Rival, survival: Maryland, on NCAA bubble, primed for Hopkins

April 14, 1993|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer

One of the area's oldest lacrosse rivalries will continue Friday night at Byrd Stadium when Johns Hopkins visits Maryland.

Third-year Hopkins coach Tony Seaman, whose Blue Jays have lost to the Terrapins the past two years, is well aware of the rivalry's magnitude.

"I know I'm pretty well hated by everybody, but I know it's especially true down in College Park," Seaman said jokingly. "This is one of the biggest games on our schedule."

Maryland is coming off an 11-10 win over Navy on Saturday, a victory the Terps needed to stay in the NCAA playoff race. A loss to Hopkins could wipe out Maryland's postseason hopes.

"Nobody gets more out of his kids than [Maryland coach] Dick Edell," said Seaman. "[The Terps] know they have to win the rest of their games to have a shot at the playoffs, so this is a huge game."

Swimming to a win

Towson State coach Carl Runk wasn't very happy with the playing conditions at Delaware on Saturday, even though his Tigers took a 16-11 victory.

"In my opinion, that game should've never been played," said Runk. "There was at least two inches of water over the entire field.

"In 26 years, I cannot remember playing on a field like that."

Runk also said that play had to be stopped several times when shots were lost in the mud that surrounded each goal.

"After the game, our guys showered with their equipment on," said Runk. "We wanted to clean the equipment, then ourselves."

No looking ahead

Loyola coach Dave Cottle doesn't want to talk about next Wednesday's big game at Johns Hopkins.

All he's concerned with is the Greyhounds' game tomorrow night at UMBC.

"Hopkins is the least of our problems right now," said Cottle, whose team has not won a game away from Curley Field this season. "We consider ourselves a playoff team, and if we can't win on Thursday night, we're not a playoff team."

The other team at Homewood

The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team was unranked in the preseason Division III poll, but has shot up to No. 5 in the latest edition of the Top 15.

Coach Sally Anderson says this year's squad ranks with the best teams in her 11 years at Hopkins.

"This team is comparable to the best we've had at Hopkins," said Anderson. "We had a team that went to the Final Four [in 1988], and this team's every bit as good."

Eight teams are selected for the NCAA women's tournament, with five bids reserved for the top regional teams in the country. The other three bids are awarded to "at-large" schools.

Hopkins is competing mainly with seventh-ranked Washington & Lee for the Southern regional bid. If W & L is awarded that bid, the Blue Jays still stand a good chance of getting one of the at-large bids because of the strength of their Middle Atlantic Conference schedule.

Lacrosse camps

This month's issue of Lacrosse Magazine includes an excellent guide to choosing a summer camp.

The 10-page section contains information such as costs, dates and locations for 148 summer camps.

Lacrosse Magazine is available through the Lacrosse Foundation -- 113 W. University Parkway, Baltimore, Md. 21210-3300, (410) 235-6882 -- and also is sold at Bacharach Rasin Sporting Goods in Towson and Severna Park, and Moyer's Lacrosse in Ellicott City.

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