Clayton (Buddy) Beardmore, a three-time all-America midfielder for the Maryland lacrosse team and a former Terrapins coach, will be in Byrd Stadium watching his two sons, Jim and Steve, when Maryland (5-2) plays host to second-ranked Johns Hopkins (6-1) today at 2 p.m.
Across the field, Billy Morrill, who was an all-America attack for the Blue Jays, will be watching his son Mike, a freshman and the team's third-leading scorer with 12 goals and two assists.
Like Beardmore at Maryland, Morrill is a name that stands out in the storied 102-year history of Johns Hopkins lacrosse. But then, the sport is inclined to legacies.
Aside from Jim Beardmore, the Terrapins' starting goalkeeper, and Steve, who plays on the second midfield unit, Todd Ensor, the Maryland faceoff specialist, also had a father and grandfather who played lacrosse for Maryland.
For Hopkins, four players on the current roster -- Mike Morrill, John Ciccarone, Steve Mitchell and Mike Webster -- also had fathers who played for the Blue Jays. But Morrill's lacrosse family history is the most striking.
W. Kelso Morrill, Mike's late grandfather, played and coached at Hopkins, and like Mike's father, is a member of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. In addition to being a professor of mathematics at the Baltimore University, Kelso Morrill wrote what was long considered the seminal text on the sport, "Lacrosse," a 164-page book published in 1952.
"It's because Hopkins has such a great tradition," said Bob Scott, who coached the Blue Jays between 1955 and 1974 and is now athletic director. "We've been playing lacrosse for 102 years. Baltimore has long been the capital as far as support and interest. With Baltimore and our tradition, they're playing in the big time. That's where you get legacies."
Said Buddy Beardmore: "All I can say is that my boys were brought up with lacrosse. We have a picture of Jimmy when he was a year old with a lacrosse stick in the crib. Let's just say they didn't have much choice.
"Steve played baseball once, but that didn't last. They've been around me and lacrosse as long as I can remember. They used to go over to my camps. It was a natural."
Even though this will be the first time his two sons will be playing against Hopkins and the son of Billy Morrill, Beardmore doesn't find it remarkable. (Jimmy Beardmore, a sophomore, was red-shirted last year after transferring from Washington College.)
"Now if you talk about the Ciccarones, now there's a coincidence," Buddy Beardmore said.
John Ciccarone, a freshman attack, is the son of Henry Ciccarone, who led Hopkins to three national titles between 1975-83 as head coach.
"Henry was captain at Hopkins when I was captain at Maryland in '62," Buddy Beardmore said. "After we graduated, we played on all-star teams and on the University Club (no longer in existence) and we won the national club championship in 1963.
"And then we coached against each other. Chick was assistant coach for several years and then he was head coach."
As for the players, they don't give much thought to the legacies, they'd rather just play the game.
"When I was little, I used to watch Hopkins and Maryland games," Mike Morrill said. "Back in '75 and '76, they were great games with overtime . . . I think with (Maryland Coach Dick) Edell and the young kids, they're back. Beating Carolina, 10-5, proved that."
Hopkins is coming off a 12-8 victory over Army but suffered its only loss two weeks ago to North Carolina, 11-10. Maryland has lost two straight, at Navy, 7-5, and at Virginia, 15-9.
The rivalry dates back to 1924 and Hopkins leads, 38-32-1. The fathers can do little to change that; they can only watch from the stands.
"Billy Morrill and I are acquaintances," said Buddy Beardmore. "Chick and I are good friends. We were coaching adversaries at one time and now we are going to sit and watch our boys play."