-- University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse head coach Michael Daly has announced the program’s schedule for the 2010 season. The UNH Wildcats will once again play an ambitious and competitive schedule featuring five teams that advanced to the 2009 NCAA tournament, including five conference/league champions as well as Final Four participant Maryland. In addition, UNH will face four teams that finished 2009 ranked in the IWLCA top 20.

2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1985 UNH women’s lacrosse national championship team, the program’s first and only national championship. The 2010 Wildcats, with high hopes of building their own championship team for UNH, will open this historic season February 13th with preseason scrimmages at UNH in the 1st annual Wildcat Whiteout Invitational.

"We are eagerly looking forward to the 2010 season and hope we can honor the 1985 UNH national championship team with a championship performance and team effort all season long,” Daly said. “The America East conference is such a competitive and balanced conference and we have some great rivalries, both old and new. As a team we are all extremely excited and look forward to competing for an America East championship in 2010.

“We have a very challenging non-league schedule and some quality New England rivalries, competing against top regional teams like Dartmouth, UMass, Boston College, Harvard and Yale once again,” Daly added. “We are ready for the challenges that lay ahead and to embark on our own championship season at UNH to start ‘Rising Up’ in 2010."

The Wildcats open the regular season at home Wednesday, Feb. 24th when they play host to regional rival Holy Cross from the Patriot League in a 4 p.m. game at Memorial Field. UNH continues its early season home schedule Saturday, Feb. 27th, when the Wildcats host intrastate rival Dartmouth in the battle of the Granite State in a 1 p.m. game.

UNH then ventures into a busy March schedule playing seven games with three at home and four on the road. The Wildcats travel to regional foe UMass on Wednesday, March 3rd, and return to Durham for a two-game homestand at Memorial Field vs. Patriot League champ Colgate on Saturday, March 6th and Harvard on Tuesday, March 9th. The Wildcats then hit the road for three of the next four games, including a journey south to battle ACC champ Maryland (Saturday, March 13th) and Florida (Saturday, March 20th) as well as a regional tilt vs. Yale (Wednesday, March 31st). In between that extended road trip, UNH will play host to Metro Atlantic champ Fairfield in a key regional matchup on Sunday, March 28th.

In April, the Wildcats open the month by embarking on America East league play. UMBC travels to Durham on Saturday, April 3rd and then the ‘Cats play consecutive crucial conference road games against Boston University on Wednesday, April 7th and Stony Brook on Saturday, April 10th. The Wildcats return to Memorial Field for two key conference battles vs. Binghamton (Saturday, April 17th) and Albany (Saturday, April 24th). The Wildcats close out the month of April on the road facing ACC and regional foe Boston College on Wednesday, April 28th in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

UNH concludes the 2010 regular season with an America East showdown in the Green Mountain State vs. rival Vermont on Saturday, May 1st. The America East tournament will be held May 6th & 8th at the site of the highest seed.

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