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Men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia announces his team’s schedule for the upcoming season. The schedule features six games against teams that played in last year’s NCAA Championships, including both finalists, and a total of seven games against teams ranked in last season’s final coaches poll. In addition, seven of the team’s 13 regular-season contests are being televised.

The Cavaliers start the season on the road against Drexel on Feb. 17, the seventh year in a row they have faced the Dragons in the opener. The game is being televised by Comcast.

Virginia opens its home schedule with back-to-back games against Stony Brook on Feb. 23 and Vermont. coached by former UVa All-American defenseman Ryan Curtis, on Feb. 25.

For the second year in a row the Cavaliers face Syracuse in the second annual Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on March 1. Virginia plays Syracuse at noon, while Johns Hopkins matches up against Princeton at 2:30 p.m. ESPNU is televising the event.

The team hosts VMI in a night game on March 4 before embarking on a three-game road trip to Princeton (March 8), Mount St. Mary’s (March 11) and Towson (March 15). The Cavaliers return home to host reigning national champion Johns Hopkins on March 22.

The ACC schedule begins with games at Maryland on March 29 and North Carolina on April 5. The Cavaliers host Duke on April 12 and conclude the regular season at home against Dartmouth on April 19.

Virginia hosts the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at Klckner Stadum on April 25 and 27. The Cavaliers play the second game of the first round on April 25 regardless of seeding.

“With the recent conclusion of fall lacrosse, we are excited to announce our schedule for the upcoming 2008 season” said Starsia. “From the Comcast broadcast of our opener in Philadelphia vs. Drexel to the televised final game of the ACC Tournament to be held in Charlottesville, the growth of our sport continues at a dizzying pace. With a record number of games being televised, the prospect of consecutive record regular season crowds at the Face-Off Classic and stadium-record crowds at Klckner Stadium a realistic expectation, it is an exciting time to be a Virginia lacrosse fan. This 2008 Virginia team is a promising blend of young and old, a little deeper and more athletic than a year ago and very anxious to get started. I would encourage all our fans to make their plans to join us this coming spring.”

2008 Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Schedule

Date Opponent Time TV
Feb.2 Navy (scrimmage) 1 p.m.
Feb. 9 at Georgetown (scrimmage) TBA
Feb. 17 at Drexel 2 p.m. Comcast
Feb. 23 Stony Brook 1 p.m.
Feb. 26 Vermont 4 p.m.
March 1 vs. Syracuse (Baltimore) Noon ESPNU
March 4 VMI 7 p.m.
March 8 at Princeton Noon ESPNU
March 11 at Mount St. Mary’s 3 p.m.
March 15 at Towson 3:30 p.m.
March 22 Johns Hopkins 4 p.m. ESPNU
March 29 at Maryland Noon ESPN2
April 5 at North Carolina 4 p.m. ESPNU
April 12 Duke 6 p.m. ESPNU
April 19 Dartmouth 1 p.m.
ACC Tournament-Charlottesville
April 25 Semifinals (UVa plays second game
regardless of seeding)
April 27 Finals 3:30 p.m. Raycom
NCAA Championships
May 10-11 First round (at home sites)
May 17 Quarterfinals South at Navy
May 18 Quarterfinals North at Cornell
May 24 Semifinals at Foxborough, Mass.
May 26 Finals at Foxborough, Mass.

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