It may be cold outside, but the good news is that the college men’s lacrosse season will start in less than two months. With games set to take place across Long Island, the spring is a fantastic opportunity to watch lacrosse live in action.
Must-See, Local College Men’s Lacrosse Teams
From Hofstra University to the New York Institute of Technology, Long Island features many of the top college programs in the country. With intimate settings and non-stop action, these schools’ home games can be a lax lover’s dream.
The Hofstra University Pride, who were 11-3 last season, were named No. 14 in the NIKE/US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Preseason Top 20. The Hofstra men’s lacrosse team is returning eight starters, including midfielders Dylan Alderman, Jimmy Yanes and Alex Moeser. Hofstra will open the season on Saturday, February 24 at home against Villanova University.
Adelphi University is a perennial heavy hitter in Division II men’s lacrosse. This year will not likely be any different. The squad is returning four top scorers from 2017, including the coach’s son, Gordon Purdie, Jr.
The Adelphi Panthers will open their season against another local powerhouse, LIU Post. The squad hopes to finish the season with a strong showing in the Northeast-10 Tournament, which will be held in Garden City in May.
SUNY Stony Brook
A young, talented Stony Brook squad faces a tough 2018 schedule, which includes games against two 2017 NCAA tournament teams and four squads that finished the year ranked in the Top 20. Stony Brook will host home contests against Albany University, Brown University and the University of Virginia. The Seawolves season gets underway on Saturday, February 10 against Sacred Heart University.
New York Institute of Technology
The New York Institute of Technology Bears lost several key players after last year’s impressive 14-3 campaign. Although three of its top scorers are gone, Matthew Chanenchuck, who scored 62 points in 2017, will be returning.
NYIT, the reigning East Coast Conference champion, will host Pace University for its home opener on Wednesday, March 7. The Bears also have an exciting April with matchups against Mercy College, LIU Post and Molly College—all in the span of 11 days.
The LIU Post Pioneers finished last year at an even 8-8. After opening the season on the road, the Division II squad will have a three-game stretch in which they will face three 2017 NCAA Tournament teams. The Pioneers 2018 schedule also includes match-ups against Mercy College and the New York Institute of Technology.
St. John’s University
St. John’s University kicks off its 14-game 2018 schedule against Rutgers University on Saturday, February 10 in New Jersey. The Johnnies home opener is the following weekend in Queens against the University of Hartford. St. John’s, who was 1-13 last year, will be competing to earn a top-four regular season finish in the BIG EAST standings, which will earn them an appearance in the 2018 BIG EAST Championships.
Whatever school you support this spring, getting out to a game is a great way to have fun and support local lacrosse.