A visit by the defending NCAA Division III National Champions headlines what promises to be a challenging 2020 slate for The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team, as the Royals announced their schedule of games for the upcoming season on Friday.
Coming off their best season in program history in which they finished with a program-record 16 victories and ranked in 20th in the final IWLCA Division III Top 25 poll, second-year head coach Chrissy Trescavage and the Royals will play four schools out-of-conference that made the NCAA Tournament a season ago.
This will go along with a slate of Landmark Conference games headlined by an annual clash with Catholic, who advanced to the Third Round of last year's NCAA Tournament.
But, the headline game of the entire schedule will take place on March 22 at Weiss Field, as the Royals take on defending NCAA Division III National Champion Middlebury. The match-up will be just the second all-time between the schools, as the Panthers finished the year with a 22-1 overall mark in 2019 en route to their seventh NCAA National Title in program history.
Scranton will open the 2020 slate on the road at Messiah (Feb. 22) and Ithaca (Feb. 26), before their home opener with Kean at Weiss Field on Feb. 29.
The month of March will open with three more road non-conference games at Farmingdale State (Mar. 4), Haverford (Mar. 7) and Misericordia (Mar. 11), before the Royals return home on Mar. 15 to take on another NCAA Tournament qualifiers from a season ago in TCNJ.
After the Middlebury match, Scranton opens Landmark Conference play for the year on Mar. 25 at Susquehanna. At Weiss Field, Scranton will host Juniata (Mar. 28), Goucher (Apr. 4), Drew (Apr. 15) and Elizabethtown (Apr. 18) in Landmark Conference play, while hitting the road to take on Catholic (Apr. 9) and Moravian (Apr. 25).
The Royals also play two home non-conference games in the final month of the season at Weiss Field vs. Rowan (Apr. 1) and Cabrini (Apr. 21).
For the full 2020 University of Scranton women's lacrosse schedule, click here.