For 130 years, the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team has competed independently of any league affiliation.
That will change in two years, Hopkins announced today, when the Blue Jays join the new Big Ten men's lacrosse league, set to include current Big Ten schools Penn State, Ohio State, and Michigan, plus long-time rival Maryland and Rutgers—both of which will become full Big Ten members next year.
Hopkins went 9-5 in 2013 season and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1972. Maryland, Penn State and Ohio State all qualified for the NCAA tournament this past season. Overall, Hopkins has won 44 national champhionships in lacrosse. Maryland has won 11.
Rutgers and Penn State, in particular, have been playing lacrosse for some time, with the Scarlett Knights' program dating back to 1887 and the Nittany Lions' program dating back to 1913. Ohio State launched its program in 1953; Michigan started a men’s lacrosse program just two years ago.
The Hopkins women's lacrosse program will compete as an indepedent Division I squad and all other sports at the school will...