Field Hockey Announces 2014 Schedule
July 10, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College field hockey team released the 2014 schedule on Thursday, which includes eight teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament and nine that finished in the top-20 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll.
"Once again we will be in the top 10 in the country in strength of schedule and we look forward to these opportunities to play the best teams in the country," said head coach Ainslee Lamb. "With all Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the top 15 in the country we are excited to be a part of the strongest conference in Division I field hockey."
The Eagles open on the road at Quinnipiac on Aug. 29. The Bobcats are coming off the first-ever MAAC Tournament Championship, which gave them a play-in berth to the NCAA Tournament. On Aug. 30, BC will battle Lafayette in Hamden, Conn., before heading to Providence to face the Friars on Sept. 5.
BC opens the home schedule at Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. with in-state rival Massachusetts. UMass has won the last two meetings between the two squads, but the Eagles took the previous eight in a row. The Eagles will also honor former player Kathleen Murphy (2005-08) with the Annual Multiple Sclerosis Game.
The home slate continues with Boston University on Sept. 12 (7 p.m.) and 2013 NCAA Champions Connecticut on Sept. 14 (2 p.m.). The Eagles defeated the Huskies, 4-3, in overtime in Storrs, Conn., during their regular-season matchup in 2013, but UConn got the best of BC in Syracuse, N.Y., in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in a 2-1 overtime victory.
The Eagles open the ACC schedule on the road, battling Syracuse on Sept. 20. BC won the regular-season matchup, upsetting the Orange, 6-3, to welcome SU to the ACC, but Syracuse earned a 3-1 victory in the first round of the conference tournament, hosted at the Heights. Before returning home, the Eagles will travel down the road to Hamilton, N.Y., to face Colgate on Sept. 21.
Boston College hosts three home games against North Carolina (Sept. 26), New Hampshire (Sept. 28) and Wake Forest (Oct. 3), before playing Northeastern (Oct. 5), Duke (Oct. 10) and Appalachian State (Oct. 12) on the road. On Oct. 3, BC will play participate in the annual Stick It To Cancer Game. The Eagles then travel to Louisville to welcome new ACC opponent the Cardinals to the conference with an Oct. 17 matchup. They will also face California (Oct. 19) in Louisville before returning home.
The Eagles finish their home schedule with a conference matchup against Virginia on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. Last year, BC and UVA played into double overtime before the Cavs managed to score the only goal of the contest. BC's seven seniors will be honored prior to the start of the game.
BC will play at Harvard on Oct. 28 before heading back to Durham, N.C., where Duke is hosting the ACC tournament. The Eagles are looking for their first conference tournament win since joining the league in 2005.
"The spring preparation was the most growth I have seen at BC and I am confident that the players are preparing with their summer training and playing opportunities to return to campus ready to compete as a top-10 program in the country," Lamb said. "The combination of playing in the ACC and a demanding non-conference schedule provides us with a fantastic opportunity to excel. I am thrilled that we have multiple chances to play some of the best in our sport and work to prepare our team for a return to the NCAA Tournament."
The Eagles are returning 17 letter winners from last year's 12-8 squad that made their first NCAA Tournament since 2009, including eight starters. BC's top four scorers, including First-Team All-American Emma Plasteras will grace the field again, along with junior goalkeeper Leah Settipane, whose career 1.92 goals-against average currently ranks sixth in BC record books and her eight career shutouts ranks sixth. The Eagles will have six newcomers on the roster.