NCAA Fallball Preview: Kicks off This Weekend

Alex Urquhart

                Once again school has started and the NCAA teams have come together for their individual fallball practices and scrimmages and games. Right out of the gate we have already had one team become ineligible for fall games, Cornell.

One of the biggest fallball competitions this fall are the games at SUNY- Cortland this coming weekend. Both team Israel and the Iroquois Nationals will be playing each other along with Syracuse, who is taking Cornell’s place in the games. Israel and the Iroquois will play each other on September 28 at 8 pm. Then on Sunday 29 both teams will play Syracuse at 11 and 12 respectively.

The big Midwest tournament will be in Kenosha, WI. The Lake Front Classic will have Carthage, the perennial power in the Midwest for D3, St. Thomas, the two- time defending MCLA champions, and Illinois. The tournament coincides with the big Minnesota tournament, The Hotdish. Both occur over the first weekend of October.

Over the same weekend Team USA will be splitting into two teams to take on Loyola and Towson in Alexandria, VA. They will be playing in the Play For Parkinson’s Series at Coxe and Hummel Universities. Also playing in the series will be Air Force and Richmond, who is going into its first year as a Division 1 team.

Along with the Play For Parkinson’s Series the Nicholas Colleluori Fall Classic will be taking place in Folsom, PA. Hofstra, St. Joeseph’s, Villanova, VMI, Lafayette, Binghamton, and Monmouth will be taking each other on while a number of Division 2 and Division 3 teams, that include Dowling and Chestnut Hill, will duke it out.

On October 13 the Midwest will have another big fallball tournament in Chesterland, OH. The Spielman Breast Cancer Foundation games will Division 1 Detroit taking on the best Division 2 and 3 teams from Ohio and the surrounding states. Along with Detroit, powerhouses like Ohio Wesleyan, Wooster, and Kenyon will all play.

The fall for lacrosse is one of the most exciting times to watch college and high school lacrosse. Teams from every level get the chance to show what they can do against teams they don’t normally play against. It is also a time to see what teams may be able to bring in the spring.