Coast Guard Academy Lacrosse Releases 2013 Schedule

New London, Conn. The United States Coast Guard Academy has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2013 season. The schedule includes nine regular season games and a President's Weekend trip to face out of conference teams SCAD and Kennesaw State University both perennial fixtures at the top of their conference and in the MCLA D2 Top 25.

The Bear's season will start "fast and furious" as they will travel to Savannah, Georgia over President's Weekend for back to back games against tough squads. The Bears will face SCADon Saturday, February 16th at 7:00 PM and Kennesaw State University on Sunday, February 17that 3:00 PM. This will be the first-ever meeting between the Coast Guard Academy and preseason No. 7 SCAD. Coast Guard has faced preseason No. 16 Kennesaw State once during the 2011 Sailfish Shootout the Bears came away with an 11-7 victory.

Twelve days later on Friday, March 1st, the Bears return to New England, but hit the road to face the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State University in a 7:00 PM contest under the lights in New Britain. The Bears finally return to the friendly confines of Cadet MemorialStadium on Wednesday, March 20th for their home opener against PCLL D1 rival University of Rhode Island at 6:00 PM. Pre-game activities will also include the traditional goal-flag ceremony commemorating Coast Guard Academy graduates and lacrosse players lost on operational missions. Two tribute flags will be attached to the goals and displayed at every home game throughout the season.

Next up for the Bears is a two-game road stretch against the University of Maine Orono Black Bears and the Engineers of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Coast Guard will make the 350 mile trip to Orono, Maine for a contest on Sunday, March 24th at 11:30 AM at Morse Field at Harold Alfond Stadium. The following Friday, March 29th the Bears will face-off in Worcester, Mass. against WPI in a 7:00 PM match.

From there, the Bears will enjoy a short three game home stand beginning Friday, April 5th at 7:00 PM against the University of New Haven Chargers. Nine days later, on Sunday, April 14that 1:00 PM, the Bears face preseason No. 9 and PCLL favorite Briarcliffe College. Briarcliffe finished 2012 ranked No. 10 in the MCLA D2 national standings after winning the conference last season and traveling to the National Tournament in Greenville, SC. Coast Guard had two tough one goal losses to Briarcliffe last year 13-12 in the regular season match-up on Long Island and a 9-8 overtime thriller in the PCLL Conference Championship.

On Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 PM, the Bears will host the Stonehill College Skyhawks in a game has become a heated PCLL rivalry. In 2009, Stonehill handed the Bears a tough 12-11 loss in a four-overtime thriller at Cadet Memorial Field. In 2010, the Bears avenged that loss coming behind from four goals down for their own 12-11 victory. 2012 was no different as Stonehill knocked off Coast Guard 16-15 in the regular season only to have the Bears return the favor 20-12 in the PCLL Conference semifinals.

In their final two regular season conference games, the Bears will face off against the Bears ofBridgewater State University on the Sunday, April 21st at 2:00 PM before hosting the Southern Connecticut State University Owls in the season finale at 7:00 PM on Friday, April 26th.

It will be an intense year for the Coast Guard Academy Men's Lacrosse program and one in which the team will be tested physically, mentally and emotionally. A key determinant of the Bear's success will be the ability to develop team chemistry while continuing to push each other to improve.

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