Division I Games of the Week March 27-April 1
Updated: 03/27/2012 at 4:05 PM
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DI Games of the Week
Planning on going, make sure to check with each home school for time and location.
Friday March 30 UMass-Amherst at Fairfield
#15 UMass comes into Connecticut looking to secure their first ever New England Division I game against a strong Stag squad. For their part, Fairfield can wrap up the New England Regular Season Championship with a victory over the Minutemen after beating Sacred Heart 13-4. To the victor, go the spoils and possibly a home playoff game.
Friday and Saturday March 30 & 31 MD Beltway Bash
With a guaranteed three game minimum, expect the four sub-divisions to be entertaining throughout. For host #4Maryland, look for Lehigh, #18 Villanova and #22 Syracuse to bring the heat and try to steal a game or two. The toughest bracket has #2 Rutgers, #3Virginia, #8 Salisbury, and #10 Loyola, all Top Ten teams with legitimate claims to a National Championship. For #12 Ohio State and #14 Princeton, the great unknown awaits in up and coming Bucknell as well as independent Michigan. For the final sub-division, DII Lynchburg will try to right the train and get back on top after their upset loss last week and compete with the DI powers in their annual Bash appearance. With independent UNC, #6 JMU and #11 Towson, expect a contentious affair with spectacular defense, goalie play and plenty of scoring. For all these Division I teams, itís one of the few chances to see how SOS and out of conference games matchup before the National Tournament.
Sunday April 1 Cortland Play Day
Title hopes are on the line as #18 Albany and #13 Cornell travel to #16 Cortland in a powerful clash of Empire Titans. Albany is coming off a surprise loss to Binghamton after winning four straight while Cornell is undefeated at 3-0. For the Red Dragons of Cortland, it will be their third straight day of competition with five games over 72 hours. Luckily with no travel involved, Cortland will play Le Moyne on Friday then Buffalo State and RIT on Saturday before trying to complete the trifecta with both Clarkson and Albany on Sunday.
Sunday April 1 Hofstra at Penn
For a competitive Quaker team, this is a great chance to see how the season is unfolding with a tough out of conference game at home versus #5 Hofstra. The Pride from Hempstead have been on an impressive roll all season and have moved up into the Top Five in the Warrior Division I Top Twenty, a first in program history. For Penn, this will be the beginning of a tough stretch of five games in nine days.