First Home Game Set For February 21 Against Siena
LOWELL, Mass. —UMass Lowell Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Ed Stephenson unveiled his team’s schedule on Tuesday for their inaugural 2015 season. The slate will feature an even split with seven contests home and away as well as three matchups against teams that finished the 2014 season ranked in the top 20 of final 2014 USILA and Warrior polls.
“We’re excited to bring Division I lacrosse to our campus and to this area,” said Stephenson. “This was a major factor in building our schedule, I wanted to play 50% of our games on our campus.”
The River Hawks season opens up on the road at Yale on Saturday, February 14 and is followed a week later by their first home contest at Cushing Field Complex against Siena on Saturday, February 21 at 1 p.m.
Non-conference play continues at home against Wagner (Feb. 28, 1 p.m.) before a road contest at NJIT (Mar. 7, 12 p.m.) and a home clash with Providence (Mar. 10, 4 p.m.).
The rest of UMass Lowell’s out of conference schedule includes a home tilt against Fairfield on Mar. 17 at 4 p.m., a road battle with Dartmouth on Tuesday, April 21 and a neutral site game with VMI on Saturday, April 25.
“Our non-conference schedule is very competitive with our eight opponents representing six different conferences,” said Stephenson.
America East play for the River Hawks begins at Albany, the defending conference champions, on Saturday, March 14. UMass Lowell will entertain Binghamton for their conference opener on Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m.
The rest of conference play consists of a road game at Hartford on March 28, a home matchup with Vermont on Apr. 4 at 1 p.m., an April 11 contest at UMBC and the final home game of the season against Stony Brook. The date for the matchup against Stony Brook has not yet been finalized and will be played on either Friday, April 17 or Sunday, April 19.
“The America East Conference is going to be very strong this year as many of the teams have a high percentage of returning starters,” said Stephenson. “Albany, Stony Brook and Hartford have represented our conference in the NCAA tournament the last five years. In that same time span, all of the teams in the conference have participated in the conference tournament.”