PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Aug. 21, 2013) – The Rutgers field hockey team finalized its 2013 schedule, second-year head coach Meredith Long announced Wednesday. The Scarlet Knights are set to face eight teams that finished the 2012 season in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Top 25 and five teams that made the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
“There is no doubt that this season's schedule is one of the most challenging the Rutgers field program has ever faced, but I have every faith that this team can face that challenge head-on,” said Long. “Games against powerhouses such as Old Dominion and Duke will not only be great matchups, they will also provide us with the perfect preparation for our move to the Big Ten. We are very much focused on our targets for this season and I believe that we can achieve something special. Now, I'm just looking forward to when the first whistle blows next Saturday at the start of our opening game against Boston College.”
RU is scheduled to play 18 regular season games as well as two scrimmages, including a preseason contest at Princeton, the defending National Champion. The Scarlet Knights will play seven home games and nine road contests and two neutral site matches.
Following two scrimmages, Rutgers opens the season with two road matchups at Boston College on Aug. 31, a team that sat at No. 21 in the final 2012 NFHCA poll, and Vermont (Sept. 1). The Scarlet Knights take on La Salle in their home opener on Sept. 6, before taking on Duke on Sept. 8. The Blue Devils finished last season at No. 22.
The next weekend features road contests against Siena (Sept. 14) and Albany (Sept. 15). The Scarlet Knights upset the Great Danes in their season opener last season, notching a 3-2 win over the then-No. 19 team in the nation. Albany also participated in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
RU opens its conference schedule with UConn on Sept. 22, another 2012 tournament participant. Rutgers is then scheduled to go on a season-long four-game road trip, which includes two squads that secured spots in last season’s NCAA Tournament in Lafayette and Drexel. The Scarlet Knights face Temple (Sept. 27) and the Leopards (Sept. 29), before taking on Villanova (Oct. 4) and the Dragons (Oct. 6) the following weekend.
The squad returns home for a matchup with Monmouth on Oct. 9, before hosting Georgetown on Oct. 12. The month concludes with road contests against Louisville on Oct. 19 and Indiana on Oct.20, before taking on conference-foe Providence on Oct. 25.
The final home game of the season is set for Nov. 1 against Big East opponent Old Dominion. Rutgers finishes the regular season at Bucknell on Nov. 3.
The conference championship tournament is scheduled for Nov. 8-10.
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