ALBANY — The UAlbany men’s lacrosse schedule experienced addition and subtraction this week.
That equals a 2021 season that now will open on Saturday, Feb. 27, at home against Colgate, instead of this Sunday on the road against Lehigh.
UAlbany and Lehigh mutually agreed to cancel the game because the Mountain Hawks were coming up short on players and practices.
“The decision was made due to too many unavailable players, due to COVID-19 protocols and injury, as well as limited practice time due to February weather,” said a short release on the Lehigh men’s lacrosse website.
As hungry as the Great Danes are to play a game, it wasn’t a terrible development for UAlbany, since they’re dealing with a rash of injuries themselves and get an extra week of practice to prepare for the season.
UAlbany had an open date next weekend that was filled when the Colgate game was finalized this week. It’s scheduled for noon at John Fallon Field.
“Our emotions have to be tempered a little bit in the sense of as we get closer to a game day and we feel like we’re really going to play for sure, but it’s like [associate athletic director] Cara White told me this afternoon, it’s not definite until you’re actually on the field of play,” UAlbany head coach Scott Marr said.
“I told them today we weren’t playing, and obviously there was a lot of disappointment. That’s the hard part. They do get excited, the energy level was really good at practice today for what we did. We just have to take what we can get when we get it.”
UAlbany will practice at Afrim’s Sports Dome in Latham on Thursday and Friday, since Fallon Field is frozen, Marr said.
“When we get on the field to play an actual game, I can’t imagine, our emotions will be probably greater than they would be for a normal game,” Marr said.
“We’ve got 10 guys who are banged up pretty good, so our numbers are down, too, to about 34. If we played Sunday in a real game, we’re talking about playing seven or eight freshmen who haven’t stepped on the field and have practiced maybe eight or nine times between last fall and this year. We would’ve been flying by the seat of our pants a little bit if we played this weekend.”