Niko Amato considers Tucker Durkin to be one of his closest friends. And perhaps because of their relationship dating back to their playing days at LaSalle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pa., Amato, Maryland’s redshirt sophomore goalkeeper, doesn’t seem the least bit concerned that Durkin, Johns Hopkins’ junior defenseman, might be dispersing Amato’s tendencies to his teammates in preparation for Saturday evening’s annual showdown between the No. 10 Terps and No. 5 Blue Jays at Homewood Field in Baltimore.
“I don’t know what he really knows or doesn’t know about playing goalie,” Amato said with a smile Tuesday. “I’m sure he tells them some things, but the coaches are probably going to dissect the games and players enough to where there aren’t really any secrets about us. A lot has changed since our last game together [at LaSalle].”
Amato said he and Durkin talk every week – except for the annual week prior to the rivalry contest between their respective teams.
“On Saturday, we were talking a little bit, and I asked, ‘So when do we stop talking? Sunday night after Easter?’” Amato said. “He said, ‘Yeah, that sounds good to me.’”
So no emails or texts?
“Not this week,” Amato said. “We’ll put it on pause a little bit. It’s really great to go out there and play against him. He’s a really good friend of mine and one of the most competitive people I’ve ever met. I know it’s going to be fun to challenge him and get one on him. He got one last year, so I’m trying to even up the scoreboard.”