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Patriot League announces plans for its spring schedule

BETHLEHEM — The Patriot League has announced a plan for league schedules for baseball, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and volleyball during the 2021 spring semester. League play will be contingent on the league and its member institutions being able to conduct competitions in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff members and their communities.

In addition to the nine sport spring schedules, the Patriot League has plans to host championships for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, women’s rowing, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s and women’s tennis. Competitive opportunities will also be available for men’s and women’s indoor track and field.

Scheduling for field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball will be limited to league-only contests. Non-league scheduling for baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and softball can proceed per institutional discretion. League institutions are responsible for setting regular-season schedules for cross country, golf, rowing, swimming and diving and indoor and outdoor track and field. Opponents must follow comparable health and safety protocols.

Consistent with the prioritization of health and safety, the 2020-21 schedule format features a significant reduction in travel and overnight stays. No teams will be permitted to fly to games. Instead of the league’s traditional formats, teams will play an increased number of games against League opponents in closer geographic proximity.

The Patriot League office will announce detailed league schedules at a later date.

BASEBALL

The Patriot League’s six baseball programs will be split into two three-team divisions for the 30-game League schedule in 2021. Army West Point, Holy Cross and Lafayette will play in the North Division, while Bucknell, Lehigh and Navy will play in the South Division. Teams will play divisional 18 games while facing non-divisional competition 12 times.

The season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, March 13, with regular-season play running through Sunday, May 9.

CROSS COUNTRY

The 2021 Patriot League men’s and women’s cross spring country championships are planned for Friday, March 5, at Lafayette’s Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex.

FIELD HOCKEY

The Patriot League’s seven field hockey programs will play a six-game league-only schedule beginning on Sunday, March 7. The conclusion of the regular season is slated for Sunday, April 18. The 2021 Patriot League sprin field hockey championship begins with semifinal-round action on Thursday, April 22, followed by the championship game on Saturday, April 24.

FOOTBALL

The Patriot League’s half dozen football teams will be split into two three-team divisions for the 2021 spring season. Colgate, Fordham and Holy Cross will play in the North Division. Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh will play in the South Division. Teams will play each divisional opponent once with two non-divisional games.

The League schedule is set to begin on Saturday, March 13, and conclude on Saturday, April 17, with a championship game between the two division winners.

MEN’S/WOMEN’S GOLF

The 2021 Patriot League men’s golf championship will be hosted by Navy at the U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club. The championship dates are still to be determined.

The 2021 Patriot League women’s golf championship will be hosted by Lehigh at Saucon Valley Country Club. The championship dates are still to be determined.

MEN’S LACROSSE

The Patriot League’s nine men’s lacrosse programs will be split into two divisions for the 2021 season. Army West Point, Boston University, Colgate and Holy Cross will play in the North Division, and Bucknell, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola Maryland and Navy will play in the South Division. Teams will play each divisional opponent at least once with limited games against non-divisional opponents.

The league schedule is set to begin on Saturday, March 6, concluding on Saturday, April 24.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

The Patriot League’s 10 women’s lacrosse programs will be split into two five-team divisions for the 2021 season. Army West Point, Boston University, Colgate, Holy Cross and Lafayette will play in the North Division. American, Bucknell, Lehigh, Loyola Maryland and Navy will play in the South Division. Teams will play each divisional opponent at least once with limited games against non-divisional opponents.

The League schedule is set to begin on Saturday, March 6, and conclude on Saturday, April 24.

WOMEN’S ROWING

The 2021 Patriot League rowing championship is scheduled to begin on Friday, May 14 at Cooper River in New Jersey.

MEN’S/WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Patriot League’s 10 men’s and women’s soccer teams will be divided into two five-team divisions for the 2021 spring season. Army West Point, Boston University, Colgate, Holy Cross and Lafayette will play in the North Division. American, Bucknell, Lehigh, Loyola Maryland and Navy will play in the South Division. They’re the same divisions for both men’s and women’s. Teams will play each divisional opponent at least once.

The league schedule is set to begin on Saturday, Feb. 27, and conclude on Saturday, April 10. The championship dates are still to be determined.

SOFTBALL

The seven Patriot League softball programs will play a 24-game round-robin league schedule beginning on Saturday, March 27. Each team is scheduled to play every League opponent four times, with the regular-season coming to a close on Sunday, May 9.

The 2021 Patriot League Softball Championship is expected to be a four-team, double-elimination format beginning on Thursday, May 13, and concluding on Saturday, May 15.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING

The 2021 Patriot League Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships are scheduled for four days, beginning on Wednesday, April 21, and competing through Saturday, April 24.

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

The Patriot League’s men’s and women’s indoor track and field programs will compete in the Patriot League Challenge at four different sites on either Saturday, Feb. 27 or Sunday, Feb. 28. Lehigh will travel to Army West Point. Boston University will welcome Holy Cross. Bucknell will host Colgate and Lafayette. American and Loyola Maryland will compete at Navy.

OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

The 2021 Patriot League men’s and women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships are planned for two days, beginning on Friday, April 30 and concluding on Saturday, May 1. Army West Point is scheduled to host the championship.

MEN’S TENNIS

The 2021 Patriot League Men’s Tennis Championship is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 22, with competition concluding on Sunday, April 25 at Lehigh University.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

The 2021 Patriot League women’s tennis championship is scheduled to begin Thursday, April 29 and finish Sunday, May 2. The U.S. Naval Academy is the scheduled host for the championship.

VOLLEYBALL

The Patriot League’s nine women’s volleyball programs will play a 10-match, League-only schedule beginning on Friday, Feb. 19. Teams will play five home and five road contests during the regular season, scheduled to conclude on Sunday, March 28.

The top four teams will qualify for the 2021 Patriot League Spring Volleyball Championship with semifinal-round action set for Friday, April 2. The League championship game is planned for Saturday, April 3.

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