@DuqLax Releases 2018 Schedule
Nov. 29, 2017
Duquesne is set to play 16 contests including seven non-conference tilts and nine games against Atlantic 10 foes. The Dukes are slated to appear eight times at Arthur J. Rooney Field including five home A-10 matchups.
"We're really excited about our upcoming spring schedule," said Evans. "We've added several new teams to the mix which will challenge us with
Duquesne opens the season against
The Dukes then hit the road for a stiff test at Penn State (17-4, 5-1 B10) on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The Nittany Lions have made two straight NCAA Final Four appearances, falling to eventual national champion Maryland in last season's national semifinal.
Duquesne then returns home to host Niagara on Sunday, Feb. 25 before traveling to nearby Loretto, Pa. to take on St. Francis U on Thursday, March 1. The Dukes topped the Red Flash by a score of 15-11 last season at Rooney Field.
DU will then play host to UMBC on March 10 followed by a pair of road contests at Central Michigan on Thursday, March 15 and Detroit on Saturday, March 17 to cap non-conference play. The Dukes defeated Detroit in 11-10 at home in 2016.
Duquesne opens the A-10 portion of its schedule with three consecutive home games, battling Saint Bonaventure (March 29), Richmond (March 31) and VCU (April 6).
The Dukes follow their three-game
Rounding out the home slate, Duquesne takes on Davidson (April 20) and George Washington (April 22) at Rooney Field before traveling to face A-10 perennial power UMass on April 28. The Minutewomen finished with a perfect 9-0 ledger in conference play in 2016 and also won an NCAA First Round matchup over Colorado by a score of 13-7.
The 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship will be hosted by
-Duquesne is 11-1 all-time against Robert Morris, 8-0 against St. Francis and 6-0 against Detroit.
- The Dukes will face Niagara for the first time since 2014. Duquesne is a perfect 6-0 against the Purple Eagles, averaging 18.0 goals per game in those contests.
- Duquesne will face Central Michigan for the first time in 2018. The Chippewas, along with Detriot, will compete in the Southern Conference in women's lacrosse for the first time in 2018 after previously playing in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
- Nine of Duquesne's 2018 opponents finished with a winning record in conference play last season, including Robert Morris (NEC), Penn State (Big 10), Niagara (MAAC), UMBC (America East), UMass (Atlantic 10), Richmond (Atlantic 10), George Mason (Atlantic 10), Saint Joseph's (Atlantic 10) and Davidson (Atlantic 10).
- The Dukes will host Slippery Rock in a scrimmage on Saturday, Feb. 10 at noon ET at Rooney Field.