DAVIS, Calif. — National finalist Maryland, and second round participant Miami University, highlight the Aggies’ 18-game schedule that features three NCAA tournament teams from a season ago. UC Davis will host a total of seven matches at the Aggie Field Hockey Facility, beginning with an exhibition contest against America East Conference foe, California, on Sunday, Aug. 12, as announced by head coach Britt Broady on Monday.
After a second scrimmage on the road against Pacific on Aug. 17, the Aggies officially kick off their 2018 campaign with a pair of home games against Temple and Providence on Aug. 24 and Aug 26, respectively.
“Our priority is to continue our team development and maintain a high level of intensity during every game,” said head coach Britt Broady. “Each student-athlete on this team has invested a significant amount of time and energy toward increasing their technical hockey skills, tactical recognition, and decision-making, and our progress through the spring was very exciting to see,” added Broady.
The Aggies will then play their first road matchup versus Maryland as a neutral-site contest held in Berkeley, Calif on Monday Aug. 27.
Miami University (Sept. 1) will face UC Davis on its home turf before the Aggies hit the road for a nine-game stretch across the states of Virginia, Vermont, Ohio, and Indiana.
“We are very excited to travel to three different areas of the country this season where we will see a variety of different styles of play, said Broady. “It will certainly help our team prepare for the diversity of our America East Conference opponents.”
After facing Longwood, La Salle, and Davidson in Farmville, Va., the Aggies will travel north to Burlington, Vt., for a pair of games against East Division league members, Maine and Vermont.
“Gaining familiarity with East Division opponents, Vermont and Maine, will also help our team build confidence before beginning conference championship play at the end of the season,” added Broady.
Ohio University will serve as the site for a two-game swing against the host Bobcats and Central Michigan, while a one-game stop in Muncie, Ind. to face Ball State will wrap up the Aggies’ east coast tour and serve as the final tune-up match before a six-game season-ending stretch versus conference colleagues, beginning and ending with Stanford on Sept. 30 and Oct. 24, respectively.
With 16 underclassmen listed on their 23-member roster, the Aggies will skew young this season, as they add an eight-member incoming freshman class.
“Our system depends upon each student-athlete’s individual contribution and we are so excited to welcome our eight incoming freshmen to the program. We look forward to getting to know each of them better and see how their strengths add to our unit. If we can keep our focus on ourselves and thrive in critical moments, we will put ourselves in a position to succeed,” Broady added.
Stanford will host the league’s annual championship from Nov. 1-4 at Varsity Field Hockey Turf in Stanford, Calif.
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