Johns Hopkins Gazette | February 16, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 16, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 22
Let the Games Begin

Tom Palasek, a freshman from Rocky Point, N.Y., practicing on Homewood Field last week in preparation for the Blue Jays' season opener.
Photo by Will Kirk / HIPS

Blue Jays take the field Friday night for the first matchup of the season

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

Lax is back. The Johns Hopkins University men's lacrosse team kicks off its 2009 campaign on Friday with a game against Siena at 6 p.m. on Homewood Field.

The Blue Jays' schedule, once again one of the toughest in the nation, doesn't get any easier from there. The following week, Johns Hopkins will clash with rival Princeton in the 2009 Face-Off Classic, to be held at noon on Feb. 28 at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. Duke will play Maryland in the second game of the nationally televised double-header.

Johns Hopkins heads into the season ranked fifth in the Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Yearbook Top 25 preseason poll. Virginia, Syracuse, Maryland and Cornell check in ahead of the Blue Jays, who will play 10 of the top 19 teams in the poll during 2009.

The Jays posted an 11-6 record in 2008 and ended the regular season ranked fourth in the nation. The team made a stirring run in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the championship round for the fourth time in six years. The squad fell in the title game to Syracuse, 13-10.

For those who can't get to the games, chances are you can watch them on the small screen. Johns Hopkins is the only Division I school with an exclusive national television contract for men's lacrosse on ESPNU. Eleven of the Blue Jays' 13 regular season games will be televised, including nine nationally.

Twelve games will be broadcast in the Baltimore area on ESPN Radio 1300-AM.

For more information and links to the radio feeds, go to:


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