With events like several large United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) softball and baseball tournaments and a landmark lacrosse tournament, Wicomico County and Salisbury is becoming a major sports destination in the state of Maryland! But for the last twenty years, Salisbury has grown into one of the biggest hubs for wrestling on the East Coast.
The official team sport of Maryland is making its Big Ten debut this weekend with the inaugural Big Ten Lacrosse Championship tournament at the University of Maryland. On Thursday night’s game, new Big Ten member (men’s lacrosse only) Johns Hopkins played Penn State, and new Big Ten member Maryland took on Ohio State. After two competitive games, Hopkins and Ohio State came out on top, and will square off in the championship game Saturday May 2, starting at 8 pm.
When the Big Ten announced the first official Big Ten Lacrosse Championship would be held at the University of Maryland and that Johns Hopkins University would host the championship tournament the following year, lacrosse fans across the state of Maryland rejoiced. “The sport of lacrosse is embedded in the culture of the state of Maryland,” said Sean Ellenby, the Assistant Director of Media Relations at the University of Maryland. Michael Mattia, the Deputy Director of Athletics at Johns Hopkins added to this sentiment by saying “the state of Maryland is the hub of lacrosse and there is no better way to expose the other Big Ten institutions, and jump start the inaugural season of the sport in the conference, then to see how seriously the game is taken in this state.”