2022 Big East Preview

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Since the advent of the modern-day Big East, there have primarily been two teams who have dominated on the lacrosse field: Denver and Georgetown. The Pioneers won the conference title in 2014 as well as in 2015 when they won the national title. In recent years, the Hoyas have become the team to beat as they have won the past three conference titles (2018, 2019, 2021) and will be the favorite coming into 2022. You can practically pencil in a Denver-Georgetown Big East title game meeting at this point.

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2022 Schedule Preview: Villanova Wildcats

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The Villanova Wildcats are the 38th DI team and fifth from the Big East to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Wildcats are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 7-5 overall (6-4 Big East) against a conference-only schedule. They fell in the Big East semifinals to eventual conference champion Georgetown.

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2022 Schedule Preview: St. John’s Red Storm

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The St. John’s Red Storm are the 34th DI team and fourth from the Big East to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Red Storm are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 1-10 (0-10 Big East).

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2022 Schedule Preview: Marquette Golden Eagles

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The Marquette Golden Eagles are the 25th DI program and third from the Big Ten to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 4-8 overall (3-7 Big East) against a Big East-heavy schedule.

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2022 Schedule Preview: Georgetown Hoyas

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The Georgetown Hoyas are the 21st DI program and second Big East team to announce their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Hoyas are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 13-3 overall (9-1 Big East) against a Big East-heavy schedule, won the Big East, and saw their season end in a 14-3 loss against eventual champion Virginia in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

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2022 Schedule Preview: Denver Pioneers

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The Denver Pioneers are the eighth DI program and first in the Big East to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule, doing so on Thursday afternoon. The Pioneers are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 12-5 (9-1 Big East) and saw their season end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Loyola.

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How Much Can St. John’s Improve in 2022?

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The St. John’s Red Storm began the 2021 season going up against the same team they went up against to end the shortened 2020 campaign: Hofstra. And unlike their meeting 11 months prior, St. John’s came out on top, 19-18, in overtime to start their season off with a bang.

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Can a New-Look ‘Nova Continue to Challenge in the Big East?

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The Villanova Wildcats have been sitting right on the cusp of the big dogs within the Big East conference and on the national stage in recent years, finishing second in the Big East in 2018 and 2019, while upsetting Yale and giving Penn state some trouble both of those years. During the shortened 2020 season, the Wildcats went 4-3. One of their wins came against a No.4 Maryland squad and two of their losses came against Penn State, 19-10, and Yale, 18-12.

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Georgetown Looks Primed For a Championship Weekend Run in 2022

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On the opening play of Hoyas’ NCAA Quarterfinal contests against eventual national champion Virginia, faceoff man James Reilly drew a flag when pushed in the back by Virginia LSM Jared Conners. Reilly would take only one more faceoff before subsequently leaving the game with a lower-body injury. The Hoyas were unable to capitalize on the ensuing possession following the push on Reilly, where they eventually went two men up following another Cavalier penalty.

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Can Providence Get Back on Track in 2022?

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In 2017, the Providence Friars churned out their best season under Chris Gabrielli as they went 10-7 and fell in the Big East title game to Marquette. They followed up that season by going 5-9 and missing the postseason altogether in 2018. However, the Friars were able to put things back together again.

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