Jack Jasinski, a junior midfielder for the Ohio State men's lacrosse team, said No. 1 Maryland tried to intimidate him and his teammates before Sunday's game. Buckeyes coach Nick Myers (pictured here before a game on April 7) backed up Jasinski.
Jack Jasinski, a junior midfielder for the Ohio State men's lacrosse team, said No. 1 Maryland tried to intimidate him and his teammates before Sunday's game. Buckeyes coach Nick Myers (pictured here before a game on April 7) backed up Jasinski. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

The Maryland men's lacrosse team's history against Johns Hopkins dates to 1895 and includes some testy moments. But Ohio State appears to be doing what it can to put itself on the Terps' radar.

In a postgame news conference after the Buckeyes' 12-10 upset of No. 1 Maryland on Sunday, junior midfielder Jack Jasinski accused several Terps players of crossing the 50-yard line during pregame warm-ups — an unwritten no-no — in an effort to intimidate him and his teammates.

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"We're not scared of anybody," said Jasinski, who had two goals and five assists in the victory. "We came out, and we knew they were going to try to intimidate us. I don't know if you were here pregame, but they tried to intimidate us. We stood our ground and told them, 'Hey, you're not going to come here and bully us.' So that was what we did on the first play of the game. Came down the field, one shot and one goal."

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Jasinski's candor opened a can of worms that Nick Myers probably would have liked to bury under the turf at Maryland Stadium, but the Ohio State coach backed up Jasinski's account.

"There's a line on the field, and you don't cross it," Myers said. "You guys have been around the game long enough. … We've got a lot of respect for our opponent, and that goes for the Big Ten, and certainly Maryland is no different. But there's a way you prepare for a game, and when you step on the field, there's a 50-yard line and you don't cross it — period."

The bad blood between the Big Ten rivals might be relatively new, but it is not a one-time occurrence. The teams scuffled in the aftermath of the Terps' 10-9 win against the Buckeyes in the conference tournament final May 6, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.

The postgame conference for Maryland coach John Tillman and senior midfielders Connor Kelly and Adam DiMillo occurred before Jasinski and Myers talked. Asked to comment after Jasinski and Myers had spoken to the media, Tillman countered with a different version.

"Our guys told me they were barking at our players during warm-ups and came over our 50-yard line again this year as well," he said via text. "I can't control that. I will make sure we do our pregame in a way where we will be far enough that it can't happen so nobody can say we did anything. We don't seem to have this problem with other teams. Our players know what is expected, and if our guys did [something], I will hold them accountable. That's not what we are about."

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