Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels formally notified the university community Tuesday of the school’s intention to consider a conference affiliation for men’s lacrosse.
Daniels sent an email saying the shifting landscape of the sport has prompted the university to weigh the move. No formal invitations have been sent to Hopkins, and the school will set up a committee to discuss the potential move that would end 130 years of conference independence, he said.
"Some traditional foes have recently announced changes in their own affiliations, changes that might limit their flexibility to continue scheduling games with us," Daniels said in the email. "At the same time, growth of the sport at the Division I level has resulted in the formation of more leagues with automatic qualification for the NCAA tournament, potentially limiting postseason opportunities for at-large qualifiers."
Multiple sources have said the Big Ten, the Big East and the Eastern College Athletic Conference are among those interested in Johns Hopkins.
— Inside Lacrosse
Woman reportedly killed in accident involving St. Michael's bus
A 64-year-old woman was dead and a 65-year-old man was in critical condition after a three-vehicle crash involving the St. Michael’s team bus as it was en route to a game with Mercy scheduled for Wednesday, the Burlington Free Press reported that.
St. Michael’s, which competes in Division II, issued a statement saying that all members of the team and traveling party were safe after the accident on Interstate 87 in Clifton Park. The game was tenatively rescheduled for Thursday.
ECAC gets TV deal
The ECAC announced a multi-year TV deal with Fox Sports. This season, Fox Sports Networks will televise the ECAC semifinals May 2 (5 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and the finals May 4 (4 p.m.) from Hobart. The games will also be available on Fuel TV and Fox College Sports.
Beginning next season, the ECAC tournament will air on Fox Sports 1, a national network set to launch in August. Fox will also have the opportunity to televise a new “Game of the Week” series. Loyola is a member of the ECAC but will begin play in the Patriot League next season.
Jays show to air on CSN
“Johns Hopkins Lacrosse: Blue Jay Way” will air on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala opened the doors to the program throughout the 2012 season to the network, providing unlimited access to photographer Mark Fogelsong to document the season.
Bayhawks searching for new GM
The Chesapeake Bayhawks are on the hunt for a new general manager. After holding out hope that Brian Reese — who announced his retirement in October — would return after helping the Major League Lacrosse organization on the sidelines and in the front office through last year’s championship, Chesapeake president and coach Dave Cottle said last week that the organization will begin targeting and interviewing candidates, and he hopes to bring on a new GM by March 31.
“Right now, we’re going to wait to find somebody good,” Cottle said. “We don’t want to hire someone to hire someone.” As for what “someone good” means, that peels back the curtain on what makes a good GM for MLL and the Bayhawks.
There’s flexibility in the role, and Cottle says if it’s the right fit, the Bayhawks will consider a full-time or part-time GM; a GM who might or might not roam the sidelines as an assistant coach; someone who can run the gamut of coordinating player personnel to corporate sponsorship.
“We haven’t looked because I thought Brian Reese was so good last year in every category — our players love him — that we were hoping that if he got bored, he’d come back,” Cottle said. “What we’re looking for is the best guy that we can possibly get.”
As for the type of personality that would best fit, Cottle says he’s looking for a high-character, high-energy guy who can adjust to the style and demands of the league.
Regarding the resume, Cottle said: “Either guys that have experience in the league, or guys that have experience in college. I think the transition from college to MLL is easy. But just because you were a player doesn’t make you qualified — I think you have to have a coaching or administrative background in lacrosse.”
— Inside Lacrosse
Aust is ACC Player of Week again
Maryland senior attacker Alex Aust was named Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Week. Aust, who also won Offensive Player of the Week honors last week, notched 19 points in a pair of wins against UMBC and No. 7 Penn State. Against the Retrievers, Aust racked up a career-best 11 points — one shy of the Terps single-game record — including a program-record seven assists.
Division III women: For the fourth consecutive week, Salisbury (4-0) sits at No. 2 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Top 20.
Boys: Michael LeClair had three goals and three assists to power host Mount St. Joseph (2-0) to an 8-2 victory over St. John’s (D.C.). Colin Reymann made 12 saves for the Gaels, who next host John Carroll on Friday at 4 p.m. ... Shack Stanwick had a goal and four assists to lead Boys' Latin (2-0) past host St. Andrew's (Fla.), 14-4. The Lakers, who beat Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 13-9, on Saturday, will host Penn Charter (Pa.) on Friday at 4 p.m.