Maryland (0-0) vs. Navy (0-1) 12:00 pm Finally we can say the defending champs for the Terrapins after taking home the gold beating OSU in the finals. Every year Maryland is loaded with talent but this year they did lose a lot of big names like Matt Rambo and Colin Heacock. This year seniors Connor Kelly and Tim Rotanz will be stepping up in the offense and taking over games. Along with them is returning senior goalie for Maryland, who looks to start the season off strong. Navy had a losing season last year and starts this year off with a loss. In their first game they spread the scoring throughout their attack and midfield. In net the keeper had 15 saves.
Ohio State Mens Lacrosse vs. Boston Mens Lacrosse
Ohio State (1-0) vs. Boston U. (1-0) 12:00 pm At the same time as the returning champions will be playing is the runner up. OSU had a very successful season last year running the tables come tournament time until it came to face Maryland. Coming back for their squad to look for is Tre Leclaire and Colin Chell, both high producers. Boston University had a real solid record last year at 12-5 but did not make the tournament. They should be a hungry team this year and started off with an overtime win last week.
Air Force Mens Lacrosse vs. Denver Mens Lacrosse
Air Force (0-1) vs. Denver (0-0) 1:00 pm Air Force started the season with a big loss to strong Duke team. Scoring wise they spread out each of their goals to a different player, while only recording one assist. Their goalies have let in 18 goals while recording 9 saves. The Falcons had a solid season last year ending 12-5, making it to the playoffs and actually lost to Denver. So for the Pioneers we got a rematch from the tournament to start off their season. Denver also had a good season last year with a record of 11-3 but came up short in the semi finals by 1 goal. They are bringing back star senior Trevor Baptiste, who plans to dominate the X for one final season. I look for him to break even more records this year as he has done so much already. Along with him is returning stud Ethan Walker who puts up points in bunches. This should be a good rematch but Air Force will have to play very sound team defense as they do to make this a game.
Penn State Mens Lacrosse vs. Hobart Mens Lacrosse
Penn State (0-1) vs. Hobart (0-0) 1:00 pm Penn State started hot last year and cooled down a little bit throughout the season but still made it to the tournament. They then lost the first round to a fierce Towson team. They started off this season with a high scoring overtime loss. Mac O’Keefe big time goal scorer put in 2, along with returners Nick Spillane and Kevin Hill with 3 points each. Hobart had a solid season last year at 9-7. This year they will be challenged to have some new players step up into roles. They graduated 4 out 5 of their top point scorers.
Virginia Mens Lacrosse vs. Loyola Mens Lacrosse
Virginia (0-0) vs. Loyola (0-0) 1:00 pm This is one of the best matchups of the weekend, 2 top 20 teams going at it for their first game of the season. Michael Kraus and Mike D’Amario lead the attackman while losing a good one Zed Williams to the MLL draft. Virginia kind of had a disappointing season last year for their standards. Loyola on the other hand went 10-5 and then lost in the first round of the tournament. The greyhounds are led by returners Alex Mcgovern and the stud Pat Spencer. The game should be great, very well coached, and lots of good lacrosse action.
Syracuse Mens Lacrosse vs. Binghamton Mens Lacrosse
Syracuse (0-0) vs. (0-0) Binghamton Syracuse is coming off a year they wish they could get back. They went 12-2 going into the tournament as the 2 seed. After squeaking by Yale they reached the quarterfinals and then lost to Towson. They lost our friend and high point scorer Sergio Salcido, right behind him the next two highest on the point sheet also graduated. So the Cuse will have some spots for new guys to come in and fill, a big guy to look for is Brendan Bomberry in the midfield. Binghamton had a winning record with 11-5 last year. They graduated their top offensive threat who had the most goals, assists, and more than doubled anyone elses shots. The Bearcats now will be seeing the ball in some other guys hands and we’ll see if they can produce.
John Hopkins Mens Lacrosse vs. Towson Mens Lacrosse
Johns Hopkins (0-0) vs. Towson (0-0) 6:00 pm Another amazing matchup for us here in the 2ns week of game. The first of the season for both of these teams, they get the night show and main event of the lacrosse games. They both had successful seasons last year the blue jays going 8-6 and the tigers 10-4. Both make it to the tournament Hopkins did as a 6th seed and then got smoked by Duke, while Towson makes it and upsets a few teams to make it to the semi finals. Where they fell just short by 1 goal to OSU. Towson graduated a ton, 6 out of 7 of their top point scorers including star Ryan Drenner. They have a ton of shoes to fill and we will see how the new guns come to play in a good first matchup. Hopkins is lead by some big name seniors like Shack Stanwick and Joel Tinney. Along with attackman Kyle Marr and defensive star Jack Rapine.
That wraps up this weekend’s top matchups and big games. Be sure to watch a few or record them and catch the best parts to gain your lacrosse IQ. Watching the top collegiate players go at it is some of the best content you can watch for mistakes and amazing lacrosse plays to make you better. Unfortunately it’s hard to watch a lot of these games still in our times so watch a game when you can if it’s on TV it truly is a luxury.