The Notre Dame lacrosse team came to town with its version of "The Four Horsemen" and 21 team and individual season records.
But fifth-seeded Johns Hopkins had the tradition of 42 national lacrosse championships, red-hot goalkeeper Scott Giardina and too many offensive weapons.
The result was a methodical 15-7 Johns Hopkins victory over the 12th-seeded Irish in an opening-round game in the NCAA lacrosse tournament at Hopkins before 1,794 yesterday.
So much for "The Four Horsemen" -- senior captains Mike Sullivan, Chris Nelson, Brian Schirf and Doug Murray.
The win sends the Blue Jays against neighborhood rival Towson State on Saturday night at Minnegan Stadium at 8 o'clock in an NCAA quarterfinal game.
That will be a rematch of a May 2 game that was won, 14-13, by the Tigers with one second left on an incredible goal by Joe Genovese.
"We all had tears in our eyes after that game," said Hopkins coach Tony Seaman after the easy win over Notre Dame. "It cost us the No. 3 seed, a bye in the opening round and the home-field advantage in the quarterfinals."
The loss of home-field advantage turned out to be costly for Hopkins after the Blue Jays found out yesterday that fourth-seeded Towson State was given the right by the NCAA to play the quarterfinal game at night. Hopkins athletic director Bob Scott and Seaman had fought to have the Towson game played in the afternoon, which,they say, is a more traditional starting time.
Hopkins plays its home games in the afternoon, and Towson State plays several home games at night.
The Blue Jays jumped to a 7-0 halftime lead yesterday against Notre Dame.
The Irish showed a lot of fight in the second quarter, getting off 13 shots, but Giardina made 11 saves. He had 21 in the game.
He shut out Notre Dame, the Midwest representative in the tournament, until midfielder Brian Mayglothing scored an extra-man goal 1:37 into the third quarter.
Hopkins ran its usual controlled offense most of the game and got 10 goals and five assists from Adam Wright (four goals), Jeff Wills (three goals, three assists) and Terry Riordan (three goals, two assists).
#Notre Dame 0 0 4 3 -- 7
Johns Hopkins 3 4 4 4 -- 15
Goals: ND--Colley 3, Carroll, Lamb, Mayglothing, Snyder; JH--Wright 4, Riordan 3, Wills 3, Lukacz 2, Piccola 2, Jacobs. Assists: ND--Ahmuty, O'Brien; JH--Wills 3, Riordan 2, Burns. Saves: ND--Parent 6, Jewell 9, Finn 0; JH--Giardina 21, Banks 1.