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|12 weeks 4 days ago||Still not a D1 roster||
It is fair to ask the question about Paul, but remember that he still has only a couple of real recruiting classes of d1 caliber. Talent in lax makes a HUGE difference, both in terms of skill and athleticism. No way to cover that up. On the other hand losses to newer programs than michigan shouldn't be happening.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Doubtful. OSU is a very||
Doubtful. OSU is a very fundamentally sound lax team, and Cornell is definitely down, and they will be better later in the year than they are now, now that they can practice on a full field. I was very impressed with them when I watched Ohio play Hopkins early in the year. That game is probably still available to watch on WatchESPN if you want to check them out.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Amazing accomplishment||
Cornell is certainly down, but there is no question that their talent level is still high. Being able to stay within striking distance the whole game, and gave a chance to win is a great experience for this team. Also, please note that the lopsided loss to Hopkins last week doesn't look nearly as bad considering the way the hop dismantled Princeton today.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||C'mon man!||
In this way we are so similar to Michigan fans - we Hopkins alums treasure those pre-tournament championships!
|19 weeks 4 days ago||One of the functions||
Of the Hopkins band's (a motley but spirited crew) functions when I was an undergrad was to mock the cheerleaders at football games. Cheerleaders are not part of the lax game day experience at Homewood, and I doubt they ever will.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||What year?||
Also a Hop alum in A2. On the road today, on an iPhone, so no stream for me.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Hopkins game at Oosterban?||
The problem with such an early game is that it will likely be inside - not nearly enough seats for the crowd that would be expected for this game.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Not so sure of that Wahoo||
Not so sure of that Wahoo - I think Petro has had admiration for the B1G for a long time. When he talks about being part of a conference that strives for excellence I think he sees that in the overall way the B1G does athletics - not just lax- more than the way the ACC does it. I remember well the comments he made about being here in Ann Arbor for fall ball back in 2008. He spoke about how excited he was about exposing the Jays to big time college athletics and the atmosphere that goes with it (they went to the M-OSU game that weekend.)
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Video of announcment||
Announcement - Ron Daniels (JHU president), then Jim Delaney (interesting thoughts on mid-atlantic footprint - basically said, we are in this neighborhood already), then Dave Pietramala (JHU coach). Delaney is at about 4:15 in. Daniels has some interesting things to say about academics and the B1G.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||JHU-MD||
JHU-MD in lax = M - OSU in football. Similar festivities around 100th games, etc.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I would guess...||
...that Hopkins home games will continue to be be ESPNU, and that all of their conference games will be broadcast on BTN. Frankly, for the BTN to get a chance to broadcast Hopkins so often is a boon for lax programming on the BTN. It will also give much more exposure to the other conference schools. Hopkins has the #1 TV watching fan base out there for lax (OK, that is nothing compared to any other B1G school for football or basketball, but this is about growing lax programming on BTN)
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Definitely can't happen||
Hopkins was granted a big waiver to be allowed to continue their lax programs as D1 when the NCAA changed rules about 15 years ago to demand that a school compete in one division only. There are a few hockey schools with the same waiver as well.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Actually,||
I played a really wicked game of quarters with a guy named Johnny Hopkins 20 years ago when I did my overnight visit to JHU.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Not just the title drought||
It is not just the lack of a title since 07 - it is the lack of a final four appearance in four years.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Hopkins alum||
As an alumnus of Hopkins, I am very excited about this. Our alumni base is very mixed on this issue, however. The long tradition of independence is not parted with so easily by many. (yes, there are those who recently have been referring to Hopkins as the Notre Dame of lax - for a lack of return to championship weekend for too long.)
I think this is a great move for both sides. Hopkins needed to join a small league so that it could maintain its traditional rivalries (of course, the longest is with Maryland - remember the Michigan OSU hundreth game? Hopkins and Maryland did the same thing a few years before) While the B1G is not the strongest league, it does have enough quality programs to provide good Strength of Schedule through the conference tournament.
SOS is even more important than the AQ. Lax uses a godawful tournament selection process (no KRACH in lax) relying heavily on SOS. So since Hopkins's opponents had not great years this year, a 9-5 Hopkins team did not make the tournament (unheard of as little as 2 years ago - Hopkins with a winning record would have been a lock)
With two AQs with losing records making the tournament this year, it is clear that a team needs every chance it can get to make the tournament.
I have to say that the biggest thing I am excited about is my Jays coming to town every two years!
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Defense||
This may have been his best defensive game. 5 steals!
|1 year 19 weeks ago||This||
Just read this one and I could not agree more.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Reffing looked ok||
The two pushes looked pretty legit on tv.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Quint is not a homer||
Q is anything but a Hopkins slappy. He has worked really hard to earn a reputation of even-handedness - go to the Hopkins board on Laxpower.com and you will see many of my fellow alums complaining about how Quint is always bashing Hopkins.
What Quint is, however, is one of the sport's biggest advocates of safety. He was calling for major penalties for head-hunting way before the NCAA added some teeth to penalties for high hits.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Replied way down||
in the thread, but: Quickness, leverage, and technique are the important characteristics. Many are compact but powerful. Think wrestling.
However, quite a few "old-school" middles are still really good at face-offs. Rangy, 6'3" guys.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Yes||
Unless the B1G adds a few more lax powers, Maryland will own the B1G in lacrosse for a while. Penn State is looking really good since Tambroni took over, and I would expect consistency there, but Maryland would be the current class of the B1G.
Hopkins to B1G is purely rumor. You'll notice that it did not even get mentioned by today's announcing crew. (I would love it!)
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Pleasantly surprised||
As a Hopkins alum I certainly was rooting for my Jays, but I was glad to see that my hometown team is looking like it has a good future. There was a lot of good to see here today on Michigan's part. They appear well-coached, and disciplined. There is certainly a long way to go, but the goaltending is really good, and there are some athletes playing midfield - there were some speedy guys out there. They are all ridiculously young, but their execution is so much better than a year ago. Offensive ball movement was good. Faceoff weakness is a killer, as is their need to slide really early on defense. So while defensive communication seems good, more athletes are needed on the defensive end to join some of the athletes getting PT on offense. (it is possible they are there, but since Defense is much harder to learn than offense, freshmen are less likely to see the field early, even if they are better athletes.)
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Face-off characteristics||
A good face off guy needs leverage, technique, and quickness. These guys are usually pretty powerful, but compact. Think wrestling.
Edit: meant to be in reply to a question way back.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Really nice work||
Terrific writeup wahoo.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Could potentially help Hopkins lax too||
Coach Petro has been talking for a number of years about recruiting nationally, and tapping the growing hotbeds in the "west." Note what is being built at Denver using non-traditional sources of talent. Hopkins has, and will always have deep roots in the three traditional hotbeds (MD, LI, CNY) but being part of the B1G would give Petro more access to these newer sources of talent.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Hopkins invented the modern research university.||
Hopkins would be huge for the CIC. While Michigan brings in over $800 million in federal research $$ yearly, Hopkins brings in double that - $1.6 billion in federal research $$. A lot of that $$ is biomed, but a ton of it is also the Applied Physics Lab (lots of DoD $$ there.) As a Hopkins alum, I would love for this to happen.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||CIC||
The CIC would make the B1G the logical fit. The question is how much of a benefit Hopkins would get from the CIC compared to the massive benefit the CIC would get from Hopkins. While M is the current giant in the CIC in terms of federal $$, Hopkins pulls in double (1.6 billion versus 800 million.) I would guess that if a place like Michigan doesn't see a research $$ downside to admitting a Nebraska, then Hopkins would stand to gain from CIC membership.
Anyone know more about the extent to which being in the CIC acts as a resource multiplier?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I dunno..||
..was Magnus around the Hopkins campus in the mid-80s? On my visit to Hopkins during the college application process, I actually played quarters with an upperclassman named Johnny Hopkins.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Hopkins alum says wow||
I would love this move. It would guarantee me seeing my Jays here every year (although it would not surprise me if Petro kept M on the schedule permanently anyway.)
From a CIC perspective, it would be a huge coup. Hopkins is #1 nationwide for federal research $$.
I don't think JHU's traditional rivalries would be threatened. It would mean replacing a couple of the tomato cans on the JHU schedule with harder contests, but still not as brutal as the UVA-UNC-Cuse-Pton-MD guantlet that comes later in the season.
As far as conference fit goes, it would have to be either ACC or B1G, but from a research university perspective, B1G is a MUCH better fit.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Hop perspective||
As a Hopkins alum, I think that the traditional rivalries should not be that hard to maintain. Lax schedules have ballooned over the last 15 years, pushing the season earlier and earlier. Hopkins has kept their traditional rivalries (MD, UNC, UVA, Cuse, P-ton, Navy, Towson, Loyola) and had room to add a bunch of other regulars and semi-regulars - Albany, Army, Hofstra, Mt. St. Mary's, Siena, Manhattan. Some of these are tomato cans to warm up with, others were Petro scheduling against former assistants and coaches with whom he has had long relationships.
A bunch of these can go, esp. since MD would still be on the schedule. If UVA or UNC comes to the B1G, that would also work well for JHU.
Re: TV $$, Hopkins' espn deal has had a lot to do with the ABC afflilate in baltimore, which would still be happy to broadcast their games.