Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson’s statement earlier in the week that the school won’t compete against Georgetown in any sport until their respective men’s basketball teams meet in the regular season will impact the cross-town rivalry between the lacrosse programs.
The Terps and Hoyas have met annually on the lacrosse field since 2003, and Maryland has owned the series, 9-2. But the rivalry could end after Friday night’s contest at Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C.
Terps coach John Tillman was philosophical about the potential loss of a traditionally strong opponent from the team’s schedule.
“I think we just take it for what it is,” he said Wednesday. “It’s the next game for us. We’re obviously going to play our butts off. Our hope is that maybe it’s on hold right now, and then things get worked out and we can play again. We have to be respectful of the bigger picture here and what our administration and what our people need to do. Whatever they do, we’ll be supportive of, and I think everybody here would say, ‘Hey, if we get things worked out, it would be great for everybody.’ But until then, we’ll stick with the team and do whatever we’re asked and try to find somebody else next year with the hopes that everything gets resolved.”
Georgetown coach Dave Urick took a similar approach.
“We kind of let the administrators handle that,” he said Wednesday. “We don’t really get too involved with it. I hope it isn’t [the end], but if it is, then we’ll deal with it.”