2021 Schedule Preview: Duke Blue Devils

(Photo Courtesy of Duke Athletics)

While it has taken a bit longer for teams and conference to get their schedules together for the 2021 season due to the Coronavirus outbreak and various restrictions surrounding the virus, Schedule release schedule has finally begun!

The Duke Blue Devils are 18th DI team to release their 2021 schedule and first from the ACC. Duke comes into the 2021 season after going 6-2 during the shortened 2020 season.

Duke’s Full 2021 Schedule:

DateHomeAwayNotes
2/5DukeDenver
2/7DukeRobert Morris
2/13DukeMercer
2/20TowsonDuke
2/27DukeAir Force
3/5RichmondDuke
3/7DukeHigh Point
3/14JacksonvilleDuke
3/27DukeSyracuseACC
4/1DukeNorth CarolinaACC
4/10Notre DameDukeACC
4/15VirginiaDukeACC
4/22DukeNotre DameACC
5/2North CarolinaDukeACC

Notes

  • Playing two conference opponents (Notre Dame, North Carolina) twice.

Games to Circle

2/5 vs Denver: The Duke Blue Devils will open their season at home against the Denver Pioneers in a contests that has become one of the better early season meetings in recent years. Last season in Denver, Duke bested the Pioneers 15-13. This year’s meeting will mark the debut for Michael Sowers for Duke and be our first look at team that many have already labeled a juggernaut.

2/27 vs Air Force: One of the biggest upsets last season was the Air Force Falcons knocking off Duke, 14-13, on the opening day of the college lacrosse season. It was the third time the Falcons had beaten the Blue Devils since 2016 and their fourth overall loss to a SoCon team in the last five seasons. This loaded Blue Devils squad will aim to avoid any such upsets this season and look to get back at an Air Force team that returns a whole swath of talent from last season, including attackman Brandon Dodd and goalie Braden Host, who were huge in last year’s contest.

4/1 & 5/2 vs/@ North Carolina: One of the two ACC opponents that the Blue Devils will play twice this season in arch-rival North Carolina. The two Tobacco Road Rivalry matchups will feature what should be two of the nation’s best offenses with Michael Sowers leading Duke and Chris Gray leading North Carolina. Their last meeting was in 2019 and the Tar Heels took the win, 10-8.

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