This season's 2015 Reverse Survivor chronicle started with 17 teams last week.1 After seven days of games, the pool has shrunk to 11 eligible teams, all with icky looking zeros in the left-hand column of their won-loss records. Excised from the original crop of contenders are the following teams:
- Georgetown: The Hoyas beat Hofstra in a somewhat surprising fashion, springing a 13-11 victory on the Pride in the District of Columbia.
- Hofstra: The Pride shutout Manhattan for their first victory of the season.
- Hartford: The Hawks put the screws to Manhattan, earning a solid 15-5 victory over the Jaspers.
- Monmouth: The Hawks not only played their way out of Reverse Survivor with a stunning 10-9 win against Rutgers, but the victory also marked the program's first win in its brief history. Lobster tails for everyone!
- Quinnipiac: The Bobcats throttled NJIT to get their first win of 2015.
- Wagner: WAGNER IS OUT OF REVERSE SURVIVOR! The team's eight-goal victory against Massachusetts-Lowell is the most comfortable margin of victory the Seahawks have enjoyed since a 21-3 defeat of Division III CCNY in 2002.
Here's the updated field and what's upcoming for each team:
|TEAM||RECORD||NEXT OPPONENT||DATE||AFTER NEXT OPPONENT||DATE|
|Binghamton||0-3||at Delaware||March 7||at UMBC||March 14|
|Canisius||0-4||at Hobart||March 10||at Manhattan||March 14|
|Dartmouth||0-2||Sacred Heart||March 4||Harvard||March 21|
|Drexel||0-4||St. Joseph's||March 3||Bryant||March 7|
|Manhattan||0-5||at North Carolina||March 7||Canisius||March 14|
|Massachusetts||0-4||at Albany||March 7||Quinnipiac||March 10|
|Mercer||0-3||at Detroit||March 4||Marquette||March 8|
|Robert Morris||0-4||Siena||March 7||at Jacksonville||March 11|
|Sacred Heart||0-1||at Dartmouth||March 4||at Providence||March 7|
|Vermont||0-4||at NJIT||March 3||v. Air Force||March 7|
|VMI||0-4||at Richmond||March 7||v. Air Force||March 8|
The are a few huge Reverse Survivor-relevant games coming up on the schedule:
- Canisius at Manhattan: The great thing about Reverse Survivor-offs is that somebody has to win. It's possible that both teams could be declared losers due to a murderous robot outbreak on the field that renders both teams unable to actually win the lacrosse game due to massive casualties, but the reality is that either the Griffs or Jaspers are going to earn a victory on March 14th, potentially giving one of these two teams their first victory of the season.
- Sacred Heart at Dartmouth: Again: The great thing about the Division I lacrosse schedule is that it creates these moments of inevitability.
- Vermont at NJIT: It doesn't matter that NJIT is not eligible for Reverse Survivor in 2015 -- if the Catamounts top the Highlanders, Vermont will have a victory in its bag that allows the team to pull itself out of contention.
- Quinnipiac at Massachusetts: Things get dicey for the Minutemen if Massachusetts is unable to beat either Albany or Quinnipiac: After hosting the Bobcats, the Minutemen will face Penn State, Hofstra, Towson, and Fairfield in consecutive weeks. Massachusetts may be a victim of its own schedule.
1 New programs aren't eligible for Reverse Survivor. To include new programs in this competition misses the point as they're still learning how to get on and off the bus.