May 31, 2006

Bulldogs Announce Challenging 2006 Schedule

May 31, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Four games against teams that ended last year ranked in the national poll, and a trip to the Midwest, highlight Yale's 17-game 2006 field hockey schedule. Head coach Pam Stuper's tenth season at Yale, including eight as an assistant, features the team's most challenging group of opponents in her tenure. National powers BU, UConn, Michigan State and North Carolina are among the teams on tap for the Bulldogs.

Yale opens 2006 at home against Virginia Commonwealth on Sept. 1, then travels to local rival UConn on Sept. 6. The Huskies ended last year ranked No. 10 in the STX/NFHCA poll, advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The seven-game Ivy League portion of Yale's schedule starts with defending Ivy champion Princeton visiting Johnson Field on Sept. 9. After that the Bulldogs take off on their furthest trip since a 2002 excursion to California. They play at Michigan State (ranked No. 18 last year) on Sept. 14, at Northwestern on Sept. 16 and against Stanford at Northwestern on Sept. 17.

The remainder of Yale's non-league schedule includes home games against two more local rivals, Sacred Heart on Sept. 27 and Quinnipiac on Oct. 25. The Pioneers were among the teams "also receiving votes" in last year's final poll. The Bulldogs also take on No. 5 North Carolina in a neutral-site game at BC on Oct. 8 and play No. 17 BU (at MIT) on Oct. 15.

In addition to the Princeton game, Yale also hosts Ivy League matchups against Penn (Oct. 21) and Columbia (Oct. 28). The Bulldogs travel to Cornell on Sept. 23, Dartmouth on Oct. 7, Harvard on Oct. 14 and Brown for the season finale on Nov. 4.

Yale finished last season 6-11 overall, though six of those losses (including four of the Bulldogs' six league losses) were by just one goal.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity