BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced the Blue Jays’ 2013 schedule today, complete with eight home games, a seventh straight appearance in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and 11 nationally-televised games. Hopkins will prep for the challenging schedule with scrimmages against Ohio State and Penn State and the 14 regular season games will match the school record for most in a season (2010, 2011, 2012).
“Despite the many ongoing changes in the landscape of college lacrosse, we are fortunate to once again have a schedule that ranks among the most challenging in the nation,” Pietramala noted. “Games with our local and national rivals remain in place and we are excited to welcome the University of Michigan to Homewood Field for the first time. Our players and coaching staff look forward to the challenges this schedule presents and look forward to representing Johns Hopkins University against many of the finest teams in the nation.”
Johns Hopkins will open the 2012 season at home against Siena on Friday, February 8 at 5 pm. The game against the Saints will kickoff a run of five games at Homewood Field in a four-week span as JHU will also host Michigan (Feb. 23), Princeton (Mar. 1), Mount St. Mary’s (Mar. 5) and UMBC (Mar. 8) in the first month of the season. A trip up Charles Street to take on local rival Towson on Feb. 16 is also included in the opening six-game run.
After hosting UMBC on March 8, the Blue Jays will hit the road for three straight games. True road games at Syracuse (March 16) and North Carolina (March 30) bookend a meeting with Virginia on March 23 at M&T Bank Stadium in the second game of Inside Lacrosse’s Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. Johns Hopkins is the only team that has appeared in the Face-Off Classic every year since the event’s inception in 2007.
After spending the last three weeks of March away from home, Hopkins will play three of its four games in April in the home whites as Albany (April 5), Navy (April 20) and Loyola (April 27) all visit Homewood Field, while a trip to College Park for the 110th meeting with long-time rival Maryland is also on the April slate (April 13). The games against Maryland and Loyola will pit the Blue Jays against the two teams that played for the national championship in 2012; JHU’s Homecoming is scheduled for April 27 when the `Hounds visit Homewood Field.
Johns Hopkins will flip the calendar to May and close the regular season with a road trip to West Point to take on Army on Friday, May 3. Selections for the 2013 NCAA Tournament will follow on Sunday, May 5 with first round competition in the tournament opening on Saturday, May 11.
In addition to the opportunity to catch the Blue Jays in action on the road or at Homewood Field, Blue Jay fans can also follow the team on TV as JHU will once again enjoy the most extensive television coverage in college lacrosse. In all, 11 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse games are scheduled to be televised with another (Michigan) slotted to air on the web at ESPN3.com. As of today, only the games at Towson and Army will not be televised. Both of those schools will provide a live video stream if the games are not added to the television lineup.
View the entire schedule here.