Field Hockey Announces Two Home Tourneys as Part of Spring Schedule

DURHAM, N. H. - The University of New Hampshire field hockey program, led by head coach Robin Balducci, announced its five spring dates of competition and that includes two home tournaments. 

The season begins April 5 when the Wildcats play host to their first of two spring tournaments. All five teams will compete in four 30-minute games, with each contest featuring full field play. UNH kickstarts the action against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at 10 a.m. The Wildcats will also face College of the Holy Cross at 11:10 a.m., Brown University at 2:05 p.m. and complete the 10-game schedule against the University of Maine at 3:15 p.m.

The Wildcats then travel to Northeastern University on April 9. After that, UMass hosts its spring tournament on April 12. UNH will play three 30-minute games, facing Boston College at 11:45 a.m. and Dartmouth at 12:20 p.m. in pool play. The final game will be a pool crossover game against UMass, Holy Cross or Northeastern. 

The following Saturday (April 19), New Hampshire returns home to host Maine, Harvard, and UMass Lowell in its second spring tournament. Each team will compete in three 35-minute contests with two shootouts. The Wildcats play UMass Lowell in the first game of the day at 11:00 a.m. The 'Cats face Harvard at 12:30 p.m.  and conclude the six-game schedule against Maine at 2:45 p.m.

UNH closes the spring schedule April 26 at the Harvard Play Day, where the Wildcats will face Boston University at 10:50 a.m., followed by Maine at 2:00 p,m. and UConn at 3:40 p.m. 

New Hampshire, which ended the season ranked No. 16 in the nation, captured the America East regular-season crown for the fourth consecutive year in 2013 by completing conference play with a perfect 5-0 record for the second straight year and third time in four years.

The Wildcats also won the America East Championship title and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years. UNH finished the 2013 season with a 15-7 record to mark the fifth highest win total in the program's 39-year history.

APRIL 5      
10 am 10:30 am UNH Dartmouth
10:35 am 11:05 am Holy Cross Dartmouth
11:10 am 11:40 am UNH Holy Cross
11:45 am 12:15 pm Brown Maine
12:20 pm 12:50 pm Maine Dartmouth
12:55 pm 1:25 pm Brown Dartmouth
1:30 pm 2 pm Maine Holy Cross
2:05 pm 2:35 pm UNH Brown
2:40 pm 3:10 pm Brown Holy Cross
3:15 pm 3:45 pm UNH Maine
APRIL 19      
11 am 11:35 am UNH Mass Lowell
11:45 am 12:20 pm Maine Harvard
12:30 pm 1:05 pm UNH Harvard
1:15 pm 1:50 pm Maine Mass Lowell
2 pm 2:35 pm Mass Lowell Harvard
2:45 pm 3:20 pm UNH Maine
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