UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond Spiders men’s lacrosse team announced its 2014 schedule on Wednesday. The 14-game slate includes six home games at Robins Stadium as part of the inaugural D-I season for the program.
"We could not be more excited for our inaugural season to soon be upon us," head coach Dan Chemotti remarked. "We have an exciting league schedule, we welcome some challenging out of conference contests, and obviously opening up against perennial power Virginia is going to be a bear, but will generate a lot of electricity in the region and what better way to officially introduce the city of Richmond to Division I lacrosse. I know our team, university, and fans are ecstatic for that game as well as the rest of our home slate. "
After a pair of scrimmages against Randolph-Macon (Jan. 25) and Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 1), the regular season gets underway with the first home game in program history against perennial ACC power Virginia on February 8. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. start at Robins Stadium.
Richmond then hosts Hartford at 1 p.m. on February 15 before hitting the road for a pair of games. The Spiders open Atlantic Sun conference play against Mercer on February 22 at 12 PM before heading to face UMBC on March 1 at 1 p.m.
On March 4, Richmond returns to Robins Stadium to host Holy Cross at 4 p.m. before going on the road for its next three games – Vermont (March 8), Saint Joseph’s (March 15) and Rutgers (March 17).
The Spiders come back to Robins Stadium on March 21 when the hosts Wagner for the first night men’s lacrosse game at 8 p.m. Richmond then hits the road for a pair of games, going against Bryant (March 29) and Furman (April 5).
Richmond finishes its 2014 slate with two of its final three games at home. The Spiders host A-Sun foe High Point at 1 p.m. on April 12 before wrapping up the home portion of the schedule against Jacksonville at 12:30 p.m. on April 20.
The Spiders conclude the regular season against in-state rival VMI on April 26 in Lexington. The 2014 A-Sun Tournament is scheduled for May 1-3 at sites determined by conference seeding.
"Part of the focus in putting the 2014 schedule together was to play games in areas where Richmond has always had a strong identity, ie. New York, Philadelphia, and the entire Mid-Atlantic," Chemotti said. "In addition, our Atlantic Sun schedule allows us to expand our reputation into areas that are growing hotbeds in our sport. We are also excited to be playing in two charity events this season on neutral ground. Our game against Bryant on Long Island and against Vermont in Durham are both events that will benefit the Lead The Way Fund."