Maryland - Hopkins Trophy

Below is a message I sent to UMD President Loh, I will update if I receive a response:

President Loh,

I am writing to inquire as to the appetite for a trophy to be commissioned for the winner of the annual University of Maryland versus Johns Hopkins University men's lacrosse game. This annual game is without a doubt the largest rivalry in the sport and will have even more importance next year as both universities will find themselves playing in the Big Ten conference.

My initial idea is to have a custom lacrosse stick built where the shaft will be engraved with the results of over a century of rivalry games and a solid silver head will be strung with the most recent winner's colors. The stick would be on the sidelines during the rivalry game. The winning team will either retain it for another year, or present it to the other team who will immediately cut out the pocket so that it may be restrung with their own colors and kept until the next match.

The cost for such a trophy will be minimal but the importance of commemorating this rivalry has never been higher. The University of Maryland community largely feels that they have just lost many important rivalries to long-standing ACC foes such as Duke and Virginia with our move to the Big Ten Conference. What better time to highlight that we are part of a renown rivalry that defines a sport? While lacrosse is largely overshadowed by college football or basketball, it is a traditional sport with great importance to our students, alumni, fans, and the culture of the great state of Maryland.

I hope this idea has support from you, Athletic Director Anderson, and Coach Tillman.

Best Regards,
**** ********
Class of 2005

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