Central Connecticut head lacrosse coach Kelly Nangle has announced the Blue Devils' 2013 schedule, which features seven home games at the newly expanded Arute Field. The Blue Devils have 17 games on the schedule, including a full slate of Northeast Conference contests, and the NEC Tournament will begin April 26, with the championship game on April 28.
"We are very excited for our 2013 schedule," said Nangle, the 2012 NEC Coach of the Year. "We have added a lot of quality teams that are going to challenge us. We are excited to get going and play against some great competition."
The Blue Devils open the season on February 22, at Lafayette and then play their home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Central will host Stony Brook at 4 p.m. in the opener at the newly expanded Arute Field.
The Stony Brook game will open a stretch of four games, including three home games, in 10 days for the Blue Devils. On March 2, Central will travel to Villanova for its third non-conference game of the season. On March 6, CCSU will host Siena and then two days later Longwood will visit Arute Field. The Siena and Longwood contests will start at 4 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.
A trip to LaSalle on March 16, and a visit to Manhattan College on March 19, will be the final two games before the NEC slate begins with a trip to Saint Francis (PA) and Robert Morris on March 22 and 24.
Home conference games will begin the following weekend when intrastate rivals Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac visit New Britain. The Sacred Heart game will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 28, and the Quinnipiac game will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.
April will bring NEC road games at Bryant on the 5th, at Wagner on the 12th, and at LIU Brooklyn on the 14th.
The Blue Devils will play their final non-conference game of the season on April 17, at Holy Cross. That game is currently schedule for 7 p.m.
Central will close out the regular season by hosting Mount St. Mary's and Monmouth on April 19, and 21, respectively. The Mount St. Mary's game will be played at 4 p.m. and the Monmouth game will start at noon.
The Blue Devils finished the 2012 season with a 7-9 record, which tied the program mark for wins in a season. In NEC play CCSU finished 5-4, which set a new program record for conference wins.
*Game times subject to change