ESPN's college lacrosse broadcast schedule is out, as is the broadcast schedule that Fox Sports has determined for its Big East package this spring. Those two releases platformed about 35 men's games on national outlets -- traditional television broadcasts or web-only affairs -- for the 2014 season (not including the two Moe's Southwest Grill Lacrosse Classic games that NBC Sports Network will televise). That's not a number that's especially voluminous and heart-warming, but it also wasn't horrendously terrible (especially considering the approximately 19-game gap between ESPN's 2013 package and its 2014 effort).
Now, with the Patriot League's announcement that CBS Sports Network will continue to carry a package of men's lacrosse games for the 2014 season, things are starting to look a little brighter. The nascent all-sports network that features old World's Strongest Man competitions when college basketball or supercross isn't on, is broadcasting eight men's games this season, a one-game decrease from a season ago:
|Sunday, March 9th||6:00 P.M.||Duke at Loyola|
|Saturday, April 12th||2:00 P.M.||Navy at Army|
|Thursday, April 17th||7:00 P.M.||Bucknell at Loyola|
|Friday, April 18th||7:00 P.M.||Johns Hopkins at Navy|
|Friday, April 25th||4:30 and 7:30 P.M.||Patriot League Tournament Semifinals|
|Sunday, April 27th||1:00 P.M.||Patriot League Tournament Championship|
|Saturday, May 3rd||12:00 P.M.||Johns Hopkins at Loyola|
Not too bad. There are a couple of beauties on that list: Duke-Loyola is sneaky good, Navy-Army is always a show, Bucknell-Loyola could have fireworks, and the Patriot League Tournament has "Must-Watch" stamped in bright red ink on it.
Also: You can now watch 10 of Hopkins' 14 regular season games on national television. The Jays missed the NCAA Tournament last season and are ranked 13th in the preseason media poll and 11th in the preseason coaches poll.