College Lacrosse Schedule for April 9, 2013

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There are four games today. Guess which ones I don't want to light on fire?

Everyone talks about "swagger." I don't know what the hell that means, but between Old Spice commercials and every athlete on Earth uttering the phrase as if it were an orated comma, the phrase has permeated American lexicon to the point that anything -- the pot roast you made; the refund you received on your tax return; the paper clip you contorted to look like question mark -- is being labeled as some form of "swagger." Let's be clear about this: Swagger comes in many forms, but there is only a single apex to the experience:

Four winless seasons since 2005? SWAGNER! Six wins against 120 losses since 2005? SWAGNER! Reverse Survivor Emeritus? SWAGNER!

Anyway, there are four games today, with action starting this afternoon and extending into business time tonight. Here is your highlight for the day:

  • Holy Cross at Bryant: This is one of those games that doesn't register on the national level -- it's an interconference affair between two teams removed from the country's elite -- but does hold important value for each team: Bryant, after starting the season with seven consecutive losses, has earned victories in three of its last four games and is attempting to position itself for a run through the NEC; Holy Cross, in the midst of arguably its best season in the last half-decade, is above .500 and looking to carry momentum through April which features winnable games against Providence and Dartmouth. The pivot point for where the Crusaders and Bulldogs hope to go this season occurs tonight in Smithfield. The biggest factor this evening may be whether Bryant can control James Kennedy and Sons when the Crusaders have the bean, but regardless, the outcome is important considering where these teams sit at the moment relative to the date on the calendar on the wall.
  • Harvard at Quinnipiac: The Crimson have resuscitated themselves the last two weeks, losing a heartbreaker to Duke and putting Cornell on the ropes this past weekend. Harvard may or may not have figured a few things out, and this afternoon's date with Quinnipiac in Hamden could provide the test case as to whether Chris Wojcik's team can rattle some cages over the latter half of April -- the Bobcats, while with less juice on them now compared to earlier in the season, aren't an easy out and the team finally pulled the plug on a five-game losing streak with its win over slumping Mount St. Mary's this past weekend. This has a sneaky level of intrigue to it with the Crimson potentially overlooking Quinnipiac -- Harvard's next three games are all massive Ivy League affairs against Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale. If the Crimson don't come correct, they could get dropped; if the Crimson take care of business in Southern Connecticut, they'll be in a position to charge at the last portion of their season without care of consequence.

Here's today's full schedule with links to things so that you can monitor the carnage (Wagner isn't in action today because Tuesday is dedicated to lookin' handsome nonstop):

April 9, 2013
AWAY HOME TIME LIVE STATS VIDEO
Hartford Dartmouth 3:00 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Harvard Quinnipiac 4:00 LIVE STATS N/A
Holy Cross Bryant 7:00 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Princeton Rutgers 7:00 LIVE STATS VIDEO

Leave your notes about the games or anything else (QUERY: String theory is eating Triscuits while thinking about Wheat Thins, right?) in the comments below.

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