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Syracuse field hockey will play a shortened nine-game schedule this fall that includes six conference games, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Friday.
The Orange open their season Sept. 18 with a home game against Duke, though the game won’t count as one of the six conference games. SU’s first conference game that counts toward the standings, also against Duke, comes two days later.
Syracuse, which finished fifth out of seven ACC teams last season with a 3-3 conference record, is set to play doubleheaders against Duke, Virginia and Boston College, in addition to one game against North Carolina, Wake Forest and Louisville. For the three teams the Orange are playing twice, only one game will apply for the ACC’s standings.
SU has home games against Duke, Boston College and Louisville. The team will travel to North Carolina, the defending national champions, as well as Virginia and Wake Forest.
The ACC Championship — scheduled to take place at Duke’s Jack Katz Stadium on Nov. 5, 6 and 8 — will be a single-elimination tournament featuring all seven of the conference’s teams.
Syracuse lost 1-0 to Louisville in the first round of the ACC Championship last season. Although the Orange made the NCAA tournament, they were also eliminated in the first round after a 5-1 loss to Princeton.
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