Field Hockey Announces Fall Schedule

Photo courtesy of Harvard Atheltic Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-  The Harvard field hockey team’s 2010 schedule was announced Friday by head coach Sue Caples. This year’s matchups include games against three teams who competed in the 2009 NCAA Championship and two-game road trips to Vermont and California.

The Catamount Classic will be held Sept. 11-12 in Burlington, Vt.  The Crimson will battle Maine in its opening game and face host Vermont a day later.

Harvard will make its first trip to the West Coast for games Oct. 8 at Stanford and Oct. 10 at California.  The Cardinal is coming off a 16-4 season in which it won the NorPac championship and reached the NCAA tournament.

The Crimson will start the 2010 season at home hosting Holy Cross (Sept. 4) and Bryant (Sept. 6). Harvard has won three of the past four meetings with the Crusaders and took the first matchup against the Bulldogs last season.  These are two of 10 non-league games this season.

Harvard will play its first Ivy League game of the season against rival Yale on Sept. 18.  The past six competitions against the Bulldogs have been decided by one goal. The remaining Ivy League home games are Cornell (Oct.16) and the season closer against Columbia (Nov. 6).

Harvard will play the rest of the Ivy League on the road starting with Penn (Sept. 25). The Crimson will later visit Brown (Oct. 2), and defending Ivy League champion Princeton (Oct. 23) and Dartmouth (Oct. 30).

Harvard will host Boston rivals Northeastern (Sept. 22) and Boston College (Oct. 27).  The Crimson will also host Bucknell (Oct. 3) to complete its non-league home slate. The Eagles are coming off an NCAA at-large berth, while the Bison tied for the Patriot League’s regular-season title.

The Crimson’s remaining nonleague contest is Sept. 15 at New Hampshire.

Harvard will be aiming for its fourth Ivy League title and fifth appearance in the 2010 NCAA Championship.  First and second-round play in the tournament is set for Nov. 13 and 14 and the semifinals and final will be Nov. 19 and 22.