MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota's men's lacrosse team will be competing in a new league in 2017 and the Gophers will have a strong schedule to announce their arrival.
Minnesota will play in the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) in '17 after previously being a founding member of the Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference (UMLC). As such, they will have six new conference opponents on the schedule, headlined by five-time CCLA champion Michigan State.
The non-conference slate features a blend of former and local rivals along with several national powers. The early-March sojourn to Colorado to face the Buffaloes and Colorado State is the premier non-league encounters, but Indiana and Boston College also have MCLA tournament aspirations.
With the demise of UMLC Division I last year, the Gophers operated essentially as an independet, posting an 8-5 record, which included a one-goal road loss to eventual national runner-up Cal Poly.
2017 Minnesota Men's Lacrosse Schedule
|Feb. 3||MSU-MANKATO||8 p.m.|
|Feb. 10||IOWA STATE||8 p.m.|
|Feb. 11||WESTERN MICHIGAN *||1 p.m.|
|Feb. 12||KANSAS||11 a.m.|
|Feb. 18||WINONA STATE||1 p.m.|
|Feb. 24||at Michigan State *||2:45 p.m.|
|Feb. 25||vs. Oakland (at East Lansing, Mich.) *||TBA|
|Feb. 26||vs. Indiana (at East Lansing, Mich.)||10 a.m.|
|March 3||at Colorado||7 p.m.|
|March 5||at Colorado State||1 p.m.|
|March 31||CENTRAL MICHIGAN *||7 p.m.|
|April 2||IOWA||1 p.m.|
|April 8||vs. Boston College (at Buffalo, N.Y.)||2 p.m.|
|April 9||at Pittsburgh *||1 p.m.|
|April 15||ST. THOMAS||3 p.m.|
|April 16||DAVENPORT *||1 p.m.|
|April 28-29||CCLA Tournament (at TBA)|
|May 8-13||MCLA National Championships|
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* - indicates CCLA contest