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Previewing Virginia’s 2019 men’s college lacrosse schedule

Will the Cavaliers make a Championship Weekend run?

UVA Media Relations

The Virginia Cavaliers are the 32nd team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the first team from the ACC. The Cavaliers finished 12-6 in 2018 and 1-3 in ACC play. Virginia qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 but lost to Loyola in the first round.

Here’s their entire 2019 schedule:

Virginia’s 2019 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
2/9 Virginia Loyola
2/16 Lehigh Virginia First meeting since 1906
2/18 High Point Virginia
2/23 Virginia Princeton
3/2 Virginia Syracuse ACC
3/10 Brown Virginia First meeting since 2016
3/16 Notre Dame Virginia ACC
3/23 Virginia Johns Hopkins Doyle Smith Cup
3/29 Richmond Virginia
3/31 Utah Virginia First ever meeting
4/6 North Carolina Virginia ACC
4/13 Virginia Duke ACC
4/16 VMI Virginia
4/20 Marist Virginia First ever meeting

Who’s In?

Who’s Out?

Average Winning Percentage From 2018 Teams

  • Overall: .534
  • Nonconference: .500
  • ACC: .608

Circle These Dates

  • 2/9 (at Loyola): This game has always provided early season fireworks, and we need some of that in February. Pat Spencer returns for a final year with the Greyhounds, while we’ll all see the new rules in effect for this meeting. If you like offense, this is the game for you.
  • 2/16 (vs. Lehigh): These two teams are meeting for the first time in 103 years. That’s surprising considering how these two teams have been in recent years. This will be a good test for both teams and will further challenge the Cavaliers against a team that returns plenty of their starters and key players from a year ago.
  • 3/2 (at Syracuse): Virginia-Syracuse is the best college lacrosse rivalry in the ACC. It’s not the same as the Duke-North Carolina series in every sport, but these two teams have been known to play in legendary games and have had some bad blood in the past. The last four meetings were decided by a goal, with the Cavaliers winning the most recent game.
  • 3/23 (at Johns Hopkins): It looked like the Wahoos would cruise past Hopkins last year at Klöckner with a 9-2 halftime lead. But that lead disintegrated like Thanos disintegrated some of the Avengers with the Infinity Gauntlet. Virginia is capable of doing significant damage, but they will need to have a strong defense to put them among serious contenders for a national championship.
  • 4/13 (at Duke): Virginia made last year’s meeting a little interesting, cutting the Blue Devil lead to a goal with 2:49 left in the third quarter. But Duke went on a 6-0 run to runaway with the win. Justin Guterding had nine points in the Blue Devil win, but he’s gone. So is goalie Danny Fowler, but the defending national runners-up returns Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris at close defense.

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