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Lindenwood unveiled its schedule Monday, and there are plenty of tough fixtures upcoming. In addition to home-and-homes series with Mid-South opponents Davenport and Life, the Lions have a bevy of friendlies.
First up is New Orleans on Feb. 7 and LSU the next day. After the 7s Lions try and qualify for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in Las Vegas, a trip to Norman, Okla. to face the Sooners is on tap.
In the midst of Lindenwood’s Mid-South gauntlet is a rematch with Glendale at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. The Lions toppled the Raptors in St. Charles in the fall.
“We have followed on from the fall with the scheduling of DI men's programs. This proved to be a great endeavor in which the players took a lot out of," said Lindenwood coach JD Stephenson.
"We are looking forward to incorporating sevens into the first block of our season. This is a change from the norm of our preseason, but should be used as a great player development tool which we are all about."
The main focus for Lindenwood is improving on a 2-4 finish in the Mid-South last season. The Lions beat Davenport twice, but went winless against Arkansas State and Life. They were extremely competitive, though, losing to the Red Wolves by one at home and just eight on the road and to the Running Eagles by four in both Marietta, Ga. and St. Charles, Mo.