July 9, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut's 2013 National Championship field hockey team has released its schedule for the 2014 season as announced by the all-time winningest NCAA field hockey coach, Nancy Stevens. The Huskies' 17-game schedule includes seven teams that played in last year's NCAA Tournament, as well as 11 opponents that finished the 2013 season in the RPI Top 25.
The Huskies enter 2014 as defending National Champions after defeating Duke, 2-0, on Nov. 24 in Norfolk, Va. to capture the third national title in program history. UConn finished the regular season with a record of 16-4 before running the table and winning the Big East and National Championships.
UConn will kick-off its quest for a championship repeat on Sunday, August 31 when it takes on Northwestern in Storrs at noon. Stevens coached the Wildcats for nine years (1981-1989), leading Northwestern to eight consecutive NCAA Quarterfinal appearances. The two programs will meet for only the second time, with UConn winning the only previous meeting back in 1983. Former UConn great Tracey Fuchs serves as the head coach for the Wildcats.
The Huskies will stay at home the following weekend to face Penn State. UConn defeated the Lady Lions in 2013 with a 4-3 overtime thriller in State College. Penn State finished the season ninth in the RPI and was eliminated by Princeton in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The following day, UConn will play Columbia at 2 p.m., marking the first meeting between the two programs.
Starting on Friday, Sept. 12, the national champions will travel to play their first road game of the season. The Huskies will play on Friday at 4 p.m. against New Hampshire, which finished last season with a 15-7 record. The Wildcats lost to eventual runner-up, Duke, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UConn holds an 18-9-4 record over New Hampshire in their 31 all-time meetings.
The road trip continues when on Sunday, Sept. 14, the Huskies pay a visit to rival Boston College. The Huskies eliminated the Eagles in the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament with a 2-1 overtime win. The win was payback for a regular season overtime loss to the Eagles on Oct. 6, which ended UConn's 11-game win streak.
The Huskies stay on the road the following weekend, playing Massachusetts on Friday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. The Minutewomen are coming off a 19-5 season where they reached the NCAA Quarterfinals, earning them a No. 11 ranking in the RPI. The two programs met last season, resulting in a 4-1 Husky win on Sept. 18 in Storrs.
Next on the slate is Lafayette, which will be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21. The Huskies defeated the Leopards last season, 4-0, and will face Lafayette for the fifth time in program history.
The next two games will form arguably the toughest weekend schedule for the Huskies all season. UConn will host Stanford on Friday, Sept. 26, followed by a Sept. 28 matchup against North Carolina, which will take place at Boston College.
The Cardinal finished 2013 with an RPI of 12 and a record of 16-5. The Huskies have defeated Stanford in all five games the programs have ever played, dating back to 1986. The most recent UConn win was a 2-1 double-overtime stunner in Palo Alto, Calif. on Aug. 31 of last season.
The Tar Heels, who finished second in the RPI, were 18-6 last season, reaching the NCAA Semifinals before losing to UConn on Nov. 22 via a penalty shootout. The teams also met in the regular season, with North Carolina beating the Huskies, 2-1, on Oct. 26 in Norfolk, Va.
The Huskies will remain at home on Saturday, Oct. 4 to take on Georgetown. UConn is undefeated against the Hoyas all-time, having won all 11 meetings to date.
A home match against Old Dominion on Friday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. will offer two of the nation's perennial field hockey contenders at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs. Old Dominion defeated the Huskies, 5-0, in the regular season on Oct. 25, but would go on to lose to UConn in the Big East Championship game on Nov. 10 by a final score of 1-0. The Lady Monarchs finished with a 13-8 record in 2013, reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Wake Forest.
UConn will then travel back to Massachusetts to take on Boston University at 3 p.m. on Oct. 12. The Huskies have dominated the all-time series, winning 25 of 33 meetings, including last season's 5-1 victory on Oct. 13 in Storrs.
The Huskies will host both Providence and Yale on Oct. 17 and 19, respectively, at the Sherman Complex. The Friars concluded last season ranked 31st in the RPI with an 8-10 record. UConn holds a 30-8-3 all-time record over their Big East comrade. The Huskies will then look to continue their dominance of Yale having won all 31 previous meetings against their in-state opponent dating back to 1975.
The team will wrap-up with three final road games against Villanova, Princeton, and Temple to round-out regular season play before the Big East Tournament. After a match with the Wildcats on Oct. 24, the Huskies will face Princeton on Sunday, Oct. 26 in a game that showcases two teams that finished last season ranked in the top ten of the RPI. UConn defeated the No. 7 Tigers last season, 1-0, and has beaten Princeton three of their last four meetings.
The final match of 2014 will be on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. against Temple. The Huskies defeated Temple twice in 2013: once in the regular season (7-0 on Nov. 2) and once in the Big East Tournament (3-0 in Big East Semifinal on Nov. 8).