Coast Guard Academy Announces 2012 Schedule

New London, Conn Coast Guard Academy has announced its schedule for the 2012 season. It includes eight regular season games and a spring break trip to Florida to face several out of conference teams, including Elon, Emory, Palm Beach Atlantic and Grand Valley State all perennial fixtures at the top of their conferences and in the MCLA D-II Top 25.

The Bears will open up the 2012 season on Saturday, February 25th down the road against the Owls of Southern Connecticut State University in a 1:00 PM game. Next they travel to Southeast Florida for the Sailfish Shootout hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic University. The Sailfish have invited a number of Top 25 programs to participate in their annual event.

The Bears weekend will begin on Friday, March 2nd at 7:00 PM vs. the host Sailfish. In addition to the games on tap, Saturday, March 3rd will begin with a Diversity Open House that will include a clinic for the West Palm Beach U.S. Lacrosse BRIDGE (Building Relationships to Initiate Diversity Growth and Enrichment) affiliate, a Coast Guard recruiting and information booth and, weather permitting, a fly-in and static display by a Coast Guard helicopter and other Coast Guard assets.

This will be followed by a contest between Coast Guard and Elon University at 4:00 pm. March 4th matches Emory University with the Coast Guard Academy at 1:00 pm. On Tuesday (Monday is a rest day), March 6th, Coast Guard will face-off against Grand Valley State at 4:00 pm.

Nine days later – on March 16th, the Bears return to New England and the friendly confines of Cadet Memorial Field for their home opener against Bridgewater State at 7:00 PM. Pre-game activities will also include the traditional goal-flag ceremony commemorating Coast Guard Academy graduates and lacrosse players lost on operational missions. Two tribute flags will be attached to the goals and displayed at every home game throughout the season.

Next up for the Bears is a two-game road stretch against the preseason PCLL favorite Bulldogs of Briarcliffe College and the University of New Haven Chargers on March 22 and 28 respectively. Briarcliffe finished ranked No. 7 in the MCLA D-II national standings after winning the conference last season and making a good showing at the National Tournament in Denver.

From there, the Bears will enjoy a short home stand beginning March 30 at 7:00 PM with a rare mid-season out of conference matchup against the Carnegie Mellon Tartans of the CCLA D-II East. One week later on April 5th, the Bears will host the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State University in a 7:00 PM contest under the lights.

On April 15th, the Bears will travel to Easton, MA to face the Stonehill College Skyhawks in a game has become a heated PCLL rivalry. In 2009, Stonehill handed the Bears a tough 12-11 loss in a four-overtime thriller at Cadet Memorial Field. In 2010, the Bears avenged that loss coming behind from four goals down for their own 12-11 victory.

In their final two regular season conference games, the Bears will face off against the Engineers of Worcester Polytechnic Institute at Cadet Memorial Field on the 20th of April at 7:00 PM before hosting the University of Maine Orono Black Bears in the season finale at 7:00 PM on April 27th. It will be an intense year for the Coast Guard Academy Men’s Lacrosse program and one in which the team will be tested physically, mentally and emotionally. A key determinant of the Bear’s success will be the ability to develop team chemistry while continuing to push each other to improve.

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