CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard field hockey head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2016 season. The slate features eight home games, which will all be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network, while the road schedule is highlighted by a trip to national semifinalist Connecticut. The matchup against the Huskies is one of five games against 2015 NCAA Tournament teams.
The Crimson begins the season in Cambridge with a visit from Holy Cross Friday, September 2 before heading north to face-off at New Hampshire Sunday, September 4. Harvard returns home Thursday, September 8 when Pacific makes the trek from the West Coast.
Two of Harvard's next three contests are on the road against NCAA tournament participants from last season. On Sunday, September 11, the Crimson travels to Storrs, Connecticut to face UConn and then visits Massachusetts a week later. Sandwiched between is a home duel Friday, September 16 versus Northeastern.
The next weekend sees the Crimson host a pair of home games beginning with its Ivy opener against archrival Yale Friday, September 23. Maine comes to town two days later for a Sunday matinee. Harvard then heads out on the road for a trio of home games starting with a visit to another NCAA team in crosstown rival Boston University September 29. Road Ivy League contests at Penn October 2 and Brown October 8 follow.
Harvard heads down the stretch of the season with three home games and three road tilts. Cornell journeys in for an October 15 clash, before Harvard travels south for contests at Princeton and Lafayette, October 22 and 23, respectively. The final out-of-conference opponent is Boston College, who the Crimson host Thursday, October 27. The Crimson takes on Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire two days later and then culminates the regular season Saturday, November 5 against Columbia.
The Crimson finished last season with a 9-8 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the Ancient Eight to finish fourth in the conference standings. The winning season was the second in a row for Harvard, marking the first time since 2003-2004 that the Crimson was over .500 in back-to-back seasons. The Crimson will be led in 2016 by captains Kyla Cordrey and Sarah Finnemore. Cordrey, a Longstreth/NFHCA All-Northeast Region second team selection, is one of four All-Ivy honorees from 2015 that return to the pitch for Harvard this year.