Oct. 26, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced the Blue Jays' 14-game regular-season schedule for the 2010 season today. The Blue Jays will play one of the most challenging schedules in the nation as nine of their 14 games are against teams that qualified for the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The 14 games the Blue Jays will play during the 2010 regular season are the most in school history.
"We are very excited about our schedule for the 2010 season," Pietramala noted. "With the shuffling of many of the conferences in Division I lacrosse, we were concerned that some of our traditional rivalries might be in jeopardy. Fortunately, none of those games were lost and our schedule is as challenging as ever. It will not only prepare our team for the post-season, but is also attractive to our fans and high school recruits. We also look forward to continuing our relationship with ESPNU and a broadcast schedule that will make 13 of our 14 games available nationally," he added.
The 14-game regular-season schedule is the largest in school history as JHU previously played 13 regular season games in a season six times (1993, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008, 2009). The Blue Jays will open the 2010 season with three consecutive home games as Manhattan (Feb. 19), Delaware (Feb. 20) and Siena (Feb. 27) will all visit Homewood Field in a nine-day span. The meeting with Manhattan will be the first in school history.
The Blue Jays will then take part in the fourth annual Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium as the Blue Jays play Princeton there on March 6. The Johns Hopkins-Princeton game will be the middle game in the Face-Off Classic tripleheader, which will open with Maryland playing Duke and close with Notre Dame playing Loyola.
The back-to-back games against Siena and Princeton will jump-start a seven-game stretch against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season. After those two games, the Blue Jays will host UMBC and travel to Hofstra in a five-day span in early March. The game against the Pride will be followed on consecutive weekends by games against 2009 national champion Syracuse, 2009 NCAA Semifinalist Virginia and 2009 NCAA Quarterfinalist North Carolina. For the first time in school history, the Blue Jays will host Syracuse in primetime as the Blue Jays and Orange will faceoff at 8 pm on March 20.
The UNC game is the first of six straight games to close the regular season that Johns Hopkins will play in the state of Maryland. A week after the showdown with the Tar Heels, the Blue Jays will welcome Albany to Homewood Field for Homecoming. JHU's second trip to M&T Bank Stadium during the regular season will follow a week later when the Blue Jays take on Maryland in the second game of Inside Lacrosse's Smartlink Day of Rivals. Game one of the doubleheader will feature Navy taking on Army.
After the game against Maryland, trips to Navy and Loyola are sandwiched around a home game against Towson to close the season, which will be the 10th for Pietramala as the head coach at Johns Hopkins.
Johns Hopkins will continue to be the most visible lacrosse team in the nation as 12 of the Blue Jays' 14 regular season games are scheduled to air on the ESPN family of networks. All eight of the Blue Jays' home games will air on ESPNU, as will the games against Princeton, Maryland and Loyola. In addition, JHU's game at Virginia on March 27 will air live on ESPN2. To date, the only two Johns Hopkins games during the 2010 season not confirmed for television are the games at Hofstra and Navy.
Johns Hopkins posted a 10-5 record in 2009 and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 19th consecutive year.
2010 Johns Hopkins Men's Lacrosse Schedule
Feb. 19 - Manhattan (ESPNU) - 5 pm
Feb. 23 - Delaware (ESPNU) - 5 pm
Feb. 28 - Siena (ESPNU) - Noon
Mar. 6 - Princeton (Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic @ M&T Bank Stadium) (ESPNU) - 1:30 pm
Mar. 9 - UMBC (ESPNU) - 7 pm
Mar. 13 - @ Hofstra - 7 pm
Mar. 20 - Syracuse (ESPNU) - 8 pm
Mar. 27 - @ Virginia (ESPN2) - Noon
Apr. 3 - North Carolina (ESPNU & WMAR) - Noon
Apr. 10 - Albany (Homecoming) (ESPNU) - 2 pm
Apr. 17 - Maryland (Smartlink Day of Rivals @ M&T Bank Stadium) (ESPNU) - 6:30 pm
Apr. 24 - @ Navy (CBSCS) - Noon
Apr. 28 - Towson (ESPNU) - 7 pm
May 8 - @ Loyola (ESPNU & WMAR) - Noon
May 15-16 - NCAA First Round (Campus Sites) - TBA
May 22-23 - NCAA Quarterfinals (Stony Brook or Princeton) - TBA
May 29 - NCAA Semifinals (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD) - TBA
May 31 - NCAA Championship (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD) - TBA
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