Last Monday's NCAA Lacrosse final, many...


June 07, 1993

...,TC AFTER last Monday's NCAA Lacrosse final, many Marylanders were left asking where were the local schools, particularly Johns Hopkins.

The perennial local powerhouse looked like a club in decline after being stomped by North Carolina in the semi-finals and out-scored in the third period 6-1.

After winning the NCAA championship seven times in the first 16 years of the tournament, the last being in 1987, Hopkins' reign as a lacrosse dynasty seems to be over. Despite continued support from the university, the question remains as to why Hopkins lacrosse teams continue to struggle.

To many players, the answer is as simple as talent. The Hopkins name today means little compared to what it once did to lacrosse recruits. After a six-year championship drought, recruits need more than past victories and the Lacrosse Hall of Fame on campus to sell them on Hopkins.

Similarly, Hopkins can't offer many things other schools can. First, lacrosse players aren't assured of super-star status on campus (they are at Virginia, Syracuse and North Carolina). Despite good attendance at home games, the Hopkins student body is largely ambivalent toward its own players. Also, a recruit may not relish the idea of attending the university known to have the second heaviest workload in the country.

These two factors combined with others, such as location and climate, make Johns Hopkins lacrosse difficult to sell.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

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