DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s lacrosse program and head coach Kerstin Kimel announced the squad’s 2018 schedule Thursday. The spring slate is highlighted by 11 regular season home contests, as well as the 2018 ACC Championship, which the Blue Devils will host April 26-29 at Koskinen Stadium.
Duke will play 10 of its 16 regular season games this spring against teams selected to the 2017 NCAA Tournament field, including one of last year’s semifinalists.
The program’s 11 regular season home contests feature ACC matchups against Louisville, Virginia and Boston College, as well as a May 6 tilt against first-year program East Carolina, which is led by former Blue Devil assistant coach Amanda Barnes. Duke’s five road games include trips to face four conference teams and an April 9 visit to in-state opponent High Point.
“We are excited to announce our 2018 schedule that includes our usual and incredibly strong ACC rivals along with Big Ten and Ivy rivals Northwestern and Penn,” Kimel said. “We are also excited to host Stanford and some new and different opponents who will afford us to visit various hometowns of our current players in future years.”
Kimel’s squad begins the 2018 campaign with a three-game home stand at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils welcome Elon for the season opener Feb. 11, followed by tilts against Campbell Feb. 16 and Northwestern Feb. 18.
Duke hits the road for the first time in 2018 on Feb. 24, opening ACC play at Virginia Tech. The squad then hosts Stanford March 2 in the first of six consecutive home contests. After stepping out of conference play with a visit from Boston University March 4, the Blue Devils welcome Louisville and Penn on back-to-back Saturdays.
Duke closes the month with home games against Kennesaw State March 19 and Virginia March 24 before traveling to Syracuse March 31.
The next month offers an April 7 meeting with Boston College in Durham. The Eagles are coming off of the program’s first national championship game and championship weekend appearance in 2017. The Blue Devils make the short trip to High Point, N.C., to face the Panthers April 9 before rounding out conference play at Notre Dame and North Carolina April 15 and 21, respectively.
Koskinen Stadium will serve as the host site for the 2018 ACC Championship in late April. Duke will host the conference tournament for the third time in program history after previously doing so in 2002 and 2012.
“It is our honor to be hosting the 2018 ACC Tournament at Koskinen Stadium,” Kimel said. “It has been a long time since we hosted here on campus and we look forward to an awesome weekend of competition amongst the nation’s top lacrosse programs in late April.”
The Blue Devils will then honor the program’s senior class May 6 in the regular season finale against East Carolina.
|Sunday, Feb. 11||Elon||Durham, N.C.||Koskinen Stadium||1 p.m.|
|Friday, Feb. 16||Campbell||Durham, N.C.||Koskinen Stadium||2 p.m.|
|Sunday, Feb. 18||Northwestern||Durham, N.C.||Koskinen Stadium||12 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 24||Virginia Tech *||Blacksburg, Va.||Thompson Field||3 p.m.|
|Friday, March 2||Stanford||Durham, N.C.||Koskinen Stadium||3 p.m.|
|Sunday, March 4||Boston University||Durham, N.C..||Koskinen Stadium||1 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 10||Louisville *||Durham, N.C.||Koskinen Stadium||12 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 17||Penn||Durham, N.C.||Koskinen Stadium||12 p.m.|
|Monday, March 19||Kennesaw State||Durham, N.C.||Koskinen Stadium||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 24||Virginia *||Durham, N.C.||Koskinen Stadium||4 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 31||Syracuse *||Syracuse, N.Y.||Carrier Dome||12 p.m.|
|Saturday, April 7||Boston College *||Durham, N.C.||Koskinen Stadium||12 p.m.|
|Monday, April 9||High Point||High Point, N.C.||Vert Stadium||6 p.m.|
|Sunday, April 15||Notre Dame *||Notre Dame, Ind.||Arlotta Stadium||1 p.m.|
|Saturday, April 21||North Carolina *||Chapel Hill, N.C.||Kenan Stadium||3 p.m.|
|Thurs-Sun, Apr 26-29||ACC Championship||Durham, N.C.||Koskinen Stadium||TBA|
|Sunday, May 6||East Carolina||Durham, N.C.||Koskinen Stadium||3 p.m.|