Starsia: Few schedule tweaks in 2010

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Virginia, like Maryland, faced its biggest scheduling headache for the 2010 lacrosse season because of a shifting calendar.

The season will end on May 31 rather than May 25. That difference of a week effectively adds an extra date to the calendar.

Meanwhile, the ACC tournament (expected to be at Byrd Stadium in College Park) remains on a similar date but shifts a week earlier on the calendar to avoid conflicts with final exams at Duke, North Carolina and Virginia. That will zap Virginia’s date with Dartmouth.

It also leaves the Cavaliers with a date after the ACC tournament for the first time since 2004. Coach Dom Starsia said this afternoon Virginia will fill it with Robert Morris for 2010, but is uncertain of who will take that place on the schedule in the future.

It is, after all, an annoying date to try to find an opponent. Most conferences are now committed to league tournaments on the final or penultimate weekend of the season, so the options available to a Maryland or Virginia become limited.

Anyway, the rest of the Cavaliers’ schedule should look similar. Syracuse, Johns Hopkins and Duke stand out as notable home games, while Virginia will visit Cornell, Towson and Maryland. Next year also marks the second year of a two-year deal to play North Carolina in the Big City Classic in a major northern venue.

Patrick Stevens

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