What We’re Watching

Syracuse vs Virginia

(Saturday at Noon on ESPNU)

This is the game that is circled on all lacrosse fan’s calendars. In 2019, fast risk taking lacrosse can be seen being played by teams all over the country, but for decades Syracuse vs Virginia was the gold standard for how run and gun fast paced lacrosse should be played. There is bad blood in this rivalry and the players will be itching to have their names included amongst the greats who have played in these games before them. Cuse’s Brendan Curry, Bradley Voigt, and Drake Porter will square off against Virginia’s Michael Kraus, Ryan Conrad, and Dox Aitken on ESPNU at Noon on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.

Princeton vs Johns Hopkins

(Saturday at Noon on ESPN+)

Two of the oldest and most historic teams in college lacrosse meet once again in a battle of blue blood programs that have a history of playing close physical games against each other. The teams have traded wins in recent years, but always seem to play like its a playoff game. The Blue Jays and Tigers will meet for the first time in the shot clock era at Princeton’s 1952 Stadium.

Denver vs North Carolina

(Saturday at 10 am on Watch ESPN)

This is a rivalry that has picked up steam in recent years as Denver ended North Carolina’s season for three straight years in the playoffs from 2012 to 2014 and they have traded wins in the regular season the past few seasons. Both teams are coming off of one goal losses and will be fired up to try and get a big Top 20 win in this meeting of East vs West lacrosse. The game is also being played at UNC’s Kenan Stadium which saw them play a muddy game against Hopkins last weekend. With more rain coming this week in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels might have the advantage over the Pioneers if this turns into another slugfest in the mud.

Cornell vs Albany

(Saturday at 3 PM on ESPN+)

This matchup of New York teams features Cornell who is looking to stay unbeaten and Albany who is getting back on track after an early season loss to Syracuse. Cornell’s Jeff Teat and Albany’s Tehoka Nanticoke are some of college lacrosse’s most well known players and for good reason. If you can’t watch the game on ESPN+ Saturday at least check out the highlights afterwards because these are two special players who have make some jaw dropping plays.

Canisius vs Air Force

(Saturday at 7 PM on gogriffs.com)

As a Canisius lacrosse alumni, of course I’m including this game as well. This is a huge game for both teams as Air Force tries to bounce back after a loss last weekend and Canisius will try to get their third win of the season in their first home game back at the Demske Sports Complex. Canisius vs Air Force is always a gritty game usually played out in Colorado, but this season the Falcons will journey to Sunny Buffalo to face the Griffs.

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