BALTIMORE, MD – On June 3, 2013, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels stepped to the podium in the Cordish Lacrosse Center and announced that he had accepted an offer from the Big Ten and commissioner Jim Delany for the Blue Jay men’s lacrosse program to join the league as a sport affiliate member. The effective date of that membership? July 1, 2014.
While the first official Big Ten men’s lacrosse game is still nearly nine months away, Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala, his staff and players are eagerly looking forward to the Blue Jays’ first season of competition as a member of the league. The Big Ten, which earlier today officially added Maryland and Rutgers as full members of the league, recently announced plans for the first two men’s lacrosse conference tournaments as it prepares to add both men’s and women’s lacrosse to its list of sponsored sports.
Below is some pertinent information for fans as the Blue Jays officially begin their membership in the Big Ten. While much of this information has previously been available, some is being announced for the first time.
Has Johns Hopkins ever competed in a conference in men’s lacrosse?
No. Johns Hopkins’ acceptance into the Big Ten as a sport affiliate member starting with the 2015 season will mark the first conference affiliation for the Blue Jay men’s lacrosse program. Johns Hopkins played its first men’s lacrosse game in 1883 and competed as an independent from then through the 2014 season.
Which teams will compete in the Big Ten in men’s lacrosse?
The six-team league will include Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.
How will the Big Ten determine its champion?
The Big Ten recently announced that it will host a four-team tournament at the end of the regular season. The top four teams in the final regular season standings will qualify for the tournament and play for the championship.
And to the Victors?
The champion of the Big Ten Tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championships.
Where Will the Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament be Held?
The Big Ten announced the location for the 2015 and 2016 league tournaments. The 2015 Big Ten Tournament will be held at the University of Maryland, while the 2016 Big Ten Tournament will be held at Johns Hopkins University.
Is there a history between Johns Hopkins and the other Big Ten men’s lacrosse programs?
Yes, Johns Hopkins has played each of the other five Big Ten lacrosse-playing schools. Below is a quick look at the series history between Johns Hopkins and its Big Ten opponents:
Maryland – Nothing like the Big Ten bringing the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse to the table. The Blue Jays and Terrapins have met 111 times with Johns Hopkins holding a 70-40-1 advantage.
Michigan – The Blue Jays and Wolverines have met twice with JHU winning both. Michigan added men’s lacrosse as a varsity sport in 2012.
Ohio State – Johns Hopkins and Ohio State have met five times with JHU winning all five. The Buckeyes visited Homewood Field in 2014 and the teams played a triple overtime thriller that the Blue Jays won 10-9.
Penn State – The Blue Jays and Nittany Lions have played five times with Johns Hopkins winning all five. The teams last met in 1946.
Rutgers – The Johns Hopkins-Rutgers series dates back to 1920. The teams have met 34 times with Johns Hopkins winning 30 of the 34. Johns Hopkins and Rutgers last played in 1998.
Is the Big Ten schedule set for the 2015 season?
Yes. While exact dates and times are not set, the weekend that each game will be played has been established. Below is a look at Johns Hopkins’ Big Ten lacrosse schedule for 2015:
March 27-29: Rutgers
April 3-5: @ Ohio State
April 10-12: Penn State
April 17-19: Michigan
April 24-26: @ Maryland
April 30 – May 2: Big Ten Tournament at Maryland
What about the rest of the schedule?
While not set in stone, here is a quick look at the tentative non-conference schedule for Johns Hopkins in 2015. Like the games above, the weekends of each game are listed, but exact dates and times have not been established.
Feb. 6-8: UMBC
Feb. 10-11: @ Towson
Feb. 13-15: @ Villanova
Feb. 20-22: @ North Carolina
Feb. 27 – Mar. 1: Princeton
Mar. 6-8: Navy
Mar. 13-15: @ Syracuse
Mar. 20-22: Virginia
Will Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse games be televised by the Big Ten Network?
Through its negotiated contract with the Big Ten, Johns Hopkins will maintain its television agreement with ESPN. Thus, all Johns Hopkins home games will air on the ESPN Network (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or WatchESPN (web)). Big Ten games played away from Homewood Field may air on the Big Ten Network, although those plans have not been finalized at this time.
What happens with television when the Big Ten Tournament is at Homewood Field in 2016?
The Big Ten retains the television rights to the Big Ten Tournament. The Big Ten Tournament is not covered in Johns Hopkins’ agreement with ESPN.