KEENE, N.H.--The four-time defending Little East Conference champion Keene State College field hockey team announced its schedule today, with the Owls playing 19 games, including 10 contests in the friendly confines of Owl Athletic Complex.
Road games on consecutive days open the season for Keene State, with the curtain-raiser against Colby-Sawyer College (September 1), followed by a date with the University of New England (September 2). Back-to-back conference dates, including the Owls' home opener, are next, with games against Framingham State (September 6), and Worcester State (September 9).
A road tilt against Amherst (September 12) is next, part of a string of three road games in four. The Owls are home against Springfield two days later, followed by road contests against Fitchburg State (September 16) and Plymouth State (September 19).
The month then ends with a trio of home games, welcoming Western Connecticut State (September 23), Salem State (September 27), and Westfield State (September 30).
As the previous month ended with three straight home games, October starts with three straight games on the road. A non-conference date against Trinity (Conn.) is slated for October 4, with road games against Bridgewater State (October 7) and the University of Southern Maine (October 10).
Castleton, who will join the Little East Conference for 2018-19, comes to Keene for a non-league game on October 12, as will Eastern Connecticut State (October 14) and Williams (October 17). The regular season road slate ends with a visit to UMass Dartmouth on October 21, and the Owls will end the season against Smith in a non-conference contest on October 25.
Little East Conference Tournament
The top eight teams in the LEC standings will qualify for the conference tournament. The top four seeds will host quarterfinals on October 28, with the top two remaining seeds hosting the tournament semifinals on November 1. The two semifinal winners will meet for the LEC Championship on Saturday, November 4, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships.