Blue Jays cap rivalry with 16-4 victory Shoremen to be replaced with Div. I foe next year

March 06, 1997|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

The Johns Hopkins-Washington College lacrosse rivalry came to a halt last night.

It had nothing to do with the score -- 16-4, Hopkins -- and there were no ugly incidents. But the series will be suspended because Hopkins needs a Division I team in the Division III Shoremen's place.

Hopkins coach Tony Seaman appreciates and respects the tradition of the rivalry with Washington, but the realities of Division I lacrosse have intruded.

The NCAA decreed at the end of last season that a Division I team has to win at least half of its games against Division I opponents to be considered for the NCAA tournament.

"Beating a Division III school doesn't count, so what's the sense in beating a Washington College?" Seaman said. "We were going to get [Division I] Michigan State in Washington's place, but they dropped lacrosse."

It's almost certain that, because of Hopkins' perennially difficult schedule, the newcomer won't be a powerhouse.

Washington coach John Haus, meanwhile, was less than pleased to be scratched from Hopkins' schedule, in part because it thrills his team to play here.

"I have no feelings," Haus said last night. "We'll just play out the season and try to adjust our schedule next year."

The Hopkins-Washington rivalry began in 1932. The Blue Jays hold a 36-1 advantage; the Shoremen's only win was in 1976.

Beyond the venerable rivalry, there are several current Hopkins-Washington ties. One is that Haus, in his third year as the Shoremen's coach, spent several years as a Hopkins assistant under Seaman.

Another is Adam Bond. A sophomore attackman, Bond transferred from Hopkins to Washington after last season. He played in all 14 games for the Blue Jays last spring, starting seven, and netted nine goals.

"It's not like he was miserable here," Seaman said. "He certainly played a lot. Maybe he felt he'd be happier in a different social and academic setting."

Seaman sensed that Washington would give his team a battle. The Shoremen nearly upset Navy, losing by one goal to the team that stunned then-No. 7 North Carolina four days later. But the Shoremen didn't play that well last night.

Hopkins won easily last year, jumping to an 8-0 lead and coasting, 10-3. It was just as easy last night. A rain-drenched crowd of 1,187 watched Hopkins take a 13-1 lead into the fourth quarter and then send in the reserves.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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