June 2, 2009
The Pioneer women’s hockey team has its slate set for the 2009-10 campaign, which includes 30 regular season games before the ECAC Open Tournament. This year’s schedule is highlighted by a meeting with rival rival Quinnipiac as well as a trip to the Nutmeg Classic. The Pioneers will also get a chance at revenge in a rematch of last year’s ECAC Open Tournament Championship game with the Crusaders of Holy Cross.
The Pioneers open the season with a two game series against Maine, a team the Pioneers upset 3-2 last year to earn the program’s first victory against a division I opponent. The next week Sacred Heart heads to Hamden, CT and the TD Banknorth Center to take on the Bobcats. SHU then travels to Union for a pair of games, Rhode Island for one, and finishes a season opening eight game road trip with a series at Potsdam State.
Sacred Heart’s home opener at the Wonderland of Ice will be Wednesday November 18 as the Pioneers welcome in last year’s ECAC Open Tournament Champions Holy Cross. The Pioneers will then compete in this year’s Nutmeg Classic in New Haven, CT November 27-28 in a tournament that will also include Yale, Quinnipiac, and UConn.
The Pioneers will then dig in for a seven game home stand that stretches from December 2 to January 5. In that span Sacred Heart will host tilts against Nichols College, Bowdoin (2), Robert Morris College (IL), Western Ontario (2), and Lake Forest. Sacred Heart will then take to the road as they head north for a single game against Southern Maine and two more at Bowdoin.
Head Coach Tom O’Malley’s team will make a brief stop in Bridgeport, CT January 13 for a home game against Lindenwood before getting back onto the bus. The Pioneers will then head to Neumann for what promises to be an exciting two games as the teams combined for 25 goals in two Pioneer wins last year. Sacred Heart heads west again for a pair of games in Pittsburgh, PA as the Pioneers take on Robert Morris after SHU earned its second victory over a division I program with a 4-3 triumph over the Colonials last season.
Sacred Heart then enters the home stretch as the gear up for the ECAC Open Tournament. The Pioneers will host Williams College February 2 and make a short trip February 6 to battle Wesleyan. Sacred Heart concludes the regular season with a pair of games at Rhode Island, who enters their first season as an NCAA team. The Pioneers will return to the post season as part of the ECAC Open Tournament which is set for February 27-28 at a site to be determined.