Just a flurry of lacrosse schedules have come out in the last week, with Johns Hopkins the latest. Georgetown and Navy are still unreleased, but nearly half of the 60 Division I programs have at least posted their schedules.
Here’s the rundown of what Dave Pietramala’s team faces this spring, with some analysis to follow:
Feb. 19: Manhattan, 5 (ESPNU)
Feb. 23: Delaware, 5 (ESPNU)
Feb. 28: Siena, noon (ESPNU)
March 6: vs. Princeton at M&T Bank Stadium, 1:30 (ESPNU)
March 9: UMBC, 7 (ESPNU)
March 13: at Hofstra, 7
March 20: Syracuse, 8 (ESPNU)
March 27: at Virginia, noon (ESPN2)
April 3: North Carolina, noon (ESPNU)
April 10: Albany, 2 (ESPNU)
April 17: vs. Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium, 6:30 (ESPNU)
April 24: at Navy, noon (CBS College Sports)
April 28: Towson, 7 (ESPNU)
May 8: at Loyola, noon (ESPNU)
A little analysis …
* No program’s schedule demonstrates the difference in the sport’s relationship with television in 2009 as opposed to 1999 like Hopkins. With ESPNU now on many basic cable packages, nearly all of the Blue Jays’ schedule will be accessible to fans throughout the country. Those with CBS College Sports tack on an extra game.
* Manhattan and Delaware are new to the schedule, while Mount St. Mary’s does not return from 2009.
* It’s a favorable schedule in terms of travel; Hopkins only plays two games outside the state of Maryland – Hofstra and Virginia.
* There’s only two other true road games out of 14 – Navy and Loyola late in the season. Hopkins played five true road games last season.
* A really shrewd slice of scheduling was shifting a late-season date with a non-traditional titan (Mount St. Mary’s last year, Manhattan this year) to February. Hopkins’ schedule has been front-loaded in recent years and left the Blue Jays under .500 a few times. It would be a surprise if anyone has the foolhardy “Can Hopkins finish .500 or better?” discussion this year.