BABSON PARK, Fla. (January 11, 2023) – The Webber International University men’s lacrosse team and Head Coach Chris Burdick have announced the 2023 schedule featuring a 17-game season, including 10 games against teams who finished in the top 15 in 2022.
The Warriors will open up in a neutral site, non-conference matchup vs. Point University at Cox Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida on January 21st at 3 p.m.
On February 4, the Warriors will travel to Savannah, Georgia for a 1 p.m. Appalachian Athletic Conference opener against SCAD-Savannah. Webber defeated the Bees twice in 2022 including a 14-7 conference win at Webber.
On February 18th, AAC Conference foe Montreat will roll into Babson Park for the Warrior’s first home game of the season with a 1 p.m. start time. Webber won the last meeting between these two back in 2021 by a score of 16-9.
The Warriors head on the road for two long road trips. The first trip will be to Indianapolis, Indiana as they play Madonna on February 22 and Aquinas on February 23 at Grand Park Sports Complex. Webber defeated Madonna 14-9 in 2022. Aquinas, who advanced to the 2022 national final four, defeated Webber 9-8 in double-overtime in 2022. Both games will start at 2 p.m. local time.
Webber will continue on to play Thomas More on Saturday, February 25th at 11 a.m. Thomas More will play the 2023 season in the NAIA before moving to Division II in 2024.
Webber’s second big trip will occur over spring break, where it will face two of the top teams in the nation, including 2022 National Champion Reinhardt. The trip will start on March 4th at Tennessee Wesleyan with a 1 p.m. start time. TWU held on against a furious late rally by the Warriors for a 10-9 win in 2022.
Next up, the Warriors will head to north Georgia for a matchup against reigning AAC & National Champion Reinhardt on March 7th with a 7 p.m. start time. Reinhardt broke open a 5-5 tie in the fourth quarter in Babson Park in 2022 with a 6-2 run on the way to an 11-7 win.
The final game on the spring break road trip will be against Lawrence Tech at Hillgrove High School in Georgia on March 9th with a 1 p.m. start time. LTU is another team who received votes for the top 10 in 2022. Webber defeated LTU 13-10 but lost starting goalie Alex Cordero for the season with an upper body injury.
Webber returns home for a conference game vs. St. Andrews on March 11th with a 1 p.m. start time.
The home-stand continues on March 18th when Webber hosts west-coast newcomer Westcliff University to Babson Park for a 1 p.m. showdown. Westcliff will be fielding a team for the first time in 2023.
On March 24th, Webber will host Point University at 1p.m. in an AAC version of the matchup between the teams who are meeting back in January. Webber defeated Point in both contests in 2023.
April 1st, No. 3 University of the Cumberlands comes to Babson Park for the first time since 2021 for a 1 p.m. AAC Conference game. Cumberlands defeated Webber 9-5 in 2022 on the way to their NAIA tournament appearance.
Webber heads back on the road for three games in the Midwest in April. Starting on April 5th, the Warriors will visit Midland University in Nebraska for a 5 p.m. game. Midland received votes for the top 10 at various points of the 2022 season.
The Midwest trip will continue on April 6th as the Warriors will visit the University of St. Mary (KS) for a 4 p.m. start. Webber head coach Chris Burdick will be coaching against one of his former players as St. Mary’s new head coach is Mike Tyrrell, a graduate of the University of Tampa.
Webber will close out the Midwest trip facing Ottawa University on April 8th at 1 p.m. This is the first meeting between the teams.
The final game of the 2023 regular season will be a 1 p.m. rematch of the 2022 AAC first round playoff game at Keiser University. Keiser won the game 9-8, coming back from an 8-7 deficit in the fourth quarter.
The Webber men’s lacrosse team travels more than any team in the NAIA to ensure that they play the most competitive schedule in the nation. In 2023 the team will fly three times for games in Indiana and Kentucky, games in South Carolina and Georgia, and games in Nebraska and Kansas.
“Our players work very hard in the off-season to raise money for us to be able to afford this schedule,” commented Coach Burdick. “Being only one of two NAIA men’s lacrosse teams in Florida, our ability to travel is vital to create opportunities for us to establish ourselves as a top-level program in the NAIA.”
In 2022 Webber traveled to Indiana, Michigan and North Carolina and picked up wins vs. nationally-ranked teams like Sienna Heights, Madonna, Michigan Dearborn, and St. Andrews. All of these wins were key in helping the Warriors finished with a #9 ranking in the final NAIA Coaches Poll.