What to Watch: NCAA Week Three

Welcome to week three of the 2020 NCAA lacrosse season, y’all. 

After this weekend, every single DI team will have started their season. Harvard, who is led by first-year head coach Gerry Byrne, is the last team to begin their season. The Byrne era in Cambridge starts o Saturday when the Crimson play UMass. 

Week three technically got underway on Tuesday, where we saw some pretty bug upsets take place. On Tuesday, Marist drubbed Army, Villanova held off Maryland, and Saint Joseph’s used a late-game push to take down Delaware. 

There will also be one more midweek game this week as Lehigh host VMI on Thursday. And then on Friday, Towson host Cornell. Saturday will feature a full slate, as usual. 

Lacrosse Bucket has what you need to know heading into week three of the college lacrosse season with some storylines to follow below.

The Byrne Era Begins in Cambridge

One of the biggest coaching moves, and stories overall, of the offseason was longtime Notre Dame defensive coordinator leaving South Bend, Ind. for Cambridge, Mass. to take over as the head coach of the Harvard Crimson. 

Harvard has been underperforming in recent years, especially given the plethora of young talent they currently have on the roster. And Byrne looks to shake up the culture and rebuild the Crimson back into a powerhouse in the Ivy League, at least. The buzz that Byrne has brought to Harvard, at least from what we can see on the outside, has people excited about the future of this program already. 

The Byrne era starts on Saturday at 1pm ET when the Crimson take on the UMass Minutement, Byrne’s alma mater, on the road. While UMass has already played two games and is coming off a big win over Ohio State, this will be a good test for both squads as it is still February, and that means that questions are still getting answered for teams across the country. 

Semifinal Rematch

It’s the big one. The one that college lacrosse fans everywhere have been waiting for since last season ended. Penn State vs Yale. This game seems to have it all. No. 1 vs No. 3. Public vs Private, Pennsylvania vs Connecticut, Big Ten vs Ivy League. Any which way you want to spin it, there is no question that this matchup has people fired up! 

This matchup will be the fourth all-time meeting between these two programs and third meeting in the past year. Last season, the Bulldogs edged the Nittany Lions, 14-13, in the regular season at home and won 21-17 in the NCAA semifinals in Philadelphia, Pa. at Lincoln Financial Field. Yale also won the first meeting between these two in 2013, as well. 

Whoever wins Saturday’s contest will likely be ranked number one on Monday, unless Virginia has something to say about that. So, yes, you could say this is the biggest game of the regular season, and we all hope it turns out to be one of the best, as well. 

Games to Watch

As always, there are multiple games that you need to circle coming into week two of the season.

Obviously Penn State-Yale is the biggest game of the weekend and possibly the year, as mentioned. But there are also fantastic matchups across the country this weekend, as well. Duke-Penn, Johns Hopkins-North Carolina, and Virginia-Princeton are all games to keep an eye on on Saturday. 

On Sunday, Syracuse and Army will battle it out in an upstate showdown while Notre Dame and Richmond meet in a rematch of a contest that the Spiders won last season. Also, Cornell-High Point is a game of interest for many, as well. 

Week Two Schedule

* TV/Stream links to be updated 

Date Away Home Notes Time (ET) TV/Stream
2/20 VMI Lehigh 5:00 PM Stadium
2/21 Cornell Towson 4:00 PM
2/22 Canisius Hartford 11:00 AM
2/22 Delaware Monmouth 11:00 AM
2/22 Boston U. Bellarmine 12:00 PM
2/22 Lafayette Binghamton 12:00 PM
2/22 Ohio State Bucknell 12:00 PM Stadium
2/22 Bryant Dartmouth 12:00 PM
2/22 Marquette Detroit Mercy In Pontiac, MI 12:00 PM
2/22 Fairfield Georgetown 12:00 PM
2/22 Rutgers Loyola 12:00 PM Stadium
2/22 Navy Maryland 12:00 PM
2/22 Hampton Mercer 12:00 PM
2/22 Merrimack Michigan 12:00 PM
2/22 UMBC Mount St. Mary’s 12:00 PM
2/22 Lehigh NJIT 12:00 PM
2/22 Yale Penn State 12:00 PM Big Ten Network
2/22 Brown Stony Brook 12:00 PM
2/22 Quinnipiac Vermont 12:00 PM
2/22 Princeton Virginia 12:00 PM ACC Network
2/22 Manhattan Wagner 12:00 PM
2/22 Cleveland State Air Force Faceoff Classic (@ Denver) 1:00 PM
2/22 Drexel Albany 1:00 PM
2/22 Colgate Hobart 1:00 PM
2/22 North Carolina Johns Hopkins 1:00 PM
2/22 Cleveland State Air Force Faceoff Classic (@ Denver) 1:00 PM
2/22 Drexel Albany 1:00 PM
2/22 Colgate Hobart 1:00 PM
2/22 North Carolina Johns Hopkins 1:00 PM
2/22 St. John’s LIU 1:00 PM
2/22 Providence Saint Joseph’s 1:00 PM
2/22 Harvard UMass 1:00 PM
2/22 Penn Duke @ Matthews Sportsplex Stadium (Charlotte, NC) 2:00 PM
2/22 Villanova Hofstra 2:00 PM
2/22 Furman Utah 2:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
2/22 UMass Lowell Siena 3:00 PM
2/22 St. Bonaventure Denver Faceoff Classic 3:30 PM
2/23 Cornell High Point @ Calvert Hall HS (in Baltimore, MD) 12:00 PM
2/23 Richmond Notre Dame 12:00 PM ACC Network Extra
2/23 Jacksonville Robert Morris @ U.S. Lacrosse Headquarters (Sparks, MD) 12:00 PM
2/23 St. Bonaventure Air Force Faceoff Classic (at Denver) 1:00 PM
2/23 Army Syracuse 1:00 PM ACC Network Extra
2/23 Cleveland State Denver Faceoff Classic 6:30 PM



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