PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – Amy Bourbeau, the head coach of the Brown women's ice hockey team, has recently announced the Bears' 2013-2014 schedule. The upcoming campaign will feature 13 home contests, seven non-league match-ups and 22 league battles. Additionally, the squad will square off against three teams that skated in the 2013 NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship Tournament, battling each on two separate occasions.
"I look forward to this upcoming season," said Bourbeau. "We have another year of great competition scheduled, and our competitors will continue to challenge us to play our best hockey. We start out the season with two of our longest road trips, as we head to upstate New York to take on RIT, Clarkson and Saint Lawrence, and will then play our first home game on November 8th against Quinnipiac. In non-conference action, we are ready for a rematch series with Maine and are excited, as always, to play Providence in November's Mayor's Cup game."
This season marks the 50th anniversary of women's ice hockey at Brown, and the Bears will open their campaign on October 25 with the first of two games against the Rochester Institute of Technology at Ritter Arena. The team will return to New York the following weekend, beginning league action with contests at Clarkson, a 2013 NCAA participant, and St. Lawrence on November 1 and 2, before taking to the ice at Meehan Auditorium for its first home games against Quinnipiac and Princeton on November 8 and 9.
A third trip to New York will feature match-ups against Union and Rensselaer on November 15 and 16, concluding conference action for the first semester.
Before breaking for the holidays, Brown will take on a series of Hockey East teams to round out non-conference play for the season, beginning with a midweek game against the University of Connecticut on November 19. Vermont will travel to College Hill on November 26, and on November 30, the Bears will head across town to battle it out with the Providence College Friars in the hopes of retaining the Mayor's Cup. Finally, the squad will travel to Maine for games on December 6 and 7 to round out the 2013 portion of the season.
Brown will welcome 2014 with a return to ECAC action, as Cornell, the second-ranked team in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, and Colgate travel to Meehan Auditorium on January 3 and 4. The Bears will hit the road the following weekend, taking on Harvard, a 2013 NCAA Tournament participant, in Cambridge, Massachusetts on January 10 and Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire on January 11. Brown will then host St. Lawrence and Clarkson on January 17 and 18 before playing a home-and-away series with its travel partner, Yale, on January 24 and 25.
The team will make one final trip to New York as the ECAC heads into the final four weeks of the season, playing at Colgate and Cornell on January 31 and February 1. Rensselaer and Union will play on College Hill on February 7 and 8, and Brown will play its final two road games at Princeton and Quinnipiac on February 14 and 15. The Bears will then conclude their 2013-2014 regular season at home, taking on Dartmouth on February 21 and celebrating the careers of the class of 2014 with a Senior Day game against Harvard on February 22.