BANGOR, Maine - Husson University field hockey head coach Sabrina Smith has announced the schedule for the upcoming season. The Eagles will play 14 games, including six games at the John W. Winkin Sports Complex.
The Eagles will start the season with a home match versus Wellesley College on August 31st. Husson won last season's match vs the Blues by a 4-2 scoreline.
A tough three-game road slate awaits the Eagles with one game at Colby College on September 5th, followed by a stop at St. Joseph's (Maine) on the 12th. They will finish the trip on the 15th at Springfield College. The Eagles beat the Monks 2-1 last season in double overtime and lead the all-time series history, 19-13.
Defending North Atlantic Conference champions, Husson University, will host Bowdoin College on the 18th before starting their conference schedule with a game against UMaine-Farmington on the 22nd. The Eagles won both games by the final score of 3-2 with the Beavers last season including the NAC East Championship Game. Husson will finish September with a trip to Wheaton (Mass.) College on the 28th.
The green and gold will start October with a home game vs the Mules on the 2nd. The Eagles will travel to Connecticut for the Albertus Magnus Tournament for two games in two days on the 6th and 7th. The Eagles will take on the Falcons on Saturday and Keystone College on Sunday.
A home-and-home series with the Thomas College Terriers starts with the Eagles travelling to Waterville on the 9th then hosting the Terriers on the 20th. The game on the 20th will be homecoming and senior day for the Eagles. Husson won last season's meeting, 6-1, in Waterville, Maine. The Eagles are 34-4 all-time vs. Thomas College.
The Eagles will finish up their home regular season schedule with a non-conference match vs the Southern Maine Huskies on the 22nd. Last season, the Eagles beat the Huskies, 3-2. HU is 2-0 all-time vs. USM.
NAC and regular season play will commence with a trip to UMaine-Farmington on the 25th.
The North Atlantic Conference and the New England Collegiate Conference will be combining their postseason tournament. Three schools from each conference will make the tournament, with both #1 seeds receiving a first round bye. The Quarterfinals will take place on Wednesday, October 31. Game 1 will feature the #2 seed from the NECC against the #3 seed from the NAC. Game 2 will have the #2 seed from the NAC taking on the #3 seed from the NECC.
The Semifinals matchups are scheduled for November 3rd with the championship being played on November 4th. All three games will take place at the of home the #1 seed from the NECC. The first semifinal game will be between the #1 seed from the NECC and the winner of Game 2, while the second semifinal game will feature the #1 seed from the NAC and the winner of Game 1. The winner of the two semifinal games will faceoff in the championship.