The Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team will make its first appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament since 1990 when the Blue Jays play host to Denison in a first-round game Saturday at 1 p.m.
"We're very fortunate to host [a first-round game]," said Hopkins coach Sally Anderson. "We've got a real good shot at getting into the Final Four."
Hopkins (12-2) closed out its regular season with an overtime loss to Haverford in the Middle Atlantic Conference championship game, but Anderson said that loss may help the Blue Jays in the NCAA tournament.
"It was a shocking loss," said Anderson. "We didn't expect to lose that game, but I think it should help us in the long run.
"If we get in that [overtime] situation again, we'll be better prepared."
The Blue Jays made four straight postseason appearances from 1987 to 1990, reaching the semifinals in 1988, where they lost to eventual champion Trenton State, 12-7.
Only Trenton State and Ursinus have won Division III titles since the tournament began in 1985.
If the Blue Jays beat Denison (13-2), they will play the Rowan-William Smith winner in the semifinals.
The semifinals and championship will be played next weekend at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium.
Essex unhappy with JuCo seed
Essex Community College (10-0) received the No. 2 seed in the NJCAA tournament which will be held this weekend in Corning, N.Y., but Essex coach Tim Puls says the Knights deserved better.
"We should be No. 1," said Puls. "We have the toughest conference in the country [the Maryland JuCo Conference], and we beat Nassau, 20-11, [while] Herkimer beat Nassau, 12-7."
Herkimer (15-0) received the top seed in the tournament and will play No. 4 Harford Community College (8-3) Saturday at 1 p.m. Essex will play No. 3 Nassau (6-5) at 3:30 p.m.
The championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m.
Hopkins announces recruits
The Johns Hopkins men's team, stacked with quality underclassmen, has signed 10 high school standouts from five states.
Hopkins signed three players from Maryland, three from New York, two from New Jersey, one from Michigan and one from Pennsylvania.
Of the three Maryland players, two are from the Maryland Scholastic Association (Bill Evans, a midfielder/attackman from Loyola High School, and Mac McCulloch, a defenseman from St. Paul's) and one is from Howard County (Werner Krueger, a midfielder from Centennial).
The Blue Jays also signed midfielders Ryan Cummings (Syracuse, N.Y.), Jimmy Boshart (Verona, N.J.), Scott Peterson (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Cyrus Fassihi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), and defensemen Brian Kuczma (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), Nate Carlson (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Aaron Van Horn (Devon, Pa.).
The recruits will help fill the holes left by departing attackman David Townsend, midfielders Brian Kelly and Steve Vecchione and defensemen Tom Sullivan, Rob Burke and Scott Mollica.
They will join standout underclassmen Brian Piccola (junior attackman), Terry Riordan (sophomore attackman), Milford Marchant (freshman midfielder) and Jonathan Marcus (freshman goalie).
BALTIMORE SUN TOP 10
No. School ...... ...... Record ... Pts.
1. North Carolina ...... 12-1 ...... 79
2. Princeton .... ...... 10-1 ...... 73
3. Syracuse ..... ....... 8-2 ...... 63
4. Johns Hopkins ....... 10-2 ...... 58
5. Brown ....... ........ 9-2 ...... 43
6. Virginia .... ........ 9-4 ...... 30
7. Navy ........ ........ 8-3 ...... 26
8. Loyola ...... ........ 6-4 ...... 22
9. Massachusetts ........ 9-3 ...... 15
10. Hofstra .... ........ 9-3 ...... 12
Others receiving votes: Maryland 9, Towson State 5, Duke 3, Yale 2, Notre Dame 1.
The Baltimore Sun's 1993 poll voters are: Navy coach Bryan Matthews, Cornell coach Richie Moran, Syracuse coach Roy Simmons, Virginia coach Dom Starsia and Baltimore Sun reporters Doug Brown, Paul McMullen, Mike Preston and Bill Tanton.