The Liberty field hockey team has announced its fall 2020 schedule.
The Lady Flames will open their season versus the James Madison Dukes for a sixth straight year. Liberty and JMU will square off on Aug. 30 at the JMU Field Hockey Complex in Harrisonburg, Va.
Liberty's 17-game regular season slate features seven home contests, nine away matches and one neutral-site game. The Lady Flames' home opener will be against Wake Forest, Sept. 4 at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. Liberty, which will be entering its fifth season in the BIG EAST Conference, will begin conference play at eight-time defending BIG EAST champion Connecticut (Sept. 17).
"I am very excited for the 2020 season. We have another schedule full of top opponents, which will provide plenty of opportunity to grow as a unit," stated Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach Nikki Parsley-Blocker. "We have a talented group of returners and one of the best domestic recruiting classes in Liberty Field Hockey history. While our spring season was cut short, I believe we laid a solid foundation for the fall. I can't wait to continue closing the gap alongside my staff and team."
This upcoming fall's Liberty field hockey season features showdowns against seven teams who finished the 2019 campaign ranked in the top 25 of the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Coaches Poll. That list includes: No. 21 Wake Forest (Sept. 4, home), No. 2 UConn (Sept. 17, away), No. 5 Louisville (Sept. 20, home), No. 10 Delaware (Sept. 27, away), two-time defending national champion No. 1 North Carolina (Oct. 4, away), No. 8 Duke (Oct. 25, away) and No. 17 Old Dominion (Oct. 30, away).
Liberty concluded the 2019 campaign with a 10-8 overall record, 5-2 mark in the BIG EAST, a No. 19 national ranking and No. 20 mark in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI. The Lady Flames qualified for the BIG EAST Championship for a fourth straight year, last fall.
The 2020 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship will be played at a site still to be determined, Nov. 6 and 8. The winner of the four-team tournament will earn an automatic bid into the 2020 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.
Liberty field hockey has reached the NCAA Field Hockey Championship twice in program history (2013 and 2014). The Lady Flames are in search of their first BIG EAST title in school history in 2020.
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