PRINCETON, N.J. -- All eight institutions are set to debut 2014 play in the same weekend as the 36th season of Ivy League field hockey gets underway.
Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and No. 7 Princeton begin play on Friday, Sept. 5, while Brown and Yale open their seasons on Saturday, Sept. 6. The weekend's events feature a number of big games, including a pair of top-10 matchups for the seventh-ranked Tigers, who will travel to take on No. 4 Duke and No. 6 Virginia. Dartmouth, meanwhile, will face No. 14 Northwestern on Friday and No. 15 Louisville on Saturday. On Sunday, Columbia will take on defending national champions and third-ranked UConn.
The Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) will kick off its second year with a free viewing weekend beginning this Friday. Five field hockey games will be on the network during that time frame.
For the eighth-consecutive season, Princeton (14-5, 7-0 Ivy) enters play as the defending Ivy League Champions. The 2012 National Champion Tigers reached the quarterfinals at the 2013 NCAA Tournament, falling to then No. 1 Maryland. Princeton will be looking for its 23rd overall Ivy title and 20th in the past 21 years. The Tigers have suffered only two Ivy League losses over the past nine seasons.
Penn (13-4) placed second in the League with a 5-2 Ivy mark, while finishing one win shy of the school record, set by the 2004 squad. The Quakers return 2013 co-Rookie of the Year Jasmine Cole, who finished the year with 39 points on 18 goals and three assists.
Cornell (10-7) and Yale (8-9) tied for third in the League with matching 4-3 records. The Big Red returns first-team All-Ivy honoree junior Marisa Siergiej, while Yale will be led by a pair of 2013 All-Ivy performers in juniors Heather Schlesier and Nicole Wells. Yale has the second-best record in the League over the past five years (24-11), trailing only Princeton.
Dartmouth (7-10, 3-4 Ivy) will be led by senior Ali Savage, who finished 2013 with 39 points on 15 goals and nine assists, setting school records in points and goals.
Harvard (8-9, 2-5 Ivy) and Columbia (6-11, 2-5 Ivy) each return a pair of All-Ivy players from last season. For the Crimson, sophomores Marissa Balleza and Kyle Cordrey are back, while the Lions will be led by junior Christina Freibott and sophomore Katie Ruesterholz.
Brown (6-11, 1-6 Ivy) senior Meghan O'Donnell, the Bears' top scorer and a second-team All-Ivy selection a season ago, will lead the way in 2014.
Friday, September 5
Dartmouth at No. 14 Northwestern, 1 pm
Lehigh at Penn, 3 pm [ILDN]
No. 7 Princeton at No. 4 Duke, 4:30 pm
La Salle at Columbia, 5 pm
Cornell at Colgate, 5:30 pm
Bryant at Harvard, 6 pm [ILDN]
Saturday, September 6
Bryant at Brown, 12 pm [ILDN]
1-Dartmouth vs. Louisville, 1 pm
Sacred Heart at Yale, 4 pm
Sunday, September 7
Bucknell at Penn, 11 am [ILDN]
No. 7 Princeton at No. 6 Virginia, 11:30 am
Brown at UMass-Lowell, 12 pm
Holy Cross at Harvard, 1 pm [ILDN]
Albany at Cornell, 1 pm
Columbia at No. 3 UConn, 2 pm
Hofstra at Yale, 4 pm
1-in Evanston, Ill.
ILDN-Streamed on The Ivy League Digital Network