Lehigh finished up releasing their schedule on Twitter today, making them the ninth team to release their 2017 schedule so far. Lehigh’s schedule is pretty much the same as last year’s except with two new teams added to the mix, including a trip to face the Tar Heels in North Carolina.
The Mountain Hawks didn’t announce their scrimmages when unveiling their regular season schedule (we’ll let you know who they scrimmage when the team announces it), but they start their season at home against NJIT on February 4. A week later, Lehigh travels to Jacksonville to take on John Galloway’s Dolphins in the first ever meeting between the two teams. Kevin Cassese’s gang then makes a trip to Chapel Hill to take on the defending National Champion Tar Heels on the 18th, before they open Patriot League play on the 25th at Holy Cross.
The Mountain Hawks conclude a four-game road trip on March 4 as they take on Colgate in Hamilton, New York. Lehigh hosts Army West Point on March 11 in their first home game in 35 days before heading back on the road three days later to play Stony Brook. The annual Lehigh-Lafayette rivalry game is set for March 18 in Bethlehem, and the Mountain Hawks end the month of March on the road against Navy on March 25.
Boston University makes an appearance in the Lehigh Valley on April 1, which could be a huge Patriot League showdown that affects the Patriot League tournament. The Mountain Hawks travel to Baltimore to take on defending Patriot League champion Loyola on the 8th. Last year, the Greyhounds edged the Mountain Hawks, 11-10, at Ulrich Sports Complex. Lehigh and Princeton square off once again at Lehigh on April 11, followed by a road game against Cornell on the 15th to complete the back-to-back Ivy League portion of the season. Lehigh’s regular season finale is at home on the 21st as they host Bucknell.
Lehigh has some shoes to fill everywhere, as they lose Billy Oppenheimer and Reid Weber on offense, along with Casey Eidenshink and Tripp Telesco on defense. The Mountain Hawks went to Penn to take on St. Joe’s and Syracuse about a week ago, and hope that a young nucleus, led by senior attackman Matt Raposo and sophomores Tristan Rai and Andrew Pettit, along with defenseman Eddie Bouhall and LSM Craig Chick, can help them go far in the Patriot League tournament in 2017.
Here’s who released their schedules so far: