DANBURY, Conn. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced the conference schedule for the inaugural season of the ECAC Division II Field Hockey League. Bellarmine University, Limestone College, Lindenwood University, and Newberry College comprise the brand new field hockey league that will begin its 2014 campaign on September 4th.
It will not take long for these new conference foes to get acclimated with each other, as Limestone will host Newberry on September 4th to kick-off the maiden ECAC season. Newberry will be beginning its second season as a field hockey program, while Limestone will be looking to build upon its program record 15 wins of a year ago.
Limestone went undefeated against ECAC opponents last season, finishing a perfect 8-0 against its new conference rivals, including 2-0 in the postseason.
Bellarmine and Lindenwood will begin their seasons on the road the following day with non-conference contests. The Lady Lions travel to take on Millersville University, while the Knights will head to Springfield, Mass. to take on American International College. These two programs will then meet in Louisville on September 13th to get their first taste of conference-play. The Lady Lions defeated Bellarmine in all three of their meetings last season.
Bellarmine will then begin a three-game conference road trip, traveling to Limestone and Newberry on the 20th and 21st of September, followed by a trip to Lindenwood on October 3rd.
Newberry will make the return trip to Bellarmine on October 11th, while Lindenwood and Limestone will meet for the first time the following week on October 18th in Gaffney. Last year, Limestone defeated Lindenwood 4-3 to claim the 2013 ECAC Field Hockey Invitational Tournament Championship.
Two weeks later, Lindenwood and Limestone will meet once again, this time at Hunter Stadium in St. Charles, Mo. on November 2nd. The Saints defeated the Lady Lions 5-1 last season at Hunter Stadium.
The conference regular season will wrap up just like it began with Limestone taking on Newberry on November 5th.
The 2014 ECAC Tournament will be played Friday and Sunday, November 14-16, on the campus of Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C.
Full Conference Schedule:
9/4 – Newberry at Limestone
9/13 – Lindenwood at Bellarmine
9/20 – Bellarmine @ Limestone
9/21 – Bellarmine at Newberry
10/3 - Bellarmine at Lindenwood
10/11 – Newberry at Bellarmine
10/18 – Lindenwood at Limestone
10/19 – Lindenwood at Newberry
10/24 – Newberry at Lindenwood
10/31 – Limestone at Bellarmine
11/2 – Limestone at Lindenwood
11/5 – Limestone at Newberry
About the ECAC
In the 76 years since its inception, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has emerged as the nation's largest Conference. The ECAC has grown considerably from its charter membership of 58, currently boasting over 300 member schools in Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to South Carolina, and westerly to Missouri. In the 2014-15 academic year, the ECAC will host nearly 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 male and female athletes. For more information, visit www.ecacsports.com.