(Fairfield, CT) – The Sacred Heart Pioneer Field Hockey team has released its 2011 season schedule.
The Pioneers open the season in St. Louis, MO on August 26, when they take on St. Louis University at the Anheuser-Busch Center. The next day, Sacred Heart plays Missouri State University at the same venue. Sacred Heart will then travel to Dartmouth to take on both Dartmouth and Longwood September 2 and 3 respectively, with both games being played in Hanover, NH.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to go out to St. Louis and open up with SLU and MSU, as well as the opportunity to head up to Dartmouth for Dartmouth and Longwood as these games are all new additions to our schedule," said SHU head coach Chris Blais.
The Pioneers will host Drexel at Yale on September 9, and make their Campus Field debut against Lehigh September 23. In between those games, the Pioneers are on the road against Holy Cross (September 11) and local rivals Yale (September 18) and Fairfield (September 21).
Sacred Heart concludes their non-conference schedule at Campus Field October 1 against Lock Haven and October 2 against LaSalle. On the Friday afternoon game against Lock Haven, the Pioneers will be supporting the National Foundation for Cancer Research by designating the day to "Stick it to Cancer." This event will help promote cancer awareness by encouraging fans and athletes to wear pink, as well as fundraise to support cancer research through sales and donations. A link to the "Stick it to Cancer" donation website can be found here.
Northeast Conference play begins for the Pioneers October 7 when they host Saint Francis (PA) , with another NEC game later in the weekend against Robert Morris at home on October 9. SHU goes on the road for three conference games against Rider (October 14), Monmouth (October 16), and Bryant (October 21). The Pioneers return to Campus Field for the regular-season home finale and Senior Day on October 23 against Sienna, which also coincides with Sacred Heart University Family Weekend. The Pioneers close out the regular season at Quinnipiac October 28.
"We are very excited about the 2011 season as we are looking to return to Northeast Conference Tournament play after a two-year hiatus," said head coach Blais.