After a few years of midweek games going completely sideways, the 2014 season hasn't -- at least until this point -- featured many non-weekend results of complete incomprehension. The crazy brain worms that have traditionally infected Tuesday and Wednesday dates have seemingly hibernated in this year's extended winter, remaining quiet while college lacrosse's engine starts to steam. This is highly unacceptable and I demand widespread infection and panic.
Anyway, there are 11 games today. Here are your highlights:
- St. John's at Drexel: There will be scoring. Yes, there will be scoring. Kieran McArdle is a finely-engineered tool of destruction, fostered in a laboratory to impose maximum damage through both tactical and broad means. Ben McIntosh is a keg of dynamite with a short fuse and a large blast radius, set to explode and render incapacitated anything that tests his force. This game is the literal interpretation of "Close enough for hand grenades."
- Quinnipiac at Harvard: Which team needs this win more? The Crimson are 1-2 with its two losses -- Massachusetts and Albany -- coming against quality competition while its victory was earned against a winless Holy Cross team; the Bobcats are 1-1 with its loss coming against a confusing Brown team and its win against an average Providence team. Harvard's ceiling is arguably higher than Quinnpiac's this season, but both are still defining their purpose in 2014. This game smells like a zero-sum conflict even though the Crimson are deeper in pure talent.
- Rutgers at Army: The Scarlet Knights' trip to Michie Stadium this evening is a huge opportunity for Rutgers to announce that they have turned the corner under Brian Brecht. The Scarlet Knights shellacked two terrible teams so far in 2014 -- Manhattan and Wagner -- but have come up short against capable competition, falling to Virginia by seven goals and failing to get the job done against Stony Brook last weekend on Long Island. The Black Knights are a tenuous top 20 team, but a Rutgers win at West Point would validate the Scarlet Knights as a legitimate middle-of-the-road concern, something Rutgers hasn't been in a while.
Here's today's full schedule with links to things so that you can monitor the carnage:
|Bellarmine||Detroit||12:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|St. Joseph's||Monmouth||3:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|St. John's||Drexel||4:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Hobart||Colgate||4:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Canisius||Cornell||4:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Providence||Fairfield||4:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Quinnipiac||Harvard||4:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Johns Hopkins||Mount St. Mary's||POSTPONED||POSTPONED||POSTPONED|
|Holy Cross||Richmond||4:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Lafayette||Delaware||4:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Rutgers||Army||7:00 P.M.||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
Leave your thoughts about the games or anything else (QUERY: Do you think that Fat Tuesday is setting a bad example for Somewhat Overweight Wednesday?) in the comments below.