Field Hockey Releases 2013 Schedule
July 11, 2013
"Playing against regionally-ranked opponents, as well as always challenging ACC opponents, will make this one of the harder schedules in the country and we look forward to that challenge," head coach Ainslee Lamb said.
The Eagles open the season in Vermont against the Catamounts on Aug. 30 and stay to battle Rutgers (Aug. 31) on neutral territory. On Sept. 3, they return home to host Maine and Quinnipiac (Sept. 5). Last season, they defeated both opponents early in the season. The Maroon and Gold travel to Amherst to take on Atlantic-10 champion Massachusetts on Sept. 8 before returning to Boston to face crosstown-rival Boston University.
BC welcomes Syracuse to the ACC on Sept. 20 to start the conference slate. The Orange was the 2012 Big East regular season champion and advanced to the Final Four. After hosting Providence (Sept. 22), the Eagles welcome Maryland, another Final Four participate, to Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex on Sept. 27.
After three regional opponents, including Big East Tournament Champion Connecticut, the Eagles face Virginia on Oct. 11. Before a bout with North Carolina, last year's No. 1 seed in the tournament, BC takes on Longwood in Charlottesville. The Eagles won the 2012 matchup with the Lancers, 3-1. They host Duke at home on Oct. 26 before closing out the regular season at Wake Forest (Nov. 2). The Eagles defeated both conference foes during last year's regular season, but fell to Wake, 3-1, in the tournament.
For the second time in program history, Boston College will host the ACC Tournament. The highest seed will receive a bye and the first three games will be played on Newton Campus on Thursday, Nov. 7. The semifinals will take place on Friday, Nov. 8 and the championship game will be played on Sunday, Nov. 10.
The NCAA Tournament begins on Nov. 16 with the Final Four being played on Friday, Nov. 22 and the Championship on Sunday, Nov. 24 at Old Dominion University.
The Eagles finished the 2012 season 10-9 overall, recording a winning record for the 14th consecutive year. They return 19 players, including All-ACC and NFHCA All-American Second-Team honoree Emma Plasteras, as well as NFHCA All-Northeast Region First-Team honoree senior midfielder Paige Norris and second-team honoree senior forward Virgynia Muma. Lamb also welcomes six newcomers to the Heights.