What to Watch: NCAA Week Five

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

This weekend will see multiple Classics take place, as multiple teams descend upon Charlotte and Philadelphia. Also, VMI and Richmond will will faceoff in the first SoCon matchup of the year. 

Week five technically got underway on Tuesday night, where we saw UMass and UMBC score some significant victories. Also, Wednesday will see games between Mercer and St. Bonaventure, and Detroit Mercy and Robert Morris. 

All Eyes on Philly

The Philly 4 Lacrosse Classic will take place at Franklin Field (UPenn) and Sweeney Field (St. Joes). Drexel, Penn, Saint Joseph’s, and Villanova will all be competing in the event. 

On Friday night, Saint Joseph’s will face Drexel at Franklin Field to kick off the event. No. 9 Penn will face No. 14 Villanova directly after, capping off the first night of the classic with what is expected to be the best game of the event. 

Sunday will see Drexel face Villanova and Penn face Saint Joseph’s. Both of those games will be at Sweeney Field. 

Charlotte will also host a classic this weekend, as the Crown Lacrosse Classic comes to town for the second straight year.

The event will see Penn State and Cornell faceoff in the men’s DI game, while Limestone and Lenior-Rhyne go head-to-head in the men’s DII game. The Syracuse and Virginia Tech women’s teams will also play in the event, as well. Lax Sports Network will stream the event. 

Yale and Michigan will also play in a neutral site contest this weekend, playing in the Pacific Coast Shootout at Orange Coast College (Calif.)

Rivalries

Week five features three rivalry contest, including one of the most storied in college lacrosse. And all three will be played on Saturday afternoon. 

Notre Dame will host Denver in what has become one of the best, if not the best, lacrosse rivalries west of the Appalachian Mountains. The Irish and Pioneers have met 26 times since 1992, with Notre Dame leading the all-time series 16-10. The Irish won last year’s meeting 10-7 in the Pacific Coast Shootout. 

No. 1 Syracuse will take on rival Johns Hopkins on the road in one of the most storied rivalries in the sport. And while this year’s battle pegs two teams on different ends of the spectrum against each other, expect nothing less than each team absolute best. Rivalries bring out the best on both sides, no matter how good or bad either team’s season has been up to that point. 

The Princeton Tigers will also face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the battle for the Meistrell Cup. Rutgers has hoisted the cup three of the past four seasons, but Princeton leads the all-time series 63-31. 

Tiffany Returns to Providence

When the Virginia Cavaliers take on the Brown Bears on Sunday at noon it will be the first time Cavaliers head coach Lars Tiffany has returned to Providence, R.I. since leaving Brown to become the head coach at Virginia in the summer of 2016. 

Tiffany, who led the Cavaliers to a national championship last season, played at Brown under legendary head coach Dom Starisa and also served as the head coach of the Bears for 10 seasons. Tiffany led the Bears to an NCAA semifinal appearance in 2016. 

Other Games to Watch

Friday, March 6th

Bellarmine @ Cleveland State – 6pm

Saturday, March 7th

Hofstra @ Ohio State – noon

Duke @ Loyola – 1pm

Holy Cross @ Lehigh – 1pm

Fairfield @ Harvard – 3pm

 

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