Dec. 4, 2014
BOSTON - Highlighted by a trip to two-time defending national champion Duke and six home games at Nickerson Field, the Boston University men's lacrosse program and head coach Ryan Polley have announced the team's 2015 schedule.
BU, which played in its inaugural varsity season last spring, will once again face a strong collection of opponents, including the last two NCAA title winners. The Terriers won two games in 2014, including the program's first-ever victory at Lafayette.
"The 2015 schedule provides us with another chance to measure our young program against some of nation's best and most established programs," Polley said. "We look forward to our second year in the extremely competitive Patriot League as well as competing against three 2014 NCAA tournament teams, including national champion Duke."
Year Two will begin with the Terriers' home opener against Mercer on Feb. 7. BU will then play its next five games away from home, starting that stretch with a trip to Canisius on Feb. 14. Patriot League play gets underway with a date at Lehigh on Feb. 21 before the Terriers continue their non-conference slate at Providence (Feb. 24). Following fixtures at Vermont (Feb. 28) and Colgate (March 7), the Terriers will return home to host Lafayette. They bested the Leopards, 12-7, last season.
BU will play four of its final six contests at Nickerson Field, including a March 21 contest against Bucknell. After trips to Navy (March 28) and Army (April 4), the Terriers will welcome Harvard to Nickerson Field on April 7. It will be the first of two night games, as BU will also host Holy Cross under the lights on April 17. Prior to the clash against the Crusaders, the Terriers will take on 2012 national champion Loyola Maryland on April 11.
The Patriot League Tournament will commence on April 21, with the championship game to take place on April 26. BU will play one more regular-season game on May 2, when the Terriers trek to Duke. BU played the eventual NCAA champion close in last year's 16-11 loss, with goaltender Christian Carson-Banister making 25 saves, which was a 2014 single-game NCAA record.