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Harvard Announces 2011 Women’s Soccer Schedule

The Crimson will open the season at Long Island (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's soccer team will play 11 home games and face four teams that reached last season's NCAA tournament during the upcoming 2011 campaign.

The Crimson will host Ivy League rivals Penn, Brown, Princeton and Dartmouth and will welcome seven non-conference opponents to Cambridge: Elon, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Boston University, Hofstra, Fairfield and Siena.

After kicking off the season on the road at Long Island Sept. 2, Harvard will open up its home schedule by playing Elon Sept. 4.The Crimson will remain at home to face Massachusetts Sept. 9 and Connecticut, a 2010 NCAA tournament participant, Sept. 11. Harvard will face two more NCAA postseason teams in a row, as the squad will visit local rival Boston University Sept. 14, before returning home to host Hofstra Sept. 16.
 
Two days later, Harvard visits Rhode Island Sept. 18, before opening its Ivy League schedule against Penn under the lights at the Solders Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium Sept. 23. The Crimson will step back into its non-conference slate, hosting New Hampshire Sept. 25, but will then visit Yale Oct. 1.
 
Head coach Ray Leone and the Crimson hosts Fairfield Oct. 4 and then makes the trip to Ithaca, N.Y., to play Cornell Oct. 8. Harvard closes out its non-conference schedule by welcoming Siena to Cambridge Oct. 11, beginning a four-game homestand. The Crimson will face Brown Oct. 15, Princeton Oct. 22 and Dartmouth Oct. 29, which will serve as Senior Day. Harvard will then conclude the regular season on the road, visiting Columbia Nov. 5.
 
The Crimson's home games against Connecticut and Fairfield will be played at Ohiri Field, while all other home contests will be held at the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium.

Harvard returns 19 players from last year's team, which finished 9-7-1 overall and 4-3 in the Ancient Eight. Rising senior midfielder Melanie Baskind and rising senior defender Lindsey Kowal will serve as co-captains for the upcoming season. Baskind, Kowal and rising junior forward Alexandra Conigliaro earned spots on the All-Ivy first team last fall. In addition, rising senior defender Rebecca Millock and rising sophomore midfielder Peyton Johnson garnered all-conference honorable mention.