July 7, 2014
EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette field hockey head coach Jennifer Stone announced the team’s 2014 schedule Monday. The team will play seven home games on the newly resurfaced Rappolt Field this fall.
The Leopards will start the 2014 campaign with a four-game road trip that includes trips to New England and New Jersey. Lafayette opens the season on August 30 against Atlantic Coast Conference foe Boston College, a team that was ranked in the top-20 for most of last season. The Leopards will take on the Eagles at Quinnipiac University, followed by a date with Quinnipiac the following day.
Lafayette continues the opening road swing with a visit to Monmouth on September 5, before taking on Rutgers in New Brunswick, N.J. on September 7. The Leopards home opener is scheduled for September 12 against Liberty under the lights. Lafayette will then travel to Penn State, an NCAA Tournament team last season, on September 14.
The longest home stand of the season starts on September 20, with the team’s first Patriot League contest against Boston University. The next day, the Leopards will host last year’s national champions, Connecticut. A midweek clash with Penn on September 24 ends the three-game home swing.
The Leopards hit the road for back-to-back League contests. The first comes at Colgate, the team Lafayette knocked off last season to claim the final berth in the Patriot League Tournament, on September 27. A week later the Maroon and White will make the trip to Worcester, Mass. to challenge Holy Cross.
Lafayette makes the trip to upstate New York on October 5 to take on Albany in a non-conference matchup. Next up for the Leopards is a date with last year’s Patriot League Champion, American who Lafayette took to overtime in the tournament last fall, on October 11 at Rappolt Field.
A trip to Lewisburg to square off against Bucknell on October 18 is followed by a matchup with rival Lehigh at home on October 25 in the team’s final regular season Patriot League contest. Lafayette took down the Mountain Hawks 4-1 last year in Bethlehem behind a pair of goals from Brittany Blass.
The Maroon and White travel to Philadelphia on October 26 to face off against Temple before closing out the regular season at home against Delaware on Halloween.
The Patriot League Tournament is slated for November 7-8 and will be played at the site of the highest seed. The top four teams from the regular season will make up the field.