June 17, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut field hockey head coach Nancy Stevens announced the 2010 schedule for the Huskies on Thursday. Fresh off their 21st NCAA Tournament appearance, the Huskies will face five teams that reached the tournament last year, including defending National Champion North Carolina.
The season opens with three non-conference games at George J. Sherman-Family Sports Complex. UConn hosts Maine in its season-opener on August 29 at noon followed by a weekend of Big 10 Conference opponents in Penn State and Michigan.
The 1 p.m. match-up at UMass marks the first regular season road contest for the Huskies who commence a season-long four-game stint away from Storrs with games against Albany, Villanova and Drexel.
UConn makes its season-long four game road trip in mid-September with a series of games at UMass, Albany, Villanova and at Drexel. The BIG EAST season-opening game against the Wildcats on Sept. 17 marks the second-consecutive season that the Huskies have started the conference year on the road. When UConn takes the field against the Dragons on Sept. 19, it will be the first time the two teams have faced each other since Drexel eliminated the Huskies in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
The Huskies return to Sherman Complex to host Providence at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 before returning to the road for games at Boston College and at Louisville. The Eagles will be the second of five teams UConn will take on that earned a berth in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
A midweek tilt against intra-state rival Yale on Oct. 6 marks the first home game in October and is followed by a conference contest against Georgetown on Oct. 9.
UConn will take on defending National Champion North Carolina in Chestnut Hill, Mass. for the first time since the 2007 NCAA Semifinals. The Tar Heels were the No. 1 team in the nation at the time.
Harvard hosts the non-conference tilt between Connecticut and Northeastern on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. The Huskies follow that up with a 2 p.m. match up against Ivy League institution and 2009 National Semifinalist Princeton on Oct. 17.
The Huskies travel back to the Bay State for their final non-conference regular season game of the 2010 slate at Boston University on Oct. 20.
UConn split last season's series with Syracuse and will meet the Orange for the first time since claiming the program's 11th BIG EAST Tournament title with 2-1 victory in 2009. Syracuse defeated the Huskies in overtime in the regular season in Storrs.
Rutgers travels to Sherman to face Connecticut in the Huskies' regular season finale on Oct. 30. For the second time in three years, UConn hosts the BIG EAST Tournament in Storrs Nov. 6-7.