Fall Ball Notebook: Syracuse-Denver Headlines The Weekend, Harvard Enters The Byrne Era

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Friendly reminder: it is fall ball so you should take any score with a grain of salt for many reasons. Please Do Not over react or draw any final conclusions from fall ball. Continue reading “Fall Ball Notebook: Syracuse-Denver Headlines The Weekend, Harvard Enters The Byrne Era”

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How Will California’s ‘Fair Pay To Play Act’ Impact College Lacrosse?

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Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the SB206 Act, also known as Fair Pay to Play, into law – which allows college athletes in the state to make money off their own image and likeness. He actually signed the bill while on an episode of Lebron James’ HBO show “The Shop” which was aired on Monday when the news officially broke.  Continue reading “How Will California’s ‘Fair Pay To Play Act’ Impact College Lacrosse?”

2020 Schedule Preview: Jacksonville Dolphins

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The Jacksonville Dolphins are the eighth DI team to release their 2020 schedule. Jacksonville comes into the 2020 season after a 2019 campaign which saw the Dolphins go 6-9 overall, 5-2 in the SoCon, and lose in the first round of the SoCon tournament to High Point.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Jacksonville Dolphins”

2020 Schedule Preview: Vermont Catamounts

 

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The Vermont Catamounts are the seventh DI team to release their 2020 schedule. Vermont is coming off a 2019 campaign where they went 8-7 overall and 4-2 in the America East, losing in the America East championship game to UMBC.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Vermont Catamounts”

2020 Schedule Preview: Dartmouth Big Green

 

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The Dartmouth Big Green are the the sixth DI team to release their 2020 schedule. Dartmouth is coming off a 2019 campaign in which they went 2-11 overall for the fourth straight season, and went 0-6 in the Ivy League.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Dartmouth Big Green”

2020 Schedule Preview: Marquette Golden Eagles

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The Marquette Golden Eagles are the fifth DI team to release their 2020 schedule. Marquette is coming off a bumpy 2019 season which saw them go 6-9 and miss the Big East tournament, but they step into a new era with Andrew Stimmel taking the reigns as head coach, replacing Joe Amplo who left for the same position at Navy.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Marquette Golden Eagles”

Harvard-Israel Scrimmage To Be Streamed On ESPN +

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On Friday, October 4th, Harvard host Team Israel in a scrimmage in a scrimmage that will be aired on ESPN +. Faceoff is currently set for 8:00 pm ET/ 3:00 am IDT.  Continue reading “Harvard-Israel Scrimmage To Be Streamed On ESPN +”

2020 Schedule Preview: NJIT

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The NJIT Highlanders are the fourth team to release their 2020 schedule. After going 2-13 in 2019, the Highlanders enter the 2020 with newfound energy and excitement as they enter the NEC and open a brand new on-campus stadium. 

2020 SCHEDULE

Date Home Team Road Team Notes
1/19 NJIT Molloy (DII) Scrimmage
1/25 New York Tech (DII) NJIT Scrimmage
2/1 NJIT Hampton
2/8 Monmouth NJIT
2/15 Delaware NJIT
2/17 Army NJIT
2/22 NJIT Lehigh
2/29 NJIT Siena
3/7 NJIT Manhattan
3/14 NJIT LIU NEC
3/21 Robert Morris NJIT NEC
3/28 Wagner NJIT NEC
4/4 NJIT Merrimack NEC
4/11 Mount St. Mary’s NJIT NEC
4/18 NJIT Saint Joseph’s NEC
4/25 Bryant NJIT NEC

Key Games

2/1 vs Hampton

NJIT opens up their season at home against the Hampton Pirates, a team they are 3-0 against all-time. The Highlanders and Pirates have been at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to DI lacrosse since the inception of each program. With essentially new eras starting at both, this will be a key game to get the season started off on the right foot. 

2/8 @ Monmouth

New Jersey foes, NJIT has faced Monmouth each year in their five years of existence. The Highlanders got their first win over the Hawks last season, beating them 8-5 at home. 

3/14 vs LIU

NJIT will face LIU at home to open up NEC play. This will be a matchup between two new NEC teams as LIU is coming into the conference this season, as well. 

4/4 vs Merrimack

The Highlanders kick off their April slate against Merrimack, another new addition to the NEC this season. Merrimack moves up to DI after winning back-to-back DII national championships. 

 

2020 Schedule Preview: Air Force Falcons

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The Air Force Falcons are the third DI team to release their 2020 schedule. The Falcons are coming off a 2019 campaign which saw them go 10-5 overall, 6-1 in the SoCon, and lost in the first round of the SoCon tournament.

2020 Schedule

Date Home Team Road Team Notes
1/25 Notre Dame Air Force Scrimmage
2/1 Duke Air Force
2/8 Air Force Denver
2/15 Utah Air Force
2/22 Air Force Cleveland State Face-off Classic
2/23 Air Force St. Bonaventure Face-off Classic
3/1 Virginia Air Force
3/7 Air Force Canisius
3/14 Air Force Furman SoCon
3/21 Bellarmine Air Force SoCon
3/24 Detroit Mercy Air Force
3/28 Air Force Mercer SoCon
4/4 Jacksonville Air Force SoCon
4/11 Air Force VMI SoCon
4/18 Air Force High Point SoCon
4/25 Richmond Air Force SoCon

KEY GAMES

2/1 @ Duke 

The Falcons open their season on the road against the Duke Blue Devils who are coming off a NCAA semi-final run in 2019. These two programs know each other very well, having played four times since 2015. Air Force will be looking to upset Duke just as they did in 2017. 

2/8 vs Denver 

The battle between Colorado’s only DI lacrosse teams. This matchup being one of the first games for both teams has grown into somewhat of a tradition over the past decade with six of the past ten meetings being in February. Denver leads the all-time series 21-2, winning the last 12 meetings. Air Force’s last win over Denver came in 2009 when they won 10-7 on the road. 

3/1 @ Virginia 

Air Force kicks off their March slate on the road against the defending national champions. This will be the Falcons’ last big test of the season before getting conference play underway in mid-March. 

4/18 vs High Point

The Falcons will welcome in High Point for their last home game of the season. While the all-time series between the two is tied at 3-3, Air Force will be looking for revenge after getting beat 13-9 last season on the road. 

4/25 @ Richmond 

Air Force will cap off their season on the road against Richmond, defending SoCon champions. The contest between these two squads always turn out to be some of the most exciting SoCon games of the year. While Air Force leads the series 4-2, they will be looking to avenge a SoCon tournament loss to the Spiders last year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Schedule Preview: Navy Midshipmen

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The Navy Midshipmen are the second DI team to release their 2020 schedule. Navy comes into the 2020 season after a 2019 campaign that saw the Midshipmen go 6-7 overall and 4-4 in the Patriot League. They missed their conference tournament and had a head coaching change over the summer with former Marquette head coach replacing Rick Sowell.

2020 SCHEDULE

Date Home Team Road Team Notes
1/18 Jacksonville Navy Scrimmage (Chapel Hill, NC)
1/18 North Carolina Navy Scrimmage (Chapel Hill, NC)
1/25 Navy Delaware Scrimmage
2/1 Navy Penn Scrimmage
2/1 Navy Georgetown Scrimmage
2/7 Navy Manhattan
2/15 Navy Furman
2/18 Richmond Navy
2/22 Maryland Navy
2/29 Lehigh Navy Patriot League
3/7 Navy Colgate Patriot League
3/14 Navy Johns Hopkins
3/21 Navy Holy Cross Patriot League
3/28 Boston U. Navy Patriot League
4/4 Navy Loyola Patriot League
4/11 Lafayette Navy Patriot League
4/18 Army Navy Patriot League
4/24 Navy Bucknell Patriot League

KEY GAMES

2/22 @ Maryland

2/29 @ Lehigh

3/14 vs Johns Hopkins

4/4 vs Loyola

4/18 @ Army 

GAME BY GAME BREAKDOWN

2/7 vs Manhattan

Navy opens the season against Manhattan in what should be a cupcake game for the Midshipmen. Also it’s the first ever meeting between the two programs. Navy should be a heavy favorite and it should be a good game for Navy to feel things out under this new staff in a game that counts. 

2/15 vs Furman

Again, this one is the first meeting between the two programs and should be an easy win for Navy. The Midshipmen will likely use this game against Furman as another feeler game. 

2/18 @ Richmond 

Navy will travel to Richmond to take on the defending SoCon champions in their first road game of the season. This will also be the first ever meeting between the two programs. This one will be the first real test for Navy, especially on the defensive end, as Richmond returns much of a very strong offense last season. 

2/22 @ Maryland 

Navy’s second game of a three-game road stretch will be a meeting against Maryland in College Park. This will be one of the toughest games for the Midshipmen all season. This year’s meeting will be the 93rd all-time meeting between the programs. Maryland won last year’s game 14-9 and leads the series 60-33. 

2/29 @ Lehigh

The last of a three-game road stretch for Navy will be against conference foe Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks are coming off a Patriot League championship appearance last season. These two programs have faced each other 40 times with Navy leading the all-time series 32-8. Lehigh won last year’s meeting 15-8. 

3/7 vs Colgate

Navy faces conference opponent Colgate to start a three-game home stretch. Navy won last year’s meeting 16-11 and leads the all-time series 15-7 through 22 meetings. This one may be an easier conference game, but things could go either way due to it being a conference game, as well. 

3/14 vs Johns Hopkins

Navy and Hopkins renew their long standing rivalry after not playing each other in 2018 or 2019. This rivalry goes back to 1908 with Hopkins leading the all-time series 63-27. Following the two year hiatus, this rivalry should be as intense as ever come March. 

3/21 vs Holy Cross

2019 Patriot League quarterfinalist Holy Cross come into Annapolis for a battle between newly minted head coaches with Peter Burke have the interim tag lifted at Holy Cross after last season. This one should be interesting after Holy Cross won last year’s meeting 12-9. Navy leads the all-time series 14-3. 

3/28 @ Boston U.

The Midshipmen travel up to take on the Terriers to wrap up their March schedule. A conference opponent, the all-time series is tied at 3 after Boston U. won last year’s meeting 13-12. 

4/4 vs Loyola 

Navy opens April up at home against conference foe and inter-state opponent Loyola. With both teams expected to look much different from last season, this has the makings of a good contest. Loyola won 18-5 last year and leads the all-time series 8-4. 

4/11 @ Lafayette

In a final two-game road stretch, Navy will travel to take on the Lafayette Leopards. Navy won last year’s meeting 12-7 and leads the all-time series 19-2. 

4/18 @ Army

Navy final road game of the season will be a trip to West Point to take on their arch rival Army. This game is always close no matter how good either team is that given year. Army won last year’s meeting 9-8 in overtime. Navy leads the all-time series 61-36. 

4/24 vs Bucknell

The Midshipmen end their season at home against Bucknell in late April. Navy won last year’s game 14-8 and leads the all-time series 11-8.