Quinnipiac Field Hockey Announces 2014 Schedule

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University field hockey head coach Becca Main has announced the Bobcats' 2014 schedule, which features 10 home contests, highlighted by match-ups against perennially nationally-ranked Boston College, Penn State, Maine and Old Dominion.

"It is an exciting time for conference play with the second season of MAAC field hockey set to begin," said head Becca Main. "We are looking forward to this continued new era with the MAAC conference as new rivalries and traditions are forming. The Bobcats will be with 10 new freshmen but we are still looking to repeat as MAAC champions. We have some road games at Villanova, Yale and Providence and we have players on the roster from those areas, so it will be great to have family, friends and alums close by to support the Blue and Gold in our 20th year of Quinnipiac field hockey."

The Bobcats are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history after they captured the inaugural Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Regular-Season Championship, before also winning the tournament championship, and advancing to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Main's squad won the most games in program history (14) on their way to the Bobcats' first conference tournament championship since 2003.

As a team, the Bobcats broke the single-season team records in assists (53), points (165) while its 57 goals scored were the second most in program history.

Individually, Jess Rusin was named the MAAC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year while earning All-MAAC First Team honors while Megan Conaboy was named the MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year and earned All-MAAC Second Team honors. Christa Romano, Jennalise Taylor, Cate Colucci and Amanda Danziger were named to the All-MAAC First Team while Danielle Allan joined Conaboy on the Second Team. 

The Bobcats open the 2014 season when it hosts Boston College and Lafayette for the Longstreth/Bobcat Classic. Quinnipiac's season-opener on Aug. 29 will pit the Bobcats against Boston College. In 2014, the Eagles advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in program history before losing to UConn, who went on to win the National Championship, in overtime. Boston College will also face Lafayette on Saturday, Aug. 30 before Quinnipiac faces Lafayette on Sunday, Aug. 31.

September commences with a visit from ten-time Big Ten Champ and 29-time NCAA Tournament participant Penn State on Sunday, Sept. 7. This will be Quinnipiac's second meeting against the perennial powerhouse, and the Nittany Lions' first visit to Hamden. The Bobcats will also play at Holy Cross on Wednesday, Sept. 10 and at crosstown rival Yale on Saturday, Sept. 13. The Bobcats will return home on Tuesday, Sept. 16 to host UMass Lowell before heading to Vermont on Sunday, Sept. 21.

After closing out the month of September against Hofstra on Thursday, Sept. 25 at home and at nationally-ranked top-20 Maine on Sunday, Sept. 28, the Bobcats will travel to BIG EAST foe Providence on Oct. 5 before hosting Brown on Thursday, Oct. 8. Quinnipiac opens MAAC play at Siena on Friday, Oct. 10 before hosting 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Old Dominion on Sunday, Oct. 12 for the team's annual Play4TheCure Breast Cancer Awareness game. 

Three of Quinnipiac's final five regular-season games will be at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex as they host perennial rival Rider on Friday, Oct. 24 and Monmouth on Sunday, Oct. 26, and MAAC affiliate-membe Sacred Heart on Friday, Oct. 31, sandwiched between road games at Bryant (also a MAAC affiliate) on Sunday, Oct. 19 and Villanova on Sunday, Nov. 2. The 2014 MAAC Championship Tournament will be played on Nov. 7-8 at the site of the highest seeded full-MAAC member. 

Besides defending its MACC regular season and championship titles, Main's squad will look to make their 18th conference championships appearance and  fourth program appearance at the NCAA Tournament. 

Date/Day Opponent Time
Friday, Aug. 22 @ New Hampshire (Exhib.) 12:00 PM
Sunday, Aug. 24 UConn (Exhib.) 12:00 PM
Friday, Aug. 29 BOSTON COLLEGE 3:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 30 Lafayette vs. Boston College 1:00 PM
Sunday, Aug. 31 LAFAYETTE 1:00 PM
Sunday, Sept. 7 PENN STATE 12:00 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 10 @ Holy Cross 7:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 13 @ Yale 12:00 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 16 UMASS LOWELL 3:30 PM
Sunday, Sept. 21 @ Vermont 1:00 PM
Thursday, Sept. 25 HOFSTRA 3:30 PM
Sunday, Sept. 28 @ Maine 12:00 PM
Sunday, Oct. 5 @ Providence 1:00 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 8 BROWN 3:30 PM
Friday, Oct. 10 @ Siena* 3:00 PM
Sunday, Oct. 12 OLD DOMINION 12:00 PM
Sunday, Oct. 19 @ Bryant* 3:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 24 RIDER* 3:30 PM
Sunday, Oct. 26 MONMOUTH* 1:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 31 SACRED HEART* 3:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 2 @ Villanova 1:00 PM
Friday, Nov. 7 MAAC Championships TBA
Sunday, Nov. 9 MAAC Championships 1:00 PM

Bold - Home Games Played At Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex
(Hamden, Conn.)

* - Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Game