What We’re Watching April 1 – April 7

It is the first week of April and we have found our way to the third month of the college lacrosse season. Things are heating up around the country as the fight to make the playoffs will make these next few weeks of lacrosse the most exciting yet. From rivalry games to conference showdowns, this week has no shortage of dramatic storylines across Division 1, 2, and 3 lacrosse. Here are the games we cannot wait to watch this week.

Tuesday 4/2

#11 Syracuse vs #20 Hobart
Watch on HWS All-Access 7 PM

This season’s battle for the Kraus-Simmons trophy will have extra implications as these Upstate rivals are both ranked in the Top 20. Syracuse has won 30 of the 33 Kraus-Simmons trophy games, but Hobart has been impressive this season and could surprise the Orange on Tuesday night in Geneva, NY.

If you have some time to kill, watch the likes of the Gait Brothers, Matt Kerwick, Coach Simmons Jr., Dave Urick, and other lacrosse legends duke it out in the 1989 game between these two teams when Syracuse was the reigning D1 National Champions and Hobart was still a D3 team and also the reigning D3 National Champion. They still played each other every year despite being in different divisions. They will meet again on the same field 30 years later in one of college lacrosse’s most storied rivalries.

Saturday 4/6

#2 Loyola vs #15 Lehigh
Watch on CBS Sports Network at 11 AM

Loyola has been on a tear starting 3-0 in the Patriot League, but now face a Lehigh squad that is already 5-0 in Patriot League play and will be eager to give the Greyhounds their first loss in conference.

#8 Duke vs #7 Notre Dame
Watch on ESPNU at 12 PM

Notre Dame is coming off a dominant win over Syracuse and Duke is still looking for its first ACC win. These two powerhouse teams should put on a show on national TV as players like Notre Dame’s Bryan Costabile are scoring highlight reel goals left and right.

#14 High Point vs Air Force
Watch on ESPN+ at 12 PM

High Point was riding high early on in the season with some big upsets, but has been snapped back to reality with their recent loss to SoCon rival Jacksonville. Air Force sits atop the SoCon at 3-0 and will have to get through a dangerous Panthers team to stay there.

#4 Virginia vs #19 North Carolina
Watch on Watch ESPN at 1 PM

Both of these ACC foes remain undefeated in conference play and are coming off of big wins so we should have a classic grudge match between these two rivals on our hands in Chapel Hill.

Johns Hopkins vs #18 Rutgers
Watch on ESPNU at 2 PM

Hopkins has new life now that they are in Big Ten play and can revive their season if they string together conference wins. Rutgers will be feeling good as they just knocked off the last undefeated team in the country, Ohio State, last weekend.

Canisius vs Quinnipiac
Watch on ESPN3 at 3 PM

Canisius could upset the balance of the MAAC by knocking off Quinnipiac who sits at 3-0 in conference play. The Griffs beat the Bobcats in overtime in the MAAC Semifinals last season so tensions will be high, which should make for an exciting chippy lacrosse game. Watch this game for a change of pace from the usual games between Top 20 teams every weekend.

#13 Denver vs Villanova
Watch on CBS Sports Network at 5 PM

Villanova could sneak up on Denver if they are not careful as the Wildcats will be looking to get ahead of Denver early in the Big East.

Sunday 4/7

#1 Penn State vs #9 Ohio State
Watch on Big Ten Network at 7 PM

What is usually a huge college football matchup will find its way to the lacrosse field as two of the best teams in the country will battle for a crucial Big Ten win. The Buckeyes need to recover after suffering their first loss of the season and the Nittany Lions have reclaimed the #1 spot after toppling Maryland.

Division 2 Game of the Week

#16 Rockhurst vs #19 Maryville
Watch on GLVC Sports Network at 1 PM on Saturday 4/6

Maryville’s Lucas Shafer leads all of D2 in scoring with 63 points on the year and is a must watch player. Rockhurst is having a solid season and looking to make a push to the playoffs. This should be an exciting game showcasing some less known D2 programs. Maryville has some serious offensive talent with a penchant for scoring highlight reel goals.

Division 3 Game of the Week

#2 Amherst vs #7 Wesleyan
Watch on Northeast Sports Network on Wednesday 4/3 at 6 PM

Wesleyan, the defending D3 national champions, will take on a talented and gritty Amherst squad led by their leading scorer and Tewaaraton Watch List member Evan Wolf. Amherst is undefeated and Wesleyan would love to move up the rankings and be the first to hand the Mammoths their first loss. This D3 game will feature some of the best players in the country at any level truly playing for the love of the game.

What college lacrosse games will you be watching this week?

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