STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut field hockey team released its 2016 regular season schedule, as announced by head coach Nancy Stevens on Friday. The 19-game slate will feature nine home games to be played at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
With two NCAA National Championships in the last three years, the Huskies will face six opponents that appeared in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and will debut a new seven-game conference schedule with the addition of Liberty and Quinnipiac to the Big East.
UConn went undefeated 18-0 in the 2015 regular season and finished 22-1 overall after suffering its only loss to Syracuse in the NCAA Final Four. The Husky defense did not allow any goals in all five regular season conference games in 2015.
After an exhibition contest with Boston University on Aug. 13, UConn will open its regular season on the road at Stanford on Friday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. followed by another California match-up with Pacific on Aug. 28.
The Huskies will host Drexel for their home opener on Sunday, Sept. 4 at noon, before heading back out on the road to face Massachusetts on Friday, Sept. 9.
Connecticut will return home to the Sherman Complex for a 1 p.m. start against Harvard on Sunday, Sept. 11. The Huskies and the Crimson last met in 2009 when UConn, who currently leads the all-time series 27-4-2, claimed a 6-0 victory in Storrs.
Conference play will kick off on Friday, Sept. 16 when UConn travels to Virginia to take on Old Dominion, followed by a non-conference match at the University of Virginia on Sunday, Sept. 18.
UConn will host Temple for the team’s first Big East tilt at home on Friday, Sept. 23 with a 3 p.m. start. The Huskies defeated the Owls 8-0 in the 2015 regular season before meeting again in the Big East Championship game, where UConn downed Temple 7-3 to claim the conference title and automatic bid.
Up next, the Huskies will venture to Boston University on Sunday, Sept. 25. This will mark the 36th meeting between the Huskies and the Terriers in the all-time series, which UConn currently leads 27-8.
In its only weekday game scheduled, UConn will play host to UMass on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. The Minutewomen are the only opponent the Huskies will face twice during the 2016 regular season.
Connecticut will resume its Big East slate on Friday, Sept. 30 when it squares off against Providence, on the Friars’ home pitch.
The Huskies kick off October will a four-game home stretch when they welcome Big East foe, Villanova (Oct. 7), Dartmouth (Oct. 9), conference newcomer, Liberty (Oct. 15) and Yale (Oct. 16).
To close out the regular season, UConn will play three of its last four games on the road, starting with conference rival Georgetown on Friday, Oct. 21 followed by non-conference Maryland on Sunday, Oct. 23.
UConn will host conference newcomer, Quinnipiac, for its final regular season home game at the Sherman Complex on Friday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. Connecticut faced Quinnipiac as a non-conference opponent last year and walked away with a 7-0 decision in Storrs.
The Huskies will close out their schedule on the road at Boston College for its final regular season game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.
The Big East Championship is set for Nov. 4-6 at Temple and the NCAA Tournament is scheduled to begin on Nov. 12 with the Final Four set for Nov. 18-20.