Minutemen Announce Challenging 2016 Slate Of Games

Men’s lacrosse will face six 2015 NCAA Tournament teams during spring campaign

AMHERST, Mass. University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella compiled a challenging spring schedule to test his Minutemen during the 2016 campaign. In total, the 13 regular season opponents combined for 120 victories during 2015, as Cannella puts his Minutemen up against six NCAA Tournament teams from one year ago, including Albany, Brown, Ohio State, North Carolina, Penn State and Towson.

“We have our work cut out for us with this challenging schedule – maybe the toughest schedule here at UMass ever,” Cannella said. “We recruit our players to play at the highest level of Division I lacrosse, thankfully we have a group that is willing to take these tough, tough challenges head on.”

Following scrimmages against St. John’s and Siena on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, respectively, the Maroon and White continue their on-going season-opening series with Army West Point on Saturday, Feb. 13 in West Point, New York. The Minutemen and Black Knights squared off at the onset of each of the previous five seasons, a series Massachusetts leads, 4-1 after an Army victory during the 2014 edition of the matchup.

UMass will debut its renovated home, Garber Field, when Ohio State visits New England on Feb. 27 before intra-state rival Harvard makes the short trip West on the Massachusetts Turnpike for a Feb. 27 meeting with the Minutemen. Massachusetts caps its three-game home stand with midweek action against Hartford on Tuesday, March 1.

After a road trip to Brown (March 5), the Maroon and White host Albany on Tuesday, March 8 and North Carolina the following Saturday afternoon. UMass then departs campus for its next two games, a March 19 trek to Penn State ahead of the CAA-opener at Delaware on April 2.

Towson travels North for an April 9 contest at Garber Field before the Minutemen battle Fairfield (April 16) on the road in Connecticut. 2016 Senior Day will be held against Hofstra at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 before the regular season closes at Drexel with a Friday, April 29 night game.

The 2016 CAA Championship will be hosted to the league’s top-finishing squad. A pair of semifinal contests are set for Thursday, May 5 ahead of the championship game two days later. NCAA Tournament action beings with first round games on May 14-15. Quarterfinals follow on May 21 (Brown; Providence, Rhode Island) and May 22 (Ohio State; Columbus, Ohio). The NCAA Final Four will be held May 28 (semifinals) and May 30 (championship game) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.