Weekend College Games: September 9 - 15
by USA Field Hockey
Each week, USA Field Hockey' highlights some of the top college games in Division I, II and III.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
DII: No. 2 East Stroudsburg vs. No. 8 Adelphi | 4:00 p.m. ET | PSAC Sports Network
No. 2 East Stroudsburg (1-2, 0-0 PSAC) will welcome No. 8 Adelphi (2-0, 0-0 NE10) to Whitenight Field Thursday afternoon for a top-ten match-up.
This is the Warriors second of two games in their home opening week. The second ranked ESU team opened with a pair of 1-0 losses against top-10 ranked opponents Stonehill and Assumption. They turned their streak around with a 4-1 win against Molloy on September 7.
The Panthers comes into town after a strong start to their season starting 1-0. Led by Mary Moore, the Panthers will look for redemption as the last time these two teams met was back in 2015 where the Warrior’s took home a 4-1 victory. East Stroudsburg leads 4-0 in matchups dating back to 2010.
DIII: Amherst vs. Mount Holyoke | 7:00 p.m. ET | NSN
Amherst will host Mount Holyoke (0-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) in Massachusetts for their season opener at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Mount Holyoke, a member of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and slated to finish seventh in the 2021 NEWMAC Preseason Poll, will be looking to bounce back after dropping their opening match to Rodger Williams, 3-2. Leading the way for the Lyons is senior forward Kass Lawrence who tallied the lone two goals in the loss. This is Mount Holyoke's second game of the season as their game scheduled against East Connecticut State was canceled.
The Mammoths, under Head Coach Carol Knerr, went 8-7 and finished ninth in their conference in their 2019 season. Amherst last played Mount Holyoke September 5, 2019 and won the game, 5-1. They lead the all-time matchup record 17-3 and are on a six game win streak that dates back to September 2014.
Friday, September 10, 2021
DI: No. 8 Rutgers vs. No. 16 Syracuse | 2:00 p.m. ET | BTN+
No. 16 Syracuse (2-1, 0-0 ACC) will travel south to Piscataway, N.J. for a top-20 match up with No. 8 Rutgers (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) at 2:00 p.m. ET. Looking to bounce back after a 2-1 overtime loss to Kent State this past weekend, the Orange will look for U.S. Women’s National Team athlete Charlotte De Vries to lead the way
On the other side of the 50 is an undefeated Rutgers team that is off to a record breaking start. After a thrilling double overtime game against then ranked No. 6 Connecticut, the Scarlett Knights have jumped seven spots in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. That victory marked the seventh top-10 win in the past three seasons for Rutgers.
The last time these teams matched up was back in 2017 where Syracuse won, 4-0, at home at J.S. Coyne Stadium.
DI: Ohio State vs. No. 14 Wake Forest | 5:00 p.m. ET
Ohio State (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten) will travel to Winston Salem, N.C. to take on No. 14 Wake Forest (1-2, 0-0 ACC) at 5:00 p.m. ET.
The Buckeyes opened the season 3-1, tallying wins against Ball State, Lafayette and Miami. Unranked in this week's poll, they will play their first of two away matches in North Carolina against the Demon Deacons. Looking to continue their winning streak, Head Coach Jared Martin, now in his fifth season leading the Buckeyes, will rely on his three players earning Big 10 Preseason Honors in Leanna Bough, Emma Goldean and Delaney Lawler.
The Demon Deacons, finishing third in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) during the 2020-21 season have started the season 1-2. Falling to top-5 ranked No. 2 Iowa and No. 1 Michigan in Iowa City during the ACC/B1G Challenge, Wake Forest got their first tally in the win column with a commanding 5-1 victory against Appalachian State. Wake Forest is currently ranked sixth in the ACC based on overall record opening conference play against No. 18 Duke on September 17.
The result from the teams last meeting in 2018 went in favor of Wake Forest in a 3-1 decision at Kentner Stadium.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
DI: No. 23 Kent State vs. No. 25 Maine | 1:00 p.m. ET
No. 23 Kent State (3-1, 0-0 MAC) will play No. 25 Maine (1-3, 0-0 AE) in a neutral site match in Evanston, Ill. Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Both teams jumped into the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll for the first time this season this week.
The Golden Flash are off to a 3-1 start after registering wins against St. Louis, then No. 22 ranked Ohio State and No. 14 Syracuse. Averaging 2.25 goals per game, they will look to keep their three game win streak alive.
The Black Bears, a member of the America East (AE) conference, have started 1-3 after closely contested one goal differential match-ups between No. 3Boston College, No. 21 Massachusetts and No. 15 Harvard. Coming in at No. 25 in this week’s coaches poll, this is the first time since 2019 the Black Bears have cracked the top-25.
Both teams are slated to begin their respective regular season conference tournament games mid-September.
The teams last meeting took place on September 8, 2019 where Kent State took home a 2-1 victory.
DI: No. 18 Duke vs. No. 13 Princeton | 1:00 p.m. ET
In their third game of the season, No. 13 Princeton (0-2, 0-0 Ivy) will host No. 18 Duke (1-3, 0-0 ACC) at Bedford Field at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Led by a mix of four Junior and Senior U.S. Women’s National Team athletes in Leah Crouse, Hannah Miller, Josie Varney and Barbara Civitella, the Blue Devils look to bounce back from a 1-3 start. The losses come at the hands of Big Ten opponents No. 8 Rutgers, No. 5 Northwestern and No. 7 Maryland.
Princeton are looking to pick up their first win of the season after an 0-2 start to the year. Both losses come from top-5 ranked opponents. Beth Yeager, current U.S. Women’s National Team athlete, tallied her first two collegiate goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to No. 6 Louisville.
The Blue Devils and Tigers last met in 2019, where Princeton defeated then No 2 ranked Duke 5-4 in overtime.
DII: American International vs. Molloy | 12:00 p.m. ET | NE10 NOW
Molloy (0-2, 0-0 NE10) takes on American International (2-1, 0-0 NE10) in Seaford, N.Y. at 12:00 p.m. ET for a Northeast-10 (NE10) conference game.
The Lions opened their season against Mercy College and No. 2 East Stroudsburg going 0-2 on the week. They will open NE10 conference regular season play in this match-up.
The Yellow Jackets are currently 2-1 after registering wins against No. 9 Southern New Hampshire and Bloomsburg. They will open NE10 in an away match with Franklin Pierce on Wednesday before this game.
Both rosters are filled with a ton of young talent and limited senior classes. The Yellow Jackets have rostered 11 freshmen while Molloy has a total of nine on their 2021 squad. On the flip side, Molloy has zero seniors and American International has one senior and one graduate student.
In their last meeting in November of 2019, American international took home a 4-1 victory making their all-time record against Molloy 2-0.
DIII: Allegheny vs. Denison | 11:00 a.m. ET | NCAC Network
Allegheny (1-1, 0-0 NCAC) face off with Denison (0-2, 0-0 NCAC) in Granville, Ohio at 11:00 a.m. ET.
Denison heads into this contest 0-2 after an opening 3-2 double overtime loss to Rhodes and a 3-0 loss to Washington and Lee. A member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), the Big Red’s games from now until October 7 are non-conference match-ups.
The Gators sits at 1-1 after a 2-1 loss to No. 17 Centre and a 4-2 victory against Sewanee during an away stint in Danville, Ky. Alleghany will be relying on a young roster to get them back in the win column. Their roster consists of 12 underclassmen and zero seniors.
This is the first of two matches the teams have scheduled against another this season. They will face off next on October 15 in Meadville, Pa. Both are members of the NCAC with the second meeting counting toward conference regular season and tournament standings.
The Big Red and Gators have only played each other two times in program history with the first game taking place on September 28, 2019. Denison leads the record 2-0 all-time with the last match ending in 6-0 favor of the Big Red on October 19, 2019.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
DI: Boston University vs. No. 3 Boston College | 1:00 p.m. ET | ACCNX
No. 3 Boston College (4-0, 0-0 ACC) will welcome Boston University (2-2, 0-0 PL) to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for this 1:00 p.m. ET, in-state meeting.
Boston College has had an electric start to the regular season coming into the weekend 4-0. Their first matches of the season saw wins against Quinnipiac, No. 25 Maine, No. 5 Northwestern and No. 7 Maryland. The Eagles roster is highlighted by three U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team athletes Margo Carlin, Skyler Caron and Jonna Kennedy. In addition, Boston College Head Coach Kelly Doton also features Fusine Govaert, a 2021 addition to the senior U.S. Women’s National Team. Before Sunday's game against the Terriers, BC will play Connect on Friday.
Boston University is off to a 2-2 start capitalizing against Monmouth, 2-1, and New Hampshire, 3-1. Their losses came from Providence and No. 2 Iowa, 4-0. Like Boston College, BU will play at home against UMass-Lowell on Friday. The last time Boston University played UMass-Lowell was back in 1988 where the Terriers won, 10-0.
These teams have a rich history against one another with the all-time record sitting at 21-18 in favor of Boston College. Their last meeting was in 2019 where the Eagles registered a 5-0 win at New Balance Field.
DI: Georgetown vs. Lehigh | 11:00 a.m. ET | ESPN+
Georgetown (2-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) will travel to Ulrich Field in Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Lehigh (2-1, 0-0 PL) at 11:00 a.m. ET.
Lehigh will come into this contest after an away match-up against La Salle. Coming into the weekend the Mountain Hawks are 2-1 defeating Bryant and Longwood but falling to Villanova in a 4-3 contest. From her performances in last week’s matches, sophomore Erica Steele was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. Steele and the defensive unit only allowed one goal and she was able to register her first-career goal off a penalty corner.
Georgetown is currently 2-1 after wins against Appalachian State and Sacred Heart. They dropped their first of the season against LIU Brooklyn in a 2-1 decision. The game against Lehigh will be the team’s sixth consecutive away match. The Hoyas are led by eight returning upperclassmen who will be looking to get back in the win column.
In the last contest between these two schools Lehigh defeated Georgetown, 3-0. As it stands, the record is 11-6 all-time in favor of Lehigh dating all the way back to their first match in 2003.
DII: Queens vs. Coker | 1:00 p.m. ET
Coker (0-2, 0-1 SACC) will host Queens (1-1, 0-0 SACC) in Hartsville, S.C. for a South Atlantic Conference Carolinas (SACC) game at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Coker comes into the season as 2020 Conference champions. The start to the 2021 season sees them sitting at 0-2 heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Royals. The Cobras opened their season with a 7-2 loss against No. 2 Shippensburg and a 5-0 defeat against Limestone
Queens is off to a 1-1 start to their regular season. During their away stint in Pennsylvania, the Royals were handed a 2-1 loss against Slippery Rock but also tallied an exciting 5-4 double overtime win against Mercyhurst. They will open SACC play first on Friday, September 10 against Mount Olive.
This will be the program’s seventh match with Queens leading 4-2 all time. The last meeting was earlier this year in April 2021 that saw Coker defeat the Royals 2-1.
Monday, September 13, 2021
DIII: Stockton vs. Arcadia | 7:00 p.m. ET | Boxcast
Stockton (2-0, 0-0 NJAC) makes the trip to Glenside, Pa. to take on Arcadia (1-1, 0-0 MAC) at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Stockton heads into the weekend 2-0 after the team posted a pair of dominant wins over Manhattanville and Drew during the Drew Fall Festival. The Osprey will play Gwynedd Mercy at home and Eastern University away prior to their game with Arcadia on Monday night.
Arcadia currently is 1-1, tallying an 8-0 win against Albright in their home opener and 2-0 loss to Swarthmore on September 5. Before they take on Stocktonm they will play a pair of home games against No. 10 Kean and Scranton.
This game is a rescheduled match-up as the teams were set to face in the first game of the year for Stockton on September 1. Since the game was postponed until September 13, both teams will play three games over the course of a 6-day span.
The all-time meeting record between the two programs sits at 11-5 in favor of Stockton. The last match took place on August 30, 2019 where Stockton defeated the Knights, 3-2.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
DII: Franklin Pierce vs. Saint Michael's | 3:30 p.m. ET | NE10 NOW
Saint Michael's (0-2, 0-0 NE10) will host Franklin Pierce (0-1, 0-0 NE10) in a Northeast-10 (NE10) conference meeting at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Saint Michael’s is 0-2 after their opening weekend at the Dr. Art DeGenaro Classic. Playing back-to-back games, they were defeated by Mansfield, 6-0, as well as No. 5 Kutztown, 10-2. Before the game with Franklin Pierce, the Purple Knights will play a pair of away games at No. 9 Southern New Hampshire and New Haven.
Franklin Pierce comes into the week 0-1 after a 6-1 loss against Saint Anselm on September 4. They will play two NE10 conference games against American International and Southern Connecticut State before this game with Saint Michael’s. The Ravens roster consists of five freshmen and only one senior.
In their most recent meeting on October 22, 2019, Saint Michael’s took home a 1-0 victory.
DIII: Alvernia vs. Moravian | 7:00 p.m. ET | Landmark Network
Moravian (1-1, 0-0 Landmark) will welcome Alvernia (1-1, 0-0 MAC) to campus for a 7:00 p.m. ET mid-week matchup.
Moravian is currently 1-1 after a 3-0 loss to DeSales and a 4-2 win at Misericordia. The Greyhounds will face Immaculate and Neumann before their clash with Alvernia. A member of the Landmark Conference, they open regular season conference play on September 18.
Much like their opponent, Alvernia also sits at 1-1 posting a 2-1 loss against Haverford and a 1-0 win versus Juniata. Prior to the game against Moravian, the Golden Wolves will play Gettysburg on September 8 and Wilkes on September 11.
The last meeting between the two schools was back on October 23, 2006 which saw Alvernia win the contest, 5-0. The teams first met in 2002 and Alvernia leads 4-1, with a four-game win streak.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
DI: LIU vs. Hofstra | 3:00 p.m. ET | FloSports Live
LIU (1-1, 0-0 NEC) will travel to Hofstra (2-2, 0-0 CAA) for a mid-week, in-state 3:00 p.m. ET game.
Long Island University is coming into the week 1-1 after defeating Georgetown, 2-1, in regular time and losing at Bucknell, 2-1, in overtime. Prior to this game with Hofstra, the Sharks are scheduled to play Columbia and Providence in a home and away series. LIU competes in the Northeast Conference and currently sit third based on overall record.
Hofstra is off to a 2-2 start posting two losses against Lafayette and Temple. The Pride tallied their first win against Wagner and another on September 5 against Davidson by a margin of 5-3. After week one, freshman Lara Borensztein was named Colonial Athletic Association (AAA Rookie of the Week ffor scoring two goals in their win at Davidson. Before the contest with LIU, Hofstra will play Vermont and Massachusets in a series of away games in New England.
DII: Bloomsburg vs. Mansfield | 4:00 p.m. ET | PSAC Network
Mansfield (2-0, 0-0 PSAC) will host Bloomsburg (1-2, 0-0 PSAC) in Mansfield, Pa for a 4:00 p.m ET contest.
Mansfield sits at 2-0 heading into this week’s matchups. The Mountaineers posted a dominant 6-0 win against Saint Michael’s and a 3-0 victory against Southern Connecticut State. They will face Mercyhurst and No. 5 Kutztown in an away series before their home game against Bloomsburg.
Bloomsburg is 1-2 after two close losses to Bentley and American International. They posted their first win against Pace on September 7 by a score of 1-0. The Huskies play again on Saturday against Converse at home before they travel to take on Mansfield.
The first matchup between these teams took place in 2005. The last contest between the Huskies and Mountaineers took place on October 30, 2019, where Mansfield captured a 4-3 victory.
DIII: Wilkes vs. Albright | 7:00 p.m. ET | Live Stream
Wilkes (0-1, 0-0 MACF) will travel to Albright (0-2, 0-0 MACC) for a 7:00 p.m. ET game at Gene L. Shirk Stadium.
Albright, starting 0-2 in the 2021 season, lost against Bryn Mawr in overtime and Arcadia in their opening weekend. Facing Delaware Valley and Susquehanna before the contest with Wilkes, the Lions will rely on their eight upperclassmen to lead the way.
Wilkes opened their season with a loss at York. With three games in between Wednesday, September 8 and their meeting with the Lions, Wilkes will look to get in the win column against Ursinus, Alvernia or Elmira.
In the program’s last match up, Wilkes took home a 1-0 victory on September 23, 2014. The two first played one another in the 2013 season.
Division I rankings based off of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll Week 2 (posted September 7, 2021)
Division II rankings based off of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II National Coaches Poll Week 1 (posted August 31, 2021)
Division III rankings based off of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll Week 1 (posted August 31, 2021)
Photo Credit: Adelphi Athletics/Brian Ballweg, Molloy Athletics/Jeff Wilson, Mansfield Athletics, Rutgers Athletics, Boston College/Peyton Williams, Moravian Athletics, Stockton Athletics/Sam Lynam