DULUTH, MN. -- The University of Minnesota Duluth men's lacrosse team has released its schedule for the 2018 season.
The schedule includes 12 teams in the final 2017 Top 25 poll, 10 of which competed at nationals, including two Division I teams.
The Bulldogs will kick off their spring campaign against Michigan State on Feb. 11 at the University of Minnesota. The Spartans - the reigning CCLA Division I champs - finished the 2017 season ranked No. 14.
The 'Dogs hit the road the next weekend to start UMLC regular season play against NDSU on Feb. 18. followed by a game against the top-ranked Tommies on Feb. 24.
The Bulldogs return to the University of Minnesota the next weekend, Feb. 25, to play the Gophers in a long standing rivalry game.
For spring break, UMD will stop through Springfield, MO to play Missouri St. before heading to Tennessee for out of conference games against FGCU, Kennesaw St., and Columbus St.
After spring break, the Bulldogs will prepare for another road trip to Southern California to face UC Davis, Sierra Nevada and Cal State Fullerton.
“We worked hard to create a schedule that would prepare us for Nationals,” Coach McNamara said. “Our guys want to face the best competition possible and I think our schedule accomplishes that.”
UMD returns to Minnesota to face conference opponent Saint John's on March 30, before making a final road trip to South Barrington IL. to face the newest members of the UMLC, GVSU and Dayton.
The Bulldogs will play 14 regular season games before the UMLC Tournament. The tournament will be April 20-22 at Mahtomedi High School.
The 2018 MCLA National Championships powered by Under Armour will be held in Salt Lake City from May 7-12 at the SLC Regional Athletic Complex.
2018 University of Minnesota Duluth Men's Lacrosse Schedule
February 11 Michigan State (Twin Cities)
February 18 NDSU (Fargo)
February 24 St. Thomas (Twin Cities)
February 25 Minnesota (Twin Cities)
March 6 Missouri St. (Springfield)
March 8 FGCU (Nashville)
March 9 Kennesaw St. (Nashville)
March 10 Columbus St. (Nashville)
March 23 UC Davis (Los Angeles)
March 24 Sierra Nevada (Los Angeles)
March 25 Cal St. Fullerton (Los Angeles)
March 30 Saint John's (Twin Cities)
April 14 GVSU (South Barrington)
April 15 Dayton (South Barrington)
April 20-22 UMLC Tournament (Mahtomedi)
May 5-12 Nationals (Salt Lake City