Jan. 6, 2014
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BOSTON - Playing in its inaugural season in the Patriot League, the Boston University women’s lacrosse team and eighth-year head coach Liz Robertshaw have announced the Terriers’ 2014 schedule.
Highlighted by games against the 2013 NCAA national champion and national runner-up, as well as five other teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament, the Terriers will play 17 games in 2014 with seven contests taking place on Nickerson Field.
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“This is a great schedule for us that combines games against traditional rivals in BC, Dartmouth and UNH, with new games against great caliber competition like North Carolina, Maryland and Loyola,” said Robertshaw. “Will it prove to be challenging for us from the start through the finish, yes. Will it prepare us for our Patriot League schedule and a run at post-season play, absolutely, and that’s what a good schedule should do. I know when I passed along the list of 17 teams we are matched up against this spring the team was pumped about the new names on there.”
For the first time in Robertshaw’s tenure, the Terriers will begin the season with six straight road games. BU will face tough competition from the start, as the Terriers’ first four opponents all participated in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
“Starting the season with our first six games on the road is going to test for this team on how they handle both the travel and the ability to adjust to new environments early on,” said Robertshaw. ”Heading south for four of those games will be a nice change to the New England spring weather, and it will give us the opportunity to show people outside of New England our style of play. At the end of the day, with 10 out of 17 games on the road, we’ll get comfortable bringing our game whether playing on Nickerson or not.”
The Terriers will open the season against 2013 national champion North Carolina on Feb. 14, in Chapel Hill, N.C. From there, BU will head to College Park, Md., to face Maryland on Feb. 19. Maryland was the national runner-up a season ago after falling to UNC in triple overtime in the NCAA championship game.
BU returns to Massachusetts on Feb. 26, and will head to Amherst to take on intrastate rival UMass before traveling to Hanover, N.H., on March 6, to play at Dartmouth. Both the Minutewomen and the Big Green advanced to the second round of last year’s NCAA tournament.
The Terriers will play their first-ever Patriot League game on March 8, when BU visits Washington, D.C., to face American in the first meeting between the two programs. The following Wednesday (March 12), the Terriers will return to non-conference action with a game at Johns Hopkins.
After a month on the road, the Terriers will make their Nickerson Field debut and host their first Patriot League home game when Holy Cross comes to Boston on March 19. BU holds a 6-1 record against the Crusaders but the two schools have not met since the 1999 season. Conference play continues when BU makes the trip to Annapolis, Md., to play 2013 Patriot League champion Navy in the first-ever meeting between the Terriers and the Midshipmen on March 22.
Taking a break from Patriot League action, BU will host Yale on March 26, before returning to league play with a trip to Lafayette on March 29. The Leopards will be another first-time opponent for the Terriers.
A familiar foe will be on tap next for the Terriers, as BU hosts former America East rival New Hampshire on April 2. The Terriers will make it two in a row at Nickerson Field that weekend when Lehigh comes to Boston on April 5 for a Patriot League match-up.
Continuing in conference action, BU will visit Hamilton, N.Y., on April 9 for its first game against Colgate since 2005. Then, the Terriers will be back on Nickerson Field to host fellow Patriot League newcomer Loyola Maryland on April 12.
BU will make the short trip to Cambridge, Mass., on April 16 to play at local rival Harvard before closing out Patriot League play at home against Bucknell on April 19.
The Terriers will look to hoist their first Patriot League trophy when the six-team conference tournament begins on April 22. The quarterfinals will be hosted by the higher-seeded teams with the No. 1 overall seed and the No. 2 seed receiving byes. The semifinals (April 25) and final (April 27) will be hosted by the No. 1 seed.
After the conference tournament, BU will return to Nickerson Field on May 3 for a final non-conference game against Boston College.
The Terriers return 19 letter winners from last year’s squad and welcome eight newcomers for BU’s inaugural season in the Patriot League.