As usual, there are literally hundreds of games that I can’t wait to watch this season, but given the limited game schedules released so far, there are a few of the 2022 lacrosse games I’m eagerly anticipating.
2022 Lacrosse Games I Can’t Wait To See
Coach Chazz Woodson’s Debut
After COVID-19 cancelled the 2021 season, we will finally get to see the Hampton Pirates team led by head coach Chazz Woodson in 2022. Woodson has been very busy building the foundation set by Lloyd Carter and has made sure that anyone and everyone who will listen knows about his vision for Hampton. We even spoke with him in great detail about it on a podcast last year.
Hampton takes on DIII powerhouse Christopher Newport to start the 2022 lacrosse season, and I have no expectations other than to see two inspired programs in that game on Feb. 5.
The Return of Ivy Lacrosse
As of publication, Feb. 19 will mark the beginning of the return of Ivy League lacrosse. So far, we know that we’ll see Georgetown-Penn, NJIT-Harvard, Quinnipiac-Brown, Albany-Cornell, Monmouth-Princeton, and Merrimack-Dartmouth (still waiting for Yale). It’s been literally years since we’ve had an Ivy League championship, and lacrosse isn’t the same without them.
Of all of the above matchups, I’m most looking forward to Albany-Cornell and Georgetown-Penn as they should provide some seriously competitive matchups.
Syracuse-Johns Hopkins Men’s
On March 13, a legend returns home.
Two seasons removed from behind the head coach at Hopkins, Dave Pietramala will return to Homewood Field, but this time as the Syracuse defensive coordinator.
While most of the talk will be about the return of Petro, this game will also serve as a big test for the completely-revamped ‘Cuse program.
ASUN in Action
April 2 will give us our first look at what the newly-formed ASUN Conference will look like. The matchups include Robert Morris-Detroit Mercy, Cleveland State-Bellarmine, and Utah-Air Force.
All of these teams have played each other in the past but not as conference foes. Additionally, we’ll get a better idea of what Utah looks like with former RMU head coach Andrew McMinn at the helm.