WASHINGTON - The countdown has begun to the start of the 2017 American University women's lacrosse schedule, as released by Head Coach Emma Wallace on Monday, Jan. 16. The Eagles' season will begin on Feb. 15 and last into May with the Patriot League Tournament.
"I am very excited about our upcoming season," Wallace said. "Our schedule features three 2016 NCAA Tournament participants and two teams ranked in the top 20. We have some great competition that will showcase our talent as we push to return to the Patriot League postseason."
The Eagles will face some familiar foes during the nonconference slate to start the season, beginning with Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays bested AU on their home field last season, 16-10, and went on to close the season ranked 20th in the NCAA after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. American will look to avenge that early season loss during the Feb. 15 season opener at home.
From there the Eagles will look to repeat their 2016 win over Saint Joseph's with their first road game of the season on Feb. 18, followed by a pair of home games with UMBC (Feb. 22) and Drexel (Feb. 25).
AU will open March with a pair of road trips, traveling to Richmond on March 4 and Old Dominion on March 11. The Eagles will look for some redemption in both games, as they fell to Old Dominion, 7-6, and Richmond, 12-11 in double-overtime, last season. The Monarchs closed their 2016 season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Eagles will close their nonconference slate with a home contest against Central Connecticut State on March 15.
A road contest against Colgate on March 18 will open American's Patriot League schedule, followed by a pair of home games against Lehigh (March 25) and reigning Patriot League Champion, Loyola Maryland (March 29).
American will host Bucknell (April 8) and Army West Point (April 15) before closing its home schedule on April 22 against Holy Cross. The regular season schedule will come to an end the following week with a trip to Boston University on April 29. The Patriot League Tournament will begin on May 2.
For the latest on the Eagles, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.
Feb. 15 JOHNS HOPKINS 3 p.m.
Feb. 18 at Saint Joseph's Noon
Feb. 22 UMBC 3 p.m.
Feb. 25 DREXEL Noon
March 4 at Richmond 1 p.m.
March 11 at Old Dominion 1 p.m.
March 15 CENTRAL CONN. ST. 3 p.m.
March 18 at Colgate * 1 p.m.
March 25 LEHIGH * 1 p.m.
March 29 LOYOLA (MD.) * 3 p.m.
April 1 at Lafayette * 1 p.m.
April 8 BUCKNELL * 1 p.m.
April 15 ARMY WEST POINT * 1 p.m.
April 19 at Navy * 4 p.m.
April 22 HOLY CROSS * 1 p.m.
April 29 at Boston Univ. * 1 p.m.
May 2 Patriot League Quarterfinals
May 5 Patriot League Semifinals
May 7 Patriot League Championship
* - Patriot League contest
CAPS - Home game