HAMILTON, N.Y. – Colgate University Director of Athletics David Roach and men’s lacrosse head coach Jim Nagle have announced the 2009 men’s lacrosse schedule. Among the games on this year’s home schedule are match-ups with Ohio State (March 24), Army (March 29), and Bucknell (April 18). The Raiders defeated Bucknell last season in the Patriot League Championship. Full schedule here
The Raiders will play six home games and eight games on the road. All of their home games are scheduled to be played at Andy Kerr Stadium.
Colgate's first four opponents each reached the NCAA tournament last season including Canisius who the Raiders kick off the season with at home on Feb. 13. The Raiders are 12-0 against Canisius, including a 12-11 overtime thriller last season. The Golden Griffins finished 10-6 overall last season winning the MAAC Championship before losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Colgate then takes a trip the following week to North Carolina visiting both Duke and North Carolina. It will be the seventh meeting for the Raiders with the Blue Devils. Colgate’s only win came during the 1960 season. The Blue Devils finished 18-2 in 2008 winning the ACC Championship and advancing to the NCAA semifinals.
The Raiders are 1-2 all-time against North Carolina, registering their only win in 1960. The Tar Heels finished last season 8-6 overall and reached the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Raiders then stay on the road as they travel to UMBC (Feb. 28). Colgate is 0-1 all-time against the Retrievers. UMBC closed out 2008 with a 12-4 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark in the America East advancing to the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Raiders kick off Patriot League play seven days later against Holy Cross. Colgate sports a 19-0 record against the Crusaders since the first meeting in 1990.
Colgate then hits the road seven days later to take on Fairfield. The Raiders are 1-2 all-time against the Stags, who went 4-9 overall last season and 2-5 in the MAAC.
The schedule gets a little tougher next week when the Raiders travel to face the 2007 Patriot League Champion Navy on March 21. Colgate defeated the Midshipmen last season in the Patriot League semifinal and is 2-8 all-time against the Mids. Navy defeated the Raiders during the regular season last year and finished 10-6 overall, 5-1 in conference making it to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.
Colgate will then host back-to-back games for the only time in the season when Ohio State and Army visit Hamilton, N.Y. The Ohio State game will be the first night game and is slated for Tuesday (March 24) at 7 p.m. The Raiders are 1-1 all-time against the Buckeyes including lasts seasons 13-6 loss in Columbus.
The Raiders are 4-25 all-time against the Black Knights with Colgate's last win coming at home in 2007.
Colgate will continue with league play six days later as it travels to face Lehigh (April 4). The Raiders are 22-10 all-time against the Mountain Hawks including last seasons 5-3 victory in Hamilton.
The Raiders will host non-conference rival Binghamton (April 7) before rounding out their Patriot League schedule on April 11 and 18, taking on Lafayette and Bucknell, respectively. Sporting a 23-5 all-time record against the Leopards, the Raiders have beaten Lafayette each of the past three seasons. The Bison and Colgate match-up is always an interesting one. Bucknell leads the series 16-10 all-time, but the Raiders have won the past five meetings, including the Patriot League Championship contest last season.
The Patriot League Tournament is set for April 25-27, at the home field of the regular season champion. Colgate advanced to the Patriot League Tournament Championship for the second straight time last season, defeating Bucknell 13-9.
Colgate finishes its regular season with an always big contest against the defending national champion Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on May 2. The Raiders defeated the Orange last season for the second straight season. Syracuse leads the series 42-11-1 and had won eight straight prior to the 2007 season.