Robert Morris Lacrosse Schedule More Home-Friendly in 2013

Moon Township, Pa. November 27, 2012 Robert Morris University head coach Andrew McMinn announced the Colonials' 2013 schedule Tuesday, a slate that will see the Colonials play eight home games one year after RMU had nine regular-season games away from home.

RMU will play a full Northeast Conference (NEC) schedule for the third-consecutive season, but the 2013 campaign will be a significant one for all league schools as it represents the first time that the NEC's tournament champion will claim an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Robert Morris will have a complete reversal from 2012 this coming year as it will play four consecutive home games to start the year compared with a season ago when the Colonials started out with four straight games outside of Pennsylvania.

The opening quartet of games, the first three of which are in February, will present an interesting dichotomy. The Colonials are 8-1 all-time in program history when playing at home in the month of February, but only one of their first four opponents had a losing record on the road last year.

Robert Morris' 2013 season opener will double as its home opener, marking just the third time RMU has opened a campaign at home and the first such occurrence since 2008.

RMU will open its ninth season of Division I lacrosse Saturday, Feb. 9, against Bellarmine at Noon. It will be the sixth straight year that the Colonials and Knights have met and the eighth overall match-up between the schools.

The Colonials will then host UMBC for the first time in program history Feb. 16. RMU took down the Retrievers, a program which has made four of the past seven NCAA Tournaments, in the inaugural meeting last year in Baltimore, 10-8.

One week later, Robert Morris will continue the homestand by hosting Detroit Feb. 23 at Noon. It will be the fourth meeting in the past five years between the schools. The Colonials could be challenged in keeping possession during the game as the Titans led the nation in caused turnovers per game (10.47) one year ago.

Robert Morris will conclude the quartet of contests at Joe Walton Stadium by facing former Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) foe Drexel Saturday, March 2, for the first time since 2009. The Dragons will be the first of three opponents that RMU will play that finished the 2012 season in the national rankings.

RMU's first road contest of 2013 will also represent its only game of the season against a first-time opponent. The Colonials will play in the state of New Hampshire for the first time ever as they take on Dartmouth Saturday, March 9. It will also represent Robert Morris' first game against an Ivy League opponent since it played Penn in 2007.

After making the trek back from New England, RMU will have a tough turnaround as it will then head to Florida for an early mid-week game. The Colonials will play at Jacksonville Tuesday, March 12, as RMU meets the Dolphins for the third time in four years.

RMU will then play its third game within a one week span as it hosts Hobart Saturday, March 16, in its final non-conference home contest. The Statesmen will present a challenge to Robert Morris' offensive attack as they led the nation in saves per game (14.08) during the 2012 season.

The Colonials will play their final non-conference contest against a Big East foe at a neutral venue. RMU will face St. John's Saturday, March 23, at Malvern Preparatory School in the outskirts of Philadelphia. The Red Storm had a banner year in 2012 as they upset Notre Dame to advance to their first Big East championship, finished the year nationally ranked and posted the most wins since St. John's reinstated its men's lacrosse program. It will be the third overall meeting between the Colonials and Red Storm, but first since 2006, with all of the match-ups coming at a neutral site.

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