Johns Hopkins University today released its men's lacrosse schedule for the 2015 season, the program's first as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
The Blue Jays open the season with four games in a 15-day stretch—the season-opener against UMBC at Homewood Field on Feb. 7, followed by road games at Towson, Villanova, and North Carolina.
JHU's March 28 game against Rutgers at Homewood Field marks the first conference game in school history and the first of five consecutive Big Ten games—including an April 26 matchup at Maryland, the 112th meeting between the rivals—to wrap up the regular season.
The Blue Jays went 11-5 in 2014 and advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, where they lost to eventual national champion Duke. Four of JHU's 13 opponents participated in the NCAA tournament a year ago, as did the two teams it will host in preseason scrimmages, Denver and Loyola.
"The 2015 schedule will be unique in its challenges and provide much excitement both here at Homewood as well as nationally," JHU coach Dave Pietramala said. "Our inaugural season as an affiliate member of the Big Ten will help us create new rivalries that will be exciting for Hopkins fans and the lacrosse community for years to come. Additionally, we have been able to create a non-conference schedule that allows our program to maintain traditional rivalries, both locally and nationally, while competing against many of the top teams. The 2015 schedule will afford our staff, players, and fans alike the opportunity to take part in some of the most competitive and exciting lacrosse being played."
2015 Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse schedule
Jan. 24 - Denver (scrimmage), 10 a.m.
Jan. 31 - Loyola (scrimmage), 1 p.m.
Feb. 7 - UMBC, 1 p.m. (ESPN3 live; ESPNU tape delay on 2/8)
Feb. 10 - at Towson, TBA
Feb. 14 - at Villanova, 1 p.m.
Feb. 21 - at North Carolina, TBA
Feb. 28 - Princeton, 1 p.m. (ESPN3 live; ESPNU tape delay on 3/1)
Mar. 7 - Navy, noon
Mar. 14 - at Syracuse, TBA (ESPN3 live; ESPNU tape delay on 3/8)
Mar. 21 - Virginia, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Mar. 28 - Rutgers, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Apr. 5 - at Ohio State, TBA
Apr. 11 - Penn State, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Apr. 18 - Michigan, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Apr. 26 - at Maryland, TBA
Apr. 30 - Big Ten semifinals at Maryland
May 2 - Big Ten championship at Maryland
May 9-10 - NCAA tournament first round at campus sites
May 16 - NCAA quarterfinals (Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver)
May 17 - NCAA quarterfinals (Navy Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis)
May 23 - NCAA semifinals (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia)
May 25 - NCAA championship (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia)