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Field Hockey Reveals 2021 Schedule

Field Hockey Reveals 2021 Schedule

WEST HARTFORD, Conn - The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) field hockey team and first-year head coach Karen Nell have announced the schedule for the upcoming 2021 season. Highlighting the Blue Jays' 15-game regular-season slate are seven home matches which are set to be played on USJ's new turf soccer/lacrosse/field hockey field on the campus of USJ.

FULL 2021 FIELD HOCKEY SCHEDULE

The field hockey team lifts the lid on its 2021 inaugural season on Wednesday, September 1 at 4:00 p.m. on the road against intrastate opponent Albertus Magnus College in a non-conference contest. The Blue Jays will see the Falcons again just over two weeks later when they host Albertus Magnus for a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) game under the lights of the USJ Field Hockey Field on Friday, September 17. Opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

Following the season opener on September 1, the Blue Jays host SUNY Morrisville for their 2021 home opener on Saturday, September 4 at 3:00 p.m. That sets up a road non-conference match on Wednesday, September 8 at Roger Williams before USJ travels to Anna Maria College on Saturday, September 11 for its GNAC opener.

Then it's back home for a two-game swing where the Blue Jays will first host Bridgewater State University in their final non-conference contest on Tuesday, September 14, ahead of the much anticipated Friday night GNAC showdown with Albertus Magnus on September 17.

As September comes to a close, Saint Joseph makes a trip to Elms College, who is the newest addition to the conference, on Monday, September 20. USJ will then host Lasell University on Saturday 25 at 12:00 p.m. in its final contest of the month.

Kicking off games in October, the Blue Jays keep alternating home and away as they make the trek to Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday, October 2 before hosting Dean College on Wednesday, October 6. Then it's two consecutive road contests at Johnson & Wales (Oct. 9) followed by a trip to Regis College (Oct. 13.).

Rounding out the 2021 campaign, the Blue Jays will host Rivier University on Saturday, October 16 and then host Simmons University on Saturday, October 23 before heading up to Maine to take on the four-time defending GNAC champions, Saint Joseph's College of Maine, on Wednesday, October 27 for their season finale.

The top-eight teams in the league standings will advance to the 2021 GNAC Tournament, which is set to begin with the quarterfinal round on Saturday, October 30, with the top-four seeds serving as hosts. The semifinals will be held on Wednesday, November 3 by the remaining two highest seeds, followed by the championship match on Saturday, November 6 by the highest remaining seed.

Admission to all USJ regular-season field hockey games in 2021 is free of charge. At this time USJ intends to allow spectators for home games and will follow all campus, town, and state guidelines regarding COVID-19.

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