Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/8/15
From Press Release
Saint Joseph’s head coach Taylor Wray has announced the schedule for the 2015 men’s lacrosse season. The Hawks will compete against members of seven of conferences, including teams of the Southern, Ivy, MAAC, Big 10, ACC, CAA, and NEC, and four preseason Top 20 opponents who made appearances at the 2014 NCAA Championships.
“This is the most complete and competitive schedule we have put together in my time here at SJU,” said Wray. “We have some really exciting non-conference games with teams we feel we’ve developed some great rivalries, and I expect the NEC, as a conference, to be stronger than ever across the board. Our team can’t wait to get going. We’re looking forward to the excitement and challenges ahead.”
The Hawks’ 15-game schedule features seven home contests – including the Feb. 14 home opener against High Point – to be played on Sweeney Field. St. Joe’s will play nine non-conference games to open the season and will see an even three-home, three-away game slate in Northeast Conference play.
The non-conference portion of the schedule will run from February 7 through March 21 while NEC action will run from March 28 through April 25.
“You work so hard in the off-season to prepare for these 15 games, and sometimes as you’re going through that, it feels like the season will never get here,” added Wray. “Well, February 7th is going to be here in no time now, and we’re focused on doing everything we can to be prepared for the first one.”
Saint Joseph’s will play four games in the month of February, with two home games sandwiched between two road contests. The Hawks will open the season on Saturday, February 7 against Richmond down in Richmond, Va. and will host High Point in the home opener on Sweeney Field on Saturday, February 14 at 12:00 p.m. The Hawks will then host Penn (Feb. 17) before returning back down to Virginia to face VMI (Feb. 21).
The Hawks will return to Philadelphia to kick off the start of four games over an 11-day stretch, beginning with Drexel at Vidas Field on March 3. The Hawks will then host Monmouth the following Saturday (Mar. 7) before heading back down to Virginia for a matchup against the University of Virginia, to be played at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville on March 10. The Crimson and Gray will conclude the stretch with Michigan on Saturday, March 14 on Alumni and Family Day.
Saint Joseph’s will close out the non-conference portion of the schedule on the road at Delaware the following Saturday, March 21.
Of Saint Joseph’s nine non-conference opponents, the Hawks faced eight last season en route to posting a 5-3 record, with wins over Richmond, VMI, Monmouth, Michigan, and Delaware. This year will mark the first meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Virginia.
The 2014 NEC regular-season champion Hawks will begin their quest back to the Northeast Conference postseason when they open conference play against the three-time defending champion Bryant Bulldogs on Saturday, March 28 in Smithfield, R.I.
The Hawks will then return home for a pair of NEC contests, taking on Robert Morris (Apr. 4) and Wagner (Apr. 7) within just three days of one another on Sweeney Field.
Saint Joseph’s will hit the road to face Mount St. Mary’s (Apr. 11) in Emmitsburg, Md. before returning to Sweeney Field for the final regular-season home game of the season against Hobart on April 18.
The Hawks will conclude the regular-season on the road against Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn. on Saturday, April 25.
The 2015 NEC Tournament will be held on April 30 and May 2. The top four teams in the regular season qualify for the playoffs, with the highest seed earning the right to host the tournament.
SJU went 6-0 against the same conference opponents in the Northeast Conference regular season in 2014.
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