November 30, 2010

Hopkins Renews Rivalry with Army

from press release

BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced the Blue Jays' 14-game regular-season schedule for the 2011 season today. The Blue Jays will play one of the most challenging schedules in the nation as eight of their 14 games are against teams that qualified for the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The 14 games the Blue Jays will play during the 2011 regular season match the school record for most in season. Johns Hopkins also played 14 regular season games inn 2010.

"It's exciting to look forward to the 2011 season and a schedule that is challenging right from the opening game," Pietramala noted. "Maintaining one of the most difficult schedules in the nation is always a challenge, but that is one of the reasons playing at Johns Hopkins is attractive to high school recruits - week-in and week-out we are playing a nationally-ranked team in front of a large crowd on national-television." At this point, 12 of Johns Hopkins' 14 games during the 2011 season will be televised nationally, including all seven games played at Homewood Field.

Johns Hopkins will open the 2011 season with back-to-back road games at Towson (Feb. 19) and Delaware (Feb. 22). This will mark the first time the Blue Jays have opened a season on the road since 2005 and the first time they have opened with consecutive road games since 1987. In fact, JHU has opened with consecutive road games just twice in the last 50 years (1979, 1987).

A three-game home stand will follow the two-game season-opening road swing with the Blue Jays will welcoming Siena (Feb. 26), Princeton (March 5) and Manhattan (Mar. 9) to Homewood Field. Princeton's appearance at Homewood Field will be the first for the Tigers since 2006 as the last four meetings between the teams have taken place at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium.

The Blue Jays will participate in the Konica-Minolta Face-Off Classic for the fifth consecutive year, but this season the Blue Jays will take on UMBC in the third game of a tripleheader scheduled for March 12 at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium will also serve as the site of the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships (May 28-30).

After a season-opening stretch of six games in 21 days, the Blue Jays will play just three games in three weeks, but those games comprise the heart of the schedule as Syracuse (March 19), Virginia (March 26) and North Carolina (April 3) combined to post a 42-7 record a year ago. The Blue Jays will play at Syracuse at 6 pm before returning home to host the Cavaliers at 2 pm. The JHU-UNC game is the middle game of the Konica-Minolta Big City Classic at New Jersey's new Meadowlands Stadium.

After the game against North Carolina, the Blue Jays will play three of their next four games at home with Albany (April 9), Navy (April 23) and Loyola (April 30) all visiting Homewood. JHU's only road game during that stretch will be a trip to College Park on April 16 for the 107th renewal of college lacrosse's greatest rivalry: Johns Hopkins-Maryland. The game against Loyola will be Homecoming at Johns Hopkins, while the JHU-Navy game will be a prime-time affair with faceoff scheduled for 8 pm.

The Blue Jays will round out the 2011 regular season at Army on Friday, May 6. Johns Hopkins last played Army in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament and last played at West Point in 1996. This year's game with be the 67th meeting in a series that began in 1921.

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