Colgate Lacrosse Names Captains, Announces 2013 Schedule

How does the Patriot League prepare its teams for postseason play?

Murphy: "We've got a great schedule and a killer league, but the league sets you up for a chance to play in the NCAA tournament with our automatic qualifier. The quality of teams in our league, as well as a good out of conference schedule, also gives you a chance to compete for an at-large bid. We were a perfect example of that last year."

"Navy was in the NCAA championship game against Syracuse in 2004 (lost 14-13). An Army team I was fortunate enough to coach beat Syracuse in the first round of 2010. Bucknell had Virginia on the ropes a couple of years ago in the first round. Our Colgate team beat Massachusetts last year in the first round to advance to the quarterfinals. And the fact is Lehigh was close to beating Maryland in the first round last year and could have made it to the quarters as well.

"Our league itself is really making headway nationally. The league is always improving. Our league schedule as well as our non-conference schedule is going to be a great test for our team."

Let's go through that schedule. What are the positives to your early-season games?

Murphy: "The positives or negatives, depending on your point of view are we open with an NCAA tournament-caliber team in Bryant. They won the NEC championship in 2012 and could have been in the NCAA tournament last year. They are a tough, physical team and they gave us everything we could handle in 2012. Peter McMahon, Colin Dunster and Kevin Massa are three of their best. And we did not have to face all-everything defender Mason Poli, who is force with the ball in his stick.

"And it's a great chance to get into the New England area as we go up to Vermont and Dartmouth in consecutive weekends two great teams with in area that we recruit heavily. That will be a tough road for us, travelling to New England back-to-back-to-back. The Vermont game has been a close one the last few years, and Dartmouth has historically had our number and proved to be the better team in 2012."

Describe the special nature of Cornell returning to the slate.

Murphy: "Cornell Lacrosse is what we strive to be. The Big Red are the model program tough, skilled, well-coached and super-talented.

"Cornell finished 2012 in an unfamiliar fashion and will be hungry for redemption. They bring back Rob Pannell for a fifth season, as well as a high-powered offense that features Matt Donovan, Steve Mock, Connor English just to name a few. The defense is outstanding. It is no surprise they are the Ivy League preseason No. 1 team.

"It's an Upstate New York rivalry between Colgate and Cornell, and we're excited to get that game back on the schedule."

What tests do your mid-week games against regional rivals Hobart and Binghamton bring?

Murphy: "We've got a good mix of regional games in Cornell, Hobart and Binghamton. It gives us a chance to be in our local area, Central New York, playing in front of some local talent. We've got some local talent coming in during the next couple of recruiting classes, which we're excited about.

"The game against Hobart is a nice rivalry we've started with those guys. We will need to be focused, as we have to travel to Geneva and play in the afternoon during classes.

"Binghamton was a young team last year and we had some success against them, but those young players are now veterans. Michael Antinozzi, Tyler Perrelle and J.T. Hauck are dynamic players and will again be key players for them."

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