The Virginia field hockey team announced its 2014 schedule, with the Cavaliers slated to play 11 of their 19 regular-season games, as well as a preseason scrimmage, at University Hall Turf Field.
In 2014, the Cavaliers will face 11 teams that participated in the 2013 NCAA Field Hockey Championships and 12 teams that were ranked in the top-20 in at least one NFHCA poll a year ago.
“It is an extremely challenging schedule,” head coach Michele Madison said. “We always try to play hard schedules because in order to be the best, you have to play the best. The team also needs to be challenged in order to find out who we are and who we are going to be. We are going to have opportunities right out of the gate to do that. This year, we have 16 first and second year players on the roster, so anything is possible. Our fourth-years will need to provide lot of enthusiasm, teaching and strong leadership to get us through this schedule.”
The Cavaliers officially open their schedule with three-straight road games, including the season-opener at William & Mary (Aug. 29) followed by road games at Penn State (Aug. 31) and Iowa (Sept. 4).
The ACC Tournament will be held Nov. 6-9 in Durham, N.C. The NCAA Tournament begins on Nov. 15 with the first-and-second-round games being played at host sites. This year’s NCAA Semifinals and Championship games will be played in College Park, Md.
The Cavaliers ranked as high as No. 4 in the NFHCA Coaches’ Poll last season and made their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance under Michele Madison.
2014 Virginia Field Hockey Schedule
Thursday, Aug 21 AMERICAN (exhibition) 12 pm
Friday, Au. 29 @ William & Mary 4:30 pm
Sunday, Aug 31 @ Penn State 12 pm
Thursday, Sept 4 @ Iowa 4 pm
Sunday, Sept 7 PRINCETON 1 pm
Tuesday, Sept 9 MIAMI (OHIO) 1 pm
Friday, Sept 12 LOUISVILLE 6 pm
Sunday, Sept 14 RUTGERS 12 pm
Friday, Sept. 19 @ Duke 6 pm
Sunday, Sept 21 ALBANY 1 pm
Friday, Sept. 26 SYRACUSE 6 pm
Sunday, Sept 28 VERMONT 1 pm
Friday, Oct. 3 @ North Carolina 6 pm
Sunday, Oct. 5 OHIO STATE 1 pm
Friday, Oct. 10 @ Richmond 6 pm
Sunday, Oct. 12 WAKE FOREST 1 pm
Friday, Oct. 17 LIBERTY 6 pm
Sunday, Oct. 19 OLD DOMINION 1 pm
Friday, Oct. 24 @ Boston College 6 pm
Sunday, Oct. 26 @ Boston University 12 pm
November 6-9 ACC Tournament @ Duke
November 12 NCAA Tournament Play-in Games
November 15-16 First/second round NCAA (site TBA)
November 21 & 23 Final Four @ Maryland