ALBANY — The UAlbany men’s lacrosse team has been waiting for a Vermont rematch since March 13.
They’ll have to wait longer.
The Great Danes were scheduled to play at Vermont on Friday, but the game was postponed “due to COVID-19 protocols” at Vermont, the Catamounts’ athletic department announced.
The America East had reserved Wednesdays in April as make-up dates, which means that if the rematch happens, it likely would be on April 28 in Burlington.
Vermont beat UAlbany 14-12 on March 13 at Fallon Field, and the Great Danes have been hungry to take another crack at the Catamounts.
“We wanted to get them back,” sophomore attack Graydon Hogg said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to play them again, and we’ll just have to wait a little bit. It’s tough, because we were ready to go, but that’s just life right now.”
“The whole team was looking forward to it,” senior midfielder Kyle Casey said. “It’s a little punch in the mouth, losing to them by two. Right after that game, we were looking forward to the next time we were going to play them, so this is a tough one, but I think we’ll be able to re-schedule them.”
Head coach Scott Marr had planned to give the team the weekend off, anyway, and much of the roster and coaches had planned a golf outing Saturday afternoon.
With no game on Friday, the Great Danes probably will play an intrasquad scrimmage.
“It’s certainly a letdown,” Marr said. “We were excited to get to another game, and I think we’re playing well, we’re getting healthy. Obviously, it’s out of our control, but as a league, when we made the schedule back in January, the premise was if there was anything canceled, we would use Wednesdays in April as makeup dates for anything like this that would happen.
“This being the first hiccup, it’s certainly disappointing, but it’s a good reminder to our guys that we have to stay in our bubble and control what we can control, making sure we’re wearing our masks and not going out and laying low to stay healthy.”
At 4-2 in the America East, UAlbany is tied with UMBC in second place, behind Vermont and Stony Brook, both 5-1.
Besides the Vermont game, the Great Danes have NJIT and Hartford remaining on the regular-season schedule.