July 12, 2013
EASTON, Pa. – Head Coach Mick Statham has released the 2013 Lafayette women’s soccer schedule, which is highlighted by nine home matches on Mike Bourger ’44 Field at Oaks Stadium. The Leopards will look to replace a group of five following graduation as they welcome six newcomers into the fold for 2013.
One of the challenges facing Statham’s bunch is an expanded conference field, which includes new members Boston University and Loyola Maryland. With the League expanding to 10 full-time member institutions, the Patriot League Tournament will now include six teams. A pair of quarterfinal games will be played at the site of the higher-seeded team, with the sixth-seed visiting the third-seed and the fifth-seed at the fourth-seed. Those winners will then join the top two seeds in the weekend semifinal (Nov. 8) and championship game (Nov. 10), played at the site of the highest overall seed in the tournament. The brackets will re-seed after the quarterfinal round on Nov. 5.
Soccer returns to Easton, Pa. on Aug. 25 when the Leopards host Manhattan in a noon kickoff. The season opener pits Lafayette against the Jaspers, who have met each of the previous two seasons. The home team has come away victorious in both meetings, with Manhattan winning 2-1 last season in Riverdale, N.Y.
A week later the schedule resumes with another home Sunday matinee when Sacred Heart comes to town on Sept. 1. After battling the Pioneers, the first of three two-game road swings sends Lafayette to New York to take on Binghamton (Sept. 6) and New Jersey for a tilt with NJIT (Sept. 8).
The following weekend brings Fairleigh Dickinson and Temple to town for a couple final tune-ups prior to Patriot League play. Lafayette will try to avenge a 1-0 loss to FDU last season under the lights at Oaks Stadium on Sept. 13 prior to a quick turnaround for the Owls on Sunday (Sept. 15) at 1 p.m.
Conference action gets underway in Hamilton, N.Y. as Lafayette faces Colgate on Sept. 21. After taking on the Raiders, a pair of home games await against UMBC (Sept. 25) and Patriot League nemesis Navy (Sept. 28) to close out the month.
A stern test greets Lafayette at the start of October with four of its first five games away from Oaks Stadium, including the Leopards’ annual meeting with rival Lehigh on Oct. 2. The Pards will look to make it three straight wins in the series after winning a pair of one-goal games each of the past two seasons.
Three days after the Lehigh contest, a trip to Worcester, Mass. awaits for a match against Holy Cross (Oct. 5). A week after playing the Crusaders, the Leopards meet BU for the first time in program history when they host the Terriers at Oaks Stadium on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.
Lafayette’s final non-league game is slated for Oct. 15 in New York City against Columbia before conference play picks up in the nation’s capital on Oct. 19. A 1 p.m. kickoff against American gives the Maroon and White a chance to reverse its fortune following a 3-0 defeat last season.
The final homestand of the season brings Bucknell and Army to Oaks Stadium in a pair of 7 p.m. start times. The meeting with the Bison is set for Oct. 23, while the match with the Black Knights will be Oct. 26.
Loyola and Lafayette will meet for only the third time in history as the team’s complete the regular season on Nov. 2 in Baltimore, Md. Loyola took the first two contests, most recently a 3-2 overtime win in 2009.
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