July 1, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Five games against top 25 opposition and four home contests at Aggie Stadium highlight UC Davis field hockey's 2013 schedule as released by the program on Monday.
"We are excited to be playing a very competitive non-conference schedule that will challenge us this season. This will help prepare us best for our conference games, put us in a position to be successful throughout the year and into the postseason," said interim head coach Austin Pile.
After two exhibition contests on Aug. 22 against Pacific and Aug. 25 at Cal, both slated to take place in Berkeley, Calif., UC Davis will host Missouri State in its season opener on Aug. 30.
In addition to that game, the Aggies will also square off against NorPac rivals Stanford (Oct. 6), Cal (Oct. 13) and Pacific (Nov. 1) at Aggie Stadium.
One week after starting its season, UC Davis will compete in the first of three neutral-site matchups in Berkeley when the Aggies face Liberty (Sep. 6), last year's NorPac East Division champions. Two days later, UC Davis will face Dartmouth (Sep. 8), also at Maxwell Family Field in Berkeley, before embarking on a six-game road swing.
Ann Arbor, Mich., is the first stop on UC Davis' season-long stretch of road contests; the Aggies will take on Louisville (Sep. 13) at the University of Michigan before facing the host Wolverines (Sep. 15) -- the first of five games on the Aggies' schedule against nationally ranked competition.
A nine-day layoff will take place before UC Davis competes in its next non-conference game on Sep. 24 at Miami (OH), the defending Mid-American Conference champions, before the team ends its trip with three games in a five-day timespan at Ball State.
The Aggies will begin action in Muncie, Ind., against the Cardinals (Sep. 25) on their own field, continue two days later versus Central Michigan (Sep. 27 before ending its trip against Vermont (Sep. 29).
Competing at Aggie Stadium for the first time in more than six weeks, UC Davis will battle Stanford, the defending NorPac champions, in the team's conference opener that also doubles as the first game of a home-at-home series, on Oct. 6. Five days later, the Aggies will make the drive to Palo Alto to close out its season series against the Cardinal.
The first of three straight conference games will begin on Oct. 13 when the Aggies return home to host Cal. UC Davis will compete in its final neutral-site contest in Berkeley against Pacific on Oct. 18, before returning to Maxwell Family Field on Oct. 20 for a road game against the Golden Bears.
The most challenging portion of the schedule includes back-to-back road matches against another two teams that participated in last year's NCAA Tournament in Penn State and Iowa. Taking place in Iowa City, Iowa, the Aggies will face the 2012 Big 10 champion Nittany Lions and Hawkeyes on Oct. 26 and 27 respectively.
Michigan and Stanford are the other two teams on the Aggies' schedule that competed for a national title in 2012.
UC Davis will compete against Pacific, at home, in its season finale, a game that will also serve as the Aggies' final tune-up prior to the 2013 NorPac Tournament. Taking place from Nov. 7-9 in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty University will host this year's championship event.