NORFOLK, Va. -- Head coach Andrew Griffiths and the Old Dominion field hockey program announced the schedule for the upcoming 2018 season on Monday.
"Our schedule is challenging and exciting again this year," said Griffiths. "The Big East Conference is getting stronger and more competitive each year, and we will host some really high-quality conference games on our home turf."
The season begins at Michigan State on Aug. 24 and the home opener is Sept. 2 against James Madison.
"We will play against a number of top 10 teams in the regular season," said Griffiths. "We have some tough local rivalries on the schedule again, with William and Mary and Richmond, and now VCU added to the list of Virginia schools to compete with."
The schedule features four NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago, including reigning national champion UConn at home on Sept. 21. In addition, ODU also welcomes North Carolina, a final-four team last year, and Duke, the No. 2 seed for last year's tournament, to the L.R. Hill Sports Complex.
Six schools from the Commonwealth of Virginia are also on the slate, including William & Mary, James Madison, Richmond, Virginia, VCU and Liberty.
"We can’t wait to get started this season," said Griffiths. "We had a great spring, built a really good foundation, we have some experience, and we are adding some excellent players to the squad. I’m looking forward to seeing what this team can do together."
This year's Big East Tournament will be hosted by Liberty in Lynchburg.
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