The 2010 Syracuse Lacrosse schedule is out and there's a mixture of familiar faces and new rivals all over it. The No. 2 Orange will see a lot of old favorites and tough match-ups before winding down the season with the bulk of its new Big East rivals.They'll also see one of the toughest schedules I've ever seen in my life...
No. 17 Denver - Friday 2/19, 7pm
No. 22 Army - Sunday 2/28, 5pm
@ No. 3 Virginia - Sunday 3/7, 1pm
No. 13 Georgetown - Saturday 3/13, 2pm
@ No. 6 Johns Hopkins - Saturday 3/20, 8pm
@ Hobart - Tuesday 3/23, 7pm
No. 25 Villanova - Monday 3/29, 3pm
No. 20 Albany - Saturday 4/3, 4pm
No. 8 Princeton (Big City Classic) - Saturday 4/10, 6:30pm
@ No. 5 Cornell - Tuesday 4/13, 7pm
@ Rutgers - Sunday, 4/18, TBD
Providence - Saturday 4/24, 2pm
@ No. 9 Notre Dame - Saturday 5/1, TBD
@ St. John's - Saturday 5/8, 1pm
In addition to the regular-season, the Orange will also host Le Moyne (VENGEANCE!) and Hofstra (assuming they don't cut the program) in a three-way scrimmage on Feb. 7 and Maryland on Feb. 12.
Whoever those people were who were worried the Big East would water down SU's schedule...you can stop now.
Apologies in advance to any Syracuse lacrosse season ticket holders. Enjoy Providence and Villanova cause almost all of the best games this year will be somewhere else.
As usual though, the schedule is stacked. Ten ranked opponents (9 of the first 10 games). Glaringly, all of the games against Top Ten teams will take place either on an away or neutral field. The Orange also finish the season playing away from the Dome five of the last six games. And that's the easy part...
The money-stretch for the Orange is sure to be beginning of April where they play Princeton in NJ and then head over to Ithaca for a championship game rematch with Cornell three days later.
Who put this schedule together? The head coaches of Virginia, Duke, Princeton, Cornell North Carolina and Johns Hopkins?