November 17, 2010

Syracuse Schedule Includes Seven NCAA Tournament Qualifiers

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse women's lacrosse squad and head coach Gary Gait have a tough 2011 season ahead as the Orange faces seven opponents that qualified for the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Syracuse plays seven home games, three against BIG EAST teams.

The Orange opens the season at home against local rival Colgate on February 17. Syracuse then travels to Stanford on February 20 and returns home to face Virginia on February 27. The Orange's comeback attempt against the Cavaliers last season came up just short as it allowed the game-winning goal with 1:33 remaining in a 14-13 setback.

Syracuse plays 11 games on the road, which include five BIG EAST matchups. The Orange has a six-game road streak where it travels to take on defending national champion Maryland (March 12), Towson (March 15), Florida (March 19), and five-time national champion Northwestern (March 23). The game against the Terrapins will be a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament semifinals, a game Maryland won, 14-5. Northwestern, which defeated the Orange on a goal in the final minute of play last season, advanced to the 2010 national finals where it lost to the Terrapins.

Syracuse opens BIG EAST play at Rutgers (March 26) and travels to Dartmouth (April 4) before returning home to face Connecticut on April 8 and Notre Dame on April 10. It took four overtimes to decide the last meeting between the Orange and Fighting Irish. Syracuse scored at the 2:20 mark of the fourth extra session for a 12-11 victory in the semifinals of the 2010 BIG EAST Tournament

The Orange travels to Washington, D.C. April 16 to take on BIG EAST rival Georgetown. Syracuse lost to the Hoyas in last year's regular-season finale and in the BIG EAST Tournament Finals, but defeated Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Syracuse returns home to take on BIG EAST opponents Louisville (April 21) and Cincinnati (April 23). The Orange hosts Cornell on April 26 in its final home game. Syracuse ends the regular season on the road at Loyola (April 29) and Villanova (May 1).

The BIG EAST Tournament will be hosted by Georgetown on May 5 and 7. The NCAA tournament begins on May 14. The semifinals and finals will be held on May 27 and 29 at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Syracuse finished the 2010 season with a 15-7 record. The Orange advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament where it lost to eventual national champion Maryland.

Date            Opponent                 Time      Location
Thu, Feb 17     Colgate                5:00 p.m.   Syracuse, N.Y.
Sun, Feb 20     Stanford               1:00 p.m.   Palo Alto, Calif.
Sun, Feb 27     Virginia               1:00 p.m.   Syracuse, N.Y.
Sat, Mar 12     Maryland              12:00 p.m.   College Park, Md.
Tue, Mar 15     Towson                 4:00 p.m.   Towson, Md.
Sat, Mar 19     Florida                1:00 p.m.   Gainesville, Fla.
Wed, Mar 23     Northwestern           7:00 p.m.   Evanston, Ill.
Sat, Mar 26   * Rutgers                1:00 p.m.   Piscataway, N.J.
Mon, Apr 4      Dartmouth              3:00 p.m.   Lebanon, N.H.
Fri, Apr 8    * Connecticut            4:00 p.m.   Syracuse, N.Y.
Sun, Apr 10   * Notre Dame             1:00 p.m.   Syracuse, N.Y.
Sat, Apr 16   * Georgetown             1:00 p.m.   Washington, DC
Thu, Apr 21   * Louisville             5:00 p.m.   Syracuse, N.Y.
Sat, Apr 23   * Cincinnati             1:00 p.m.   Syracuse, N.Y.
Tue, Apr 26     Cornell                7:00 p.m.   Syracuse, N.Y.
Fri, Apr 29   * Loyola                 7:00 p.m.   Baltimore, Md.
Sun, May 1    * Villanova             12:00 p.m.   Villanova, Pa.
Thu, May 5      BIG EAST Tournament
Sat, May 7      BIG EAST Tournament

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