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The LIU Sharks are the 42nd DI team to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. LIU comes into the 2020 season after going 11-5 overall, 5-1 in the ECC, and losing to Mercy in the ECC championship in 2019. 2020 marks a new era for LIU as they move to DI, join the NEC. Additionally, the LIU Post and LIU Brooklyn athletic departments have combined into just one LIU. Their nickname: The Sharks.
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2/8 @ Siena
The new era for LIU lacrosse begins on February 8th on the road against Siena. This game may not be the most hyped matchup of all-time, but it will certainly be one to watch as we will get to see LIU up against a DI opponent for the first time.
2/29 @ Hofstra
Before the NCAA era and in the early days of NCAA lacrosse, LIU (then called C.W. Post) and Hofstra met pretty much every year. In their 23 past meetings, Hofstra holds a 16-7 lead. With these two in the same division again, it wouldn’t be surprising if these two Long Island foes eventually formed some kind of rivalry.
3/21 vs Sacred Heart
The Sharks second-ever NEC contest will come against the Sacred Heart Pioneers. This one should be a very interesting contest with both teams undergoing some changes this offseason. While LIU has seen major program changes with their move to DI The Pioneers have seen some personnel changes with their two top scorers from last season, Joe Saggese and Max Tuttle, graduating.
4/11 @ Merrimack
LIU and Merrimack are both moving from DII to DI and into the NEC this season. That storyline alone makes this matchup one of the marquee games of the season. Additionally, these two programs know each other very well and have played each other in some highly competitive games over the years. Last season, LIU beat Merrimack in overtime, avenging a 15-4 loss against the Warriors in 2018. Now both in DI, this matchup should be another competitive one and an NEC rivalry could be born, as well.