The 2013 lacrosse season officially kicked off a new season off on Feb. 2, but this weekend will feature 17 games to get things really going in the lacrosse world. One of the highlighted games this weekend includes a matchup of No. 4 Duke hosting No. 8 Denver on Saturday. John Danowski’s Blue Devils return eight starters and 31 letterwinners from last season’s ACC championship squad. Duke also advanced to the 2012 NCAA semifinals, before falling to national runner-up, Maryland. The Denver Pioneers may have a tough time replacing last season’s leading scorer, Mark Matthews, but senior Eric Law will look to fill part of the void. He recorded 26 goals and 16 assists last season.
A High Point in lacrosse
Feb. 2 marked an important day for High Point, as it played its first men’s lacrosse game when the Panthers faced Delaware in front of a crowd of 2,004. With 2013 marking the first year the school will sponsor the sport, there will be plenty of “firsts” for the program. Perhaps one of the highlights was the first goal scored by redshirt freshman Brendan Montrello.
Keeping the streak alive
Senior attack Garrett Thul enters Saturday’s 2013 opener against No. 12 UMass with the longest goal-scoring streak in the nation at 39 games. The streak began on April 3, 2010, and Thul has scored at least one goal in every game since.
Featured TV Game of the Week
Siena travels to No. 6 Johns Hopkins on Saturday in a match televised on ESPNU at 5 p.m.. The squads are meeting for the fifth time in a series that dates back to 2009. All five meetings have taken place at Homewood Field in Baltimore, with the Blue Jays owning a 4-1 edge. Johns Hopkins returns four players who earned All-America honors last season in seniors Tucker Durkin, Pierce Bassett, John Ranagan and Rob Guida. Siena, the pre-season favorite to win the MAAC, returns Danny Martinsen who was a first team All-MAAC selection last season.