NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.
– A visit to the 2019 NCAA runner-up and a trip to a Big 10 power highlight the Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team’s first Division I schedule, which was revealed Wednesday.
Still in the Warriors’ first year of the NCAA mandated four-year reclassification period into Division I, Merrimack is set to play a full NEC schedule and count in the regular season standings, but will be unable to compete in the league tournament.
The two-time defending NCAA Division II champions were one of the most dominant forces in the nation the past two seasons under head coach Mike Morgan, who enters his 13th season at the helm. Under his guidance, the Warriors went 35-4 in the past two years and finished their time in Division II with a convincing 16-8 win over #1 Limestone in the NCAA championship game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Merrimack begins the season with a scrimmage at Boston University Jan. 18 before it plays its first ever NCAA Division I game Feb. 1 at Duane Stadium against Holy Cross. The Warriors play in North Andover again Feb. 15 against Ivy League foe Dartmouth before they hit the road for games at Fairfield, Michigan and Vermont.
For the first time in program history, the Warriors take on their Merrimack Valley rival UMass Lowell Mar. 7 in North Andover.
Other highlights include Merrimack’s first game in the NEC Mar. 14 at Wagner, its first conference home game Mar. 21 against Saint Joseph’s and a visit to 2019 NCAA runner-up Yale Mar. 31 in Connecticut.
Merrimack also concludes its first Division I campaign Apr. 25 when it plays host to Sacred Heart in an NEC matchup.
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