Quinnipiac Field Hockey Announces 2015 Schedule

Quinnipiac Field Hockey Announces 2015 Schedule

HAMDEN, Connecticut – Quinnipiac University field hockey head coach Becca Main has announced the Bobcats' 2015 schedule, which features eight home contests, highlighted by matchups against perennially nationally-ranked powers Boston College, Michigan State, Maine and Penn State as well as the two-time defending NCAA Champion UConn Huskies.

"The best word to describe the 2015 schedule would be aggressive," said Main, who'll be entering her 21st season as the head coach for Quinnipiac in 2015. "We are playing the two-time defending national champions UConn and have games slated against Virginia, Michigan State, Penn State and Boston College. We did that on purpose to make sure that it allows the team to have some growth. I think scheduling-wise it is very aggressive and it'll challenge us along the way."

Main's 2014 squad advanced to the conference postseason tournament for the 18th time in the program's 20-year history. Individually, Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania) was named the MAAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year for the second straight season while also picking up 2014 NFHCA All-Mideast Regional First Team honors for the first time in her career. Megan Osanitsch (Harwinton, Connecticut) and Danielle Allan (Riverdale, New Jersey) made up the Bobcats' 2014 All-MAAC First Team performers while Conaboy, Savanna Reilly (Hamden, Connecticut), Angie King (South Windsor, Connecticut) and Lea Dietrichs (Lueneburg, Germany) were named to the All-MAAC Second Team.

Main lined up one of the most challenging schedules in program history as the 18-game regular season features games against four 2014 NCAA Tournament teams including three teams that finished the 2014 season ranked in the NCAA RPI Top 10. Also on the docket includes first-time opponent Michigan State and trips to the reigning NCAA Champion UConn as well as Boston College and Penn State.

Before the official start of the 2015 regular season, Quinnipiac hosts New Hampshire on Aug. 20 for an exhibition match and then will bus down to Charlottesville for an exhibition match against national ACC power Virginia on Aug. 24. Virginia, last season's ACC regular season co-champion, has made the NCAA Tournament 15 times and play their home games at the University Hall Turf Field which will be the host site of the 2015 ACC Tournament.

The Bobcats open the 2015 season with a taxing road stretch that includes five games away from home in Quinnipiac's first six meetings of the season. Quinnipiac's season-opener falls on Aug. 28 with a trip to the Riverhawk Classic where the Bobcats will take on UMass Lowell for the second time at Cushing Field. That same weekend, Quinnipiac heads to Newton, Mass. where the Boston College Eagles await on Aug. 30. In 2014, the Eagles advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in program history while finishing the campaign ranked 10th in the NCAA RPI poll.

September commences with a visit to the four-time NCAA National Champions and two-time defending champs UConn on Sept. 4. This meeting marks the Bobcats' first trip to Storrs since 2008. The Bobcats' 2014 home opener falls on Sunday, Sept. 6 with a matchup against crosstown foe Yale. This meeting in 2015 marks the 16th consecutive season in which these two local rivals have faced off against one another.

The road swing to begin the 2015 season continues in New York as the Bobcats play a neutral site game against the Big Ten Conference's Michigan State Spartans. This first-time meeting between both sides on Sept. 11 will take place on the campus of Columbia University as the Bobcats will challenge a program that has advanced to the NCAA Tournament nine times and is just two years removed from a Big Ten Tournament Championship.

A Sept. 13 road game at Lafayette preludes the Bobcats returning home for an important stretch that features five of the next seven games played at the QU Field Hockey Turf Complex. The home stretch starts on Sept. 17 with the annual meeting against perennial regional power Maine and continues on Sept. 22 against Holy Cross. Quinnipiac hops back on the bus for a road meeting with Hofstra (Sept. 25) before again returning to Hamden where the Bobcats await the Vermont Catamounts (Sept. 27) to conclude the eight-game slate in September.

October kicks off with a highly anticipated trip to University Park where Quinnipiac will take on Penn State on Oct. 2. The 10-time Big Ten Champ and 30-time NCAA Tournament participant defeated the Bobcats, 4-0, on Sept. 7, 2014 from Hamden in a game in which Conaboy starred with an NCAA single-game high 22 saves for the 2014 season.

MAAC play opens at home as the Bobcats welcome Bryant on Oct. 9 and the home weekend continues with the final non-conference game of 2015 in a matchup against the BIG EAST's Providence Friars (Oct. 11). The remainder of October consists entirely of MAAC play as the Bobcats head to Johnson Field, the home of Yale field hockey, for a matchup against Sacred Heart on Oct. 16 and continue that weekend at home against Siena (Oct. 18). A crucial conference weekend looms next as Quinnipiac starts with a trip to Rider in Lawrenceville, N.J., a venue in which the Bobcats have not defeated the Broncs since Nov. 2, 2003 (seven meetings ago). The final game in October comes at the reigning MAAC Champions Monmouth (Oct. 25) from So Sweet A Cat Field.

Fairfield University joins the MAAC's Field Hockey league in 2015 and the Bobcats will play host to the Stags on Nov. 1 for the first ever meeting between the two sides as MAAC opponents. These two sides have met eight times in the series history but the meeting in 2015 marks the first contest between these in-state foes since Sept. 17, 2008.

The 2015 MAAC Championship Tournament will be played on Nov. 6-8 at the site of the highest seeded MAAC member. The Semifinal round commences on Nov. 6 while the Championship will be played on Nov. 8 at 1:00 PM.

Date Opponent Location Time
Thu. 20 New Hampshire (Exhib.) QU Field Hockey Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn. 1:00 PM
Mon. 24 at Virginia (Exhib.) University Hall Turf Field - Charlottesville, Va. 11:00 AM
Fri. 28 at UMass Lowell **Riverhawk Classic** Cushing Field Complex - Lowell, Mass. 1:00 PM
Sun. 30  at Boston College Newton Campus Field Hockey Field - Newton, Mass. 3:00 PM
Fri. 4 at UConn George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex - Storrs, Conn. 6:00 PM
Sun. 6 Yale QU Field Hockey Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn. 2:00 PM
Fri. 11 vs. Michigan State @ New York, N.Y. Columbia Field Hockey Venue - New York, N.Y. 2:00 PM
Sun. 13 at Lafayette Rappolt Field - Forks Township, Pa. 1:00 PM
Thu. 17 Maine

QU Field Hockey Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn.

2:00 PM
Tue. 22 Holy Cross QU Field Hockey Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn.
3:30 PM
Fri. 25 at Hofstra Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium - Hempstead, N.Y. 3:00 PM
Sun. 27 Vermont QU Field Hockey Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn. 12:00 PM
Fri. 2 at Penn State Penn State Field Hockey Complex - University Park, Pa. 6:00 PM
Fri. 9 Bryant  QU Field Hockey Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn.
3:30 PM
Sun. 11 Providence QU Field Hockey Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn. 1:00 PM
Fri. 16 at Sacred Heart   @ New Haven, Conn. Johnson Field - New Haven, Conn. 3:00 PM
Sun. 18 Siena  **SENIOR DAY** QU Field Hockey Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn.
12:00 PM
Fri. 23 at Rider Ben Cohen Field - Lawrenceville, N.J. 4:30 PM
Sun. 25 at Monmouth  So Sweet A Cat Field - West Long Branch, N.J. 12:00 PM
Sun. 1 Fairfield  QU Field Hockey Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn. 1:00 PM
Fri. 6 at 2015 MAAC Semifinals @ Highest Seed TBA
Sun. 8 at 2015 MAAC Championship @ Highest Seed 1:00 PM

Home Games In Bold To Be Played At The QU Field Hockey Turf Complex
 - Denotes Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Match

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