NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Featuring eight home games and matchups against five of the top-20 teams ranked in last year’s final IWLCA Coaches’ Poll, including the national runner-up, the Merrimack College Athletic Department and head coach Julie Duffy are pleased to unveiled the 2017 women’s lacrosse team schedule.
“We’re very excited to announce what should be another challenging schedule,” Duffy stated. “Our team worked very hard and developed a renewed energy throughout the fall season and I’m excited to get back out and take on the demanding schedule of the Northeast-10 Conference and our non-conference opponents. The NE10 allows us to compete against the best of the best in all of Division II women’s lacrosse, and our non-conference schedule is equally as competitive. As a coaching staff, we are looking forward to seeing this team compete this year.”
Links: 2017 Schedule
The Warriors are set to play 17 games during the regular season, with three tilts against 2016 NCAA Division II Women’s Tournament participants – including last year’s national runner-up in Adelphi University. The Warriors will also take on national tournament participants Le Moyne (home) and New Haven (away) over the course of the regular season, as well.
Four straight non-conference matchups highlight the beginning of the campaign, as the Warriors will head to Old Westbury, New York, to face first-year program NYIT on Saturday, Feb. 25, to kick things off.
One week later, Merrimack plays host to another East Coast Conference (ECC) opponent in Mercy College, a 12-win team from a year ago, for the first home game of the spring on March 4. Merrimack will play eight times within the friendly confines of Martone-Mejail Field in 2017 after enjoying seven home games in last year’s schedule.
Following an eight day pause in the schedule, Merrimack hits the road again to tackle another ECC squad in Roberts Wesleyan out in Rochester, New York. The Warriors and Redhawks tangle on Sunday, March 12, before Merrimack heads down to Delaware to meet Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) member Wilmington (Del.) on Thursday, March 16.
Merrimack opens conference play with two straight home games three days apart, as the Warriors battle Southern Connecticut State (March 18) and Saint Michael’s College (March 21) to commence their NE10 slate. Merrimack then concludes the month of March with back-to-back road games against 2016 NCAA Tournament participant New Haven (March 25) and Southern New Hampshire University (March 29).
Turning to April, Merrimack again hosts back-to-back home games against the likes of Pace (April 1) and Franklin Pierce (April 4) before heading to Adelphi the following Saturday (April 8) for a road bout with the nine-time national champion Panthers. Merrimack visits Saint Anselm on April 12 before returning to North Andover for two more conference clashes with Le Moyne (April 14) and AIC (April 18).
Following a trip to Bentley (April 22), the Warriors’ final home game of the regular season falls on Wednesday, April 26, against Stonehill; the regular season concludes with a Saturday (April 29) road trip to Worcester, Massachusetts, to battle Assumption.
The 2017 NE10 Women’s Lacrosse Championship will once again feature the top-eight teams in the conference. The four highest seed will host quarterfinal matchups on Wednesday, May 3, and the highest seed remaining will host the semifinals and final on May 6-7, respectively.--
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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