December 20, 2011

Monmouth Announces 2012 Schedule

from press release

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University has announced the 2012 schedule, which features eight home contests, women's lacrosse head coach Denise Wescott announced Tuesday.

"I think we have a really strong schedule playing some high profile teams out of conference," said Coach Wescott. "We play against many conferences such as the Big East, Atlantic 10, and the Patriot League. It will be nice to go down and play Jacksonville for spring break, they will be tough competition and the team will get a chance to bond in warm weather."

The season kicks off on February 18, with an away match against Fairfield University. The Hawks then come home for a pair of non-conference tilts against Navy and Stony Brook. Monmouth is away against Saint Joe's on February 28 then returns home for a March 3 contest against Canisius College. During Spring Break, MU heads down to Jacksonville then wraps up on the non-conference portion of the schedule with road games against in-state rival Rutgers and Lafayette.

The Hawks start up Northeast Conference play on March 23 when they host Saint Francis on Kessler Field at 3 p.m. That Sunday the Hawks host NEC upstart Robert Morris before heading on the road to take on the always challenging Connecticut duo of Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac. CCSU and Bryant come to Kessler Field on April 5 and 7 followed by a pair of road games against Wagner and LIU. Senior Day is set for April 20, 2012 when Mount Saint Mary's and MU square off at 3 p.m.

"I'm excited about our conference," said Wescott. "I think every team has gotten better and as new coaches take over programs, we need to make sure we are working hard to be a part of our conference playoffs. Our teams are very compatible and it makes every game and every score important. Anyone could take the championship so working hard, fighting for every ball, and getting the most out of our team is crucial."

The 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament is slated for April 27-29 at the highest seed.

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