Patriot League Announces Fall and Spring Sports Scheduling Formats for 2021

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Announcement of the Patriot League

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Patriot League has a plan of league schedules for baseball, field hockey, soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and Women’s football, softball and volleyball in the spring semester of 2021. Playing in the league depends on the league and its member institutions being able to conduct competitions in a way that will promote the health and safety of student athletes, coaches, staff and their communities protects.

In addition to the nine spring sports plans, the league plans to host championships for men and women cross country, men and women golf, men and women outdoor athletics, women rowing, men and women swimming and diving, and men and women tennis. Competitive opportunities will also be available for indoor athletics for men and women.

Timing for field hockey, soccer, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball will be limited to league-only competitions. Out-of-league scheduling for baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and softball is at the discretion of the institution. League institutions are responsible for setting the regular season schedules for cross-country skiing, golf, rowing, swimming and diving, as well as indoor and outdoor athletics. Opponents must follow similar health and safety protocols.

In line with the prioritization of health and safety, the 2020-21 timetable format shows a significant reduction in trips and overnight stays. No teams are allowed to fly to the games. Instead of the traditional formats of the league, the teams will play an increased number of games against league opponents in closer geographical proximity.

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

BASEBALL
The Patriot League’s six baseball programs will be split into two divisions with three teams for the 2021 30-game league plan. Army West Point, Holy Cross and Lafayette will play in the North Division, while Bucknell, Lehigh and Navy will play in the Division South. The teams will play 18 division games while competing 12 times against a non-division competition.

The season is scheduled to start on Saturday March 13th, with the regular season running until Sunday May 9th. The four-team Patriot League Baseball Championship 2021 begins on Saturday with the best-of-three semi-finals. May 15. The best-of-three championship series will take place on Friday, May 21st.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING FOR MEN AND WOMEN
The Men’s and Women’s Patriot League Cross Spring Country Championships 2021 are scheduled for Friday March 5th at the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex in Lafayette. The league championship was last held in Lafayette in 2016.

FIELD HOCKEY
The Patriot League’s seven field hockey programs will play a six-game league-only schedule starting Sunday, March 7th. The end of the regular season is scheduled for Sunday April 18th. The 2021 Patriot League Spring Field Hockey Championship begins with the semi-finals. Round action on Thursday April 22nd, followed by the championship game on Saturday April 24th.

SOCCER
The half-dozen football teams in the Patriot League will be divided into two divisions, each with three teams, for the spring season 2021. Colgate, Fordham and Holy Cross will all play in the North Division. Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh will all play in the South Division. The teams play against each division opponent once with two non-division games. The league schedule is scheduled to begin on Saturday, March 13th and end on Saturday, April 17th, with a championship game between the two division winners. A makeup weekend is planned for the weekend of April 10th. The Georgetown football program will not participate in the spring 2021 season. If conditions permit, and within allowable local and state guidelines, the Hoyas will work to bring football student athletes back to training in the spring in preparation for the traditional fall 2021 football season.

MEN’S GOLF
The Patriot League Men’s Golf Championship 2021 will be hosted by the Navy at the US Naval Academy Golf Club. The championship dates are still to be set.

LADIES GOLF
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 set.

MEN’S LACROSSE
The Patriot League’s nine 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. The teams play each division opponent at least once with limited games against non-division opponents. Each team plays at least seven league games.

The league’s schedule begins on Saturday, March 6th and ends on Saturday, April 24th, with an integrated make-up appointment for Saturday, May 1st. The Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Championship 2021 is expected to begin with the semi-finals on Friday, May 7th, followed by the championship game on Sunday, May 9th.

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

The league’s schedule is scheduled to begin on Saturday, March 6th and end on Saturday, April 24th, with a built-in catch-up date planned for Saturday, May 1st, with the semi-finals on Thursday, May 6th, with the championship game on Saturday May 8th.

ROWING FOR WOMEN
The 2021 Patriot League Rowing Championship is slated to begin on Friday, May 14th in Cooper River, New Jersey.

MEN’S FOOTBALL
The 10 men’s soccer teams of the Patriot League will be split into two five-man divisions for the spring season 2021. Army West Point, Boston University, Colgate, Holy Cross and Lafayette play in the North Division. American, Bucknell, Lehigh, Loyola Maryland and Navy will all play in the South Division. The teams play against each division opponent at least once. Each team plays at least six league games. The league schedule begins on Saturday 27th February and ends on Saturday 10th April. The championship dates are still to be set.

LADIES FOOTBALL
The 10 women’s soccer teams in the Patriot League will be divided into two five-team divisions for the spring season 2021. Army West Point, Boston University, Colgate, Holy Cross and Lafayette play in the North Division. American, Bucknell, Lehigh, Loyola Maryland and Navy will all play in the South Division. The teams play against each division opponent at least once. Each team plays at least six league games. The league’s schedule begins on Saturday, February 27th and ends on Saturday, April 10th. The championship dates are still to be set.

SOFT BALL
The Patriot League’s seven softball programs play a 24-game round robin league schedule starting Saturday, March 27th. Each team is expected to play four times against each league opponent, with the regular season ending on Sunday May 9th.The Patriot League Softball Championship 2021 is expected to be a four-team, double-eliminations format, ending on Thursday, May 13th begins and ends on Saturday, May 15th.

SWIMMING AND DIVING FOR MEN AND WOMEN
The Patriot League 2021 swimming and diving championships are scheduled for four days, starting on Wednesday, May 21. Bucknell University is supposed to host the championship.

INDOOR TRACK & FELD FOR MEN AND WOMEN
The Patriot League indoor athletics programs for men and women will compete in the Patriot League Challenge at four different locations on either Saturday February 27th or Sunday February 28th. Lehigh will be traveling to Army West Point. Boston University will welcome Holy Cross. Bucknell will host Colgate and Lafayette. Americans and Loyola Maryland will join the Navy.

OUTDOOR TRACK & FELD FOR MEN AND WOMEN
The Patriot League 2021 Athletics Championships for men and women are scheduled for two days, starting Friday April 30th and ending on Saturday May 1st. Army West Point is to host the championship.

MEN’S TENNIS
The men’s Patriot League 2021 tennis championship is slated to begin Thursday April 22nd and competition will end on Sunday April 25th at Lehigh University.

LADIES TENNIS
The 2021 Patriot League Women’s Tennis Championship is expected to begin Thursday April 29th and end on Sunday May 2nd. The US Naval Academy is the scheduled host of the championship.

VOLLEYBALL
The Patriot League’s nine women’s volleyball programs will have a league-only schedule of 10 games starting Friday, February 19. The teams will host five home and five road competitions during the regular season, due to end on Sunday March 28th.

The top four teams will qualify for the Patriot League Spring Volleyball Championship 2021, with the semi-finals scheduled for Friday April 2nd.

ABOUT THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, the Patriot League continues to demonstrate that student athletes can excel in both academic and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to their founding principle of admitting and grading student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics in institutions of the Patriot League is seen as an important part of a well-rounded education.

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