Field Hockey Unveils 2010 Schedule
June 2, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass field hockey head coach Justine Sowry has announced the Minutewomen's 2010 season schedule. UMass, the winners of two of the last three Atlantic 10 Championships, will play a challenging 19-game regular season schedule that includes seven NCAA Tournament teams from last season. 10 of the Minutewomen's games will be played at home on Garber Field, starting with the season opener on August 27 vs. Boston College.
"We look forward to an exciting and fulfilling season in 2010," Sowry said. "Our schedule is a balanced and challenging one that will provide our young squad with tough, fierce competition."
The Minutewomen's schedule is one that pits them against the nation's elite on a regular basis. Seven out of the 16 NCAA Tournament teams from 2009 appear on UMass' 2010 schedule, including national finalist and the winner of three out of the last five national titles, Maryland. Boston College, Indiana, Connecticut, American, Maryland, Syracuse, and Richmond are the others.
Two other opponents (Boston University and Lock Haven) advanced to NCAA play-in games, making it nine out of 19 games that will come against opponents that reached the NCAA post-season last year.
The Minutewomen's schedule also includes eight of the top 20 teams from last season's final NFHCA National Coaches Poll and three others receiving votes.
UMass will open the season at home by hosting the UMass Invitational. The Minutewomen and Boston College will start play on Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. The Eagles will face Indiana the following day at 2 p.m. and the Minutewomen and Hoosiers will close things out on Aug. 28 at 2 p.m.
"The opening weekend will be a meaningful one for the program with the hosting of Boston College (coached by Ainslee Lamb, UMass '96) and Indiana (coached by Amy Robertson, UMass '88)," Sowry said. "We hope that the weekend will bring back our alumnae in great support."
After road games at Northeastern and America East champion Boston University, the Minutewomen return home to host Big East champion UConn on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m., before hitting the road again for games at Yale, Patriot League champion American, and ACC champ Maryland.
UMass will begin a season-long four-game homestand on Sept. 24 against Vermont. Albany (9/26) and Syracuse (10/3) will also visit Amherst before the A-10 Conference play begins on Oct. 9 against Saint Louis.
After closing non-conference play at Dartmouth, Lock Haven, a new associate member of the A-10, comes to Garber Field on Oct. 15, followed by a road contest against Richmond in a match-up of the teams that have combined to win the last 12 A-10 Championships.
The Minutewomen host the final two home games of the season on Oct. 22 against Temple and Oct. 24 against Saint Joseph's before closing the regular season with a road games at West Chester and La Salle the following weekend.
The 2010 Atlantic 10 Championship will be held Nov. 5-6 at Temple's Geasey Field in Philadelphia with the winner advancing to an NCAA play-in game.
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