Turbulent history

men johns hopkins vs. maryland

April 11, 2009|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com

Trespassing. Kidnapping. Assault.

That's not a crime blotter. Those are some of the details of the rivalry between Johns Hopkins and Maryland.

The Hopkins-Maryland series is the longest-running tradition in lacrosse, but the sides can't even agree on the exact beginning. The school in Baltimore recognizes 1895 as the first meeting, but the institution in College Park doesn't have records before 1924.

Both programs have developed rivalries with other opponents. The Blue Jays' annual series with Syracuse is one of the most anticipated, and Princeton and Virginia aren't far behind. Meanwhile, the Terps are embroiled in skirmishes with Navy and their Atlantic Coast Conference foes.

But in the end, Hopkins and Maryland still - and will always - have each other.

Memorable games

* In 1947 and 1978, Hopkins victories were overshadowed by controversy. Before the 1947 game, Blue Jays fans kidnapped Testudo, the 300-pound iron turtle that represents Maryland. More than 200 Maryland students stormed the Hopkins campus to try to take back Testudo. In 1978, a brawl erupted with 3:54 left when the Blue Jays' Doober Aburn collided with the Terps' Mike Farrell, who reportedly swallowed his tongue before quickly being revived.

* In 1987, the Terps opened the season with 12 straight wins, including an 11-7 victory over the Blue Jays. But Hopkins got the ultimate revenge, bouncing Maryland from the national semifinals with a 13-8 win and capturing the program's seventh national title.

* The Terps returned the favor in 1995. The Blue Jays went 13-0 until running into Maryland in an NCAA tournament semifinal at Byrd Stadium. The Terps pounded Hopkins, 16-8, but lost to Syracuse in the title game.

Quotable

* "Even if you ended up 10-1 and that one loss was to Hopkins, then it was almost like it didn't matter. On the other hand, if you were 5-5 and one of the wins was over Hopkins, then it was a lot easier to swallow." - Former Maryland midfielder Kevin Boland (class of 1977)

* "In our minds, [beating Maryland in 1987] wasn't an upset. We played a perfect game that day, and to me, we ripped their hearts out, and when I was in the goal, they never beat us for the next three years." - Former Hopkins goalie and current ESPN analyst Quint Kessenich (1990)

* "Before the 100th game [in 2004], our strength coach lit a Johns Hopkins helmet on fire in the locker room and pounded it with a sledgehammer." - Former Maryland attackman Joe Walters (2006)

* "What really got me going is, I'm from Catonsville and I'm from Maryland, but when I see that flag-bearer come in with that daggone flag, I'm like, 'Hey, wait a minute, I'm from Maryland, too.' " - Former Hopkins midfielder and current ESPN analyst Mark Dixon (1994)

* "I would say it was annoying because you knew that they scored another goal. It was another twist of the dagger in your back." - Former Maryland defenseman Mike Farrell (1976) on Johns Hopkins' practice of firing a cannon after every Blue Jays goal. That tradition ended in the late 1970s and has been replaced by the school band playing "To Win" and the band and fans counting the number of goals.

* "My freshman year was the 100th game between Hopkins and Maryland, and by about Wednesday, we couldn't keep the offense and defense from fighting each other because it's just so intense, and you're sick and tired of practicing and taking it easy on guys." - Former Hopkins attackman Jake Byrne (2007)

* "Why is it a rivalry? Because it's two outstanding programs that are competing at the highest level of our sport. Two in-state schools that don't want to budge an inch against each other." - Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala

the facts

Series lead: Johns Hopkins, 66-37-1 (according to the school); Hopkins, 57-37-1 (according to Maryland)

First meeting: 1895 (Hopkins, 10-0); 1924 (Maryland, 4-2)

Current winning streak: Hopkins, 2

Longest Hopkins winning streak: 15 (1977-1986)

Longest Maryland winning streak: 4 (1935-1938, 1953-1956 and 1961-1964)

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