Maryland lacrosse captain Mark Shores figures this afternoon's match between the second-ranked Terrapins (7-0) and third-ranked Johns Hopkins (7-1) "will be a total psych-out. . head-to-head ball, even if we were playing in front of just two people."
Unfortunately for the visiting Terps, more than 13,000 people - most of them Hopkins Fans - have made plans to attend. Baltimore's Home wood Field has been sold out since Thursday for the 2 p.m. clash, which mixes rankings, rivalries and John Hopkins' homecoming celebration. The event promises plenty of everything - except tickets and parking spaces.
In other key games, top-ranked Cornell figures to better its 8-0 record at Rutgers and Navy, fourth-ranked at 7-1, hosts Virginia.
The Maryland Hopkins contest will be broadcast in the Washington area only on Maryland's campus radio station, WMUC-AM-65.
Last year, Johns Hopkins edged Maryland during the regular season, 21-20 in overtime, then smothered te Terps in the NCAA semifinals, 22-12.
This season, Coach Henry Cicarone's Blue Jays have lost only to Cornell, but a defeat today would virtually kill their chance of hosting the NCAA semifinals, held at the sites of the No. 1 and No. 2 schools.
Maryland Coach Bud Beardmore said he wants to challenge Hopkins' inexperienced goalie, Mike Federico, early in the match and control the faceoffs.