It’s mostly exactly what you’d expect for Marquette lacrosse here in year seven of the program: Five Big East games, with three of them on the road, and eight familiar names on the non-conference slate, including Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Duke. In fact, the only new name on the regular season schedule is Cleveland State. 2017 was the Vikings’ first season in Division 1, and given their relative distance to Milwaukee, it just makes sense that they make the trip west in early March.
There are a couple of twists in the schedule this season. While Marquette will still play Bellarmine, Ohio State, and Detroit, there is no Midwest Lacrosse Classic this year. Bellarmine and Detroit will both come to Milwaukee this season, while MU will head down to Dallas to play the Buckeyes on the campus of SMU. Why? Because why not? I’m honestly kind of surprised that the game isn’t at The Star. In addition to that trip to Texas, Marquette will also be headed to Long Island to play Duke on a neutral site in Bethpage. There’s nothing in the press release that explains why for sure, but I presume it has something to do with Marquette head coach Joe Amplo and Duke head coach John Danowski’s connections to Hofstra.
It’s going to be a challenging schedule as per usual for Marquette. Three Big East teams — Denver, Georgetown, and Villanova — all qualified for the NCAA tournament last year, as did Notre Dame, Duke, and Robert Morris. Marquette will play just one of those teams at home this season, so the Golden Eagles are going to have to go through a few trials if they want to make it back to the national championship tournament after missing out in 2018. You can tell that Amplo wants his team to be ready for those challenges by setting up preseason exhibitions against Maryland Terrapins and Johns Hopkins, both of whom were top five seeds in last year’s NCAA tourney.
The good news is that Marquette has lost just one starter from last year’s squad that finished 6-8. The Golden Eagles had to fight through a giant pile of injuries that cost them manpower all over the field all season long in 2018. If they’re healthy in 2019, it could be a return to form for a program that’s been on the rise.
Here’s the full schedule:
2019 Marquette Men’s Lacrosse Schedule
|Sat., Feb. 9||Bellarmine|
|Fri., Feb. 15||at Jacksonville|
|Sat., Feb. 23||Detroit|
|Sat., Mar. 2||vs Ohio State (at SMU)|
|Sat., Mar. 9||Cleveland State|
|Sat., Mar. 12||at Robert Morris|
|Sat., Mar. 16||Michigan|
|Sat., Mar. 23||at Georgetown|
|Sat., Mar. 30||at Villanova|
|Sat., Apr. 6||St. John's|
|Wed., Apr. 10||at Notre Dame|
|Sat., Apr. 13||at Providence|
|Sat., Apr. 20||vs Duke (in Bethpage, NY)|
|Sat., Apr. 27||Denver|