@DuqLax Releases 2017 Schedule
Oct. 26, 2016
PITTSBURGH -- First-year head coach Lisa Evans has released the full schedule for Duquesne lacrosse 2017 season.
The 17-game season consists of eight non-conference matchups and nine Atlantic 10 Conference teams. Four of Duquesne's 17 opponents saw post-season play last year in the NCAA Championship. "Our coaching staff is extremely excited about our 2017 schedule," said Evans. "We have some really challenging opponents in our non-conference schedule, which will help us greatly in preparation for A-10 play. Playing this type of schedule can only make us better and help us develop."
Duquesne will open at home vs. Penn State (14-7, 3-2 Big Ten) on February 22nd. The Nittany Lions finished 7th in RPI last season and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the Final Four and fell to NCAA Champion, North Carolina. Additionally, Penn State was ranked 11th in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Coaches Poll during the 2016 season. PSU leads the all-time series with the Dukes 5-0.
The Dukes will remain home to host Ohio State on March 3rd (11-6, 2-3 Big Ten), who ranked 31st in the RPI last season prior to being eliminated by Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal. Ohio State is 13-3 all-time against Duquesne.
On March 6th, Duquesne will conclude its three-game home stretch against Detroit (12-8, 5-3 Atlantic Sun) on Rooney Field. The Dukes lead the all-time series against Detroit 5-0, with the most recent match resulting in an 18-6 Duquesne win in 2014.
Following the Detroit game, the Dukes will head to Buffalo, N.Y. to face Canisius (13-7, 8-0 MAAC) on March 8th. The 2016 MAAC champion Golden Griffins concluded last season 35th in RPI before falling to Cornell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Duquesne leads the all-time series 8-4. The Dukes will return to the Bluff to host Saint Francis University (4-12, 1-6 Northeast Conference) on March 15th. Duquesne is undefeated against the Red Flash, leading the all-time series 7-0.
March 18th, Duquesne will travel to Catonsville, Md. for a matchup against UMBC (9-8, 3-3 America East), who ended the 2016 season falling to Stony Brook in the America East semifinal. The Retrievers return an America East All-Rookie selection in defender Tianna Wallpher. The Dukes are 2-2 all-time against UMBC.
After their game against UMBC, the Dukes will head to Louisville (12-6, 3-4 ACC) to face the Cardinals on March 21st, who earned an NCAA at-large bid last year, falling to Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This will be Duquesne's second all-time meeting with Louisville.
The Dukes will conclude their nonconference slate at cross-town rival Robert Morris (9-8, 3-3 Northeast Conference) on March 25th. Duquesne is undefeated against Robert Morris, going 11-0 in their all-time series. Duquesne opens its Atlantic 10 Conference schedule at Richmond (9-10, 3-6 A-10) on March 31st. Richmond returns A-10 All Conference Second Team selections in attacker Kim Egizi and defender Leslie Espenschied and A-10 Rookie Team honorees in midfielder Marissa Brown and attacker Mia Castagnero. The Spiders lead the all-time series 13-6, with the last meeting resulting in a 10-9 overtime loss for the Dukes in the 2016 A-10 Championship quarterfinals.
The Dukes will remain in Richmond, Va. to face VCU (3-14, 1-8 A-10) on April 2nd. The Rams returns its top three scorers in midfielder Sky Hyatt (39 goals, 11 assists), attacker Molly Barcikowski (27 goals, 22 assists) and midfielder Sofia Emond (26 goals, 9 assists). Last season the Dukes picked up a 12-10 win on Rooney Field in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Duquesne will return home to host George Mason (12-5, 7-2 A-10) on April 7th. The Patriots return their leading scorer midfielder Alexa McGovern (41 goals, 5 assists), who received A-10 All Conference First Team accolades last season. Mason also returns A-10 All Conference Second Team selections in attacker Jacquelyn Spalding and defender Kira Greer. The Dukes are 3-0 all-time against George Mason, recording a 9-8 win over the Patriots last season.
On April 9th the Dukes will take on Saint Joseph's (9-10, 7-2 A-10) on Rooney Field. The Hawks return two A-10 All Conference First Team members in attacker Nora McCallion (50 goals, 16 assists) and midfielder Maggie Egan (20 goals, 33 assists). Additionally SJU returns midfielder Rebecca Lane (36 goals, 22 assists), the 2016 A-10 Rookie of the Year selection. Duquesne leads the all-time series with Saint Joseph's 16-2.
Next the Dukes will travel to Olean, NY to visit St. Bonaventure (3-14, 1-8 A-10) on April 13th. The Bonnies return their top scorer, midfielder Taylor Fallon (34 goals, 14 assists) and midfielder Scarlet Jaworski (25 goals, 4 assists). With a 25-8 win last season, the Dukes improved their all-time series record with St. Bonaventure to 15-3.
Duquesne will remain on the road to face Davidson (8-9, 5-4 A-10) on April 16th. The Wildcats return goalkeeper Rose Woolson, who received A-10 Second Team accolades last season, and A-10 Rookie Team member, midfielder Sarah Kopp. Duquesne is 7-3 all-time against Davidson. The Dukes will host La Salle (5-11, 3-6) on April 21st. The Explorers return an A-10 All Conference Second Team selection in attacker Alee Ilgenfritz (29 goals, 13 assists). In the last meeting with La Salle, Duquesne's 15-9 win extended their all-time series to 14-5.
Duquesne will head to Washington, DC to face George Washington (4-13, 2-7) for the final away game of the season on April 23rd. The Colonials return attacker Bailey Forcier (21 goals, 27 assists), a top scorer and member of the A-10 All Conference Second Team. The Dukes are undefeated in their series with Mason, leading 3-0.
The final regular season contest will be against eight-time defending A-10 Champion Massachusetts (20-2, 9-0 A-10). After winning the A-10 title last season, UMass advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, ultimately falling to the national runner-up, Maryland. UMass was ranked 15th in RPI last season and 17th in the IWLCA Coaches poll. The Minutewomen currently hold a 52 match A-10 regular season winning streak, with their last conference loss occurring on April 4th, 2010. UMass leads the all-time series with Duquesne 15-6.
The 2017 A-10 Championship will take place in Philadelphia, Pa. May 4th through 7th, with Saint Joseph's hosting on Sweeney Field.