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Patriot League Cancels Remaining Spring Practices and Competitions

Amidst the spread of COVID-19, the Patriot League Council of Presidents have decided to cancel remaining season matchups.

Feature story on the Navy women’s lacrosse program. Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Update (1:30 on 12 MAR): The Navy vs. Johns Hopkins lacrosse game on Saturday, which was originally still on following the Patriot League’s announcement below has been cancelled. Johns Hopkins has suspended all sporting events until April 12th and Navy will be cancelling all events beginning Monday per the Patriot League announcement that follows, so the lacrosse game will be cancelled this weekend.

Patriot League officials announced Thursday that the organization is cancelling all remaining spring practices and competitions amidst the “ongoing spread of COVID-19.”

Navy previously announced this Saturday’s men’s lacrosse game against Johns Hopkins will continue as scheduled and fans will not be charged admission, nor will there be concessions and parking will be free. For fans who purchased tickets to both Johns Hopkins and Holy Cross games, they will be refunded their tickets.

The Patriot League stoppage of activities and competitions begins Monday, March 16, and Navy Athletics had initially indicated that the lacrosse game against Johns Hopkins would continue as scheduled, but now that Hopkins has suspended their sporting events until April 12th, the lacrosse game has also been cancelled.

Yesterday, West Point athletics released a statement deeming the academy as “low risk,” adding all previous athletic events at USMA will continue as scheduled. It’s currently unclear if already sold tickets for remaining games will be refunded to attendees, and whether or not Army West Point plans to continue with this weekend’s competitions similar to Navy before stopping activities on Monday.

According to the release, the decision regarding championship participation of winter teams and qualifying student-athletes will fall to the individual colleges and universities, as this decision is specifically for spring sports.

As mentioned earlier, this change will be effective Monday, March 16.

We will update with any further details as they become available, to include any decisions on upcoming winter sports competitions still outstanding, such as the NCAA Wrestling Championship, as well as any updates from the Mountain West Conference for Air Force once we know more in this evolving storyline.