April 23, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut field hockey team has released its 2013 schedule as announced by head coach Nancy Stevens on Tuesday, April 23. The Huskies' schedule includes seven games against teams that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament and four games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinal.
The Huskies finished the 2012 season with a 19-3 record, took home the championship hardware from the BIG EAST Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinal.
UConn's only exhibition tune-up is set for Saturday, August 24 against New Hampshire in Storrs. Game time is set for 2 p.m. and will serve to get the Huskies ready for their first three regular-season games of 2013, all of which will take place on the road.
The Huskies will open the regular season on Saturday, August 31 at Stanford. The Cardinal finished 2012 with a 16-7 overall record and won the NorPac Regular Season and Tournament championships. Stanford, which finished 2012 ranked No. 17, in the RPI is 0-4 all-time against the Huskies and UConn has bested the Cardinal in each of the last two seasons in Storrs.
UConn will stay on the west coast and will make the short trip to Berkley to play at Cal on Sunday, September 1. The Bears were 8-12 last year and the Huskies won the only previous meeting between the two squads.
The Huskies' nomadic schedule stretch will continue with a trip to Penn State on Sunday, September 8. PSU won the 2012 Big 10 Regular Season and Tournament crown and finished the season ranked No. 5 in the RPI. Penn State, which has dropped the last six meetings against the Huskies, is one of the four teams on UConn's schedule that advanced to at least the quarterfinal round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Eight of Connecticut's next 10 games will be at the friendly confines of the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex, beginning with a Friday, September 13 meeting with Fairfield, a team that finished 10-10 last season. UConn is 9-0 all-time against the Stags.
Next up is a showdown with Lafayette on Sunday, September 15 in Storrs. The Leopards advanced to the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament after finishing the season with a 17-3 record and won the Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament championships. Former UConn All-American defender Rayell Heistand is in her second season as an assistant coach with Lafayette.
UMass will travel to Storrs for a midweek game on Wednesday, September 18. The Minutewomen won the Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2012, were ranked No. 13 in the RPI and finished the season with a 15-9 record and an appearance in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
After a trip to Rutgers on Saturday, September 21, the Huskies will welcome Villanova to Storrs a week later before a big matchup with defending national champion Princeton on Sunday, September 29 in Storrs. The Tigers were 21-1 last season and won the Ivy League before defeating North Carolina to win the NCAA National Championship. UConn is 12-8 all-time against Princeton.
After traveling to Providence on Saturday, October 5, UConn will welcome Boston College to the Sherman Complex the next day. The Eagles finished 2012 with a 10-9 record and were rated No. 19 in the final RPI.
The Huskies will remain in Storrs to take on Louisville on Friday, October 11. The Cardinals rounded out the 2012 season with a 12-8 record and were ranked No. 26 in the RPI. UConn is 14-2 all-time against U of L including an overtime victory in Louisville in the semifinal round of last year's BIG EAST Tournament.
UConn's penultimate home game of the 2013 regular season is set for Sunday, October 13 against Boston University. The Terriers, now a member of the Patriot League, were 12-6 in 2012 and finished the season ranked No. 18 in the RPI.
The Huskies will spend the next weekend near our nation's capital with games against Georgetown, in College Park, Md. on Saturday October 19, and at American on Sunday, October 20.
The next weekend will offer an even more challenging trip as Connecticut will head to Norfolk, Va. to take on Old Dominion on Friday, October 25 and then will remain in Norfolk to square-off against North Carolina the next day. ODU was 14-6 last year, won the CAA Regular Season title and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinal. The Tar Heels were 23-2, won the ACC Regular Season and Tournament titles and finished ranked No. 2 in the RPI after falling to Princeton in the National Championships game.
UConn's final home game of 2013 is scheduled for Saturday, November 2 against Temple, which was 12-9 last year. The Huskies will round out the regular season with a trip down I-91 to play Yale the next day.
2013 Schedule Notes
- Seven games against teams that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament
- Four games against teams that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Quarterfinal
- Games against both of last year's NCAA Finalists
- 11 games against teams that finished 2012 ranked in the RPI top-30
- Five games against teams that finished 2012 ranked in the RPI top-10
- Seven games against teams that won a conference championship in 2012
- Schedule includes 19 games and one exhibition contest
- Connecticut will play nine home games, nine away games and one contest in a neutral site
- UConn has appeared in 24 NCAA Tournaments, including the last 11, and has won 24 conference championships