Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/2/15
From Press Release
Lafayette men’s lacrosse Head coach Jim Rogalski announced the program’s 2016 schedule on Tuesday afternoon. The schedule consists of seven games at Fisher Stadium, including three of the first four on home turf.
“I’m excited to get the 2016 season underway,” Rogalski said. “We’ve been working extremely hard this fall to put ourselves in position for success this season. Our schedule provides us with some tough tests in the non-conference portion to help get us ready for an always-daunting league slate. I expect us to be prepared for the challenge and can’t wait to get started.”
Eleven of the 14 teams on this year’s spring slate, including all eight league opponents, finished last season in the top-50 in RPI, with two in the top-20 (Colgate 13, Navy 19).
The Leopards open the season with back-to-back home games on Feb. 13 and Feb. 19, hosting Sacred Heart and Wagner, respectively. Lafayette came out on top in last season’s meeting with Wagner by a 10-5 margin, one of four wins during the 2015 campaign.
The Patriot League opener closes out February when the Leopards travel to Baltimore, Md. on Feb. 27 to battle Loyola, and March opens with a return home for Army West Point on March 5. Army knocked off top-seeded Navy in the Patriot League semifinals a year ago to advance to the championship game, eventually falling to Colgate by an 11-8 final.
Lafayette then hits the road for a pair, traveling to Philadelphia for a non-league matchup with Penn on March 8 and to Annapolis, Md. on March 12, looking to avenge an 18-4 loss to the Mids last season at home.
A pair of home contests in league play wraps up March as the 87th installment of The Rivalry takes place on College Hill this season when Lehigh makes the trip across town on March 19. Boston U. heads to Easton on March 26 and a non-conference matchup with UMBC is the finale of a three-game homestand for the Leopards, their longest of the year.
The Leopards hit the road for the home stretch of the 2016 schedule, with four straight away contests through the middle of April. Non-league trips to Monmouth on April 5 and NJIT on April 12 are worked in between important league contests with Holy Cross on April 9 and Bucknell on April 15.
The Maroon and White close the season with arguably their toughest test as the defending league champions come to Easton on April 22. Colgate went 10-6 a year ago and 6-2 in league play on its way to the Patriot League title.
The Patriot League Tournament is slated to begin on April 26 with the quarterfinals at the site of the higher seeds. The semifinals are scheduled for April 29 with the championship game set for May 1.