Back on Thursday, Marquette men’s lacrosse announced the full slate of games for the upcoming 2020 season. The spring regular season schedule will be MU’s first under the guidance of new head coach Andrew Stimmel.
But, if we’re being honest about it, it looks an awful lot like the schedules that former head coach Joe Amplo had set up for his teams over the past few years. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Of course, five games of the 14 game schedule are Big East games. Marquette will host Georgetown, Villanova, and Providence while going on the road to see St. John’s and Denver. Of course those games look familiar.
In the other nine games... well, let’s put it this way. In the other nine games on the schedule, Marquette has an all-time record of 17-24. That’s 41 games out of Marquette’s 105 games in program history, and 41 of the 74 non-Big East regular season games! Very familiar names abound all over the place on the schedule, as the only new opponent for Marquette this season is Drexel.
After a fall exhibition with High Point, and spring preseason exhibitions with Ohio State and Johns Hopkins, Marquette will officially open the Andrew Stimmel era on February 1, 2020, with a road trip to Cleveland State. The Golden Eagles will play every Saturday from there on out, and will only play on Saturday with two exceptions. They return home after Cleveland State to host Bellarmine and Jacksonville. After that is a pair of road games against Detroit-Mercy and Drexel to round out February.
March opens with a home game against Robert Morris and then MU gets in one more road non-con game before league play starts when they visit Michigan on March 14th. Home dates with Georgetown and Villanova round out March, and a trip to St. John’s starts off April.
From there, it’s back home for the only mid-week game of the season this year. It’s apparently up in the air whether Notre Dame comes to Milwaukee on either Tuesday, April 7th or Wednesday, April 8th. It’ll be a quick turnaround, but one in Milwaukee, for the Golden Eagles as they host Providence the following Saturday for their final home game of the year.
As is now tradition for Marquette, even with a new head coach, the season closes with Notre Dame, Duke, and Denver in three of the final four games of the year. On one hand, it’s great to have the recurring non-conference games against high quality teams on the schedule like that. On the other hand, it’s like sticking your hand into a woodchipper no matter how well your season is going. April 18th means a trip to Durham to see the Blue Devils, and then MU’s other non-Saturday game wraps up the regular season in Colorado against Denver.
Hopefully, Marquette will have earned a Big East tournament berth at that point. However, that means going back the other way across the country for the Big East semifinals in Rhode Island on April 30th, just six days after facing the Pioneers.
Here’s the full schedule, but be forewarned: We’re still missing a lot of start times.
2020 Marquette Men’s Lacrosse Schedule
|Sat., Feb. 1||at Cleveland State||TBD|
|Sat., Feb. 8||Bellarmine||Noon|
|Sat., Feb. 15||Jacksonville||Noon|
|Sat., Feb. 22||at Detroit||TBD|
|Sat., Feb. 29||at Drexel||TBD|
|Sat., Mar. 7||Robert Morris||11:00 AM|
|Sat., Mar. 14||at Michigan||TBD|
|Sat., Mar. 21||Georgetown||Noon|
|Sat., Mar. 28||Villanova||TBD|
|Sat., Apr. 4||at St. John's||TBD|
|Tues/Wed April 7/8||Notre Dame||TBD|
|Sat., Apr. 11||Providence||Noon|
|Sat., Apr. 18||at Duke||TBD|
|Fri., Apr. 24||at Denver||TBD|