CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The 2011 edition of the "War on the Shore" - the annual rivalry game between the Washington College and Salisbury University men's lacrosse teams - will be broadcast live on Baltimore-based ABC 2 and internationally on ESPN3.com. The broadcast will cap the Shoremen's 2011 schedule.
This year's "War on the Shore," which features the two teams doing battle for the Charles B. Clark Cup, will be held on Washington College's Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium on Saturday, May 7th, with a 1:00 p.m. opening face-off.
In addition to ABC 2's/ESPN3.com's broadcast of the "War on the Shore," all of the Shoremen's home day games are slated to be broadcast live locally on WCTR 1530-AM. WCTR's audio broadcast will also be available online at wctr.com. In addition, fans can follow all of the Shoremen's home games via live stats at WashingtonCollegeSports.com.
The Shoremen will open the 2011 season Saturday, February 26th, at 2010 Landmark Conference Champion Goucher College, the first of six 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament participants they will face this season. Opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m.
Long-time rival Washington and Lee University will come to Chestertown on Saturday, March 5th, for the Shoremen's home opener. That game, which will start at noon, will mark the 54th all-time meeting between the two teams in a series which dates back to 1950.
The Shoremen's home opener begins a string of four consecutive home games for Washington. The Shoremen will host York College of Pennsylvania at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9th, and Wesley College at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 13th, before opening their Centennial Conference schedule at home against McDaniel College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19th.
Washington's first night game of the season will send the Shoremen to 2010 Centennial Conference Champion and NCAA Division III Quarterfinalist Haverford College for a 7:00 p.m. face-off on Wednesday, March 23rd. Three days later, the Shoremen will head to Franklin & Marshall College for a 1:00 p.m. conference game on Saturday, March 26th.
The Shoremen will return to Chestertown for three straight home conference games, beginning with a 1:00 p.m. face-off against Muhlenberg College on Saturday, April 2nd. They will then host Ursinus College at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6th and 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament participant Dickinson College at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9th.
Washington will finish its conference slate with a pair of road games. The Shoremen will travel to 2010 Centennial Conference runner-up and NCAA Division III Tournament participant Gettysburg College for a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday, April 16th, and to Swarthmore College for a 7:00 p.m. game on Wednesday, April 20th.
The Shoremen will visit 2010 Colonial States Athletic Conference Champion and NCAA Division III Tournament participant Cabrini College for a 1:00 p.m. non-conference game on Saturday, April 23rd.
The four-team Centennial Conference Tournament is slated for Friday, April 29th, and Sunday, May 1st, at the top seed. The "War on the Shore" will see the Shoremen take on their sixth 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament participant of the 2011 season as the Sea Gulls advanced to last year's NCAA Division III Championship game.
The 2011 season will be the first for the Shoremen under head coach Jeff Shirk, who was the head coach at Division I VMI for four seasons prior to coming to Chestertown in June.
The Washington College men's lacrosse team has made 30 NCAA and USILA Tournament appearances. The Shoremen, who are 594-329-1 all-time, won the 1998 NCAA Division III National Championship and the 1954 USILA Laurie Cox Division Co-National Championship. Washington College men's lacrosse players have earned All-America honors 226 times. The 2011 season will be the 70th season of varsity men's lacrosse at Washington College. The College first fielded a varsity men's lacrosse program from 1929 until 1934 and revived the sport for the 1948 season.