Johns Hopkins University's 2018 men's lacrosse schedule, announced Tuesday, features games against seven teams that made the 16-team NCAA tournament field a year ago, including three of the four national semifinalists.
The Blue Jays kick off their regular season on Feb. 10 against Towson at Homewood Field. The home slate also includes matchups against North Carolina, Princeton, Delaware, and two Big Ten Conference teams that faced off in last year's national championship game—Ohio State and Maryland.
Game times and television schedules will be announced at a later date. Game dates are also subject to change—most games are tentatively slated for Saturdays but could shift to Friday or Sunday.
This will be the fourth season as member of the Big Ten for Hopkins, which went 8-7 a year ago and lost to Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
"Our non-conference schedule continues to be among the most challenging in the nation and will prepare us well for Big Ten play," Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala said. "In a short period of time, the Big Ten has developed into a premier men's lacrosse conference, and we look forward to the opportunities presented with our league schedule."
The top four teams in the Big Ten regular-season standings will qualify for the 2018 Big Ten tournament, which will take place at the University of Michigan.
For the first time since 1949, the Hopkins schedule does not include a regular-season game against Navy.
2018 Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse schedule
Jan. 27–at High Point (scrimmage)
Feb. 3–Marquette (scrimmage)
Feb. 10–Towson, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Feb. 17–at Loyola, 1 p.m.
Feb. 23–North Carolina, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
March 3–Princeton, 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
March 10–at Syracuse, 1 p.m.
March 13–UMBC, 7 p.m.
March 17–Delaware, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)
March 24–at Virginia, 11:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
April 1–at Rutgers, 7 p.m.
April 7–Ohio State, noon (ESPNU)
April 14–at Penn State, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
April 21–at Michigan, noon
April 28–Maryland, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
May 3-5–Big Ten tournament at Michigan