2020 Schedule Preview: Virginia Cavaliers

(Photo Courtesy of Virginia Athletics)

The Virginia Cavaliers are the 63rd DI program to release their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Cavaliers come into the 2020 season following a national title run in 2019 where they went 17-3 overall and 3-1 in the ACC. They also won the ACC tournament into addition to the national championship, as well. 

Schedule

Date Home Away Notes
2/8 Virginia Loyola
2/15 Virginia Lehigh
2/22 Virginia Princeton
2/25 Virginia High Point
3/1 Virginia Air Force
3/8 Brown Virginia
3/14 Maryland Virginia
3/19 Notre Dame Virginia ACC
3/28 Virginia Richmond
4/2 North Carolina Virginia ACC
4/9 Virginia Duke ACC
4/11 Virginia Utah
4/18 Virginia Syracuse ACC
4/28 Virginia VMI After ACC Tournament

Key Games

2/8 vs Loyola

Continuing the same trend since 2014, Virginia will open up their season against Loyola. Last season, Loyola defeated the Cavaliers 17-9, securing their first win in the series since 2016. This year’s contest should be another great early season battle, as usual. 

2/15 vs Lehigh

Last year marked these two program’s first-ever meeting, as Virginia won 11-8. With both squads returning a heap of talent from last year, especially on offense, this game could very much be just as tight as it was a year ago. Virginia outscored Lehigh 4-2 in the fourth quarter last year to help them get ahead and secure the win. 

3/14 @ Maryland

A rematch of their NCAA quarterfinal matchup last season, both teams should get up for this game, especially considering how that quarterfinal game ended. In that meeting, Virginia got the 14-13 overtime win, going on a six-goal run in the fourth quarter and the overtime period. This could also be the defending champs first huge test of the season. 

4/18 vs Syracuse

The Cavaliers played in five overtime contest last season, including three consecutive overtime wins against Princeton, Syracuse , and Brown in late February and early March. With the addition’s on the coach staff and personnel that Syracuse has made over the offseason, this year’s meeting could very well end up being similar to last year’s 15-14 overtime game. Also, this contest could have ACC tournament implications, as well, especially being the last game before the conference tournament for both squads.

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