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Previewing Duke’s 2019 men’s college lacrosse schedule

The Blue Devils lost Justin Guterding, but that won’t stop them from being contenders for a national championship.

Matt Dewkett

The Duke Blue Devils are the 60th team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the third team from the ACC. The Blue Devils finished 16-4 in 2018 and 3-1 in ACC play. Duke lost to Notre Dame in the ACC semifinals, but advanced to the NCAA national championship game with wins over Villanova, Johns Hopkins, and Maryland. They lost to Yale in the title game.

Here’s their entire 2019 schedule:

Duke’s 2019 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
2/2 Duke Furman First meeting since 2014
2/6 High Point Duke
2/9 Duke Jacksonville
2/16 Denver Duke
2/23 Penn Duke
3/1 Duke Richmond
3/8 Loyola Duke
3/12 Utah Duke First ever meeting
3/16 Towson Duke
3/24 Duke Syracuse ACC
3/30 Duke North Carolina ACC
4/6 Notre Dame Duke ACC
4/13 Virginia Duke ACC
4/20 Duke Marquette In Bethpage, NY

Who’s In?

Who’s Out?

Average Winning Percentage From 2018 Teams

  • Overall: .545
  • Nonconference: .532
  • ACC: .575

Circle These Dates

  • 2/16 (vs. Denver): The college lacrosse world got introduced to Joe Robertson in the fourth quarter of their meeting last year. The then-freshman scored four goals in the final quarter to lift the Blue Devils past the Pioneers in comeback fashion. Without Justin Guterding, Robertson will have a much larger role with the offense.
  • 2/23 (vs. Penn): After the high of the comeback win, Duke got a surprise in Philadelphia by the Quakers. The Blue Devils had a hot first half but were outscored by the Quakers 6-2 in the second half and gave up the game’s final four goals in the loss. Most of Penn’s players are back as well.
  • 3/16 (vs. Towson): Despite an appearance in Championship Weekend in 2017, the Tigers did not make it to the NCAA Tournament last year. They started the season slow but did find their groove in the middle of the year, and one of their better performances came against the Blue Devils in Towson. The Tigers managed to go on a 6-0 run to start the second half and take a one-goal lead, but Duke mounted back with a 3-0 run to end the game. Shawn Nadelen has one of the toughest defenses to play against in the country.
  • 3/24 (at Syracuse): Since Syracuse became a member of the ACC, five of the eight total meetings between the two teams have been decided by a goal. They’ve played to one-goal games every year against the Orange, so I would not expect something different this time around. Duke hopes Jamie Trimboli doesn’t score the game-winner for the third year in a row.
  • 4/13 (vs. Virginia): There’s hope for Virginia to make a legit push toward Championship Weekend down in Charlottesville. Lars Tiffany returns a potent offense that includes Michael Kraus and Dox Aitken, and will look to improve his defensive unit and have a stable starting goaltender. This could be the right time to pounce on Duke and become the top team in the ACC.

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