TOWSON, Md. – A game at Maryland, against the defending NCAA Champions, on Oct. 16 highlights a challenging 19 game schedule for head coach Michelle Webber and the Towson University field hockey team in 2012.
The Tigers are coming off a 10-win season in 2011 and they got back to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for the first time since 2008.
“I believe this is a challenging schedule that will help us get better,” said Webber. “We have a fairly young team this year but our returnees gained valuable experience last year and I believe they can use that experience to translate into success.”
A six-game road trip to open the season begins on Friday, Aug. 24 at Sacred Heart. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2007 as the Tigers lead the series 2-0. Towson remains in Connecticut to face Quinnipiac on Sunday afternoon.
On Friday, Aug. 31, the Tigers travel to Virginia for a match-up with the ACC foe. Towson opens the month of September by traveling to the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, Sept. 2. The Tigers earned a 2-1 win over the Quakers in their home opener last fall.
Towson wraps up the season-opening road trip by visiting Lehigh (Sept. 9) and Bucknell on Sept. 15.
The Tigers make their 2012 Johnny Unitas Stadium debut on Sunday, Sept. 16 when they host Providence at 2 p.m. That game against the Friars is the start of a four-game home stand for the Tigers.
On Friday, Sept. 21 the Tigers host Virginia Commonwealth. The Rams, which were part of the CAA last year will now face the Tigers as a non-conference foe. CAA play begins on Sunday, Sept. 23 when the Tigers host James Madison. The homestand then wraps up on Sept. 28 when the Tigers host Drexel.
Towson closes out the month of September on Sunday the 30th when they travel to St. Francis (Pa.). The Tigers visit defending CAA Champion, Old Dominion on Oct. 5 and that same weekend will travel to Williamsburg on Sunday, Oct. 7 to face William & Mary.
On Friday, Oct. 12, the Tigers will host UC Davis in a game played on Maryland’s campus in College Park. Towson travels to American on Sunday, Oct. 14 before playing at the Terrapins on Oct. 16.
The Tigers play their final home game on Sunday, Oct. 21 when they host the University of Delaware.
The weekend of Oct. 26 sees the Tigers travel to Hofstra and Northeastern to close out the regular season. Last year, the Tigers shutout both teams to earn a spot in the CAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.
The CAA Tournament will take place Nov. 1 and 3-4 with the top six teams advancing to the site of the highest seed.