Field Hockey Releases 2011 Schedule
July 12, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College field hockey team announced its 2011 schedule on Monday. The Eagles' strongest-ever strength of schedule features eight head-to-head matchups versus teams that reached the NCAA Tournament and 10 meetings with programs ranked in the final 2010 NFCHA Coaches Top 20 poll.
"It is an exciting schedule for the team and a key step for our program's growth," Lamb commented. "I know the players want this level of play and desire these types of challenges. I am confident that we will be prepared to be successful with this year's strength of schedule."
Lamb and the Eagles kick-off the 2011 season with a scrimmage against Connecticut on Sunday, August 21 at noon. BC and UConn will clash a few weeks later in a regular-season matchup on Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m. in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies went 16-5 last season, reached the Elite Eight and finished the year with the NFCHA No. 5 ranking.
BC opens the regular season when it travels to Vermont for meetings versus the Catamounts and reigning Atlantic-10 champion UMass from August 26-27, before returning to Newton Field for a three-game home stand against Maine (Aug. 30), Quinnipiac (Sept. 2) and Holy Cross (Sept. 4). The Eagles annual MS Game will take place on Friday, September 2.
The Eagles take on cross-town rival BU on Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m. The 2011 senior class is 2-1 against the Terriers and will look to avenge last year's 2-0 loss, which snapped a five-game win streak. BC holds a 12-11 advantage in the all-time series against BU, who finished last season ranked 20th in the country.
One week later, BC gets its ACC schedule underway when it hosts defending NCAA Champion Maryland at 7 p.m.
Four schools from the Atlantic Coast competed in the NCAA Tournament last season, with three reaching the Final Four. The Terrapins, North Carolina and Virginia concluded the 2010 campaign as the top-three ranked teams in the country, respectively. Wake Forest, who also were selected for the post season, and Boston College garnered final national rankings of No. 13 and No. 16, respectively.
In addition to hosting Maryland, the Eagles' home conference slate features Duke on Friday, September 30 at 4 p.m.
BC will Stick it to Cancer when Providence comes to the Heights on Monday, October 3 at 7 p.m.
Boston College's away conference games are Virginia (Sept. 23), North Carolina (Oct. 8) and Wake Forest (Oct. 29) - the final regular season game.
Other notable opponents include American University, the Patriot League champions, New Hampshire, the America East regular-season title holder, and defending BIG EAST champion Syracuse.
Boston College heads to Washington, D.C. to take on American Sunday, September 25 at 1 p.m. BC heads north to meet the Wildcats on Sunday, October 16 at 3 p.m. The Eagles host the Orange in their final home game of the year on Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m. Syracuse reached the Elite Eight, going 16-4 on the year and ranked fourth in the final NFCHA poll.
The ACC Tournament begins on Thursday, November 3 at Maryland's Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
The NCAA Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, November 12 with first and second round matches to be played at the higher seed. Teams emerging from the initial stages earn a place in the Final Four and will head to the University of Louisville to play for a national championship.