According to a report from Matt Kinnear of Inside Lacrosse, the Patriot League will be splitting into two divisions for the 2021 men’s lacrosse season and playing mostly a conference schedule.
The North Division will be comprised of Army, Boston U, Colgate and Holy Cross. The South Division will be made up of Bucknell, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola and Navy. This is a similar situation to what the Patriot League did with their basketball schedule, going conference-only and splitting the conference up into three mini conferences.
Per the report, the Patriot League conference schedule will begin on March 6th and will end on April 24th. The Patriot League Tournament will take place from May 7th-9th. Whether teams will be able to play non-conference games prior to the start of conference play will likely vary from school to school.
This report is very consistent with the schedule that Navy posted on their athletic’s website last week. The schedule features seven contest against Patriot League opponents and begins on March 13th. The Midshipmen are set to play cross-division contest against Holy Cross and arch-rival Army. The Army-Navy game is currently set to take place the last week of the season, as usual.
Navy is the only Patriot League team who has posted a 2021 schedule online thus far. Stony Brook was the first team to post any kind of schedule online, posting a partial schedule a few months back. According to multiple sources, there should be a flurry of schedules dropping across multiple conferences following the holidays.