Johns Hopkins and Maryland despise each other.
It's that simple, direct and in your face.
And this antipathy has transformed lacrosse's longest and most storied rivalry into a virtual street fight over the past four years. Both teams have combined for 84 penalties -- some of which may border on assault -- over the past six games.
Expect to see sticks to the throat, ground-leveling, late hits and the resulting flags. A total of 66 1/2 penalty minutes, which constitutes more than a full regulation game, have been assessed in these battles since 1995.
These emotions peaked in their last rumble April 11, when three unnecessary-roughness fouls were called in the final 46 seconds of Hopkins' 10-6 victory. The flaring tempers resulted in a packed penalty box and only 11 players on the field.
Now, hold on for another gritty rematch. No. 4 seed Johns Hopkins will go helmet-to-helmet with No. 5 Maryland at Byrd Stadium today in an NCAA quarterfinal game. It's the 12th time in this 103-year-old series that the schools have met in the NCAA tournament.
"They're out for blood and revenge obviously, and there's nothing to fuel the fire more than that," Blue Jays defensive midfielder Kevin Kaiser said. "The last two minutes of that game were real physical and rough, and things got a little out of hand. I think that's going to be indicative of the whole contest this time. I think whoever has more guys standing at the end of the game is going to win."
After the win, Hopkins boasted about manhandling the Terps, taking a slap at Maryland's prideful, blue-collar style. Some Terps have a different interpretation.
"Personally, it didn't stick out in my mind as a physical game," said Maryland defenseman Mike Bonanni, who was flagged twice for unnecessary roughness against Hopkins a month ago. "Maybe if they adopted a different style. I'm kind of flattered they think they play like we play. If you thought that game was physical, we'll show you physical."
And like any backyard brawl, the Blue Jays can toss the trash talk right back.
"They can say what they want. We'll rough it up with the roughest team out there," Hopkins midfielder Andrew Godfrey said. "We'll swing just as hard or harder than them, and we'll win that war."
To add another twist, most of the players from Hopkins and Maryland consider themselves friends off the field because of high school or hometown ties.
Kaiser calls himself a big brother to Maryland midfielder Chris Malone after growing up together as Cockeysville neighbors. Yet when one suits up in blue and the other in red, they don't even acknowledge one another.
"For the first time since I've been here, I saw emotions in a game that I've never seen before," Blue Jays goalkeeper Brian Carcaterra said. "There was a hatred for each other. They're such great guys off the field, so it's kind of weird. But when you strap the jerseys on and you have 10,000 people around, it brings out the emotions. It's just nasty."
So what's the reason behind this "hatred"?
"I don't know where to start," Maryland defensive midfielder Brian Reese said. "There's just so much bad blood between the schools. We just want to knock each others' heads off."
Case in point: Hopkins defenseman Rob Doerr's hit on Maryland's Scott Hochstadt with 26 seconds remaining in April's game.
After taking a shot on goal, Hochstadt couldn't slow his momentum and accidentally brushed against Carcaterra, who in turn dropped to the ground in attempt to draw a foul. Doerr saw Carcaterra down and retaliated immediately, catapulting Hochstadt headfirst into the goal with a punishing blow to the back.
As the waning seconds ticked off the clock, the Terps told the Blue Jays numerous times that they couldn't wait until they met again.
"I expect, even if it's possible, a more physical game," Carcaterra said. "I think we went toe-to-toe with them last time, and that was the first time we've done that in a while. I think they might have taken that a little bit personal."
Let's get physical
Johns Hopkins-Maryland is annually one of lacrosse's most physical and penalized games. The rivalry has produced double-figure penalty totals five times in the past six games
......... Hopkins .... Maryland
Year ... Fouls-Min. .. Fouls-Min.
1995 .... 3-3: 30 ..... 9-5: 00
NCAA* ... 5-4: 30 ... 10-7: 30
1996 .... 9-6: 30 ..... 8-5: 00
NCAA** .. 4-3: 00 ..... 5-4: 00
1997 .... 8-7: 00 ..... 7-5: 30
1998 .... 9-9: 00 ..... 7-6: 00
Division I men
Yesterday's quarterfinals At Hempstead, N.Y.
Princeton 11, Duke 9
Syracuse 17, Virginia 14
Today's quarterfinals At College Park
Georgetown vs. Loyola, 1
Maryland vs. Hopkins,
45 mins. after first game
Division I women
Maryland vs. Virginia, 3
Division III men
Wash. Col. 12, Salisbury 10
Nazareth 10, Ohio Wes. 9
Division III women
N.J. 12, Middlebury 11
Williams 14, Hartwick 10
Semifinal winners, noon
(Coverage, Page 10C)
Pub Date: 5/17/98