Charles Street Rivalry Goes on One-Year Hiatus
|The Baltimore neighborhood rivalary between Loyola and Johns Hopkins won't be played in 2015, but will restart on a Saturday in 2016. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)|
The Charles Street rivalry will take a break for one season.
Loyola coach Charley Toomey and Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala both said Tuesday that the two schools will not play a men's regular-season game during 2015, but the series will resume in 2016.
With both programs joining new conferences over the past year — Loyola began play in the Patriot League this past season, and Johns Hopkins will be a member of the Big Ten starting in 2015 — the traditional late-season date on which the teams have played was not an option.
The Big Ten men's postseason tournament will be held the last weekend of the regular season, and the Patriot League post-season tournament will be held the weekend before.
Both coaches had said this year they wanted to keep the game — played between Baltimore rivals and in recent seasons a matchup that has carried NCAA tournament implications for both sides — on the schedule, and would discuss it more come summer.
Both sides also indicated they would consider playing the game during the week earlier in the season, such as in February, but in a release announcing the series hiatus Tuesday, Toomey indicated playing the game on a weekend took preference.
"Playing this game on a Saturday was something that was very important to both programs," Toomey said, "and I am pleased that we have been able to do that going forward."
The teams will play a scrimmage at Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, and will then meet in the 2016 season in a game to be played at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex.
"We are disappointed that we will not be playing during the regular-season in 2015, but we are certainly looking forward to picking back up in 2016," Toomey said. "Our scrimmage against Johns Hopkins in 2015 is going to be a great way for our team to prepare for tough early-season games against Virginia and Penn State."
It's been a rivalry largely dominated by Johns Hopkins — which holds a 47-5 advantage all-time — but Loyola has won the last two, the last a 13-10 Greyhounds win on May 3.
Loyola and Johns Hopkins have not yet announced their full schedules for the 2015 season, but the neighborhood battle between schools a mile apart won't be one of them.
"Nationally, Johns Hopkins-Loyola is without question one of the top games and draws each season," Pietramala said. "While disappointing that we were not able to find a date that worked for both programs in 2015, we are thrilled that we will have a wonderful scrimmage opportunity to prepare for the season. Looking ahead to the renewal of the series in 2016, we will have a non-conference schedule that includes Loyola, Syracuse, Virginia, North Carolina and Princeton in a six-week span before we begin league play. That is an exciting schedule for our players, coaches and fans."
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