The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team will play nine of 17 games at Barton Lacrosse Stadium in addition to hosting the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, DU head coach Liza Kelly announced today.
Date Day Opponent Location
Jan. 29 Fri. St. Mary’s Moraga, Calif.
Jan. 31 Sun. Cal Play-day Berkeley, Calif.
Feb. 12 Fri. Duke Durham, N.C.
Feb. 14 Sun. UNC Chapel Hill, N.C.
Feb. 18 Thurs. Stony Brook Barton Stadium
Feb. 22 Mon. Duquesne Barton Stadium
Feb. 28 Sun. Mt. St. Mary’s Barton
Mar. 3 Wed. Loyola Barton Stadium
Mar. 6 Sat. Holy Cross Barton Stadium
Mar. 20 Sat. Rutgers Barton Stadium
Mar. 26 Fri. George Mason Washington, D.C.
Mar. 28 Sun. Albany College Park, Md.
Apr. 2 Fri. California Berkeley, Calif.
Apr. 9 Fri. UC Davis Barton Stadium
Apr. 11 Sun. Stanford Barton Stadium
Apr. 17 Sat. Fresno State Barton Stadium
Apr. 24 Sat. Oregon Eugene, Ore.
Apr. 29-May 2 Thurs.-Sun. MPSF Championship Barton Stadium
May 8 Sat. Play in Game (A-10 Champion @ MPSF Champion)
May 16 Sun. First Round NCAA Tournament TBA
May 22 Sat. Second Round NCAA Tournament TBA
May 28-30 Fri-Sun Final Four NCAA Tournament Towson, Md. TBA
ALL TIMES MOUNTAIN AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Denver will face four of the nation’s top ranked teams from last season: North Carolina (fourth in the NCAA in 2009), Duke (fifth), Stanford (13th) and Loyola (18th). Additionally, the winner of the MPSF Tournament in Denver will face the Atlantic-10 champion for a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
“We have created a challenging schedule that should help our young team develop as we head into the MPSF Tournament,” Kelly said.
The Pioneers open the season with four straight on the road, beginning at St. Mary’s (Jan. 29) and in Berkeley, Calif., for Cal-Play Day (Jan. 31).
Denver then takes on two of the nation’s toughest teams when DU heads to Duke (Feb. 12), which finished fifth last season after falling in an overtime thriller to Penn in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, and the University of North Carolina (Feb. 14), which played in the national championship game last year.
Denver return home for six straight at Barton Lacrosse Stadium against Stony Brook (Feb. 18), Duquesne (Feb. 22), Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 28), Loyola (March 3), Holy Cross (March 6) and Rutgers (March 20).
After another road swing, DU returns home for three final regular season home games against UC Davis (April 9), Stanford (April 11) and Fresno State (April 17).
DU will host the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at Barton Lacrosse Stadium on April 29-May 2. The winner of the MPSF title will play the Atlantic-10 champion for an NCAA Tournament bid.
The Pioneers return 23 players from the 2009 squad, including All-MPSF honoree Ali Flury (Arnold, Md.) and MPSF Co-Newcomer of the Year Ashley Harman (Boyertown, Pa.). DU finished the 2009 season with a 10-8 overall record and went 4-2 in the MPSF.