Liberty Field Hockey Announces Fall 2022 Schedule
The Liberty field hockey team, last year’s NCAA Championship runner-up, has announced its fall 2022 slate.
Liberty will play 17 regular season games and a seven-game BIG EAST Conference regular season schedule. The Lady Flames, entering their seventh year in the league, captured their first BIG EAST crown in program history during the fall 2021 season.
Liberty won three games (No. 11 Saint Joseph’s, No. 1 Rutgers and No. 5 Maryland) in last year’s NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship, advancing all the way to the title game to face No. 7 Northwestern. This fall, Liberty and Northwestern will meet in a rematch of the national championship game on Sept. 9 at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
Liberty’s 2022 schedule includes games against seven teams who finished among the top 25 teams in last season’s final NCAA Field Hockey RPI listing. Six of those seven teams were also listed among the top 25 teams in the country in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll.
Liberty will play exhibition matches at Longwood (Aug. 16) and at William & Mary (Aug. 19) prior to the regular season starting. The Lady Flames’ season opener will be against Kent State at Indiana, Aug. 27. Liberty will face first-time opponent Indiana (No. 30 RPI) the next day to close out its opening weekend.
The Lady Flames’ other games against top-25 teams from a season ago include: No. 6 Louisville (home, Oct. 9), No. 8 North Carolina (home, Oct. 2), No. 13 Virginia (road, Oct. 18), No. 17 Old Dominion (road, Oct. 28) and No. 19 Connecticut (road, Sept. 23).
Liberty’s home opener will take place on Sept. 4 against the William & Mary Tribe. The Lady Flames’ BIG EAST opener will be versus the Georgetown Hoyas, Sept. 16. The 2022 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship will be held Nov. 4-6 at Old Dominion, with the winner receiving an automatic berth into the 2022 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.
Liberty has reached the NCAA Field Hockey Championship three times in program history (2013, 2014 and fall 2021).
Liberty’s other home games will be versus Queens (Sept. 11), Longwood (Sept. 25), Quinnipiac (Sept. 30) and Temple (Oct. 14). The Lady Flames’ other three road matches will be at James Madison (Sept. 18), Villanova (Oct. 7) and Providence (Oct. 21).
The Lady Flames closed the fall 2021 campaign with a 20-3 mark, 10-3 record against top-25 squads, a perfect 7-0 BIG EAST regular season record, No. 9 national ranking and No. 7 position in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI.