BURLINGTON, Vt. – Three America East games at Virtue Field and non-conference action featuring five different leagues highlight the 2017 Vermont men’s lacrosse schedule, announced Wednesday by head coach Chris Feifs.
The Catamounts will begin their inaugural season under Feifs in the Southern United States, traveling to face a pair of Southern Conference foes. UVM will take on Furman on Thursday, Feb. 2 in Greenville, South Carolina, then head to Georgia for a Saturday, Feb. 4 tilt at Mercer in Macon.
After returning to the Green Mountain State, Vermont will prepare to open its home schedule, playing host to cross-New England rival Holy Cross on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Virtue Field. A four-game road swing then concludes UVM’s non-conference slate, meeting Providence (Feb. 25), Dartmouth (Feb. 28), Harvard (March 4) and Sacred Heart (March 11).
As part of the America East schedule, the squad will welcome Albany (March 18), Hartford (April 1) and Stony Brook (April 15) to Burlington. The Catamounts also will visit Binghamton (March 25), UMass Lowell (April 8) and UMBC (April 29).
The top four teams in America East will advance to the conference tournament, hosted by the highest-seeded team on May 4 (semifinals) and May 6 (championship).
Feifs is entering his first season at Vermont after leading North Carolina to the 2016 NCAA National Championship. He spent seven seasons as defensive coordinator and faceoff coach at UNC, guiding the Tar Heels to the NCAA Tournament each year. Carolina captured the ACC Championship in 2013 and also earned a share of the regular season conference title on two occasions during his tenure in Chapel Hill.
Vermont finished 4-2 in conference action last season and advanced to the America East Championship for the first time in program history. The Catamounts finished ranked 11th in the country in scoring offense (12.35 goals/game), posting a figure above nine teams that qualified for last season’s NCAA Tournament.
UVM also returns all four members of the squad who received conference honors in 2016.