UMBC announced its men's lacrosse schedule this week, another tough slate of games against some of the top teams in the nation.
"We will play an extremely aggressive schedule in 2013," said UMBC coach Don Zimmerman in a press release from the school. "Playing five of our first six games on the road, including four games at Loyola, Fairfield, at Maryland and at Hopkins in 11 days, the Retrievers will no doubt be 'battle-tested' going into the always competitive America East Conference games beginning at Hartford on March 30."
The season starts with a road game at Robert Morris on Saturday, Feb. 16 before the Retrievers come back home a week later to take on Rutgers. Then the fun begins.
UMBC goes on the road to play national champion Loyola on Tuesday, Feb. 26 before going up to Fairfield that Saturday.
Things don't get any easier after that as UMBC goes down to College Park to take on Maryland on Wednesday, March 6. Two nights later, the Retrievers go to Johns Hopkins in a 5:30 p.m. game.
Loyola (No. 1), Maryland (No. 2), Johns Hopkins (No. 6) and Fairfield (No. 20) all are ranked in Inside Lacrosse's pre-season top 20 in men's lacrosse.
Then, five of their final eight regular-season games will be in Catonsville, but it's a very tough starting schedule.