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College Lacrosse Schedule and Open Thread: March 16 and 17, 2013

There are 27 games on Saturday and a handful more on Sunday. Engage face melting.

Al Bello

There are 63 current Division I teams. 60 -- Six. Tee. -- will put on the foil this weekend, none playing games on back-to-back days. I don't even know how to process all of that. My gigantic brain is already attempting to leak out of my ears so that it doesn't need to deal with trying to understand it all.

Your five highlights for the weekend are as follows:

  • Johns Hopkins at Syracuse: Ryan put together another beauty of an inforgraphic for this rivalry, and you should probably print it out, bring it to your local tattoo parlor, and tell the artist to ink it to your chest. There's something special about Johns Hopkins-Syracuse -- mostly that their fans are sociopaths and despite having not yet attempting to wipe each other out with poison or nuclear weapons over the last 30-plus years -- and the next iteration of the rivalry focuses this afternoon on ESPNU. This isn't a make-or-break game for either program, but it will help define what kind of ceiling each team is facing this season.
  • Penn State at Massachusetts: THUNDERDOME! Look: Neither the Nittany Lions or Minutemen are swinging axes at teams this season (Penn State is currently ranked 36th in adjusted efficiency margin; Massachusetts is slightly better at 24th) but for today all that matters is that the Nittany Lions and Minutemen will swing axes at each other. THUNDERDOME! isn't exactly the ultra blood-and-lost-limbs conference that it was a season or two ago, but given the relative competitive balance in the league this season -- Massachusetts, Penn State, and Drexel are all in the hunt to somehow survive the destructive fire-bombing that is THUNDERDOME! -- today's game in Amherst holds extended value, if only to determine which team needs a head bandage more.
  • Cornell at Yale: Are Randolph and Mortimer Duke excited for this one?

  • Ohio State at Virginia: The Cavaliers have dropped two of their last three -- both in heart-pulled-from-chest-while-still-beating fashion, losing in the Carrior Dome in overtime and last weekend at Klockner against Cornell -- and have played a schedule thus far ranked only 25th in opponent efficiency margin. It's unclear what Virginia actually is -- the team's best win is either an overtime win against Drexel to open the season or a stomping of Mount St. Mary's in late-February -- but today's date with a surging Buckeyes squad in Charlottesville is defining for both teams, even if it is only mid-March. This yelling polar bear agrees.
  • Princeton at Pennsylvania: This, basically:

Here's Saturday's full schedule. If there are errors, please let me know. I pulled this information from the Lacrosse Magazine website. I'll populate links to live stats and video as the day progresses.

March 16, 2013
Lehigh Army 12:00 2.6749 16 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Providence Georgetown 12:00 3.0206 9 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Marquette St. Joseph's 12:00 1.4376 23 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Hartford Quinnipiac 12:00 2.6985 14 LIVE STATS N/A
Siena Jacksonville 12:00 1.3403 25 LIVE STATS N/A
Penn State Massachusetts 12:00 2.6563 18 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Stony Brook Sacred Heart 12:00 2.9259 11 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Johns Hopkins Syracuse 1:00 4.3108 4 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Albany Bryant 1:00 2.4631 21 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Mercer Bellarmine 1:00 2.6869 15 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Manhattan Binghamton 1:00 0.9389 26 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Canisius VMI 1:00 0.6649 27 LIVE STATS N/A
Cornell Yale 1:00 5.2454 3 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Hofstra Delaware 1:00 2.6599 17 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Mount St. Mary's Drexel 1:00 3.7367 6 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Towson Duke 1:00 2.8010 12 LIVE STATS VIDEO
High Point UMBC 1:00 1.5272 22 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Rutgers St. John's 1:00 2.4823 20 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Wagner Vermont 2:00 1.4217 24 N/A VIDEO
Detroit Marist 3:00 2.7249 13 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Ohio State Virginia 3:00 3.8776 5 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Princeton Pennsylvania 3:00 3.4446 7 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Loyola Air Force 4:00 2.9501 10 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Notre Dame Denver 6:30 5.2932 2 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Maryland Villanova 7:00 5.7104 1 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Harvard Brown 7:00 3.1752 8 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Bucknell Lafayette 7:00 2.6118 19 LIVE STATS VIDEO

And here's your Sunday slate:

March 17, 2013
Holy Cross Navy 12:00 2.0434 2 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Hobart Robert Morris 1:00 3.4983 1 LIVE STATS VIDEO
Colgate Michigan 3:00 1.7066 1 LIVE STATS VIDEO

This is your open thread for the weekend. The only thing I truly believe in is that I'd probably eat buffalo-sauced concrete without concern. People will be around to yak about whatever is tickling their fancy.

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