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Johns Hopkins, Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse to resume series in 2016

After taking a hiatus in 2015, Johns Hopkins and Loyola Maryland have locked in a date for the 2016 season.

The programs are scheduled to meet Feb. 13, 2016, at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex. The rivalry between the Charles Street schools has been dominated by the Blue Jays, who have won 47 of 52 meetings. But the Greyhounds have won the last two times, and the game has helped boost the strength of schedules and Ratings Percentage Indexes for both sides.

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"I think it was equally important to the both of us," Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said Wednesday. "It's a natural rivalry physically. You have two schools that are a stone's throw away from one another. You have two programs that have been successful. For us, it's a game against a quality opponent. Physically for both teams, it's a no-brainer. It drums up a lot of excitement locally at both schools and within the community. Quite simply, it's like Duke-Carolina basketball, and you'd be foolish not to play it if you can."

The two teams have traditionally met on the last weekend of the regular season, but that weekend in 2016 is reserved for the Big Ten tournament of which the Blue Jays are members. Loyola could participate in the Patriot League tournament, which likely will take place the previous weekend.

"Obviously, that's a big game for both schools," Greyhounds coach Charley Toomey said. "It's an exciting game, and I'm going to miss the fact that it was the last game of the year for us. It was very, very important to get that game back on the schedule for both Coach Pietramala and myself. The date that it just happens to fit is where they played Villanova last weekend and Loyola was playing Penn State.

"So it's bittersweet because I love playing Coach [Jeff] Tambroni and Penn State, but we've got to try to figure out a way to make that game work because the Loyola-Hopkins rivalry has to continue."

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