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Reverse Survivor: The Season Premiere

Every team has played at least one game. Some of them haven’t won yet.

Survivor Africa Finale

It’s back. With music?

Either way, 71 teams have played at least one game. So with that, the college lacrosse season is officially underway.

Which also means Reverse Survivor is back!

If you’re unfamiliar with the rules, it’s simple. If you don’t win a game, you’re still in the competition. Win and you’re out. It’s strange but, like The Hunger Games, people love it!

From the Reverse Survivor relics:

No team should exist on the fringe of consciousness simply due to the fact that it struggles to bag kills, and these teams need love -- the desire to watch them earn a victory against an opponent at the highest level of college lacrosse -- and attention. This isn’t about highlighting “bad” teams as much as it’s helping illustrate who you should be pulling for after your favorite team. These teams work as hard as the unbeatens and should have a place in your lacrosse soul.

This season, we begin with 20 teams*, which is a ton! But that number will certainly decrease within a few weeks, which will separate the pretenders from the contenders.

Let’s take a look at this year’s contestants:

Reverse Survivor 2018

Team Record Next Opponent Date Opponent After That Date
Team Record Next Opponent Date Opponent After That Date
Binghamton 0-2 vs. Canisius* 2/20 @ Marist* 2/25
Brown 0-1 @ Stony Brook* 2/24 vs. Rutgers 3/3
Canisius 0-1 @ Binghamton* 2/20 vs. Furman* 2/24
Cleveland State 0-4 @ Air Force 2/23 @ Denver 2/25
Cornell 0-1 vs. Hobart* 2/24 @ Albany 3/3
Drexel 0-1 @ Albany 2/24 @ Villanova 2/27
Furman 0-3 @ Canisius* 2/24 vs. Denver 3/3
Hartford 0-1 vs. Bryant 2/24 @ Fairfield 2/27
High Point 0-3 @ Virginia 2/20 @ St. John's 2/24
Hobart 0-2 @ Cornell* 2/24 vs. Binghamton* 3/3
Hofstra 0-1 vs. Villanova 2/24 @ Stony Brook* 2/27
Holy Cross 0-2 @ Harvard 2/20 @ Lehigh 2/24
Marist 0-4 vs. Binghamton* 2/25 @ Drexel* 3/3
Monmouth 0-1 @ Wagner 2/21 vs. Delaware 2/24
Mount St. Mary's 0-2 @ Richmond 2/20 vs. UMBC 2/23
NJIT 0-4 vs. VMI* 2/24 @ Quinnipiac 3/3
Saint Joseph's 0-1 @ Providence 2/24 vs. St. John's 3/7
Stony Brook 0-2 vs. Brown* 2/24 vs. Hofstra* 2/27
VMI 0-1 @ NJIT* 2/24 @ Mount St. Mary's* 3/3
Yale 0-1 vs. Michigan 2/24 @ UMass 2/27
*Games that could be elimination games if teams are still winless at time of game.

Last year’s champion, NJIT, is in there, as are a few surprising teams, such as Yale. Last year’s runner-up Siena won on Saturday.

But the current number of 20 will go down beginning tomorrow, when Binghamton plays Canisius. And it should go down more on Saturday as well.

*Hampton is also winless, but since they are still in a transition schedule that features many Division II and III schools, they will not be eligible for this season. To include a program that doesn’t play a full Division I schedule in this competition misses the point.