What We’re Watching: NLL & College March Madness Begins

It’s March and college basketball fans are getting ready for madness, but lacrosse fans are right in the thick of lacrosse’s own chaos going on every week from the pros to college.

This weekend is highlighted by Syracuse vs Hopkins and it will also be one of the last big slates of non-conference games as teams prepare to begin conference play in the next few weeks. The playoff race is heating up in the NLL as every game has some impact on the who’s in and who’s out from now on.

Here are the college and NLL games we’re excited to tune in to this weekend.

Friday 3/6

#9 Penn (1-2) vs #14 Villanova (3-2)
Watch on ESPN+ at 7:30 pm ET

These two teams have had the toughest early season schedules in all of Division 1. Penn is the best 1-2 team in the country and have been finding success all without Sam Handley. Villanova has found their identity after stumbling out of the gate to Penn State and Yale. It could take overtime to settle this one.

Saturday 3/7

#10 Notre Dame (2-1) vs #17 Denver (3-2)
Watch on ACC Network at 12 pm ET

When the Irish and Pios play each other there’s no doubt it’s going to be a barn burner. 2020’s meeting will likely be even more fierce as both teams are coming off of embarrassing losses that have sent them plummeting in the Top 20. They are going to be playing angry and will be taking it out on eachother.

Denver’s Jack Hannah leads them in scoring and will not back down against Notre Dame’s tough defense.

#3 Princeton (4-0) vs Rutgers (2-3)
Watch on ESPN+ at 1 pm ET

The Mike Sowers revenge tour continues as the Tigers are hell bent on making the NCAA playoffs, but they cannot take Rutgers lightly as this game has upset alert all over it. The Scarlet Knight played 1 goal games against very good Stony Brook and Loyola squads. If they can limit Sowers and keep the game close then they have a chance to shock the lacrosse world.

Philadelphia Wings (7-5) vs New England Black Wolves (7-3)
Watch on B/R Live at 1 pm ET

The Wings and Black Wolves do not like each other and this game is sure to get nasty as these East Division rivals try to get an edge on one another. Philly has lost two in a row. New England has won three in a row. Can the Wings bring a halt to the Black Wolves win streak?

Johns Hopkins (1-3) vs #1 Syracuse (4-0)
Watch on ESPN3 at 1 pm ET

Hopkins vs Syracuse is the most iconic rivalry in college lacrosse. The Orange are the #1 team in the land while the Jays are having an uncharacteristic season as they sit at 1-3, but none of that matters when these two teams meet. This game transcends records and rankings. Get ready for another classic Cuse vs Hop game at Homewood Field.

Who will walk away with the win this time?

NLL Game of the Week: New York Riptide (1-10) vs Georgia Swarm (6-4)
Watch for Free on B/R Live, Facebook, and Twitter at 7:30 pm

The Riptide’s only win of the season came against the Swarm and you can bet Georgia is still sour from it. The Swarm cannot afford to let it happen again as they are in a tight race for a playoff spot.

Saskatchewan Rush (6-3) vs Vancouver Warriors (4-8)
Watch on B/R Live at 8 pm ET

Hockey Hero David Ayers will be in the building at Sasktel Centre for this important West Division matchup if either team needs an emergency backup goalie. This will be a big one for both teams as the Rush look to keep their top spot in the West, while the Warriors need to string together some wins to keep their postseason hopes alive.

San Diego Seals (5-6) vs Rochester Knighthawks (2-8)
Watch on B/R Live at 10:30 pm ET

The Knighthawks make their first stop of their western road trip in San Diego where they will have to go up against a Seals team that is starting to hit their stride with the injection of Austin Staats back into their lineup. Rookie goalie Rylan Hartley has given the K-Hawks some life and he will need to have another stellar performance for them to escape with a win.

Sunday 3/8

#8 Virginia (4-1) vs Brown (2-2)
Watch on ESPN+ at 12 pm ET

This game is on upset watch as Brown is another Ivy League team that is ready for a big season. Both their losses came by 1 goal to Stony Brook and Providence who are 5-1 and 4-1 respectively. The Wahoos will have to bring their A game to avoid the upset.

#5 Cornell (4-0) vs #2 Penn State (4-1)
Watch on Lax Sports Network at 4 pm ET

Drop everything you’re doing at 4 pm on Saturday and watch this game. Some of the best offensive players in college history will be going head to head in a game that could break the scoreboard. It will be the Jeff Teat, Grant Ament, and Mac O’Keefe show on LSN at the Crown Classic in Charlotte.

Halifax Thunderbirds (7-4) vs Buffalo Bandits (7-3)
Watch on B/R Live at 3 pm ET

The T-Birds and Bandits will meet for the second game in a row, but this time the T-Birds will have their barnfull of new fans to give them a boost. This will be a crucial North Division battle for playoff positioning.

Halifax is ready to get back on track at home.

Toronto Rock (7-3) vs Calgary Roughnecks (4-5)
Watch on B/R Live at 3 pm ET

The Rock have quieted any doubters who thought they would struggle without Tom Schreiber, Adam Jones, and Dan Dawson as they sit tied for 1st in the North Division. Calgary has a sour taste in their mouth after losing to San Diego last week on a tough no goal call. Anytime these Canadian rivals meet fans will be in for a fast and physical show.

Georgia Swarm (6-4) vs Philadelphia Wings (7-5)
Watch on B/R Live at 4 pm ET

Both teams are playing games on Saturday and depending on those results this will be a crucial game for each in the East Division standings. The Swarm got the better of Philly 12-11 back in January.

Colorado Mammoth (6-6) vs Rochester Knighthawks (2-8)
Watch on B/R Live at 8 pm ET

The Mammoth will catch the K-Hawks on the second game of their western road trip, but if they don’t come out ready to play this hungry Rochester squad will take advantage. The Mammoth are on a two game win streak after a rough patch a month ago.

What’s the biggest game of the weekend? What other games should we tune in to?

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