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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia announced his team’s schedule for the 2010 season today. The schedule features six games against teams that saw postseason action in last year’s NCAA Championships, including both Division I finalists, while six contests will be televised by one of the ESPN Family of Networks.

“The release of our schedule is the first official step in anticipation of the spring season,” said Starsia. “The leaves may be falling, but the opening face-off is not too far off.”

The Cavaliers open the season on Feb. 20 in Philadelphia against Drexel, the ninth year in a row Virginia has started its season against the Dragons. Virginia will then travel to Mount St. Mary’s on Feb. 23.

Virginia opens the home portion of its 2010 slate with a three-game home stand. The Cavaliers welcome the Seawolves of Stony Brook to Klöckner Stadium on Feb. 27, followed by two-time defending national champion Syracuse on March 7, its first visit to Charlottesville since 2006. The game against the Orange is the first of six games televised by one of the ESPN Family of Networks. ESPN360 will broadcast the contest live, followed by a delay telecast on ESPNU. Virginia closes the home stand against VMI on March 9.

The Cavaliers travel to 2009 NCAA finalist Cornell on March 13 before Virginia hosts former UVa All-American defenseman Ryan Curtis’ Vermont squad on March 16. The Cavaliers then head to Towson on March 21, a game to be televised on ESPNU.

Virginia returns home March 27 for a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal meeting in the NCAA Championship, a game where Starsia recorded his 300th career victory over Johns Hopkins, 19-8. The contest with the Blue Jays is the 63rd season in a row the teams have played each other and the 2010 tilt will be televised on ESPN2.

The Cavaliers open ACC play at Maryland April 3, a game televised on ESPNU. Virginia continues league action in their neutral site meeting with North Carolina for the second straight year in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic on April 10. The first event in the new Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., the game will be televised on ESPNU.

Duke comes to Charlottesville April 17 to conclude ACC play, a game to be televised on ESPNU. Virginia will then return to College Park, Md., as the Terps will host the ACC Championship at Byrd Stadium on April 23 and 25.

Virginia will conclude the regular season portion of its schedule May 1 when it hosts Robert Morris. The NCAA Championship for men’s lacrosse begins May 15-16 at home sites, followed by the quarterfinals at either Princeton (South) on May 22, or at Stony Brook (North) on May 23.

The Final Four returns to M&T Stadium in Baltimore, Md., after a two-year hiatus when the event was at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The fourth Final Four to be held at the home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens kick offs with the semifinals on May 29, followed by the finals on May 31.

“Virginia Lacrosse will again play one of the most ambitious and challenging schedules in the country,” Starsia said. “Virginia will be the only team in the country that assembled a 2010 schedule featuring all other 2009 NCAA semifinalists as part of the regular season slate, in addition to partnering in the first event in the new Meadowlands Stadium. Home games against two-time defending national champion Syracuse Orange and Hopkins, with six of our final seven weekends receiving television coverage add to the uniqueness of our 2010 schedule. Keep the schedule nearby as the temperatures drop. Things will heat up quickly with the promise of another exciting spring.”

Men’s lacrosse season tickets go on sale Jan. 4.

2010 Virginia Lacrosse Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
Feb. 20 at Drexel Philadelphia, Pa. 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 at Mount St. Mary’s Emmitsburg, Md. 3 p.m.
Feb. 27
7 p.m.
March 13 at Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. Noon
March 16
March 21 at Towson – ESPNU (TV) Towson, Md. Noon
April 3 at Maryland – ESPNU (TV) College Park, Md. 8 p.m.
April 10 vs. North Carolina & * – ESPNU (TV) East Rutherford, N.J. 4 p.m.
April 17 DUKE * – ESPNU (TV)
April 23 ACC Championship Semifinals College Park, Md. 5/7:30 p.m.
April 25 ACC Championship Finals – Raycom (TV) College Park, Md. 3:30 p.m.
May 15/16 NCAA Championship (First Round) Home Sites TBA
May 22 NCAA Championship (Quarterfinals South) Princeton, N.J. TBA
May 23 NCAA Championship (Quarterfinals North) Stony Brook, N.Y. TBA
May 29/31 NCAA Final Four ^ Baltimore, Md. TBA

* – denotes ACC game
& – denotes ACC game to be played at New Meadowlands
^ – denotes games will be played at M&T Stadium
! – denotes game will be shown live on ESPN360 and delayed on ESPNU

All times are EST and are subject to change

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