For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland field hockey schedule for the upcoming 2018 season has been released and St. Mary's is looking to christen the new turf field with plenty of wins.
St. Mary's finished with eight wins in 2017, the most wins since the Seahawks recorded 10 victories in 2014. The Seahawks gained a berth in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Field Hockey Championship Tournament for the 24th consecutive season.
Seventeen regular-season matches comprise the 2018 lineup, including battles against a pair of participants from the 2017 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship Tournament – Christopher Newport University and Salisbury University.
Christopher Newport (No. 4) and Salisbury (No. 6), who both reached the second round of the NCAA tournament, finished ranked in the Top 10 of the final 2017 Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Coaches Poll. In addition, York College of Pennsylvania received votes.
When asked about her 2018 schedule, third-year head coach Jessica Lanham replied, "We are very excited to compete against our opponents in the 2018 season. We have a strong conference schedule as always in the CAC and have a solid line up out of conference."
St. Mary's opens up the new campaign with two home contests to break in the new turf field, welcoming Goucher College on Friday, August 31 at 4 p.m. and Stevenson University on Sunday, September 2 at 1 p.m. The complete Jamie L. Roberts Stadium Complex opens up in January 2019.
The Seahawks then begin a four-game road trip at Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday, September 5 followed by trips to Bridgewater (Va.) College on Saturday, September 8, Roanoke College on Saturday, September 15, and Ferrum College on Sunday, September 16.
The team returns home for matchups against Shenandoah University on Wednesday, September 19 at 4 p.m. and Wilson College on Sunday, September 23 at 1 p.m. St. Mary's then hits the road for the next two games, facing Washington College on Wednesday, September 26 and Neumann University on Saturday, September 29.
St. Mary's begins the month of October with a pair of games in front of the home crowd, hosting Virginia Wesleyan University on Tuesday, October 2 and York on Tuesday, October 9 in the CAC opener. The Seahawks take on Eastern Mennonite University in the final non-conference matchup of the season on the road on Friday, October 12.
The team remains on the road for their next two games as they resume conference play at Frostburg State University on Sunday, October 14 and follow that up with a league game at CNU on Wednesday, October 17.
St. Mary's concludes the regular-season at home as the Seahawks welcome Salisbury to campus on Saturday, October 20 at 3 p.m. as part of Hawktoberfest and then host the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday, October 24 at 4 p.m. The Seahawks will recognize their seniors against Salisbury as well.
The opening round of the Capital Athletic Conference Field Hockey Championship Tournament takes place on Saturday, October 27 before the semifinal round on October 31 and the championship match up on Saturday, November 3.
**Please note - all game dates, times, and locations are subject to change
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