In piecing together today’s dead-tree edition look at the impact of ACC expansion on lacrosse, it afforded the opportunity to do a little looking ahead to 2012.
While schools haven’t finalized specific dates and times, most of the scheduling pieces are in place. That’s especially true at Maryland, where coach John Tillman was eager to improve the Terrapins’ strength of schedule after it cost them a home game in the NCAA tournament.
To that end, Tillman added Villanova and America East champion Hartford. Both schools made the tournament last year.
“Both have up and coming programs, good coaches, strong strength of schedule and RPI from last year,” Tillman said. “They both get us to areas we think are important. Getting to New England is important. So is Philadelphia.”
Maryland last played a regular season game in New England in 2009, when it visited Yale. It also played in Philadelphia that year when it traveled to Penn.
In the last 10 seasons, the Terps have made only two other regular-season trips to the Philadelphia area (Penn in 2005 and 2007) and just one other visit to New England in the regular season (Fairfield in 2005).
Maryland played postseason games in Philadelphia in 2005 and 2006, and in relatively nearby Princeton, N.J., in 2005 and 2010. The Terps also visited New England in May when they beat Syracuse in the NCAA quarterfinals in Foxborough, Mass.
Both Hartford and Villanova will visit Maryland in 2012, with return trips in 2013.
The Villanova date will occupy the place on the schedule previously held by UMBC. The Terps will now play the Retrievers on a midweek date in March.