Note: All dates and times subject to change.
STANFORD, Calif. – Head coach Tara Danielson has announced the 2014 field hockey schedule, which features four contests against NCAA Tournament teams from last year, including defending national champion Connecticut.
Stanford will take on five teams that were ranked in the top-20 of the final 2013 Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll.
The Cardinal is coming off an impressive 2013 season in which it registered its fifth consecutive 15-win season, finishing 16-5 overall, and claimed its fifth straight NorPac West regular season title. Stanford, which has been included in the national rankings for all but one week over the past four years, spent each week of 2013 ranked 13th or higher, including matching a program-best No. 6 ranking in two consecutive weeks.
The national respect the Cardinal receives can be partly attributed to its commitment to consistently playing one of the nation’s toughest nonconference schedules. Stanford played seven teams that earned bids to the 2013 NCAA Tournament and went 4-3 against top-20 opponents, with three of those wins coming on the road.
The Cardinal will again embark on a challenging nonconference slate beginning with its season-opener against Delaware on Aug. 29. It has been a few years between meetings against the Blue Hens with the most recent contest taking place in 2005 with Stanford falling 5-1. Delaware finished the 2013 season with a loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Two days later, the Cardinal takes on Liberty in a rematch of last year’s NorPac Tournament championship game. Stanford fell 2-1 in the championship match as the Flames earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Cardinal travels cross-country the following week for games against Maine (Sept. 4), Boston University (Sept. 5) and New Hampshire (Sept. 7). Stanford last saw Boston University in 2009 during the NCAA Play-In Game, which the Cardinal dropped 3-2 in overtime. Stanford earned a convincing 5-1 victory last year against New Hampshire. The Wildcats finished the year ranked 16th nationally and competed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Stanford returns to The Farm the following week for its longest homestand on the year with four games in 10 days. The Cardinal will play host to Iowa on Sept. 12 and Albany on Sept. 14. Stanford picked up road wins over both teams last season, defeating Iowa 2-0 and Albany 2-1.
The Cardinal welcomes Central Michigan (Sept. 19) for the second consecutive season after picking up a thrilling 1-0 victory in 2013. Stanford held advantages in shots (23-3) and penalty corners (13-4) but it was a goal by Clemence Couteau at 45:07 that sealed the victory.
NorPac conference play begins Sept. 21 against California. The Cardinal defeated the Golden Bears twice in 2013, earning a 3-0 victory at home and a 1-0 overtime win in Berkeley.
Stanford then hits the road to continue nonconference play against defending national champion Connecticut (Sept. 26) and Yale (Sept. 28). The Cardinal dropped a 2-1 double-overtime decision to Connecticut in last year’s season-opener.
Conference play continues the following weekend against Pacific (Oct. 3) and at UC Davis (Oct. 5). Stanford dominated Pacific in two games last year, winning by a combined score of 9-1. The Cardinal split a pair of games against UC Davis in 2013, falling 3-2 in overtime at Davis and responding with a convincing 5-0 victory at the Varsity Turf.
Stanford wraps up nonconference play in Ann Arbor, Mich., with games against Northwestern (Oct. 10) and Michigan (Oct. 12). The Cardinal last saw Northwestern in 2012 when the Wildcats prevailed with a 4-1 victory. Stanford defeated Michigan last season 2-1 on goals by freshman Fran Tew and senior Hope Burke.
Regular season competition concludes with a game at Pacific (Oct. 17), and home games against California (Oct. 24) and UC Davis (Oct. 31).
Pacific will host the NorPac Tournament that runs from Nov. 6-8. The NCAA Tournament begins Nov. 15 and concludes with the championship on Nov. 23.
All dates and times subject to change.
|Fri., Aug. 29||Delaware||12 p.m.|
|Sun., Aug 31||Liberty||12 p.m.|
|Thur., Sept. 4||Maine (at New Hampshire)||2 p.m.|
|Fri., Sept. 5||Boston University (at New Hampshire)||4 p.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 7||at New Hampshire||9 a.m.|
|Fri., Sept. 12||Iowa||4 p.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 14||Albany||1 p.m.|
|Fri., Sept. 19||Central Michigan||4 p.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 21||California||1 p.m.|
|Fri., Sept. 26||at Connecticut||3 p.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 28||at Yale||9 a.m.|
|Fri., Oct. 3||Pacific||6 p.m.|
|Sun., Oct. 5||at UC Davis||1 p.m.|
|Fri., Oct. 10||Northwestern (at Michigan)||4 p.m.|
|Sun., Oct. 12||at Michigan||10 a.m.|
|Fri., Oct. 17||at Pacific||6 p.m.|
|Fri., Oct. 24||California||4 p.m.|
|Fri., Oct. 31||UC Davis||3 p.m.|
|Thur.-Sat., Nov. 6-8||NorPac Tournament (at Pacific)||TBD|
|Sat.-Sun, Nov. 15-16||NCAA Tournament Regional||TBD|
|Fri.-Sun., Nov. 21-23||NCAA Championships||TBD|
All times Pacific.
Home games in bold.