Full 2015 Schedule (.PDF)
STORRS, Conn. -- The two-time defending NCAA DI champion UConn field hockey team released its schedule for the 2015 season, as announced by head coach Nancy Stevens on Monday. The slate features 19 total games, including 11 contests at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports complex on the Storrs campus.
The Huskies will square off against five teams that played in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and seven opponents that finished in the top-20 of the final NFHCA Coaches' Poll (Nov. 11). Since the start of the 2010 campaign, Connecticut owns a stellar 50-5 (.909) record when playing on its home field.
UConn claimed the 2014 National Championship after downing former Big East rival Syracuse, 1-0, on Nov. 23 in College Park, Md. The win marked the program's fourth national title and second-straight after the team topped Duke, 2-0, on Nov. 24, 2013 to secure Stevens' first DI crown.
In addition to their work on the national stage, the Huskies claimed both the Big East regular season and tournament titles.
After an exhibition contest at Boston University on Aug. 18, the Huskies officially kick off the 2015 season with an away tilt against Northwestern on Aug. 28. A season ago, UConn up-ended the Chicago-based Huskies, 3-2, in overtime after Charlotte Veitner collected her first career goal just over 11 minutes into extra time. Northwestern completed the 2014 campaign as the No. 8 team in the final RPI after posting a 16-7 overall record under head coach Tracey Fuchs.
UConn will play a neutral contest against Northeastern on Northwestern's campus on Aug. 29 before making its home debut against Quinnipiac on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. UConn owns a perfect 10-0 all-time record against its in-state foe, including its most recent 6-0 win in the 2009 campaign. The team returns to the road for a Sunday tilt with Columbia on Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. before returning home for a season-high six-game homestand from Sept. 11- Oct. 3.
UConn will challenge regional competition New Hampshire (Sept. 11) and Boston College (Sept.13) in its first full home weekend. The Eagles, who finished 11th in the final coaches' poll, earned a berth into the 2014 NCAA Tournament before falling, 2-1, to Penn St. in the event's first round. Next up, the Huskies welcome Lafayette (Sept. 20) and Stanford (Sept. 25) to the Nutmeg State. The Huskies split the season-series with the Cardinal a year ago but defeated Stanford, 3-1, in the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 16 to advance to the Final Four. UConn is 4-1 all-time against Lafayette since the teams first met in the 1991 season.
Connecticut rounds out its three-week stay at home with a pair of games against California (Sept. 27) and Big East foe Villanova (Oct. 3). A day after opening the conference schedule, UConn travels to New Haven, Conn. for a tilt at Yale on Oct. 4. The Huskies are 32-0 all-time against the Bulldogs and scored a season-high eight goals in an 8-3 win last season.
The squad resumes conference play with an away tilt at Temple on Oct. 9. Last November in Philadelphia, UConn overcame a late deficit by scoring twice in the final five minutes to claim the 2014 conference regular season crown. The Huskies will complete the weekend with a non-conference tilt at Drexel (Oct. 11).
The team returns home for a pair of contests against Old Dominion (Oct. 17) and Boston University (Oct. 18). Anna Middendorf posted one of her finest career games against the Lady Monarchs on Oct. 10, tallying a pair of goals and dishing out an assist in the Huskies' convincing 4-0 victory. UConn and BU have met on the pitch 34 times with the Huskies holding a 26-8 all-time advantage.
An away league game at Providence (Oct. 23) will be followed by a pair of games at home against Princeton on Oct. 25 and the home finale against UMass on Oct. 28. The regular season finishes up with a Big East game at Georgetown on Oct. 31.
The 2015 Big East Championship will take place on Nov. 6-8 on the campus on ODU in Norfolk, Va. UConn has won each of the last three conference tournament crowns, including 10 since the 2000 season. In total, the Huskies have earned 14 of the last 26 conference tournament trophies under Stevens. It marks the third different occasion that Stevens has guided the Huskies to at least three-straight league tournament crowns (1998-2000, 2004-07).
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