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The Merrimack Warriors are the 54th DI program to release their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. 2020 marks the beginning of a new era for Merrimack as they move from DII to DI. They make the jump following two consecutive DI championship runs and are one of two programs making the jump this season, along with LIU.
2/1 vs Holy Cross
The Warriors’ first ever DI game will come against Massachusetts foe Holy Cross. While it may not be against a ‘marquee’ team, this game is certainly one to watch and could give some insight into how Merrimack may fare in year one, overall.
3/28 vs Bryant
These old Northeast 10 rivals will be squaring off for the first time since 2008 with Merrimack making the same move Bryant made in 2008. While these two haven’t faced each other in over a decade, these programs know each other very well. And maybe, the rivalry between these two schools will be struck back up again on the lacrosse field.
3/31 @ Yale
Merrimack and Yale actually know each other fairly well, scrimmaging each other the past two seasons. Know meeting in the regular season, Yale is one of the toughest opponents, if not the toughest, on Merrimack’s schedule. This game could give us a glimpse into how competitive Merrimack cane be against some of the big dogs in college lacrosse, especially since they can’t play in the postseason for four seasons.
4/11 vs LIU
Both Merrimack and LIU 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.