MERION STATION, Pa. – Saint Joseph’s field hockey head coach Lynn Farquhar has announced the Hawks’ schedule for the fall 2019 campaign. The regular season slate features five teams that have played in the NCAA Tournament over the last two seasons, including defending national champion North Carolina, and seven games against opponents from the ACC, Big Ten, and Ivy League.
The new schedule will also be the first played under the new NCAA timing rules put in place this spring. Games will now consist of four 15-minute quarters, which mirrors the rules of play followed by FIH, the governing board of international field hockey.
“The 2019 fall season will be full of new challenges, including our most competitive schedule, tough road games – including the 2018 national champion – and adjusting our play to an even higher level by aligning with FIH quarters,” Farquhar said. “The speed of the game has just advanced another step forward.”
The Hawks will play a pair of exhibition games, hosting Penn State and visiting Princeton on August 24 and August 28, respectively. Both the Nittany Lions and Tigers reached the NCAA Tournament a season ago, with Princeton reaching the Final Four.
The regular season kicks off at Hofstra on September 1 before the Hawks play a pair at home against Drexel (September 6) and Rutgers (September 8). The Hawks played a thrilling road contest with the Scarlet Knights a season ago as both teams went on to play in the NCAA Tournament.
A trip to New York state follows as SJU visits Syracuse and Cornell on September 13 and 15, respectively. Then it’s two more at home as Delaware (September 20) and Penn (September 22) visit Hawk Hill.
SJU opens its conference slate at Massachusetts on September 27; the Hawks will then head east across the state to take on perennial ACC contender Boston College two days later.
Six consecutive Atlantic 10 games take up the bulk of the October schedule, with a three-game homestand against Lock Haven (October 4), Saint Louis (October 6), and Saint Francis (October 13) opening up the month. A trip to Virginia follows, with the Hawks meeting VCU on October 18 and Richmond on October 20, before a home tilt with Davidson on October 25.
The Hawks will close out the regular season with some familiar faces, as Saint Joseph’s meets its NCAA Tournament opponents from the past two seasons and a local rival over the final three games. On October 27, the Hawks will host Michigan in a rematch of the teams’ tightly-contested First Round game from a season ago.
After a quick jaunt across town to close out the conference slate against La Salle on October 31, the Hawks will head to Chapel Hill to meet defending national champion North Carolina to wrap up the regular season. The Hawks and Tar Heels last met in the First Round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
The Atlantic 10 Championship is set for Richmond’s Crenshaw Field on November 8 and 9. The NCAA Tournament begins the following week, with the Final Four slated for Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on November 22 and 24.
“We hope to see our Hawk fans at home and on the road; we love the contagious energy!” Farquhar said.