DURHAM, N.C.—Duke men’s lacrosse head coach John Danowski has announced the Blue Devils’ schedule for the upcoming 2014 season. The slate includes six NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, two of the three 2013 NCAA semifinalists as well the inaugural ACC matches between Duke and Syracuse and Notre Dame.
Duke will have nine home games, including the annual rivalry game against North Carolina, and five true road contests. The annual ACC Tournament will be played at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. All televised games televised will be released upon confirmation from the ACC.
The Blue Devils kick off the season Feb. 8 against Jacksonville and remain at home for the next three games. Duke’s first big test comes Feb. 15 against NCAA semifinalist Denver. The Pioneers bested the Blue Devils in the 2013 season opener, 14-12. The following weekend Duke welcomes Ivy League foe Pennsylvania and America East’s Stony Brook Feb. 21 and 23, respectively.
After four home games to start the season, the Blue Devils will hit the road for their ACC opener against Maryland. The matchup will be the final time the two teams meet in ACC regular season competition with the Terps holding a 59-19 all-time record against the Blue Devils.
Duke heads back up to Baltimore the next Sunday to take on 2012 NCAA Champion Loyola in a 6 p.m. contest. The Blue Devils edged the Greyhounds by a single goal twice last season, including the double overtime NCAA Tournament win in Durham. Overall, Duke is 16-10 against Loyola and 7-2 since 2007.
A Tuesday matchup with Marquette March 11 will preface the annual rivalry game with North Carolina March 15 at Koskinen Stadium. Duke and the Tar Heels split two games last year with UNC edging the Blue Devils in the ACC Tournament semifinals en route to the ACC title. Since 2007, Duke is 12-2 against the Tar Heels.
The first of two meetings with first-year men’s lacrosse programs is set for March 19 at Furman before the Blue Devils return home in a rematch of the 2013 NCAA Championship game and inaugural ACC matchup against Syracuse. Faceoff is set for 12:30 p.m. with the Orange on March 22. Duke defeated Syracuse 16-10 in the title game in May and is 4-6 all-time against the perennial power.
Ivy League foe Harvard visits Durham March 29 before the Blue Devils hit the road for consecutive ACC games against Notre Dame (April 5) and Virginia (April 11). Duke has faced the Irish in each of the past three regular seasons and twice in the NCAA Tournament, dropping all three regular season games and winning both postseason contests.
The April 11 meeting with the Cavaliers will be the 78th meeting between the two squads with Virginia holding a 50-27 edge. Duke has had the advantage of late, winning 13 of the past 14 meetings.
After a meeting with Danowski’s alma mater Rutgers April 19, the Blue Devils will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. for the ACC Tournament at PPL Park. The semifinals are set for April 25, while the No. 5 and No. 6 teams in the ACC will face off April 26.
Duke closes out its regular season slate on the road at first-year program Boston University May 5.
2014 Duke Men’s Lacrosse Schedule
March 2 – M&T Bank Stadium
at Notre Dame*
South Bend, Ind.
ACC Tournament, April 25-27 – Chester, Pa. – PPL Park
ACC 5 vs. 6
at Boston University
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