HUGE day today, as we have thirty games on the docket. So get your comfy sweatpants on and find the number of your favorite pizza spot, as today’s going to be a long one.
You can find today’s Big Board directly below. Clicking on the team name will take you to that team’s homepage. Clicking on the Stream cell will take you to the broadcast of that game, while the Live Stats cell will take you to the live stats of that game. Almost every game today is going to be available via stream or on tv. Without further ado, let’s go to the Big Board!!
College Crosse Big Board For February 17, 2018.
(Ed. Note: For entertainment and informational purposes only! #WeDoNotEndorseGambling!!)
Games To Watch
Hopkins vs. Loyola: This is the 55th meeting between Hopkins & Loyola (JHU leads the series 48-6) and this game is usually one of the more entertaining games of the year. Last year’s edition did not disappoint, as Joel Tinney won it in OT off of a fake flip. It was a truly glorious play. I expect today’s game to be another nail-biter.
Drexel vs. UVA: While this series leans heavily towards UVA, this game tends to be very close and fun to watch. Today’s game is in Philly and Drexel always has a great crowd on hand for the Cavs. I think UVA should win this one, but this has the potential for a really fun game.
Army vs. Rutgers: This is lowkey the best game of the day. Not many people know it, but the Army vs. Rutgers series has a ton of history behind it, as this is the 81st meeting between the two (Army leads 56-23-1). Rutgers has won the last two games in the series and three out of the last four, but this Army team looks legit and they are playing at home today.
Yale vs. Villanova: This game is being played in Texas (#GrowTheGame) and will be aired on Lax Sports Net. This will be Yale’s first game of the season and it’s certainly no cake walk. Villanova already has a big win this year after beating Penn State to start off their season. The Wildcats would love to add another major non-conference win to their resume by taking down the Bull Dogs today.
Game Of The Day
Syracuse vs. Albany: We’ve been waiting all offseason for this one. The Orange vs. the Great Danes should be the best game today. It features two top 10 teams and plenty of offensive firepower. The key for Albany is finishing the game, as they have been close to winning a couple game versus Syracuse the last few years, but they rarely ever finish them off. Indeed, while Syracuse owns a 15-1 advantage in this series, four of the last-six games have been decided by two goals or less, three by one goal, and two in overtime. I expect this to be another tight one and I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes into OT.
Canisius men’s lacrosse starts a new era Saturday. The Golden Griffins play Dartmouth on the road at 1 p.m., the first game under head coach Mark Miyashita.
It’ll be strange for many to see anyone but Randy Mearns directing the Golden Griffin sideline. The Canisius alum left his alma mater in June after 19 years as the head coach to build a new program at St. Bonaventure.
Like Mearns, Miyashita was a star on the field for Canisius. He ranks in the top ten in program history in assists and points and top 15 in goals. He was the first pick in the 2003 National Lacrosse League Draft and went on to play five seasons in the league with Vancouver, Colorado and Minnesota.
He’s spent the past four years as an assistant coach with Sacred Heart, helping the Pioneers build an offense ranked second in the Northeast Conference.
Expectations aren’t high in his inaugural campaign on Main Street. Canisius was picked sixth in the seven-team Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, only ahead of Manhattan. However, with a talent like Connor Kearnan, there’s always a chance to surprise. The junior attackman was the MAAC’s co-Offensive Player of the Year last season, totaling 35 goals and 24 assists in 15 games. He’s a first-team All-MAAC preseason member and was Inside Lacrosse’s MAAC Player of the Year favorite in its Faceoff Yearbook issue.
Song Of The Day
Lose your first game of the season last weekend? It’s all good! Just shake it off!