Marybeth Freeman
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Temple Field Hockey Head Coach Marybeth Freeman

Field Hockey

Temple Field Hockey Announces 2016 Schedule

PHILADELPHIA - With a brand new facility awaiting Temple field hockey, one that will serve as host for the 2016 BIG EAST Tournament, the season is sure to be an exciting one for the Owls. Temple head coach Marybeth Freeman has announced the full schedule for 2016, which begins with a contest against 2015 NCAA champion Syracuse.

The Owls will play 11 of their 18 regular season games at home. Temple moves to a brand new facility in 2016, on the site of the former William Penn High School at Broad and Master Streets.

"With the addition of our new Astroturf facility and hockey stadium coming online this summer, we're thrilled to host 11 teams this upcoming fall season," said Freeman. "We will be playing eight of the 12 conferences across the NCAA, exposing our student-athletes to various playing styles, formations and diverse skill sets. The layout of our games will best prepare our bodies physically and our minds mentally while in route to the BIG EAST Conference Tournament. We're excited to be hosting the 2016 BIG EAST Tournament at Temple, and all those involved with the hockey program are eager to be terrific hosts."

After a scrimmage against 2015 Final Four team Maryland on Aug. 18, the Owls begin their season in the Conference Cup Tournament hosted by nearby Saint Joseph's University. Temple will face Syracuse on Friday, Aug. 26 before playing host Saint Joseph's on Sunday, Aug. 28.

The home schedule begins for the Owls on Friday, Sept. 2 against Penn State at 6 p.m., and continues with a game against La Salle on Sunday, Sept. 4.

"Our home opening weekend features two in-state opponents," said Freeman. "Our long-lasting and respected rivalry with Penn State will make for an exciting playing experience, and La Salle's proximity to Temple will also draw some big crowds. It should be an excellent weekend of hockey."

The contests against Penn State and La Salle will be the first two in a six-game homestand for Temple that also includes city rival Drexel (Sept. 11) and region rival Delaware (Sept. 9). The fifth game of that homestand sees the Owls starting BIG EAST play, hosting Providence on Friday, Sept. 16.

The former six-team BIG EAST has now grown to eight in 2016, with the addition of Liberty and Quinnipiac. The new schools are the last two Temple will face in conference play.

The Owls' 2015 season turned around in a 1-0 defeat of #20 Old Dominion on the road, and Temple will face the Monarchs at home this season on Oct. 7.

The BIG EAST Tournament is set for Friday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 6 at Temple and will feature the top four teams following the conclusion of the regular season. The tournament winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which begins on Saturday, Nov. 12.

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