Field Hockey Eyes Three-Peat
July 10, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Coming off its second consecutive Patriot League championship and the first at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament in League history, the Lafayette field hockey team faces a 2013 schedule loaded with marquee matchups.
"We have another challenging schedule ahead of us this fall, facing some new tough non-conference opponents, and strong League opponents," said first-year head coach Jennifer Stone.
"We are excited about the addition of Boston University to the Patriot League, and looking forward to the challenges we will face throughout the fall in preparation for November."
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It's been a few years since I've handled traditional sports information duties here on the Hill. Some parts of me miss it - interaction with team, road trips, working with the media - and parts of me don't - I like to talk and tweet in less than 140 characters while leaving the professional, style-writing to others way more capable.
So when staffing changes (big ups to Brian Ludrof for his new role as Assistant Director of Athletic Communications at Lebanon Valley College) pushed me to take over some sports until the newest member of the Athletic Communications and Promotions staff comes on board, it was with a little excitement and a little apprehension.
First job: 2013 field hockey schedule.
Sure, I take a look at all the upcoming schedules as they begin to take shape in my regular responsibilities. Research the schedule for the Preseason Central interview with Coach Stone coming up next month. What games do we want to broadcast on GoLeopards.com? How does the Patriot League schedule play out this year?
However, sitting down and writing the release forces you to go game-by-game. And with each game, my eyes opened a little wider.
Lafayette kicks off the campaign against Iowa out of the Big 10 on Sept. 1 at Rappolt Field. The Hawkeyes were 14-7 overall last year and will have three games under the belt before taking on the Leopards, including a date vs. Bucknell two days prior in Easton.
The Leopards will then travel to Newark, Del. the following weekend for two games, the first against Central Michigan on Sept. 7 before taking on host Delaware the following day.
Back-to-back games against opponents from the state of Connecticut highlights a Friday-Sunday weekend for Lafayette on Sept. 13 and 15. On Friday night, Quinnipiac visits Rappolt Field looking to avenge a 4-2 defeat following three second-half Lafayette goals last year. Two days later, the Leopards will return to the site of their NCAA Tournament appearance in November to take on Connecticut at noon.
Back-to-back home challenges from perennial powers Albany (Sept. 20) and Penn State (Sept. 22) precede Patriot League play. Both opponents were ranked nationally in the top-20 in 2012 with Penn State seeing numerous weeks in the top-5.
Lafayette opens its title defense at archrival Lehigh on Sept. 28. Game time is set for 11 a.m. in Bethlehem, Pa.
After a home date with Rutgers the following day, the Leopards make their first of two trips to Philadelphia for a midweek contest at Penn on Oct. 2.
Consecutive Saturday games with Bucknell (Oct. 5) and at American (Oct. 12) stand out on a strong early October calendar, which includes a contest at Drexel on Oct. 17.
Three straight home games wrap up October with Holy Cross (Oct. 19), Colgate (Oct. 26) and Temple (Oct. 27) all visiting Rappolt Field.
The regular season closes on Nov. 2 with the Leopards' first trip to Boston University as Patriot League foes. The Terriers went 12-6 last season and have qualified for the NCAA Tournament four times since the turn of the century.
The Patriot League Tournament is set for Nov. 8 and 9 at the site of the regular season champion.