Field Hockey Announces 2013 Schedule

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac field hockey head coach Becca Main has announced the Bobcats' 2013 schedule, which features five teams that were ranked in the Top 25 in 2012 including a season-opening match-up against NCAA Final Four participant Syracuse on Friday, Aug. 30.

With field hockey being added as a sport to the MAAC conference on July 1, 2013 a new era of field hockey is set to begin this fall. Main's program continues to ascend to new heights and has found itself with the likes of Quinnipiac basketball and ice hockey as a recently upgraded Sport of Emphasis at the university. The new Tier 1 upgrade to sport of emphasis promises a new premier playing field and additional support for the program.

Quinnipiac's home schedule will feature 10 games at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. 10 home games at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac finished the 2012 season at 12-7 overall and 5-2 in the Northeast Conference, clinching a NEC Tournament berth for the fifth straight year and seventh time in eight years. The Bobcats will compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which is sponsoring field hockey as an associate sport for the first time during the 2013-14 academic year.

"We have added new teams to our non-conference competitions this year while also facing several teams who we have not played in some time," head coach Becca Main said. "We will be starting off the season at the Asics Invitational at Hofstra University, where we will be play Syracuse for the first time since 2006."

The Bobcats will face Syracuse on Friday, Aug. 30 at Hofstra's Asic Invitational Tournament. Syracuse  finished last year ranked No. 5 nationally after advancing to the 2012 NCAA Final Four. In addition to Quinnipiac and Syracuse, host Hofstra will face LaSalle, with the consolation and championship game being playing on Sunday, Sept. 1.  

"We are very pleased to have been able to add Old Dominion and UMASS-Lowell to the regular-season schedule for the first time ever," Main said. "We hope to continue the competition in years to come and are looking forward to these new rivalries."

On Thursday, Sept. 5, the Bobcats will travel to Boston College, who finished 2012 ranked No. 21, to take on the Eagles at 7 p.m. Quinnipiac will open their home schedule on Sunday, Sept. 8 against Maine, who finished last season ranked No. 23. On Sept. 13, QU travels to 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Lafayette, who finished last year ranked 13th. The Bobcats will then play at UMass Lowell, who recently elevated their program to Division I for the 2013 season, on Tuesday, Sept. 17, before returning home for a three-game home stand against Vermont on Saturday, Sept. 21; St. Joseph's on Sunday, Sept. 22 and Holy Cross on Thursday, Sept. 26.  

"We will continue with our long-standing competitions against Elm City rival Yale, as well as Boston College, Maine and Holy Cross," Main said. "Additionally, we will pick-up our conference rivalries against Rider, Monmouth and Sacred Heart as we compete for a MAAC Championship." 

The Bobcats head back out onto the road on Sunday, Sept. 29 to play at Old Dominion, who were ranked 8th last season. The Bobcats will then face a pair of Ivy League opponents when they host Yale on Sunday, Oct. 6 before heading to Brown on Wednesday, Oct. 9.  

Quinnipiac will open MAAC play with back-to-back home matchups against Sacred Heart on Sunday, Oct. 13 and Robert Morris on Friday, Oct. 18. The Bobcats will pay a visit to Rider on Friday, Oct. 25 before traveling to Monmouth on Sunday, Oct. 27. Quinnipiac will host Bryant on Friday, Nov. 1 for its final home game of the 2013 season. The regular season wraps up on Sunday, Nov. 3 in Loundonville, N.Y. against Siena.

The MAAC will add field hockey as an associate sport sponsored by the conference, with league play beginning in the 2013-14 academic year. The membership plan is to provide seven teams for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and eight teams when Fairfield commences league play in the 2015-16 academic year. In addition to Quinnipiac, MAAC institutions Monmouth University, Rider University and Siena College and associate members Bryant University, Robert Morris University and Sacred Heart will begin play this fall. Fairfield University will join the league starting in the 2015-16 academic year, making field hockey the 25th sport within the conference. The MAAC Championship is scheduled for Nov. 8-9 and will be hosted by the Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2013 Quinnipiac Field Hockey Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

2013 Quinnipiac Field Hockey Schedule

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at Fairfield (Exhibition) 2:00 PM
Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 Providence (Exhibition) 4:00 PM
Friday, Aug 30, 2013 Syracuse @ Asics Invitational at Hofstra 2:00 PM
Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 LaSalle / Hofstra @ Asics Invitational at Hofstra 2:00 PM
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 at Boston College 7:00 PM
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 MAINE 12:00 PM
Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Lafayette 6:00 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at UMass Lowell 3:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 VERMONT 11:00 AM
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 ST. JOSEPH'S 2:00 PM
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 HOLY CROSS 3:30 PM
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at Old Dominion 12:00 PM
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 YALE 2:00 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at Brown 4:00 PM
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 SACRED HEART* 2:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 RMU* 3:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at Rider* 4:00 PM
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at Monmouth* 1:00 PM
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 BRYANT* 3:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at Siena* 12:00 PM
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 MAAC Championships 1:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 MAAC Championships 1:00 PM

Home Games in Bold to be Played at QU Field Hockey Turf on Mount Carmel Campus
* - Denotes MAAC Conference Game

Student-athletes, parents and fans can download the 2013-14 QU Athletics schedules to your laptop and mobile devices for free by clicking in the iCalendar link at the bottom of each sport's homepage or the master schedule page. Fans can also follow Quinnipiac Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@QUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates.