The Eastern Mennonite field hockey team will get only seven home games this fall. The limited home dates means Lady Royals fans around Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland will get a number of chances to see the EMU women play. Included in the 2013 slate, which was released today, is a pair of neutral site games.
As they have in years past, the Lady Royals play a schedule filled with challenging non-conference contests. They also take on three teams who finished 2012 ranked in the national polls, with each of the teams winning at least one game in the national tournament.
For the second year in the row, Eastern Mennonite hosts the annual ODAC Play Day on Aug. 25, when a number of area teams play exhibition games throughout the day on EMU's Turf Field. The regular season starts at Gettysburg on Aug. 30, followed by a road game the next day against another traditional powerhouse, Ursinus.
After five games away from Harrisonburg, the Lady Royals have their home opener on Sept. 14 against Mary Washington. The Eagles finished last year with a loss in the national semifinals. EMU then plays at Christopher Newport, another nationally-ranked team which went to the NCAA Tournament.
The Lady Royals play four straight home games from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5, including ODAC dates with Washington and Lee's Generals and Roanoke College. The women host Sweet Briar for Homecoming on Oct. 12, and welcome Shenandoah for their final home game on Oct. 23. Eastern Mennonite also hosts St. Mary's (Md.) and McDaniel during the year.
The regular season ends at Lynchburg on Oct. 30. The Hornets have won the past seven ODAC Championships. The ODAC Tournament starts Nov. 2.
Despite a 4-12 record in 2012, Coach Brenda Bechler reached a milestone last year with her 100th career victory, and holds a career mark of 103-80 through ten seasons.