Ryan Brown works against Loyola's Joe Fletcher in 2012 (Photo / Getty Images)
Baltimore - The annual matchup between Charles Street residents Loyola and Johns Hopkins is one of the many intra-Maryland rivalries highlighted in Men's Lacrosse in Maryland. For years, the rivalry was a one-sided affair with the Blue Jays holding the upper hand. That has changed in the 2010s, with Loyola capturing the 2012 national championship along with two of the last three contests.
"The Battle of Charles Street," as it often called, returns this year to the two teams' schedules after a one-year hiatus in 2015. The rivalry will have a decidedly colder feel in 2016 as it appears on the calendar on February 20 at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex. For the better part of the last twenty years, the Battle was staged on the first weekend in May.
The Greyhounds' field at Ridley is perched on a former landfill above West Cold Spring Lane, and will test both teams ability to handle an early-season rivalry game and the elements. - TF