NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Four games vs. teams that ended the 2018 season ranked in the top 16 -- including three NCAA Tournament teams -- highlight the 2019 Yale field hockey schedule, which was announced Tuesday. The 17-game regular season (seven Ivy League games, 10 non-league games) starts Sept. 6 vs. UMass. The Ivy League portion of the season starts Sept. 28 vs. Harvard.
This is Yale's 15th season with Pam Stuper as the Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. Rising senior midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) is Yale's captain and top returning point scorer (6-5-17).
Condie, a first team All-Ivy League selection, is one of five All-Ivy honorees returning for Yale. The others are rising junior midfielder Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) (honorable mention), rising sophomore midfielder Théodora Dillman (Lancaster, Pa.) (second team), rising senior back Holly Jackson (Glastonbury, England) (second team) and rising junior goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.) (second team). Nine players who started 13 or more games for Yale in 2018 return for 2019.
Here is a breakdown of the schedule for 2019, Yale's 48th varsity season:
- Yale's regular-season schedule consists of 17 games. There are seven Ivy League games (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Princeton).
- The schedule includes eight home games and nine road games.
- Yale plays four games against teams that were ranked in the final 2018 NFHCA national poll (No. 4 Princeton, No. 6 Harvard, No. 13 Virginia and No. 16 Liberty).
- The schedule includes three games against teams that took part in the 2018 NCAA tournament: Harvard (advanced to quarterfinals), Princeton (advanced to semifinals) and Virginia (lost in first round).
- The schedule includes 10 non-conference games, and seven different conferences are represented:
- Sept. 6 vs. UMass (third in Atlantic 10)
- Sept. 8 vs. Sacred Heart (fourth in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
- Sept. 14 at Liberty (second in Big East)
- Sept. 15 at Virginia (tied for fourth in Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Sept. 20 at Wagner (2019 is first season, will be part of Northeast Conference)
- Sept. 29 at Hofstra (tied for fourth in Colonial Athletic Association)
- Oct. 6 vs. Drexel (tied for fourth Colonial Athletic Association)
- Oct. 14 vs. Bucknell (tied for second in Patriot League)
- Oct. 20 at Quinnipiac (tied for sixth in Big East)
- Nov. 3 vs. Merrimack (2019 is first season in Division I, will be part of Northeast Conference)
- Yale plays games in five different states (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia). Eight of Yale's returnees from last season have a game in their home state.
- Yale Field Hockey Alum Weekend is Oct. 19-20, with a home game vs. Dartmouth and a road game at nearby Quinnipiac.
- On Saturday, Nov. 9 vs. Brown, Yale will celebrate Senior Day, as the Bulldogs pay tribute to the members of the Class of 2020: midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.), back Holly Jackson (Glastonbury, England), back Tara Litjens (Kingston, Pa.), back Alex MacKay (North Vancouver, B.C.), forward Camille Scheyer (Glencoe, Ill.) and forward Annina Zelkin (Lorton, Va.).
- NCAA Tournament competition starts with two play-in games Nov. 13 (featuring the four lowest automatic-qualification teams). The field includes 10 automatic qualifiers -- including one for the Ivy League champion -- and eight at-large selections. The first- and second-round games take place at campus sites Nov. 16-17. The winners of those series advance to the Final Four, which will be hosted by Wake Forest on Nov. 22 and 24.
- The Bulldogs will encounter a familiar face on the sideline again this year. On Sept. 14 they play at Liberty, where former assistant coach Nikki Parsley-Blocker is entering her third season as head coach. Two years ago, Yale edged Liberty 1-0 in overtime in New Haven. Parsley-Blocker coached at Yale in 2014 and 2015.
- Live stats and video of all home games, and road games where applicable, will be available via links on yalebulldogs.com.
- The schedule is subject to change. Check yalebulldogs.com for updates.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity