July 2, 2014
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Central Michigan field hockey coach, Cristy Freese, has announced the schedule for the 2014 season. The Chippewas will take on five teams that finished in the top 25 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll after the 2013 season, and the schedule will include teams it has yet to play in past season competition.
The season opener is scheduled at home against Maine, on Aug. 29. CMU will then travel to East Lansing, Mich., for its first away game of the season on Aug. 31 against Duke, the defending national runner-up.
The following weekend, CMU will stay on the road with games in Ann Arbor, against William & Mary and Michigan on Sept. 5 and 7, respectively.
The Chippewas return to their home turf for a game against Virginia Commonwealth on Sept. 12, but continue to travel when it meets Providence in Ann Arbor on Sept. 14. The state of California welcomes CMU as it is scheduled for a three-game weekend against Pacific on Sept. 18, Stanford on Sept.19 and UC-Davis on Sept. 21.
Mid-American conference play begins in Muncie, Ind., against Ball State on Sept. 27. On Oct. 5 at home, CMU will face Longwood, a recently added affiliate member of the MAC.
Conference play continues at home for the Chippewas on Oct. 10 as they face the 2013 MAC champion, Miami (Ohio), which beat CMU in the MAC Tournament championship game last year. CMU will then face No. 18 Northwestern at home, on Oct. 12.
On Oct. 17, CMU will take the road again when it plays Missouri State, like Longwood, an affiliate member of the MAC, in Springfield, Mo. Two days later, Oct. 19, CMU will play at St. Louis.
The Chippewas will host another conference game at home against Ohio on Oct. 25, followed by a non-league game against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., on Oct. 26.
CMU closes the regular season with a MAC game against Kent State on Nov. 1. The Gold Flashes will host the league tournament Nov. 7-8.
The Chippewas finished 7-12 last season, falling 2-0 in the final of the MAC Tournament against Miami (Ohio).