Duke Announces 2017 Men’s Lacrosse Schedule
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
DURHAM, N.C.—Duke men’s lacrosse head coach John Danowski has announced the program’s 2017 slate that features eight regular season home games and seven of the 15 other NCAA Tournament squads from 2016.
The Blue Devils have a busy home slate in February with four of the eight home games coming in the month. Duke also has a few long road trips, heading west to play Denver, north for an ACC game at Syracuse, up to Milwaukee again to meet up with Marquette and back to Long Island for a neutral site game against Boston University.
Danowski has added a couple of new opponents to the schedule with Saint Joseph’s and Cleveland State venturing to Durham.
February 5 vs. Air Force | Durham, N.C. | 3:30 p.m.
This marks the earliest start in program history, opening one week earlier than it did in 2016 and two days earlier than 2015. The Blue Devils will be looking to avenge their overtime loss to the Falcons in this season opener. Duke is 6-3 overall against Air Force and 3-1 under head coach John Danowski. This is the third straight regular season the two teams have faced off.
February 10 vs. High Point | Durham, N.C. | 7:30 p.m.
Duke and High Point are meeting for the third straight season and fourth time overall. The Blue Devils have dominated the series against the new program, outscoring the Panthers by nearly 12 goals per game in the three previous meetings. Duke has scored 17, 16 and 17 goals in the three outings.
February 12 vs. Cleveland State | Durham, N.C. | 2:30 p.m.
The Blue Devils host first-year program Cleveland State in this Sunday afternoon contest.
February 18 vs. Denver | Denver, Colo. | 2:00 p.m.
In what has developed into a great rivalry over the past few seasons, Duke and Denver will meet for the seventh straight season. The Pioneers have had the better results overall, winning five of the six previous regular-season outings. The game also features two of the game’s best coaches in Danowski and Denver’s Bill Tierney with the pair combining for 738 career wins and 10 NCAA titles.
February 25 vs. Saint Joseph’s | Durham, N.C. | 1:00 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s head coach and former Blue Devil Taylor Wray returns to his stomping grounds for the first time as a head coach in this contest. It is only the second game between the two schools with the last occurring in 2007, an 18-4 Duke victory.
March 5 at Richmond | Richmond, Va. | 12:00 p.m.
March kicks off with another matchup against a former Blue Devil as Duke visits Richmond for the first time. The Spiders, led by former Duke standout Dan Chemotti, upset Duke last season for the biggest win in program history. It is just the second meeting between the two schools.
March 11 vs. Loyola | Durham, N.C. | 12:00 p.m.
The Duke and Loyola rivalry continues in 2017. The two squads will be facing each other for the 17th straight season. The Blue Devils are 18-12 all-time against the Greyhounds, including last season’s 15-6 win in Baltimore. However, Loyola avenged that loss with a 16-11 triumph in the NCAA Tournament in 2016, marking the first postseason win for the Greyhounds over Duke in three tries. Loyola last defeated the Blue Devils in Durham in 2001, a 10-8 victory.
March 13 vs. Jacksonville | Durham, N.C. | 1:00 p.m.
Former Duke assistant coach John Galloway brings his Jacksonville squad to Durham as a first-year head coach. It is the seventh game between the Blue Devils and Dolphins with Duke winning all six previous. Galloway was previously at Providence College with former Blue Devil assistant Chris Gabrielli.
March 18 at Georgetown | Washington D.C. | 12:00 p.m.
For the 25th time in the previous 27 seasons, Duke and Georgetown will face off. The Blue Devils are riding a seven-game win streak and have won nine of the past 10, including last season’s 20-6 victory. Head coach Mike Warne was a former player of Danowski at Hofstra, adding yet another Duke connection to the contest.
March 25 at Syracuse | Syracuse, N.Y. | 11:30 a.m.
Duke opens its grueling ACC schedule at storied program and two-time ACC champion Syracuse. The Blue Devils edged the Orange in an overtime thriller during the 2016 regular season, but Syracuse responded by taking the ACC Championship in April. Duke is 6-10 overall against the Orange and 2-4 since Syracuse joined the ACC.
April 2 at North Carolina | Chapel Hill, N.C. | 7 p.m.
Duke will take on the reigning NCAA Champion Tar Heels on their home field in hopes of resuming its winning ways. North Carolina has won the past two meetings after the Blue Devils dominated the series for 10 years with a 17-2 record. The Tar Heels’ past two wins have come by a single goal. This Sunday evening tilt will be the 73rd meeting between the two teams.
April 8 vs. Notre Dame | Durham, N.C. | 12:00 p.m.
Duke and Notre Dame battle for the 20th time with the Blue Devils holding a 12-7 edge in the series. The Fighting Irish have won the past two regular season contests, while the Blue Devils avenged those losses in the ACC semifinal each year. Duke is 3-4 at home against the Irish and last defeated Notre Dame in the regular season by a 15-7 score in 2014.
April 15 vs. Virginia | Durham, N.C. | 1:00 p.m.
Virginia will come to Durham with a slightly different look with Lars Tiffany taking over the coaching reins for the Cavaliers in 2017. The Blue Devils’ recent dominance in this series has been well documented and they look to make it 12 straight regular season wins against the Cavaliers. Virginia’s last win over Duke in the regular season came in 2004 while the last win in Durham was in 2003. The Blue Devils are 15-1 against Virginia under head coach John Danowski.
April 22 at Marquette | Milwaukee, Wis. | 1:00 p.m.
Duke will take a break from the grueling ACC schedule to play 2016 BIG EAST champion Marquette. The Blue Devils have never lost to the Golden Eagles and dominated them 16-1 a year ago in Durham. Duke’s average margin of victory over Marquette is just over 12 goals per game. The Golden Eagles will look to replace its first graduating class that featured 19 players who led them to the NCAA Tournament in four short seasons.
ACC Championship | April 28-30 | Durham, N.C.
The top four seeds once again will earn spots in the ACC Championship, while the fifth-place squad will play Penn on April 29. Duke has advanced to the ACC title game each of the previous two seasons and is looking to get back on top for the first time since 2012.
May 7 vs. Boston University | Bethpage, N.Y. | 1:00 p.m.
Duke returns to the stomping grounds of many current Blue Devils, including most of the coaching staff, to close out the regular season against Boston University in a neutral site contest. The Blue Devils are 3-0 against the new program.
NCAA Championship | May 13-29
The NCAA Tournament opens the weekend of May 13 on campuses of the top eight seeds. The quarterfinals will be hosted by Hofstra and University of Delaware the following weekend with championship weekend culminating at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.