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PHILADELPHIA – Ninth-year head coach Amanda Janney
has announced the 2013 schedule for Temple field hockey, which will mark the Owls' first season as an affiliate member of the BIG EAST Conference. This year's slate begins with the 2013 Conference Cup Tournament hosted by Temple on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, featuring 2012 NCAA Final Four team Maryland along with New Hampshire and Ohio State.
The rest of early September has the Owls traveling to Penn State and Delaware as well as hosting Richmond and Monmouth.
The first BIG EAST game of the season takes Temple across town to Villanova on Friday, Sept. 20. The Owls' seven conference games are intermingled with six non-conference games. From Sept. 22 to Oct. 25, Temple will play eight of 10 games at home on Geasey Field.
“The change to the BIG EAST Conference is a great opportunity for our program to continue to improve and succeed,” said Janney. “We are moving from a conference with a play-in game to a conference with a stronger RPI and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. We expect the BIG EAST games to have the same competitiveness that we are used to and we are excited to start some new rivalries with these new teams.”
The BIG EAST home opener is against Rutgers on Sept. 27, and other league home games will feature Providence (Oct. 11), Old Dominion (Oct. 13) and Georgetown (Oct. 25). The Owls will play just two more conference games on the road after Villanova, traveling to Louisville on Oct. 4 and Connecticut on Nov. 2.
The final two non-conference games are both against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, as Temple will travel to Drexel on Oct. 20 and Lafayette on Oct. 27. In total, the Owls will play six teams that earned berths in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, including four teams that advanced to the Elite Eight- Old Dominion, Connecticut, Maryland and Penn State.
“With eight strong teams in the BIG EAST, it will be a battle to earn a top four seed and ensure our way into the postseason tournament,” said Janney. “We were fortunate to get a good schedule that has us playing some talented teams at home, while also giving us the opportunity to travel to some great sites, including Louisville whose state-of-the-art stadium regularly hosts the Final Four.
“We have scheduled some of the toughest competition in the nation again this year in our non-conference slate to make sure our team is primed for our conference games. This philosophy has paid off in the past with our team and we expect to get tested right away in our opening weekend.”