Get your popcorn ready! The Midshipmen and the Blue Jays are going at it for the 90th time ever, in a series that dates back to 1908. (Ed. Note: JHU leads the series 61-27-1.) Last year’s game was one of the best games of 2016 as Hopkins squeaked out of Annapolis with a one point win in double overtime.
This game should be a great one as well. Navy is fresh off an Elite 8 run in last year’s tournament and Hopkins returns several key players who missed parts or all of 2016. Luckily for the lads, coaches, and all the fans at Homewood tonight, the weather is going to be a lot better than last season’s frigid installment of this great rivalry.
Start the season in January!!! pic.twitter.com/7YC2qIgZzj— College Crosse (@SexyTimeLax) February 7, 2017
Below is today’s Big Board. Clicking on the team name will take you to that team’s homepage. Clicking on the stream cell will take you to broadcast of that game, while the Live Stats cell will take you to the live stats. This game is televised so if you are at a bar or restaurant, slip your waiter/bartender a couple bills, and see if he/she will turn the game on.
Let’s go to the Big Board!!!
(Ed. Note: For entertainment and informational purposes only!! #WeDoNotEndorseGambling!!)
I’m really excited to see these two go at it. Hopkins has a deep midfield and returns several players who missed all or large parts of 2016, most notably Connor Reed, Alex Concannon, Drew Supinski, and Joel Tinney. JHU will have to improve their defense this year, though, but that’s easier said than done especially after the loss of Patrick Foley in January.
Navy had a remarkable season in 2016. The team made it all the way to the Elite 8 and gave Brown a real run for their money before finally bowing out to the Bears. Coach Sowell’s team is hungry for a return trip to the tournament this year, but Navy lost significant pieces from their 2016 team. Additionally, Navy’s star midfielder Casey Rees is probably done for all of 2017 after suffering a non-contact injury in the fall. The Midshipmen will need to rely on a lot of new players and returning starters Jack Ray and Greyson Torain if they want to steal one in Homewood tonight.
A season opener is rare between the two squads. The last ones were in 1908 and 1909, in Navy's first two seasons of lacrosse. “The Mids lost to Johns Hopkins, 6-1, in 1908 in what was the program's first game. The Blue Jays also defeated the Mids, 7-4, in the following year's opener.”
Song of the day.
Hopkins finally starting its season is definitely a reason to dance. Yo, Gaga, spin that record, babe.
That’s it for now. Game starts at 5:00. I’ll see you out there!! #HappyHourLacrosse