ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine field hockey program released its 2014 slate that features 19 contests including seven home games in the upcoming campaign.
The 2014 slate will feature a familiar cast of opponents as 14 of the teams 19 contests will be against teams they competed against in 2013, including the five America East squads. When looking at the 14 contests the Black Bears went an impressive 11-3 against those squads.
"We continue to challenge our program with an exciting start to our 2014 season," head coach Josette Babineau said. "Our opening weekend of play will be in Michigan as we take on Central Michigan and Michigan State, followed by games against Stanford and UMass the next weekend."
Of the four challenging non-conference games the Black Bears open up with, two are opponents familiar to Babineau's squad as Maine played Central Michigan, and UMass in 2013, going 1-1 against the duo. Maine's trip to Michigan begins with an Aug. 29 contest against the Chippewas followed by a game against the Spartans on Aug. 31st.
The Black Bears will travel to other non-conference destinations including Burlington, Vt., for a neutral site tournament taking on Harvard on Sept. 13 and Hofstra on Sept. 14. Maine defeated the Pride last season, 5-2.
Maine field hockey fans will have a chance to see a competitive home slate, featuring seven contests including five non-conference games and two America East contests.
"We're also looking forward to our seven home games against non-conference and conference opponents, Bryant, Providence, Quinnipiac, Dartmouth, Fairfield, Yale and our final regular season game vs UNH on our Senior Day," Babineau said. "We feel that our schedule will provide us great competition and the preparation needed to succeed in our conference play."
Maine's home opener is against the Bryant Bulldogs on Sept. 20, which starts a string of three-straight home contests continuing with Providence on Oct. 26 and Quinnipiac on Oct. 28. All three opponents were on the Black Bears' 2013 schedule as Maine went 3-0, outscoring the trio by a total of 12-5.
In mid-October Maine will get set for another trio of home contests, hosting Dartmouth on Oct. 7 and conference opponent Fairfield on Oct. 10 followed by Yale on Oct. 12. Once again Maine defeated all three opponents in the 2013 edition of the Black Bear's schedule.
Maine will have one remaining home contest as the squad wraps up the season on Oct. 31 in a Halloween showdown with New Hampshire which will also serve as the squad's senior day.
The Black Bears will attempt to return ot their seventh-straight America East tournament appearance with those games taking place on Nov. 7-9. Sites and times are to be determined.