ESPNU To Broadcast Men's Lacrosse At Lehigh
Jan. 14, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - With the start of the 2013 NCAA men's lacrosse season just a few weeks away, ESPN announced its broadcast slate of games which will include the UMass game at Lehigh. Originally slated to be played on March 19, the game will now be played on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 PM in Bethlehem, Pa. The match-up features a pair of 2012 NCAA Tournament teams that are both predicted to be among their respective league favorites in the upcoming year.
Additionally, the start times for three other UMass men's lacrosse games have been changed from the originally released schedule. The home games affected are the regular-season opener against Army (Feb. 9) and against Brown (Mar. 2) and a road game at Hofstra (Apr. 20).
The home opener against Army will now begin at Noon, while the Brown contest will start at 2 PM.
After playing a thrilling game in 2012 at Gillette Stadium, UMass and Hofstra will meet on Long Island at 7 PM in a game that will certainly carry CAA and NCAA Tournament implications.
The Minutemen will begin the season with a pair of exhibition games beginning January 26 at St. John's in Queens, N.Y., before returning to Garber Field to host Siena on Feb. 2 (both 1 PM starts).
Following the regular-season opener against Army, UMass will travel to Atlanta, Ga., to face North Carolina at Kennesaw State University.
UMass was ranked No. 12 in the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll after compiling a 15-1 record in 2012. The Minutemen are coming off a season which saw the program ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time along with its first-ever Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Title and its 19th all-time berth to the NCAA Tournament.
A finalist for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award, Will Manny returns for his senior year to lead the UMass offense. Along with Manny, the Minutemen return Kyle Smith and Colin Flemingwho finished last season as two of UMass' top scorers.
Preseason All-American Jake Smith will anchor a re-tooled defensive unit which lost three standout starters from a year ago. In goal Zach Oliveri is the favorite to start after leading the U.S. Under 19 National Team to the FIL World Championships this past summer.