Tim Worstell of ninth-ranked Maryland (4-3) and Henry Ciccarone Jr. of second-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-1) face a bit more than the usual pressure when their lacrosse teams meet today at Byrd Stadium at 2 p.m.
Worstell and Ciccarone are following in famous footsteps. Worstell's brother Pete was a four-time Terrapin all-America, graduating in 1981. Ciccarone's father Henry was a Blue Jay all-America and is now the highly successful coach at Hopkins.
Both current players made second team all-America last year as juniors. This season, attackman Worstell has scored 11 goals and midfielder Ciccarone has nine goals and six assists.
Worstell was Maryland's second-leading scorer in 1982 (36 points). "Timmy's a pure shooter," Maryland Coach Dino Mattesich said. "Pete was a great athlete. There weren't too many things he couldn't do. He could play both middie (midfield) and attack. Both have the same type of aggressive leadership style."
According to Coach Henry Ciccarone, "It's tough having my sons (son Brent is a junior attackman) on the team, but it's more pressure on them. Chic has responded real well to the pressure. He's an all-around player, skilled as a shooter and leader. Sometimes I come down a little harder on them than other players. Freshman year, Chic lost his confidence because I yelled so much. My assistant said, 'He's a good player, lay off him.' "
Maryland hasn't beaten Hopkins since 1976, and the Terrapins have lost their last two games this season, but Mattesich said he feels no special pressure. "We need to execute better in all phases of the game. If we get back to where we were two weeks ago (an upset of defending champion North Carolina), we'll be in pretty good shape."
Next season will be the first in a long time without a Worstell wearing a Maryland jersey, but 16-year-old Tom has his eyes on the Terrapins. And 17-year-old John Ciccarone may follow his brother to Hopkins.