Colgate Lacrosse Names Captains, Announces 2013 Schedule

What do you look for beginning the conference schedule against Holy Cross?

Murphy: "We're excited to open Patriot League play and the home portion of our schedule against Holy Cross. The game last year was good for us; we got a league win on the road at a tough venue to play in. They did a great job of testing us physically and I expect nothing less in 2013. They return some key guys and bring in a very good crop of young talent."

How did the game against Michigan come about and what does it mean to play them?

Murphy: "When Coach (John) Paul reached out to me, I was very excited. Fairfield going off our schedule was potentially going to cost us a trip down to the Tri-State area, where we have so many alums and I was finding it very difficult to find an opponent. The alumni and fan support we get when we visit the Tri-State area is fantastic and a thrill for our team.

"I'm expecting nothing less at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.

"We're excited for this opportunity to play in New York City at a facility like Citi Field, especially with so many of our alums in the area and a quality opponent in Michigan."

What are the positives of Michigan joining the varsity lacrosse ranks?

Murphy: "This is their second year on the Division I level. They had been an unbelievable club team for a long time. They won the MLCA (Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association) championship numerous times and John's done a great job along with his assistants of attracting quality talent. I know they will be a good test for us.

"Three or four years ago when I was a member of the Army staff, we went out to Ann Arbor and played them and it was a great atmosphere. They had a lot of great athletes on that Michigan team and they are attracting some big-name players, guys who had a lot of publicity coming out of high school.

"It's great for the sport having another Big Ten school to go along with Penn State and Ohio State. It's great for our sport. Obviously with the ever-changing landscape of college lacrosse and college sports in general, our hope is that more BCS-level football schools will add lacrosse."

One week later is another classic game in a big-league stadium, this time against a conference foe.

Murphy: "We're very fortunate to be asked to play in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic down in Ravens Stadium against the Naval Academy.

"It was a one-goal game up here last year and they came out on top, but it was a good gut-check for our guys as we continued in the Patriot League. Our team learned a lot about ourselves after the loss, and I think those lessons helped us realize what we needed to do to be successful moving forward.

"Any time you can play in an NFL-type arena or professional stadium, it's exciting for your guys. It also gives your team a chance to gain experience playing in that type of environment. If you're fortunate to make it to the NCAA tournament, those games are played in professional venues and you don't want the venue to be a distraction. The game itself is pressure packed.

"We have played some games in venues like Citi Field and M&T Bank, so I think our guys will be focused and treat it as a terrific experience."

Describe the Army game, having coached on both sides of the rivalry.

Murphy: "My being at the Academy for eight years is what it is. I enjoyed my time on the Banks of the Hudson. The most important thing is it's a league game and that is our focus.

"Coach (Jim) Nagle's teams in the past at Colgate had a lot of great games with the United States Military Academy. A lot of hard-fought Patriot League games have been played between Army and Colgate over the last 10 years. My hope is that our teams continue to play to the level of those that came before us.

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