After snowy conditions forced games during the April 2-3 weekend at Clemens Stadium at St. John's University to be rescheduled, the Johnnies finally have places to play.
Both of the weekend's scheduled UMLL Division II conference games will now take place on Saturday, April 2, in a doubleheader that kicks off at Eden Prairie High School as St. John's will play Augsburg College at 4:50 p.m.
Wrapping up the action-packed day is a late-night game at McMurray Fields in St. Paul, Minn. where the Johnnies will battle Bethel University at 9:30 p.m.
The North Dakota State University vs. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire game that was also scheduled to take place at Clemens Stadium has been moved to McMurray Fields as well and will take place at 9 p.m..
SJU Lacrosse would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation for everyone's patience and understanding during the rescheduling process.
SJU Lacrosse announced on Thursday, March 31, that fields at St. John’s University are unavailable for games originally scheduled for the April 2-3 weekend and other locations are currently being explored.
Games were scheduled to be played at Clemens Stadium which, despite the snow removal efforts of the SJU Lacrosse team, could not be made playable in-time for the weekend’s games.
“It’s obviously disappointing because we love playing games at Clemens Stadium in front of student fans who usually don’t get a chance to see the team play,” St. John’s coach Derek Daehn said. “We’d like to thank the St. John’s athletic department as well as the football team for their continued support and opportunities to play lacrosse games at Clemens Stadium, and hopefully we will be able to play some games at the stadium this season.”
Along with Clemens Stadium all other fields at St. John’s University are still unplayable due to snow or additional insufficient conditions.
Focus now shifts to finding a new location for the Johnnies’ games against Augsburg College and Bethel University as well as the North Dakota State University/University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire game. All three games were supposed to be held at Clemens Stadium.
“Right now we’re looking at several field options in the Twin Cities area,” Daehn said. “Though we’ll likely see a drop of student fans, we’re hoping parents and alumni fans show up to cheer us on.”
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“We’re looking for some understanding and we appreciate any help or suggestions as to where we can accommodate these games,” Daehn said. “We would have loved to host the weekend in Collegeville but it didn’t work out that way.
“Some things are just out of your control.”