Must-see men's lacrosse games this season

The season is just around the corner and you need to plan out your spring. Here's a list of some of the most intriguing men's matchups of the season. Or, click here to see all schedules.

Feb. 17 -- Loyola at Notre Dame
It will be chilly in South Bend, but this big early game pits two trendy dark-horse picks.

Feb. 18 -- Hobart at Syracuse
In its home opener, Syracuse will have a chance to avenge an upset loss from a year ago.

Feb. 24 -- Dartmouth at Duke (ESPNU, 3 p.m. ET)
All eyes will be on Durham as the Blue Devils play their first game since a loss to Cornell on March 21, 2006.

Feb. 24 -- UMass at Hofstra
Hofstra finished 17-2 last year with both losses coming to UMass, including one in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Both teams replace a lot and have some question marks headed into the season.

Feb. 24 -- Georgetown at Maryland
Always a big early season game, can Georgetown finally get the Maryland monkey off its back?

March 2 -- Duke at Maryland (ESPNU, 2 p.m. ET)
The first big ACC tilt of the season, Duke and Maryland battle it out on a Friday night game in College Park.

March 3 -- Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Classic (ESPNU)
Featuring Virginia vs. Syracuse and Johns Hopkins vs. Princeton
For the first time ever, Inside Lacrosse is bringing the two biggest early season contests to the same field, creating a double-header pitting No. 1 against No. 3 and No. 2 against No. 4 at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. (For more info or for tickets visit faceoffclassic.com.)

March 10 -- Princeton at Virginia
A contrast in styles, Virginia and Princeton go head-to-head in Charlottesville.

March 10 -- Syracuse at Georgetown
The rivalry continues with two of the top five teams in the country squaring off in Washington, D.C.

March 17 -- Princeton at Hofstra
Tigers head coach Bill Tierney heads to Long Island to battle his nephew, new Hofstra head coach Seth Tierney.

March 17 -- Hopkins at Syracuse
Another game with NCAA tournament seeding implications, Hopkins takes on Syracuse in the Dome.

March 20 -- Cornell at Duke
A rematch of Duke's last game of the '06 season, which Cornell won 11-7.

March 24 -- Duke at Georgetown
Sure, these are two top-10 teams. But the real story line here is that Georgetown snagged some of Duke's recruits following the rape allegations last spring.

March 31 -- Maryland at Virginia
Maryland couldn't get past Virginia last year. Can the Terps manage to beat the Cavs this spring?

April 7 -- Syracuse at Princeton
Always a battle, two of the top teams in the country square off in this early April game.

Maryland at Navy
If you live in the state of Maryland, this is a game to attend. It is always close and always intense.

April 11 -- Towson at Delaware
This conference tilt could decide who wins the CAA.

April 14 -- Virginia at Duke
The last time Virginia played at Duke, in 2005, the Blue Devils blasted them off the field, 17-2.

April 14 -- Loyola at Georgetown
Loyola is a popular dark-horse pick this year. Georgetown's loss to the Greyhounds last season hurt them come tourney seeding time.

April 21 -- Princeton at Cornell
The battle for supremacy in the Ivy League.

April 21 -- Georgetown at UMass
Who is going to win the ECAC? This game could have huge implications.

April 21 -- Fairfield at Loyola
Shortly after shocking Georgetown last season, Loyola fell victim to an upset itself, losing to Fairfield.

April 21 -- Navy at Hopkins (ESPNU, 1 p.m. ET)
Two local teams duke it out at Homewood. For Hopkins, it's homecoming. And it seems Navy is always charged up for this battle.

April 28 -- Syracuse at UMass
In what has become an even more heated rivalry lately, Syracuse heads to UMass to take on the Minutemen.

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