Pietramala Announces 2018 Men's Lacrosse Schedule
2018 Johns Hopkins Men's Lacrosse Schedule
BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced the Blue Jays’ 2018 schedule today; the schedule includes six home games, seven away games, five Big Ten regular reason games and a pair of scrimmages. The 2018 season will be the fourth for Johns Hopkins as a sport affiliate member in the Big Ten.
Game times and television schedules will be announced at a later date. Today’s announced schedule includes the weekend each game is scheduled, but the exact dates may also change within that weekend (Friday-Sunday).
“There are a number of exciting days leading up to the start of the season and the announcement of our schedule is certainly one of them,” Pietramala stated. “Our non-conference schedule continues to be among the most challenging in the nation and will prepare us well for Big Ten play. In a short period of time, the Big Ten has developed into a premier men’s lacrosse conference and we look forward to the opportunities presented with our league schedule.”
The Blue Jays will play three of their first four games at home as Towson (February 10), North Carolina (February 24) and Princeton (March 3) will all visit Homewood Field between February 10 and March 3; only a short trip to Loyola (February 17) will take Johns Hopkins away in the first four games of the season.
A difficult run of four games in 14 days will be bookended by trips to ACC rivals Syracuse (March 10) and Virginia (March 24) with a trip to UMBC (March 13) and a home tilt with Delaware (March 17) sandwiched between the games against the Orange and the Cavaliers.
The game at Virginia will close the non-conference slate as the Blue Jays will then hit the Big Ten portion of their schedule. The conference schedule opens with a trip to Rutgers (April 1) and includes home games against 2016 national finalists Ohio State (April 7) and Maryland (April 28) and road games at Penn State (April 14) and Michigan (April 21). The game against Maryland will also be the signature event on Homecoming Weekend at Johns Hopkins.
The top four teams in the final Big Ten regular season standings will qualify for the 2018 Big Ten Tournament, which will take place at the University of Michigan on Thursday, May 3 and Saturday, May 5.
Johns Hopkins’ 13 regular season opponents compiled a 135-73 (.649) record in 2016 and seven of the 13 qualified for the NCAA Tournament; three of those seven advanced to at least the national semifinals.
A Noticeable Absence
For the first time since 1949, the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse schedule does not include a regular season game against Navy. Both schools are committed to finding a long-term scheduling solution for one of the great rivalries in college lacrosse, but were unable to do so for the 2018 season.
“Our game against Navy always has been and always will be a priority,” noted head coach Dave Pietramala. “Unfortunately, conference play for both teams has made it increasingly difficult to find an appropriate date for this rivalry to be played. We’ll keep what’s in the best interest of both programs in mind and continue to work with Navy to find a solution that is convenient and beneficial; everyone is anxious to find the best date to renew this great rivalry.”
For the first time in many years a noticeable absence from our non-conference schedule is Johns Hopkins,” stated Navy head coach Rick Sowell. “Coach Pietramala and I worked extremely hard over the past several months to find a date that would fit a game of this magnitude. Unfortunately, conference demands did not allow for a date that would be appropriate to honor the legacy of this rivalry. While both programs are disappointed, we are making it a priority to resume the series as soon as our schedules allow.”
To prepare for the 2018 season, Pietramala has scheduled a pair of scrimmages. The Blue Jays will travel to High Point on January 27 and host Marquette on February 3.
2018 Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse Schedule
Jan. 27 @ High Point (Scrimmage)
Feb. 3 Marquette (Scrimmage)
Feb. 10 Towson
Feb. 17 @ Loyola
Feb. 24 North Carolina
Mar. 3 Princeton
Mar. 10 @ Syracuse
Mar. 13 @ UMBC
Mar. 17 Delaware
Mar. 24 @ Virginia
Apr. 1 @ Rutgers *
Apr. 7 Ohio State *
Apr. 14 @ Penn State *
Apr. 21 @ Michigan *
Apr. 28 Maryland (Homecoming) *
May 3 Big Ten Semifinals (@ Michigan)
May 5 Big Ten Championship (@ Michigan)
May 12-13 NCAA First Round (Campus Sites)
May 19-20 NCAA Quarterfinals (Hofstra or Navy)
May 26 NCAA Semifinals (Gillette Stadium - Foxborough, MA)
May 28 NCAA Championship (Gillette Stadium - Foxborough, MA)
* Big Ten Game | Home Games in Bold
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