It’s pretty much understood that no individual or teams likes to lose. So with No. 5 Johns Hopkins (9-1) and No. 10 Maryland (6-3) slated to meet Saturday evening at Homewood Field, which teams needs to emerge from the fray with a victory?
ESPN analyst and former Johns Hopkins midfielder Mark Dixon has an opinion.
“Maryland needs this win a little bit more,” he said. “Let me be clear: both teams need this win and both of them want this win, which can really propel them. But when you look at what Maryland has left on their schedule, they’ve got Hopkins, the [Atlantic Coast Conference] Tournament. They lost two of their last three to Carolina and Virginia. Let’s say they lose to Hopkins and then they lose in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Then you’re looking at a stretch of 1-4 with games remaining against Bellarmine and Colgate, which could be a big game. Hopkins, on the other hand, has got Navy, Loyola, Army. Right now, with Maryland sitting there with three losses, this game might be more important as a resume builder to Maryland.”