Links: 2018 Schedule
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by matchups against four NCAA Tournament teams, seven home games and six of last year’s final top-20 nationally teams ranked, including the defending national champion, the Merrimack College Athletic Department and head coach Julie Duffy are pleased to release the 2018 women’s lacrosse team schedule.
“It’s always exciting to see our schedule come together, indicating just how close we are to getting the season started,” Duffy stated. “We have nearly a 50-50 split in terms of home and road games, which is something we always aim for. Throw in the fact that we play so many teams that were among the best in the country last season, including four NCAA Tournament teams, and the result is one of the more challenging schedules we’ve ever had. Every game will be an opportunity to grow and get better, and for a team that has 19 underclassmen, that fact alone is incredibly important.”
The Warriors have 17 games on their regular season docket, and seven of them will be played at the brand-new Merrimack Stadium, which opened last fall. The 2018 campaign will take the team to five different states, including five games in the state of New York.
Merrimack has four matchups against teams that participated in the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Championship – including last year’s national champion in Adelphi University. The Warriors will also take on three other national tournament participants in Le Moyne, New Haven and Mercy College over the course of the regular season, as well. Finally, every single game is against a regional foe, adding that much more emphasis on each matchup.
Merrimack begins the year on the road for four straight games, and for the second straight season the Warriors will travel to Roberts Wesleyan on Monday, Feb. 12. The Warriors will be looking for their third straight win over the Redhawks, who they have played in each of the previous two seasons. Merrimack continues its road trip with a Wednesday matchup at Mercy College on Feb. 21. The Mavericks were an NCAA qualifier a year ago after finishing with a 16-4 record last spring. The two teams also met up last year in North Andover. Four days later, St. Thomas Aquinas – the third straight East Coast Conference (ECC) constituent on the schedule – will host the Warriors on Sunday, Feb. 25. The Spartans finished last year with a 5-11 record, including a 3-5 ECC mark.
Merrimack will then play seven straight games against conference foes starting with its league opener down in Easton against Stonehill College on Tuesday, March 6. Finally, the Warriors will christen their Merrimack Stadium era against arguably the top team in the country, as they play host to defending national champion Adelphi on Saturday, March 10, for their home opener.
NE10 play continues a week later with a trip to Pleasantville to take on Pace University on Saturday, March 17, as the Warriors take on a Setters squad that enjoyed an 11-win campaign in its third varsity season a year ago. Merrimack returns home for a pair against Southern New Hampshire (March 20) and 2017 NCAA Tournament participant New Haven (March 24), before rounding out March on the road against Saint Michael’s (March 28).
As the calendar turns to April, the Warriors start the month with a Tuesday trip to Springfield to take on AIC before hosting Queens College in their final non-conference clash of the season on Friday, April 6. The team will stay at home to face Saint Anselm on April 11 before heading to Syracuse the following Saturday to battle Le Moyne, another NCAA Tournament participant from last spring.
The Warriors round out the regular season at home against Bentley (April 17) followed by back-to-back road trips to Southern Connecticut (April 21) and Franklin Pierce (25) before rounding out the slate on Saturday, April 28, against Assumption.
The 2018 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 2, and the highest seed remaining will host the semifinals and final on May 5-6, respectively.