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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s head coach of field hockey, Colleen Fink, has announced her program’s 2013 schedule. The Quakers will play 17 games, nine of them on the brand-new Ellen Vagelos C’90 Field, a new Astroturf stadium that will be the home of the Penn field hockey program.
“The 2013 season opens with a scrimmage against 2012 Division II national champion West Chester and closes with Division I national champion Princeton,” said Coach Fink, who enters her fourth year at Penn. “While our Ivy games are always on the forefront of our mind, our non-conference schedule brings in a lot of strong local programs in Bucknell, Lafayette, Rider, SJU, Villanova, La Salle and Lehigh.
“There is immense excitement surrounding our new, Astroturf field hockey facility, and we are thrilled to be hosting all of our home contests this year on the brand-new Ellen Vagelos C'90 Field.”
Penn will open its season with three road games, starting Friday, Sept. 6 at Lehigh and continuing the next weekend with a Friday game at Saint Joseph’s and a Sunday game at Bucknell.
The first game on the new Vagelos Field will take place Saturday, Sept. 21, an Ivy League game against Cornell. The following day, Penn will host the University of the Pacific on Vagelos Field, and then that Wednesday the Quakers will host city rival La Salle.
Penn gets back into Ivy League play on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Harvard, before coming back home for consecutive games against 2012 NCAA Championship participant Lafayette (Wednesday, Oct. 2) and Ivy foe Dartmouth (Sunday, Oct. 6). The Quakers then hit the road for three straight games, sandwiching games at Rider (Wednesday, Oct. 9) and Columbia (Friday, Oct. 18) around a neutral-site contest with UMass-Lowell in New Haven, Conn. (Sunday, Oct. 13).
Penn plays four of its last five games at Vagelos Field, starting Sunday, Oct. 20 with Appalachian State and continuing with Ivy foe Yale (Saturday, Oct. 26) and city rival Villanova (Wednesday, Oct. 30). After a final road trip to Brown (Saturday, Nov. 2), the Quakers close out the regular season with Ivy rival and defending NCAA champion Princeton (Saturday, Nov. 9).
Penn returns 12 of its 15 letterwinners from last year's squad, which had the program's best overall record since 2006 and its best Ivy League mark since 2008. The Quakers also tied a program record last year with 42 goals; all but one player who scored a goal last year returns in 2013.