Leopards Travel to D.C. for Season Opener
Feb. 15, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette men’s lacrosse travels to Washington, D.C., Saturday afternoon to take on Georgetown in the Leopards’ season opener. The Leopards will be aiming to improve on last season’s 3-10 record. Lafayette was picked to finish seventh in the Patriot League Preseason Poll.
The Hoyas, selected fifth in the Big East Preseason Poll, will be led by a trio of seniors who were selected to the All-Big East Preseason Men’s Lacrosse Team. The Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse selected attackman Brian Casey in the 2013 Collegiate Draft. Casey led the Hoyas last season with 20 goals and 35 points. Classmates Dan McKinney (midfield) and Chris Nourse (defense) were also selected to the preseason team.
Lafayette and Georgetown will both start the season with new head coaches. The Leopards are coached by Jim Rogalski (St. Mary’s ’97), who spent the previous two seasons as the head coach at the University of Scranton. At Scranton, Rogalski put together back-to-back winning seasons with a record of 18-15. For Georgetown, Kevin Warne (Hofstra ’00) takes over the reigns after going 25-11 in two seasons at Maryland. While at Maryland, Warne guided the Terrapins to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament Championship Game.
Last season’s 8-5 loss to the Hoyas marked the first meeting between the two schools since 1994. Lafayette and Georgetown played each other for seven straight seasons starting in 1987. The Hoyas hold a 6-2 advantage over the Leopards all time.
The Lafayette Leopards will face three teams ranked in the Nike Division I Top 20 Poll, all from the Patriot League in Lehigh (10), Colgate (11) and Bucknell (18). Additionally, Colgate and Lehigh, along with non-conference opponent Stony Brook, made appearances in the NCAA Tournament last spring. The Leopards will take on Stony Brook in their home opener on Feb. 19, Bucknell on March 16 and Colgate on April 13, all on College Hill. Lafayette matches up with Lehigh in the regular season finale in Bethlehem on April 20.
Around the Patriot League
Lafayette and Holy Cross are the only two Patriot League teams yet to play a game this season. Bucknell, Colgate, Lehigh and Navy have all started the season with wins, while Army is 1-1 with the only loss for the League thus far.
Following the Georgetown game, the Leopards will host Stony Brook in their home opener, Feb 19. Lafayette will open Patriot League play with a trip to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy March 9.
For a positional breakdown of the 2012-13 men’s lacrosse team click here.