ROCK HILL, SC – Winthrop lacrosse head coach John Sung has announced a challenging 17-game schedule for his second-year Eagle squad in 2014.
The 2014 slate includes nine home matches at Eagle field and eight road contests.
Winthrop is coming off an inaugural NCAA season where the Eagles went 9-8 overall, totaling the most wins by a first-year program. The Eagles went 3-4 in conference, finishing fifth.
“This is a substantially harder schedule than we played last year,” Sung said. “We have four teams on our schedule that went to the NCAA Tournament last season. Our expectations are higher for year two and in order for us to grow we must play stiffer competition.”
The Eagles will open their second season of NCAA collegiate competition on Sunday, February 9 at The Ohio State University.
Winthrop will open its home schedule at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 14 against San Diego State. The Eagles will also host non-conference opponents St. Francis (March 5), Cincinnati (March 7), Denver (March 17) and Jacksonville (March 29).
The Eagles will be on the road for non-conference contests against George Mason (Feb. 23), Florida (March 12), Michigan (March 20) and Marquette (March 23).
The conference slate for the Eagles will start on Friday, April 4 when Winthrop travels to 2013 regular season champion Davidson for a 7 p.m. match. The Eagles will also travel to Campbell (April 11) and Liberty (April 25).
Winthrop will host Longwood on Sunday, April 6 to open home conference play. The Eagles will also host defending tournament champion High Point (April 13), Coastal Carolina (April 19) and Presbyterian (April 27).
The 2014 conference tournament has been expanded from its inception last year. This season all eight teams will qualify for the tournament. The top four seeds will host quarterfinal matches Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The semi-finals and championship will be hosted by the regular season champion on Friday, May 2 and Sunday, May 4.