Men’s lacrosse announces 2021 schedule; includes five ranked opponents

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Men’s lacrosse announced their schedule for this season. Photo Credit: Megan Frey

By Jonathan Hanna, Editor-in-Chief

After a 2020 season that was cut short due to COVID-19, the Robert Morris men’s lacrosse team announced a 12-game schedule for the 2021 season; playing as an independent for their first season outside the NEC.

To start off the season, the Colonials will host the no. 7 ranked (Division II) Seton Hill Griffins in a scrimmage on February 1. The Colonials and Griffins have a history, as they have scrimmaged against each other every year since 2014.

After that, the Colonials start a tough three-game road trip, by their first game of the season, against no. 8 ranked Duke on February 7. Robert Morris will then stay in North Carolina to take on High Point on February 13, before traveling back up to the Keystone State to visit the No. 20 ranked Bucknell Bison on February 20 in Lewisburg.

Following three straight road matchups, the Colonials will head back to the confines of Joe Walton Stadium as they host Bellarmine on February 23, for one of two home matches of the season. Next, Robert Morris faces yet another ranked opponent as they travel to South Bend, Indiana to face the no. 14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on February 27.

After that, the Colonials will visit Air Force on March 13 and no. 11 Virginia on March 20 before battling the Jacksonville Dolphins at Manchester Meadows Stadium in Rock Hill, South Carolina on April 3. This will mark the second consecutive season the Colonials and Dolphins have played at a neutral site.

Robert Morris heads back home on April 10 to host Cleveland State; another team in the Horizon League for most sports, but independent in lacrosse; for their final home game of the season.

The Colonials close out the season with away matches against no. 2 Cornell on April 17, Richmond on April 24, and finally a trip out to Salt Lake City, Utah for a matchup against current Colonial Jimmy Perkins’ former team, the Utah Utes, on May 1.

Before COVID-19 cut short the 2020 season, the Colonials were sitting at 4-2 overall, including wins over Marquette, Detroit Mercy, High Point, and Canisius.

This season, the Colonials return seventh-year attackman Jimmy Perkins, who transferred back following two seasons with Utah. Also returning is last year’s leading scorer Austin Popovich (28 points in 6 games), and Corson Kealey, who is one year removed from a 52 goal, 62 point season.