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Previewing Notre Dame’s 2018 Schedule

Sergio Perkovic is gone. Ryder Garnsey is not.

COLLEGE LACROSSE: APR 30 ACC Final - Notre Dame v North Carolina Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the 66th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the fifth and final team from the ACC. The Fighting Irish went 9-6 last season and lost to North Carolina in the ACC Championship game. They went to the NCAA Tournament where they lost to Denver in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Notre Dame’s 2018 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
2/11 Detroit Mercy Notre Dame First meeting since 2016 (14-5 W)
2/24 Richmond Notre Dame First ever meeting
3/3 Notre Dame Maryland 5-4 W
3/10 Denver Notre Dame 11-10 L, 16-4 L
3/17 Virginia Notre Dame ACC 11-10 W/OT
3/21 Michigan Notre Dame 16-5 W
3/25 Notre Dame Ohio State 12-7 W
3/31 Notre Dame Syracuse ACC 11-10 L
4/7 Duke Notre Dame ACC 11-8 L, 7-6 W
4/11 Notre Dame Marquette 11-10 W, 15-9 W
4/21 Notre Dame North Carolina ACC 14-13 W, 14-10 L
5/5 Army West Point Notre Dame 10-9 L/OT

The Irish add Detroit Mercy and Richmond to their schedule, taking off just Georgetown. They’ll play one more game than they did last year.

Let’s check out some notable games on this schedule:

Best Nonconference Game: vs. Denver

The lacrosse game for the western part of the country has been an exciting one during the regular season. Connor Cannizzaro’s buzzer-beater last year ruined a #WhitneyInOT, but it was still a sick ending. The last four regular season games have been decided by a goal.

Best Conference Game: @ North Carolina

A rematch of last year’s ACC Championship game, both teams lose key offensive players in Sergio Perkovic and Luke Goldstock, as well as starting goaltenders Shane Doss and Brian Balkam. I expect the Tar Heels to be better than their 8-8 record they had last year.

Under The Radar Game: vs. Richmond

The Spiders are a new add to Notre Dame’s schedule, and it helps Richmond build up their nonconference schedule. The Irish are the fourth ACC team on Richmond’s slate, joining Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia. Despite the losses of Brendan Hynes and Benny Pugh, keep an eye out for the Spiders’ offense.

Possible Upset: vs. Army West Point

The Black Knights were the first team out of the NCAA Tournament last May. Even though their win over Notre Dame helped their case, it wasn’t enough. The Fighting Irish even struggled late in the regular season. This year’s meeting is in South Bend early in May.

For other schedules and team rosters, check out our Men’s Division I matrix.