Appalachian State University field hockey head coach Brandi Alexander Kist has released the f2014 field hockey schedule on Monday, highlighted by 12 matches in the yet-to-be-named new home for the
Hosting 12 teams this fall means our athletes travel less and will play in front of a home crowd, Alexander Kist said. We are looking forward to developing more of an App State student-body and Boone community fan base.
Appalachian will play one exhibition contest when it travels to Longwood on Aug. 18 before opening the regular season at its new home with two-straight home matches. Georgetown will be the first visitor to the new field when the Mountaineers kick off the regular season at 3 p.m. on Aug. 29 before playing host to Ball State on Sept. 1
The field hockey-specific stadium is located on the site of the former App State Soccer Stadium at Appalachians State Farm Fields Complex. Appalachian States soccer programs called the site home from 2005-07. The lead gift for the stadiums field was provided by Appalachian State alumni Brandon and Erica (Muschamp) Adcock. Erica was a three-time all-conference selection as a member of Appalachians field hockey program from 2003-06.
We are very excited to get the 2014 season underway, Alexander Kist said. Having the new turf enables us to practice everyday on the same surface we will be competing on for every game even when we travel to other schools. This will enable our team to develop better skills and consistency to be more competitive. With the water based turf, more teams are wanting to come to Boone to play.
Other highlights on the home schedule include a visit from Atlantic Coast Conference foe Boston College (Oct. 12) and NorPac matches with Liberty (Oct. 10) and Pacific (Oct. 25). Rider, James Madison, William & Mary, St. Josephs, Saint Francis and Virginia Commonwealth will also make visits to Boone.
The Mountaineers first match away from home will be a neutral-site matchup against Pacific on Sept. 11 in Hanover, N.H. The road slate also includes contests at Davidson, Miami University, Ohio State, Wake Forest and Towson
In all, the Apps will play 19 regular-season matches with only seven coming on the road. That number is a stark contrast from last year, when the Mountaineers played 14-of-18 matches away from the High Country.
A total of four teams on this years schedule advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 (Boston College, Liberty, Miami University and Wake Forest). Boston College and Wake Forest ended the year ranked No. 11 and No. 13, respectively, in the final NFHCA Coaches Poll a year ago.
The Mountaineers will end their season at the NorPac conference tournament, which runs from Nov. 6-8 in Stockton, Calif.
2014 APPALACHIAN STATE FIELD HOCKEY SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Site
Aug. 5 Longwood (Scrimmage) Farmville, Va.
Aug. 29 GEORGETOWN BOONE, N.C.
Sept. 1 BALL STATE BOONE, N.C.
Sept. 5 Pacific* Hanover, N.H.
Sept.7 RIDER BOONE, N.C.
Sept.12 JAMES MADISON BOONE, N.C.
Sept. 14 Davidson Davidson, N.C.
Sept. 20 Miami of Ohio Oxford, Ohio
Sept. 21 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 23 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C.
Sept. 26 WILLIAM & MARY BOONE, N.C.
Sept. 28 SAINT JOSEPHS BOONE, N.C.
Oct. 5 Liberty* Lynchburg, Va.
Oct. 10 LIBERTY* BOONE, N.C.
Oct. 12 BOSTON COLLEGE BOONE, N.C.
Oct. 19 Towson College Park, Md.
Oct. 25 PACIFIC* BOONE N.C.
Oct. 26 SAINT FRANCIS BOONE, N.C.
Oct. 31 LONGWOOD BOONE, N.C.
Nov. 2 VCU BOONE, N.C.
Nov. 11 NorPAc Conference Tourn. Stockton, Calif.
* - NorPac contest