DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire 2010 field hockey schedule has been finalized, and it includes a season-opening Wildcat Invitational at UNH's Memorial Field on Aug. 28-29.
The 19-game schedule includes 10 home games and four battles against teams that advanced to last year's NCAA tournament. UNH welcomes the University of Delaware, Lock Haven and fellow America East member University of Vermont to Durham for the Wildcat Invitational. The Wildcats play Lock Haven on opening day and conclude the tourney vs. Delaware, which is one of the teams that advanced to the NCAAs.
New Hampshire continues its four-game homestand the opening week of September against Bryant and Providence. The 'Cats then hit the road Sept. 11-12 for the Terrapin Invitational to play the national runner-up Terrapins as well as American University, the team Maryland defeated in the first round of the NCAA tourney.
After returning home to play regional rival Harvard University under the lights of Memorial Field on Sept. 15, the 'Cats are on the road for five consecutive games – Holy Cross, Michigan, Central Michigan, Maine and Northeastern.
The intrastate rivalry with Dartmouth College continues Oct. 6 in Durham for the team's third home night game of the season. UNH resumes America East conference play three days later vs. Vermont – the Catamounts' second trip to UNH, but first matchup vs. the Wildcats – and Boston University travels to town Oct. 16.
Following road games against Boston College and Fairfield University, UNH concludes the regular season – and the month of October – at Memorial Field against Louisville (Oct. 24) and Albany (Oct. 30).
The Wildcats look to extend their streak of consecutive league postseason appearances to four years when the America East Championship is held Nov. 5-6 at the site of the highest seed.