We already know Syracuse lacrosse will be there for your Classic, no matter where or just how classic it might be. It turns out the Orange have another rule as well. We only play away games in stadiums that seat 70,000 people.
You know, just in case.
The full Syracuse lacrosse schedule was released today and the Orange will play three regular season games inside NFL stadiums. So much for the quaint, smalltown delight of ropes being ripped, eh?
When the team isn’t home it will play in some of the finest pro football stadiums in the nation. Three of its six away games are scheduled for NFL venues. The team will make appearances at M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens), New Meadowlands Stadium (New York Giants and Jets) and Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots). In addition, the Orange will visit Rentschler Field, home of University of Connecticut football team.
After exhibiton tilts against Lemoyne, Hofstra and Maryland, the Orange open the season against the up and coming Denver Pioneers. That's game one in a three-game homestand that also includes the team that ended our previous season...Army as well as mighty Virginia.
Then it's off to Maryland for our first of three "Classic" matches, this one against Georgetown. Then back to the Dome for Albany and Hopkins.
The Orange then begin a three-game road swing that includes a trip to Villanova, a bigtime showdown against defending champs Duke in East Rutherford and then a game against old timey rival Princeton.
SU then returns home to face Cornell before heading to Foxboro and Gilette Stadium to take on Providence. Then back to the Dome for Hobart, followed by a trip to UConn to play Rutgers (what?).
The season wraps up with home tilts against Notre Dame and St. John's.
At first glance, I like this schedule. This is a good schedule. Hooray for scheduling. Virginia at home. Hopkins at home. Cornell at home. Notre Dame at home. Georgetown and Duke on neutral fields. The toughest road test seems to be Princeton and they haven't been what they were. All in all, no reason we can put together a fantastic record.
I also love the way SU is attacking the perceived Big East problem. As the game grows, Syracuse needs to be at the forefront of that growth and if that means playing Providence in a giant, cavernous stadium instead of whatever parking lot they play in, that's a smart move. Expect to see this a lot moving forward as the Orange try to avoid playing road games next to parking structures.
Check out the full schedule here.