The No. 9 Cal Poly men’s lacrosse team will host No. 5 Chapman University on Saturday night inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
There’s no love lost between the Mustangs and the Panthers as the two squads met in the 2016 National Championship game. It was Chapman coming away victorious, 9-5.
Cal Poly (5-2), who’s led by fourth-year head coach Bobby Dabrieo, began the season with a pair of losses but has since rattled off five-straight victories, including a double-OT win against Virginia Tech on Wednesday.
The Mustangs say they’re excited to take on, and host, one of their biggest rivals.
“Chapman is one of the best teams in the country,” Dabrieo said. “I know they’re No. 5 but everybody that knows lacrosse knows that they’re a top-two team in the country. It would be great for morale, great for confidence, and another step in the right direction.”
“It’s the biggest game of the year, no doubt,” senior defensive midfielder Hayden Thayer added. “This is something we’ve been waiting for. It’s been circled on our schedule. There a lot of seniors on the team and we’ve always had Chapman’s number. It’s really been a game we look forward to every year. I’m just excited to play in the stadium under the big bright lights and have a good game.”
Cal Poly and Chapman will get underway at 7 P.M.
For more information on the Cal Poly men’s lacrosse team, check out the Mustangs’ website.