"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."