Gameday! Winter Weather, Big CAA Games, Big East Top Dogs Square Off



Jaclyn Borowski / US Lacrosse

    Friday was looking to be a slow day in the DI landscape as there were no game originally scheduled for today. Well, we have some winter weather that is going to hit the eastern part of the country.
So, there were games moved from Saturday to Friday. We actually have some pretty good games today. A few games on the docket today could possible be previews of a few conference championships.

Delaware vs UMass

   The UMass Minutemen are riding a five game winning streak into Newark, DE. Also, Coach Canella just reached his 200th career win after they defeated Delaware last week. So, the Minutemen are at a all time high this season. Delaware just recently ended a five game losing streak with their win over Fairfield last week. Coach DeLuca had this Delaware team looking very good in the early part of the season but seemed to drop off in March. In all this game can go either way. This is a very important conference game for both teams. UMass and Delaware are both currently 1-0 in conference play along with Hofstra. So, one team will get their first conference here and drop. No matter what I expect both of these teams to be in the CAA tournament. Today's game should be a good preview of a potential CAA tournament game. 

Hofstra vs Fairfield

   The Hofstra Pride will welcome the Stags of Fairfield to Hempstead for a CAA conference match up. Hofstra has had a little bit of a bumpy season. They started off 0-2 and then went on a four game win streak. Last week the snapped a two game losing streak as they beat Towson. Fairfield come into this game wanting to better their season. This season has not been the best for the Stags by far. They are 3-8 overall as of right now. I know most people had higher expectations for Fairfield coming into this year. In conference Hofstra is 1-0 and Fairfield is 0-1. So, this game will still be very important for both teams to get a win and better their conference record.

Just FYI, Hofstra will be wearing their ugly military appreciation uniforms


Towson vs Drexel

   These two teams are closer this year than I ever remember. Towson has really struggled this year after making it to Championship Weekend last year. I am pretty sure that most Towson fans have already jumped off a bridge by now. That is how bad this team looks compared to lat year. Also, Towson released earlier this week that two of their best players were suspended. Drexel has had a better season than I expected. Drexel has beaten some teams that most would have have expect them to beat. They really have had a good season. Now, both teams are 0-1 in the CAA so you know this will be a competitive game. I really feel that this game could go either way. This is another big CAA game. Really every game counts in the CAA because of how many teams could possibly win the conference.

UMBC vs Albany

   No disrespect to Coach Moran and his UMBC Retrievers but do I even need to preview this game at all. Albany is the hottest team in the country and UMBC is at the bottom of the America East. I really think Albany is going to roll straight through UMBC. The Dane train is alive and well, even if they will be missing Connor Fields to a MCL strain. UMBC has some young talent and I really do think that they will be good over the next few years but this is Albany's year.

Villanova vs Denver

   What a game this will be. The two top teams in the Big East will be going head to head in the Philly suburbs on a Friday night. Denver comes in the favorite but Villanova is just as good. This may be Villanova's year to win the Big East. Denver has had a good year, but they have relied on Trevor Baptieste for pretty much everything.  He has scored goals and become the all-time NCAA leader in faceoffs. That is very impressive but Denver needs more than that to beat Villlanova. Villanova has beaten some really good teams. Also, John Kluh will be back for this game and that should boost them even more. This is obviously the headliner game today and we can all see why. This may be the best game of the week. Also, this game could decide a lot in the Big East. 

This news applies to the Towson vs Drexel and UMBC vs Albany Game 
   *Note: This tweet was sent before the schedule changes




Friday, April 8th
7:00 PM
Delaware 
UMass
Friday, April 8th
7:00 PM
Hofstra
Fairfield
Friday, April 8th
7:00 PM
Towson
Drexel
$$$
Friday, April 8th
7:00 PM
UMBC
Albany
Friday, April 8th
7:00 PM
Villanova
Denver



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