COLUMBIA – The University of Missouri men’s lacrosse team announced Saturday its game against Purdue on March 13 is cancelled due to field reservation issues in St. Louis.
The Tigers game was originally scheduled to take place at Washington University, site of the 2016 Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference tournament. However, the St. Louis university notified Mizzou of an issue with the field earlier in the week.
“[Wash U] required team insurance from both Purdue and ourselves,” said Head Coach Clayton Melrose in a email to the team. “I provided the Mizzou Club Sports insurance but their Athletic Director would not accept it or Purdue’s insurance. So that left us with the task of finding another available field in St. Louis. After contacting more than 15 turf fields in St. Louis today…and with grass out of the question due to the rain” the game was canceled.
Missouri hasn’t played Purdue since the first round of the 2013 GRLC tournament, a 21-9 loss. The Tigers are currently 3-5 on the season, with eight games left in the regular season.
The Purdue game is the second game of the week cancelled for Missouri. In February, the program announced its home game against Alabama would be cancelled due to lack of travel funds from the Crimson Tide.
The Tigers will be off for two weekends before facing Davenport and Indiana in Bloomington on March 26. Both the Panthers and Hoosiers received votes in the recent MCLA Top 25 poll.