2022 Schedule Preview: Vermont Catamounts

(Photo Courtesy of Vermont Athletics)

The Vermont Catamounts are the 11th DI program and first in the America East to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Catamounts are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 9-5 (7-2 America East), won their conference tournament, and saw their season end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 17-11 loss against eventual national runner-up Maryland.

Catamounts’ 2022 Schedule:

2/16Penn StateVermont
3/19VermontNJITAmerica East
4/2VermontUMBCAmerica East
4/9UMass LowellVermontAmerica East
4/16UAlbanyVermontAmerica East
4/23VermontBinghamtonAmerica East
4/30Stony BrookVermontAmerica East

New Opponents

Brown, Canisius, Dartmouth, Duke, Penn State, Providence, UMass, Utah

Team’s Dropped

Hartford (Withdrawn from American East play)

Key Games

3/5 vs Bryant: Vermont opens up the month of March against Bryant in a battle that will pit the reigning America East and NEC champions against each other. The Catamounts opened the season up on the road against the Bulldogs, falling 15-12 in the first meeting between the two programs since 2013. Last year’s matchup saw one heck of a battle at the faceoff dot with Vermont’s Tommy Burke and Bryant’s Nathan Laliberte each going nearly 50-50 against each other.

3/8 @ Dartmouth: During their last meeting in 2020, the Catamounts narrowly skimmed by the Big Green, 9-8, in their final game before the season was cancelled. Their last meeting prior to 2020 also saw a close outcome with Dartmouth winning 9-11. Scheduled almost exactly two years to date from their last meeting, this early-March contests could be an interesting measuring stick game for the two Granite State programs.

4/2 vs UMBC: The Catamounts’ second conference contests of the season comes against one of only two conference opponents to hand them a loss last season: UMBC. The Retrievers took down Vermont 10-8 in their lone meeting of the season last spring, however Vermont had to use a three-goal run in the fourth quarter to pull within two as they trailed 10-5 early in the final period of play. Both defenses were among the nation’s and conference’s best last season and allowed zero goals in the final 7:05 of the game. A defensive battle could be on the horizon in 2022, as well.

4/16 @ UAlbany:Vermont and UAlbany played each other three times last season and the Catamounts came out on top all three times. That includes a 15-10 victory over the Danes in the America East title game. With both teams expected to be top-tier programs in the America East once again, expected another good contests between these two. It may be a preview of the conference title game again.

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