CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Lars Tiffany announced the team’s 2021 schedule on Wednesday (Feb. 3). The slate features 14 games, including nine home contests at Klöckner Stadium.
The 2021 home schedule includes contests against Towson (Feb. 6), High Point (March 3), Air Force (March 6), North Carolina (March 11), Robert Morris (March 20), Richmond (April 3), Duke (April 15), Utah (April 17) and Syracuse (April 24).
The Cavaliers will travel to Loyola (Feb. 20), Syracuse (Feb. 27), Notre Dame (March 27), North Carolina (April 10) and Navy (May 1).
The weekend of May 8 is an open weekend for any missed ACC games that were postponed. The May 1 contest at Navy is contingent on that weekend remaining open for the Midshipmen. The Patriot League has designated the weekend of May 1 as a make-up weekend for any postponed Patriot League conference games.
“All of lacrosse has been dreaming of the day we would be back on the field competing,” Tiffany said. “We are fortunate at Virginia to have an administration that has been tireless in discovering ways to create this reality. We are also grateful for our athletic trainers and team doctors who have paved the medical path. Our men are embracing each and every day we are together on the practice field and are eager to challenge themselves against the nation’s best, which our game schedule represents. We will find out early and often exactly where we stand with an arduous non-conference schedule and six ACC games.”
There is no ACC Tournament in 2021 and the winner of the regular season will be the crowned the ACC champion.
The broadcast selections for the Virginia men’s lacrosse team will be released and posted to VirginiaSports.com on a month-by-month basis as released by the Atlantic Coast Conference and its television partners. Starting times and dates should be considered tentative and subject to change based on the broadcast selections.
The Cavaliers went 4-2 in a shortened 2020 campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last full season the Cavaliers played they won the program’s sixth NCAA national title (eighth overall) in 2019. The Cavaliers finished 17-3 that season, also winning the ACC championship and tying the program record for wins (17).
Tiffany enters his fifth season at UVA in 2021, returning a stable of talented letterwinners. Highlighting the UVA veterans are All-Americans Dox Aitken (Villanova, Pa.), Jared Conners (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Matt Moore (Garnet Valley, Pa.). Aitken is a two-time first-team All-American and returns to UVA as a graduate transfer after attempting to play FCS football at Villanova last fall. Conners is one of the most dynamic long-stick midfielders in the nation, sweeping the 2021 preseason All-America honors at the position. Both Aitken and Conners return using the extra year the NCAA granted spring sport athletes due to the pandemic. Moore, who broke UVA’s single-season point mark in the last full season (2019), returns as a preseason second-team All-American.
The current guidelines for sports venues provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia under the “Forward Virginia” plan (updated Nov. 13, 2020), allow for the lesser of 30 percent occupancy of the facility or 250 patrons.
Due to health and safety considerations, in addition to the current guidelines for sports venues set by the Commonwealth of Virginia, attendance for UVA home lacrosse competitions will be limited to the family of student-athletes and coaching staff until further notice.
Should the Commonwealth of Virginia adjust the protocols for spectator attendance, the UVA athletics department will announce new capacity guidelines and other protocols to attend events.
2021 Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Schedule
Feb. 6 TOWSON 4 p.m. ACC Network
Feb. 20 at Loyola (Md.) 5 p.m.
Feb. 27 at Syracuse* 6 p.m. ACC Network
March 3 HIGH POINT 4 p.m.
March 6 AIR FORCE 4 p.m.
March 11 NORTH CAROLINA* 7 p.m.
March 20 ROBERT MORRIS 3 p.m.
March 27 at Notre Dame* TBD
April 3 RICHMOND 5 p.m.
April 10 at North Carolina* TBD
April 15 DUKE* 7 p.m.
April 17 UTAH TBD
April 24 SYRACUSE* TBD
May 1 at Navy TBD
May 15-16 NCAA First Round (Home Sites)
May 22-23 NCAA Quarterfinals (Hofstra and Notre Dame)
May 29-31 NCAA Semifinals/Finals (Rentschler Field, Hartford, Conn.)