WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. and field hockey coach Alicia Hawk have announced the 2009 schedule for the Crusaders. The slate includes 10 home contests on the Hart Turf Field, three versus squads that finished last season nationally ranked and two against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Following a home exhibition game versus Brown (Aug. 29), Holy Cross will open the season on the road in Storrs against Connecticut (Sept. 3), who advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished the regular season ranked fifth in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's final poll. Two days later, the Crusaders open the home portion of their schedule against Ivy League rival Harvard (Sept. 5).
Holy Cross returns to the road for a contest at Boston College (Sept. 6), who finished last season No. 15 in the NFHCA's final poll. After a week off, the Crusaders host Dartmouth (Sept. 13) and Siena (Sept. 16), then hit the road to New Hampshire (Sept. 19), followed by another game on the Hart Turf Field versus Yale (Sept. 20). The Crusaders round out September in Hamden, Conn. at Quinnipiac (Sept. 24), then back in Worcester for matches against Fairfield (Sept. 26) and Bryant (Sept. 30).
Holy Cross opens its conference schedule in October by hosting defending Patriot League champion American (Oct. 4), who finished No. 18 in the NFHCA's final poll last season. The Crusaders entertain Maine (Oct. 5) then visit Lafayette (Oct. 11) and take on Columbia in Hamden, Conn. the next day (Oct. 12). Holy Cross wraps up its home slate with Saturday afternoon contests against Colgate (Oct. 17) and Lehigh (Oct. 24), then travels to end the regular season at Brown (Oct. 27) and at Bucknell (Oct. 31).
The Patriot League Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 7-8 on the campus of the regular season champion. The top four teams in the final regular season standings will advance to the conference tournament.
The Crusaders will return 13 players from a team that finished last season 7-11 overall and 2-3 in the Patriot League.