Border Showdown Continues
The MU-KU Border Showdown continues in club sports.
For Mizzou alumni, the 120-year rivalry with Kansas will be a prominent memory. As the Tigers move to the Southeastern Conference, Missouri officials have invited continued competition, but KU has publicly expressed disinterest. One of the nation’s oldest feuds is on hiatus.
Or is it?
On Jan. 20, 2012, the Tiger and Jayhawk ice hockey clubs met at the Independence (Mo.) Center. Tempers flared as Mizzou dominated 14–3 before 2,900 fans.
On April 20, the undefeated Kansas lacrosse club had a five-goal lead at halftime before the Tigers rallied to win 13–11 in Lawrence, Kan.
Mizzou men’s soccer, rugby and ultimate Frisbee clubs, to name a few, will continue to schedule the annual tempestuous tilt against the Jayhawks in 2012–13. In some sports, more than pride is at stake.
“We play for a Border War Sword that goes back and forth to the winner,” says MU lacrosse Coach Eric Chole, BS HES ’11. “Even though it’s a club sport, we try to treat it like a Division-I sport as much as we can.”
The MU-KU hockey rivalry hasn’t been much of a contest; Mizzou holds a lopsided 30–3-1 all-time advantage.
“Unfortunately, [the 2010] loss in front of the first Independence Center crowd sticks in my craw,” says MU Coach John Lamond about the inaugural, neutral-site contest two years ago.
It may take some time before the big revenue sports resuscitate the rivalry, but Lamond and Chole encourage nostalgic fans to show up for the hockey and lacrosse showdowns.
“We’re continuing the matchup in hockey, and we anticipate it will be a bigger and better event,” Lamond says. “We don’t have any intention of going away from that game.”