USA Field Hockey's weekly feature of highlighting some of the top college games in Division I, II and III is back for the 2019 season.
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
DI: Miami vs. Towson (at St. John's School) | 7:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats
Miami and Towson will both travel to Houston to compete in the first-ever collegiate field hockey match played in the Lone Star State. Coming off a two-game winning streak, Miami is 6-4 overall so far in 2019 and is undefeated in conference play. Their most recent win over Davidson saw a score of 1-0, however the Redhawks out-shot and out-cornered their opponent. Towson’s tough schedule has left their record at 1-8 and have not played any conference opponents as of yet. Having never met before this game, both teams will look to walk away with the win in a history-making match.
DII: Saint Michael's at Bentley | 4:00 p.m. ET | NE10 NOW
Saint Michael's continues their road trip schedule this Thursday when they face Northeast-10 (NE10) Conference opponent Bentley at 4:00 p.m. ET. The Purple Knights are looking to begin the month of October on a high note as they seek their first win of the season. Saint Michael's is coming off a 5-3 loss to Saint Thomas Aquinas, a match that saw the Purple Knights register the most goals in one game thus far. Meanwhile Bentley sits at 3-5 overall and are looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The Falcons most recent outing resulted in a 4-2 loss to Assumption on the road and hope a win in front of the home crowd will put them back on the right track. The last time these two teams met was in November with Bentley prevailing 2-1.
DIII: No. 2 TCNJ at No. 9 Ursinus | 7:00 p.m. ET | Game Central
No. 2 ranked TCNJ meets No. 9 Ursinus in Collegeville, Pa. on Thursday evening for a top-10 showdown. While the second-ranked team should easily outplay the No. 9, Ursinus’ surface will present a challenge for TCNJ as they do not play on AstroTurf regularly. The Bears also boasts the Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Defender of the Week and Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week in goalkeeper Addie Frey who recorded two shutouts last week to help extend their win streak to seven games. Ursinus holds only one loss in 2019 to No. 4 Rowan which came in their opening game and they are coming off a 3-0 win. Undefeated TCNJ most recently displayed a dominant performance over Cabrini with a score of 8-0. They have also out scored their opponents so far this year 35 to 4. In last year's match-up the game went into overtime with the Lions winning 1-0.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
DI: No. 21 Albany at Vermont | 4:00 p.m. ET | Live Stream
America East rivals No. 21 Albany and Vermont will kick off conference matches on Friday in Burlington, Vt. Albany comes off a six-game winning streak, making their record 7-3 as they meet Vermont who is currently 4-6 and most recently fell in a close competition against William and Mary. When the two teams met in 2018, Albany took the 3-0 win on Vermont’s senior night. The Catamounts will look to get revenge for their alumni and start conference play on the right foot.
DI: No. 2 Duke at No. 1 North Carolina | 4:30 p.m. ET | ACCNX
The two top teams in Division I will battle it out on Friday evening in Chapel Hill, N.C. as No. 2 Duke takes on No.1 North Carolina. In both contests last year, UNC came out on top by at least two goals. Earning both the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Offensive Player of the Week honors, UNC’s Erin Matson will be the obstacle for Duke to stop as she has 15 goals and nine assists so far this season. The Tar Heels also remain undefeated, and their last game was a high goal scoring performance of 9-0 over James Madison. Duke is coming off a weekend where they suffered their first loss of the season to ACC foe No. 14 Syracuse in double overtime. The Blue Devils rebounded with a close win over No. 16 Stanford and managed to hold on by a single goal through the second half of the match. Will UNC continue to prove their might, or will Duke topple the No. 1 rank?
DII: Bloomsburg at Queens | 4:00 p.m. ET | Queens Sports Network
Bloomsburg will head to Charlotte, N.C. this weekend to meet Queens at 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday. The Huskies just suffered a tough overtime loss to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) rival No. 5 Kutztown, bringing their record to 2-6. Queens is 5-3, but also lost in their last contest to Bellarmine by one goal. The 2018 matchup saw Bloomsburg dominate, winning 4-0 while adding a win to the historical series between the two teams. Even though Queens has the better overall record so far in 2019, Bloomsburg has history on their side as they go into Friday’s game.
DII: Lindenwood at No. 9 Southern New Hampshire | 6:00 p.m. ET | YouTube
No. 9 Southern New Hampshire will host Lindenwood in Manchester, N.H. on Friday at 6:00 p.m. ET. The two teams have never met before this game and both are looking to improve their records as a result. Lindenwood is 4-2 on the season, most recently beating Frostburg by two goals last Sunday. Meanwhile, Southern New Hampshire lost to No. 3 Saint Anselm by two unanswered goals in their recent game. The Penmen earned their spot as a top-10 team by defeating other ranked opponents, and they will expect to handle Lindenwood on Friday.
DIII: Bryn Mawr at Gettysburg | 5:00 p.m. ET | Game Central
Bryn Mawr will travel to Gettysburg, Pa. on Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET to meet Centennial Conference foe Gettysburg in continuation of determining conference standings. Both teams hold winning records with Bryn Mawr at 7-1 and Gettysburg at 8-3 and also come in to Friday's game with wins in their previous matches. Gettysburg grounded out a win over Stevenson, while Bryn Mawr showed a strong effort over Neumann. In 2018, the match-up went to double-overtime with Gettysburg coming out victorious in the end. Only one team will continue on in their winning streak following Friday’s game.
DIII: No. 4 Rowan at William Paterson | 6:00 p.m. ET | William Paterson All-Access
More conference play will come when No. 4 Rowan meets New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) rival William Paterson on Friday at 6:00 p.m. ET. Higher-ranked Rowan has suffered only one loss thus far and it came in their previous game against Lynchburg, who managed to hold onto their lead as the Profs tried to rally in the second half. William Paterson has a few more losses on their record, including their last game against FDU-Florham in double-overtime. Rowan dominated when the teams met last season with a score of 8-1. Both teams will look to get back on track and begin their streak with a win on Friday night.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
DI: American at Lehigh | 11:00 a.m. ET | Patriot League Network
American will journey to Bethlehem, Pa. to meet Patriot League opponent Lehigh on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. ET. In the history of the teams playing one another, American has claimed every contest. In 2018, American showed no mercy, defeating Lehigh 9-1. The Eagles’ last game saw them defeat Georgetown 2-1 at home, pushing them back over .500 on their record. Lehigh holds a better record at 5-3 but fell in their previous game to Bryant in a close battle. One team will be able to improve their Patriot League record to two wins, while the other will fall behind to two losses.
DI: Longwood at Ohio | 12:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats
In a contest of Mid-America Conference (MAC) standings, Longwood and Ohio will battle it out in Athens, Ohio on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET. Coming off a 1-0 win over William and Mary on Tuesday, Longwood improved their record to 5-4 on the year Even though their opponent had the stats in their favor, Longwood held on for the full 60 minutes to grind out the victory. Ohio is 4-3 and most recently lost to another MAC team, Kent State, 5-1. The 2018 match-up saw a positive result for Longwood who took the 4-3 win and put them ahead in the series between the two teams. Will Ohio even out the series, or will Longwood continue their winning streak?
DII: American International at No. 3 Saint Anselm | 1:00 p.m. ET | NE10 NOW
Undefeated No. 3 Saint Anselm will host American International on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET. As Northeast-10 Conference opponents, there is more at stake for this game. Saint Anselm’s Anna Drakeley earned Northeast-10 Conference and Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Defensive Player of the Week for her performance against New Haven where she led the team to another shutout in their eight-game streak. With a 7-2 record, American International has tallied many high-scoring games, which may be in their favor as they take on Saint Anselm. Their most recent game resulted in a two-goal margin as they defeated Mercy last week. American International will have to work hard to get on the scoreboard on Saturday.
DII: Mercyhurst at No. 4 East Stroudsburg | 3:30 p.m. ET | Game Central
Mercyhurst will continue the charge through PSAC play as they travel to No. 4 East Stroudsburg at 3:30 p.m. ET this Saturday. While many of the PSAC teams play each other multiple times, this will be the only meeting between these two until playoffs begin. On Wednesday, East Stroudsburg downed No. 6 Shippensburg 2-1 and added their ninth win to their nearly spotless record. Mercyhurst lost to Mansfield earlier this week and their record dropped to 2-7. The Warriors may have the advantage in their favor, but Mercyhurst has held on against other strong teams, especially with PSAC seedings on the line.
DIII: Morrisville at Marywood | 12:00 p.m. ET | Atlantic East Network
Marywood will host Morrisville on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET at home in Scranton, Pa. While Morrisville has not found a positive result so far in 2019, they have come close in a handful of games with small goal margins. Marywood meanwhile has accumulated a 7-3 record with most wins coming in dominant performances against the opposition. Their last game against King’s was an exception, but Marywood kept their three-goal lead after King’s attempted a comeback. The two teams have not met in previous years, so Morrisville will look to notch their first win against an unfamiliar opponent.
DIII: Hartwick at St. John Fisher | 1:00 p.m. ET | Empire8.TV
Empire Eight Conference play will continue as Hartwick travels to St. John Fisher on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. With identical records at 6-2, these two teams appear evenly matched. Hartwick just lost to No. 6 Vassar by one goal, successfully holding off any further scoring opportunities in the second half thanks to Hartwick goalkeeper Allyson Osborne. St. John Fisher also lost in their last game at the hands of Rochester with a score of 4-1. The Cardinals took the win last season with five unanswered goals over the course of the match. Hartwick will look to break the streak of wins that St. John Fisher has accumulated against them with a victory on Saturday.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
DI: No. 11 Delaware at No. 25 Northeastern | 12:00 p.m. ET | Howlin' Huskies Production
No. 11 Delaware will visit Dedham, Mass. to meet No. 25 Northeastern in a Colonial Athletic Association match-up. Northeastern just broke into the top-25 this week following a win over ranked opponent No. 23 Fairfield and a narrow loss to No. 20 Wake Forest. Delaware most recently was upset by No. 12 Princeton in a 1-0 game last weekend. Otherwise, the Blue Hens are 6-2 with wins over a few top-25 teams. In 2018, this meeting was a nail-biter as Northeastern came close to rallying for a comeback win, but Delaware tallied two goals to take back the lead in the end. Northeastern will look to prove their place in the rankings and upset the No. 11 ranked team.
DI: Penn State at No. 6 Louisville | 12:00 p.m. ET | ACCNX
In Louisville, Ky., Penn State will travel south to take on No. 6 Louisville on Friday at 12:00 p.m. ET. The Cardinals have earned their rank, going undefeated aside from a single loss to No. 1 North Carolina. Their most recent game against Providence saw the Cardinals dominate the statistics in the 2-0 win. Penn State has fallen behind in their record thanks to a difficult, packed schedule. They tallied their first win of 2019 last week over Villanova, besting them 8-2. This will be the first meeting of the two teams, so the unfamiliarity may be to either team’s advantage.
DII: Coker at Pace | 2:00 p.m. ET | NE10 NOW
In out-of-conference competition, Coker will visit Pleasantville, N.Y. on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET to meet hosts Pace. Both teams have nothing to lose as they look to improve their records. Pace suffered two losses to two ranked opponents last week as they fell to No. 10 Stonehill and No. 7 Adelphi and their record does not reflect the difficult schedule they have amassed in 2019. Coker is 4-6 and most recently lost to Newberry by two goals. The game before that, the Cobras worked hard to defeat Limestone in double-overtime as the two teams went back and forth in scoring. Having not met in the past few years, both squads will look to tally a victory and spark a winning streak.
DII: New Haven at No. 2 West Chester | 3:00 p.m. ET | Game Central
No. 2 West Chester will look to keep their flawless record as they host New Haven on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET. The Golden Rams just upset No. 1 Millersville on Wednesday, giving them momentum heading into the weekend match-up. New Haven comes off a win of their own as they beat Southern Connecticut 1-0. They will look to overcome the AstroTurf surface and catch West Chester off guard to win on Sunday. Having never met before Sunday’s contest, the Golden Rams look like the favorite, but anything can happen on a given day.
DIII: Lancaster Bible at Elmira | 12:00 p.m. ET | Empire8.TV
Lancaster Bible will travel to Pine Valley, N.Y. to meet Elmira for out-of-conference play on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET. Elmira’s record is currently even at 4-4 with their most recent game resulting in a loss to Brockport, 1-0. Meanwhile Lancaster Bible has tallied a single win this season over Sweet Briar which they won 2-0. Their last game was a loss to Centenary who overpowered the Chargers. The teams have never played one another, so they will both look to capture a win to start the series in their favor.
DIII: Lynchburg vs. No. 12 Christopher Newport (at Liberty) | 2:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats
Virginia-based teams Lynchburg and No. 12 Christopher Newport will play at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday to claim bragging rights and better their records. The Hornets’ last game saw them upset No. 2 Rowan in a high-scoring showdown where Lynchburg continued to put points on the board to maintain the lead. They also have forward Jackie Lerro on their roster who scored three of the four goals, earningOld Dominion Athletic Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week and Play Safe Turf & Track/NFHCA Offensive Player of the Week. CNU also put away five goals in their last matchup against Virginia Wesleyan and only allowed one. In last season’s contest, it was CNU who came out victorious, scoring early and holding off Lynchburg’s attack. With Lynchburg receiving votes in the last poll, they will look to beat CNU and break into the top-20.
* DI Rankings are based off NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll Week 4 (Posted October 2, 2019)
** DII Rankings are based off NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll Week 3 (Posted October 2, 2019)
*** DIII Rankings are based off NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll Week 4 (Posted October 2, 2019)