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BOSTON - Highlighted by games against the last two national champions, including a home game against reigning national champion Duke, the Boston University men’s lacrosse team and head coach Ryan Polley announced the program’s 2014 schedule on Thursday.
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History will be made on Feb. 8 when the Terriers travel to Macon, Ga., to face Mercer in their first-ever Division I contest. The Bears will be one of six out-of-conference opponents BU will face in its inaugural season. The Terriers will stay in New England for four of those contests, including home dates with Canisius and Vermont and road contests at Harvard and Providence. The marquee matchup will be against four-time national finalist and defending NCAA champion Duke at Nickerson Field on May 4.
“To end the season with Duke coming here will certainly be an exciting time for BU lacrosse,” Polley said. “We’re very excited about the level of teams that we’re going to be playing. To have a chance to play the last two national champions in one season is a tremendous honor for our lacrosse program. We took the approach that we wanted to play a top-20 schedule. With the competitiveness of the Patriot League, that’s something we could easily do. To add Duke, Harvard, Mercer, Canisius, Vermont and Providence, we’re looking forward our non-conference schedule as well.”
BU will host seven games at Nickerson Field as part of its first varsity season, including the home opener on Feb. 15 against Canisius. The Terriers will play 14 regular-season games, including three against 2013 NCAA tournament teams. The first of those three tilts will also be the Terriers’ first-ever Patriot League contest when Lehigh comes to Boston on Feb. 22.
Following a visit to Providence on Feb. 25, the Terriers will host Vermont (March 1) and Colgate (March 8) on consecutive weekends. A pair of Patriot League games in Pennsylvania will be next on the docket, as BU will face Lafayette (March 15) and Bucknell (March 22). The conference’s two military academies will visit Nickerson Field on back-to-back Saturdays when Navy (March 29) and Army (April 5) make the trip to Boston for the Terriers’ final two Patriot League home tilts.
“We’re certainly thrilled to host some great programs,” Polley said. “We open up our Patriot League schedule with the two-time defending Patriot League champion Lehigh. We’re excited to welcome Colgate, a final-8 team within the last two years, as well as Army and Navy with their tremendous history. “
Three of the Terriers’ final four fixtures will be on the road, including a stop at 2012 national champion and fellow Patriot League newcomer Loyola (Md.) on April 12. The three-game stretch also includes fixtures against in-state rivals Harvard (April 8) and Holy Cross (April 19). Following the Patriot League tournament (April 22-27), BU will close its regular-season schedule against the Blue Devils on May 4.