With the winter season wrapping up, Salisbury University is approaching the modified 2021 Fall/Spring season.
Like the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the fall and spring teams have adjusted to the current environment of college sports. With a lack of competing teams in the area, some sports have had to play a shortened schedule and see opponents multiple times on the schedule.
Listed below are brief recaps of the schedule announcements for some of the varsity teams that will soon begin competition.
Note: According to several releases, no decision has been made surrounding spectators for the fall and spring sports. To see the full schedules for Salisbury's varsity sports, visit https://www.suseagulls.com
The top-ranked men’s lacrosse team will play 13 games this season, four of which coming against teams in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Preseason Top 25.
After two road games to start the year, the men’s lacrosse squad will pitch their tents in Sea Gull Stadium for a five-game home stretch from March 16 to April 7.
The second game of the home stand features a rematch against Cabrini University, whom Salisbury faced in the 2019 NCAA semifinal.
There will also be a Coast-To-Coast Athletic Conference Tournament beginning on May 3 with the top seed as the host. The NCAA Tournament begins on May 12.
For seventh-ranked SU women’s lacrosse, there are 11 scheduled competitions. They also face four teams listed in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Preseason Top 25.
The team starts its season on the road against Shenandoah on Feb. 27, with another away contest vs. Rowan coming on March 3.
The Gulls make their home debut three days later when they host Washington College on March 6, the start of a four-game home stand.
The women’s lacrosse team will finish the regular season with three straight away games. The C2C Tournament is scheduled to start on April 24, and the NCAA Tournament is listed to begin on May 8.
On Friday, officials from the New Jersey Athletic Conference announced its plans for the football teams of its member schools on Friday.
Under the new format, the conference will split into North and South divisions to provide competition for student-athletes during the month of March.
Kean, Montclair State and William Paterson will belong to the new North Division and CNU, Salisbury and Wesley will make up the South.
According to the release, each team will play one game against its divisional opponents and one game against a cross-divisional opponents. Only games against in-division opponents will count in conference standings.
The football team is scheduled to play a scrimmage on March 7, followed by three regular-season competitions.
SU football opens the regular season on the road with the final installment of the Route 13 Rivalry game with Wesley on March 13. They will play back-to-back home games against Christopher Newport on March 21 and Kean on March 28.
Teams will compete for divisional championships, all-conference honors and league awards at the end of the season.
The ninth-ranked SU baseball team announced its 2021 slate on Wednesday.
The Gulls open the year with a road contest against Virginia Wesleyan on March 3. Two days later, they begin a five-game home stretch in which they will play Cortland State twice on back-to-back days, a double-header against Rowan as well as single contests against Virginia Wesleyan and Penn State-Albington.
SU baseball will also have a five-game road stretch from April 23 to May 1. The team closes the year with three straight home games, two of which will be against Southern Virginia.
According to the schedule release, announcements about potential C2C and NCAA Tournaments will be made at a later date.
Lacey Lord’s first year in charge of fifth-ranked SU softball includes 28 competitions, including six games against teams in the top five of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Preseason Top 25.
The team starts the 2021 season facing Virginia Wesleyan, Pfeiffer and CNU on the road. On March 13, they return home for the annual home tournament in which they will play six games in three days.
Following the home stand, Salisbury hits the road on March 27 for a trip featuring games against Catholic, Mary Washington and Wesley. The season wraps up with visits from Christopher Newport and Southern Virginia.
The C2C will have a three-day tournament hosted by Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tournament starts on May 6, with the NCAA tournament beginning on May 13 and the College World Series starting on May 27 in Salem, Virginia.
By NICK LEWIS
Staff photo by Brad Boardman.