CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-The Harvard field hockey team's 2009 schedule, announced Tuesday by head coach Sue Caples, will feature three opponents that played in the 2008 NCAA Championship and a visit from six-time Big Ten Conference champion Michigan.
The Crimson will host the Wolverines Oct. 10 as part of a four-game homestand in the middle of the season. The matchup is one of 10 non-league games on the schedule, which kicks off Saturday, Sept. 5 with a visit to Holy Cross. Harvard's second game is a neutral-site matchup with UC Davis, Sept. 9 at Massachusetts.
Harvard plays back-to-back home games against Bryant (Sept. 12) and New Hampshire (Sept. 16) before opening Ivy League play Sept. 19 at rival Yale. The Crimson and Bulldogs' last five games have been decided by one goal, including a 1-0 Harvard win last season at Jordan Field.
The Crimson makes a second straight trip to the Nutmeg State Sept. 23. The Huskies finished second in the Big East last year and reached the NCAA tournament. Harvard later hosts games against two 2008 NCAA tournament teams. The Crimson welcomes defending Atlantic 10 champion Massachusetts Oct. 6 and defending Ivy champ Princeton Oct. 24.
The other league home games on the schedule are against Penn (Sept. 26), Brown (Oct. 3) and Dartmouth (Oct. 31). The matchups with Princeton and Dartmouth are part of rivalry Saturdays that pit the Crimson against the same opponent in field hockey, football, women's soccer and men's soccer on the same day. The game against the Big Green will also be Harvard's Senior Day.
In addition to Yale, Harvard plays Ivy League road games at Cornell and Columbia. The Crimson visits the Big Red Oct. 17 and closes the regular season Nov. 6 against the Lions.
The Crimson also plays Wednesday-night games against Boston rivals Northeastern, Boston University and Boston College. The Crimson plays road games against the Huskies (Sept. 30) and Eagles (Oct. 28) and plays host to the Terriers (Oct. 14).
Harvard will be aiming for the Ivy League title and an appearance in the 2009 NCAA Championship. First- and second-round play in the tournament is slated for Nov. 14-15 on campus sites. The semfinals and final will be Nov. 20 and 22 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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