The Huskies, who finished last season unbeaten in each of their last seven matches, will face five teams that qualified for the 2014 NCAA Tournament this fall. Twelve of Connecticut’s 17 opponents this season finished last year with a winning record, and 11 of those teams tallied at least 10 wins in 2014.
Connecticut’s preseason officially gets underway at Aug. 12, and the Huskies will host a pair of exhibition matches against Rider (Aug. 16) and Syracuse (Aug. 22). Both contests kick off at 7 p.m.
UConn opens the regular season with three straight home matches, starting with the opener against St. Francis (Brooklyn) on Friday, Aug. 28 (7 p.m.) at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Following home contests against Quinnipiac (Aug. 31) and Dartmouth (Sept. 4), the Huskies will kick off road play on Thursday, Sept. 10 against Harvard at 4 p.m.
Other non-conference home matches for Connecticut include UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 13), Rhode Island (Sept. 19), Providence (Sept. 30) and Yale (Oct. 27). The Friars reached the 2014 College Cup a year ago and finished with an overall record of 16-5-2.
For the third straight season, UConn will open American Athletic play against USF (Sept. 26). The Bulls and the Huskies squared off in the Conference Semifinals last season, and the two teams have met in the American Athletic Tournament in each of the last two years.
Connecticut will welcome four league opponents to Storrs in 2015, beginning with Memphis on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. UConn also plays host to Cincinnati (Oct. 7) and Central Florida (Oct. 17), and the Huskies conclude regular season play with a second match against USF on Saturday, Oct. 31 in Storrs. The Huskies have lost just one home game to an American Athletic opponent since the league was formed two years ago.
Two of UConn’s final three road matches will come against teams that competed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Huskies will battle former conference foe Louisville on the road on Oct. 13 (7 p.m.) before squaring off against Tulsa later that month on Oct. 24 (7 p.m. ET). The Golden Hurricane won the 2014 League Championship in Storrs last fall.
The American Athletic Tournament returns to Florida this fall, as USF will host the event in Tampa. The quarterfinals (Nov. 7) will take place on campus sites, before the semifinals (Nov. 13) and finals (Nov. 15) get underway the following week. UConn has reached the Conference Semifinals in each of the last four seasons.