2015 Detroit Titans Lacrosse Schedule

After periodic checking by yours truly, the official Detroit lacrosse schedule has been posted on the UDM website. Right into the nitty-gritty:

Date Opponent Location
Feb. 7 Ohio State Home (Pontiac)
Feb. 14 Michigan Away (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Feb. 21 Robert Morris Home (Pontiac)
Feb. 27 Marquette Neutral (Louisville, Ky.)
March 1 Bellarmine Away (Louisville, Ky.)
March 10 Mercer Home (Pontiac)
March 14 Air Force Away (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
March 21 Quinnipiac Away (Hamden, Conn.)*
March 28 Manhattan Home*
April 4 Marist Away (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)*
April 11 Monmouth Home*
April 18 Siena Away (Loudonville, N.Y)*
April 25 Canisius Home*
May 1-3 MAAC Tournament Highest Seed*

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Thoughts on thoughts on thoughts:

  • Starting at the end, because it’s not opposite day: Even if the Titans are the top seed in the league the MAAC website says “Highest Seeded Full MAAC Member” which implies that no associate members (Titans are the only non-full member in the league) can host. It makes sense geographically – basically all the other schools are a drive from each other, while UDM is a flight or long-ass bus ride for all – but stinks for the Titans’ purposes.
  • The way the schedule sets up with with six straight league games to end the season, all non-conference home games will be at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, and all MAAC home games will be at Titan Field. It’ll be in interesting transition of sorts, but one the Titans are used to – usually with a bit less defined a line, to be fair.
  • The non-conference slate includes winnable contests (Marquette, though UDM has had fits even in the first few years of the Golden Eagles’ program, Michigan, Robert Morris, Mercer) and some that will be tougher to win. A nice test, though for low-major lacrosse programs in the MAAC, it’s all about setting up for a conference run to get into the NCAA Tournament. This schedule sets the Titans up to do that as well as possible.
  • In the league, the two toughest tests in Siena and Marist are on the road, then the next two, Canisius and Quinnipiac, are a home/road split. Monmouth and Manhattan are both at UDM. Sweep the home games, do what you can on the road, and Detroit should have a good shot to make the MAAC Tournament even if the team isn’t much better than last year’s (another post for another day). In a seven-team league, three outfits will miss the championships, and if Manhattan and Monmouth are probably 6-7, beating out one of the other pair is the path, and Detroit has the schedule to be able to do it.

Going 3-4 in the non-conference and taking care of business in the league (a 4-2 or 3-3 mark) seems most likely at this point. That would be a solid season, and a nice debut for new head coach Chris Kolon. Better than that, and it’s clear that the coaching change on The Mile is one that worked out.

There is some significant unknown with the coaching change. Though there’s stability that comes with promoting from within, a new man in charge is a change nonetheless. The Titans have been building as a mid-major program in the past few seasons with positive blips (taking Notre Dame to the brink after winning the MAAC a couple years ago) and some negative. This schedule provides the opportunity to maintain consistency there, and the Titans have a chance to move up the pecking order a bit, as well.

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2 Responses to 2015 Detroit Titans Lacrosse Schedule

  1. DCLaxFan says:

    The non-conference part of the schedule is tough, but I give UD kudos for scheduling it. For the first 7 games, I see UD going 2-5 but maybe just 1-6. As to “winnable” games, I admit that Michigan is winnable in the sense that it’s an early season game and UD has a chance as opposed to the Ohio State and Air Force games. But if Gerald Logan returns healthy and back to form, I see Michigan as a four goal favorite.

    • AndyD says:

      I think everyone assumes Michigan will pass them, and they should. The question is how quickly. All three of their games, including the one that was cut short by weather, have been close and competitive. At some point UM will pull away. Just not sure yet if that point has arrived already. Plus D1 lacrosse game can always be competitive to some degree even if the games seem mismatched (UM – Cornell, UM – Fairfield, UDM – ND, UDM – OSU).

      Detroit has a very good goalie themselves. He can keep them in a lot of games even if everything else is going poorly. If you’re close down the wire, anything can happen. I think 5 of those first 7 seven games could easily go either way.

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