University of Denver men’s lacrosse head coach Bill Tierney announced today that the Pioneers will play the Cornell University Big Red on Tuesday, March 20 at Hofstra’s James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. Opening face-off is slated for 2 p.m. MT.
“The goal for the University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse program is to play the best schedule and against the best teams available,” Coach Tierney said. “Cornell University has one of the most storied programs in the country and its 2012 team will offer the Pioneers a huge challenge, but one we look forward to. When Coach DeLuca provided us the opportunity to compete with Cornell over spring break, on Long Island, we could not pass it up. The NCAA rewards strength of schedule greatly and with the addition of the Big Red and their outstanding group of players, we have made our schedule even stronger. Our ECAC slate and non-league games against Duke, Notre Dame and now Cornell provides our young men with one of the most challenging schedules in the country.”
Since 1999, the Pioneers have only faced Cornell once, falling 20-7 to the Big Red on March 18, 2008. Cornell returns 24 letterwinners, including seven starters from last year’s squad that went 14-3, a perfect 6-0 in the Ivy League and reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
The Pioneers have also moved their game with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from Sunday, March 18 to Saturday, March 17 in South Bend, Ind. Game time is slated for 11 a.m. MT.