May 30, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut field hockey team has finalized its 2012 schedule, as announced by head coach Nancy Stevens today. The 2012 slate features six teams that qualified for the 2011 NCAA Tournament and nine teams that finished the season ranked in the top-20 of the final National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.
The Huskies will play a pair of exhibition tune-ups, the first against Quinnipiac on Thursday, August 16 at 12 p.m. and the second against Boston College on Sunday, August 19 at 12 p.m. Both contests will take place at the George J. Sherman Family Sport Complex in Storrs, Conn.
Connecticut will commence the 2012 regular season with a matchup against Bucknell on Sunday, August 25 at 12 p.m. The Bison finished the 2011 season with an 8-12 overall record and a 3-2 mark in Patriot League play. The next day, UConn will welcome intrastate foe Sacred Heart to Storrs at 1 p.m. The Pioneers were 6-12 overall last season and finished with a 3-4 record in the Northeast Conference. Connecticut is 1-0 all-time against Bucknell and 4-0 vs. the Pioneers.
Next up for the Huskies is a showdown with Big 10 champion Penn State on Friday, August 31 at 7 p.m. in Storrs. The Lady Lions, 17-6, 4-2 Big 10, finished the season ranked No. 7 in the coaches poll. PSU won the Big 10 Tournament crown before falling to the Huskies by a 3-2 margin in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament in Storrs. UConn is 16-16-4 all-time against the Lady Lions.
The Huskies will play another Big 10 opponent when the team travels to Albany on Saturday, September 8 to square-off against 2011 Big 10 regular season champion Michigan. The Wolverines finished 15-7 overall and 5-1 in the league before falling to No. 1 North Carolina in the Quarterfinal Round of the NCAA Tournament. UConn is 5-3 all-time against the Wolverines.
Connecticut will remain in Albany to take on the tournament host on Sunday, September 9 at 2 p.m. The Great Danes were 13-7 overall last year and finished tied for third with a 3-2 mark in the America East Conference. The Huskies are a spotless 4-0 all-time against UA, which finished the 2011 season ranked No. 14 nationally.
The Huskies will return home for the 2012 BIG EAST opener on Saturday, September 15 against Rutgers at 12 p.m. UConn is 25-2-1 all-time against the Scarlet Knights, who finished the 2011 season with a 5-13 overall mark and 2-4 record in BIG EAST action.
Yale heads up to Storrs for a September 16 contest at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs were 11-6 last year, including 6-1 in Ivy League play. UConn is a perfect 29-0 all-time against Yale, which received votes in the final NFHCA Poll.
The Huskies will remain in Storrs to take on New Hampshire on Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m. The Wildcats were 17-5 in 2011 and won the America East Conference Championship with a 4-1 mark. UNH finished ranked No. 9 in the coaches poll and lost a 5-4 contest to Michigan in the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament.
A pair of BIG EAST matchups will follow as the Huskies travel to Philadelphia to take on Villanova on Sunday, September 23 and then welcome Providence to Storrs on Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m.
Two days later, UConn will travel to Boston to square-off against BU. Connecticut is 23-8 all-time against the Terriers, who finished the 2011 season with an 11-9 overall mark and a 4-1 record in America East play. The Terriers finished the season ranked No. 13 nationally.
UConn will remain on the road to take on Massachusetts on Wednesday, October 3 at 6 p.m. The Minutewomen finished with a 7-11 record last year and won the Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship with a 5-1 mark.
The Huskies will step back into BIG EAST play when the team heads to Louisville to match up against the Cardinals on Saturday, October 6 at 6 p.m. U of L was 10-9 last season and finished third in the BIG EAST with a level 3-3 mark. UConn is 12-2 all-time against Louisville and defeated the Cardinals twice last season.
Next up for UConn is a contest against Georgetown on Saturday, October 13 at 12 p.m. in Storrs. The Hoyas have lost all nine previous meetings with the Huskies and finished 2011 with a 3-15 overall record.
Connecticut's regular-season home finale will be the next day when the Huskies welcome Stanford to the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex at 1 p.m. The Cardinal were 17-4 overall last season and won the NorPac Conference Championship on the way to an appearance in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal finished the season ranked No. 10 nationally.
UConn will round out the regular season with three-straight road games as the team travels to Boston College on October 18 at 7 p.m., Princeton on October 21 at 1 p.m. and Syracuse on October 27 at 1 p.m. BC was one of only three teams to defeat the Huskies last season and the Eagles finished with a 10-9 record and were ranked No. 19 in the final poll.
Princeton was a two-time victim of the Huskies last season, including UConn's NCAA Tournament first round victory over the Tigers in Storrs. Princeton, the 2011 Ivy League champion, finished with a 10-8 record last season.
The highly-anticipated showdown with Syracuse rounds out the 2011 regular season. The Orange finished 2011 with a 19-4 overall record and were second to UConn in league play with a 5-1 mark. Syracuse advanced to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal and finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally.
2012 University of Connecticut Field Hockey Schedule Notes
Eight teams that qualified for the 2011 NCAA Tournament
- Three NCAA Tournament Quarterfinalists
Nine teams ranked in the final National Field Hockey Coaches Association Top-20 Poll
- Five teams that finished in the NFHCA top-10
Five teams that won their regular-season conference championship
Four teams that won their conference tournament
Schedule includes 18 regular-season games plus a pair of exhibition contests
UConn will play eight home games and 10 games away from the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex
The Huskies will play six BIG EAST games and 12 non-conference contests
Connecticut has appeared in 23 NCAA Tournaments and has won 23 BIG EAST Championships