Syracuse University head men’s lacrosse coach John Desko released the team’s 2014 schedule on Thursday, Dec. 19. This year’s slate includes games against six NCAA Tournament teams from last season and is highlighted by five Atlantic Coast Conference games in the Orange’s first year as a member of the ACC.
The Orange’s five ACC opponents all rank in the top nine of the Inside Lacrosse Faceoff Yearbook Preseason Top 20. Reigning national champion Duke (No. 1), North Carolina (No. 3) and Notre Dame (No. 4) are in the top five. Maryland is No. 6 and Virginia is No. 9. In addition, the Orange will square off with No. 12 Albany, No. 14 Johns Hopkins, No. 16 St. John’s and No. 17 Cornell this season for a total of nine games versus Top 20 teams.