play in the National Championship before falling, 13-12, to Syracuse.
From the way he seals off the crease to the lumberjack checks to matching of feet, pound for pound Dave Pietramala was unrivaled. He even tries to make a save. You’ll have to see for yourself.
Pietramala Defense Highlights – 1989 Semis vs. UNC
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