WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Monmouth University head men’s lacrosse coach Brian Fisher recently announced the program’s inaugural schedule, which will commence with a pair of scrimmages in early February. Monmouth, competing in Division I lacrosse for the first time this spring as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), has six home games in its first season and will compete against three 2013 NCAA Tournament teams.
“As we begin play this spring, I am looking forward to seeing our team compete and representing Monmouth University in our inaugural season,” said Fisher. “There is no doubt this schedule will be a challenge for us, but we are very excited about our first spring together and the opportunity to play in the MAAC.”
Monmouth will compete in a pair of scrimmages, including at Stony Brook on February 1, and the Hawks will host Sacred Heart in Monmouth Stadium on February 8 at 1 p.m.
The Hawks’ first intercollegiate matchup will be on Saturday, February 26, when the Hawks open their 2014 slate at UMBC, which played in the America East Conference Championship game last year, before traveling to Wagner on Wednesday, February 26.
The Blue & White will host its first contest on Tuesday, March 4 when Saint Joseph’s University comes to Monmouth Stadium at 3 p.m., before heading north to face Rutgers University on Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
Monmouth welcomes 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier Bryant University to campus on Tuesday, March 11 at 3 p.m., before embarking on a three-game road swing. The Hawks’ road trip begins with their first-ever MAAC contest at Canisius on Saturday, March 15, before traveling to Siena a week later (March 22) in league play. The final game of the three-game swing sees the Hawks travel to Lehigh University, which also advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, April 1, the Blue & White host Lafayette College at 3 p.m. in its final non-conference game of the year, and return to MAAC action on Saturday, April 5 when Quinnipiac University travels to West Long Branch for a 3 p.m. contest.
Monmouth’s final road game of the season is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, when the Hawks travel to Manhattan College for a 1 p.m. conference match, before rounding out the season with a pair of home league contests at Monmouth Stadium.
The Hawks welcome Marist College on Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m., and will entertain 2013 MAAC Champion and NCAA Tournament participant the University of Detroit Mercy on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m., in the regular season finale.
Fisher added, “With the growth of lacrosse in this north shore region, I think the fans in our area and at Monmouth will enjoy seeing lacrosse on campus and our team play in the spring.”
The 2014 MAAC Men’s Lacrosse Championships are set for May 2 and 4 at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field on the Marist College campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The top four teams in the regular season standings advance to the conference tournament, with the winner claiming the MAAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.