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Syracuse Field Hockey: 2016 Schedule Features Nine NCAA Tournament Teams

Syracuse Athletics released this year's field hockey schedule, and it's a doozy!

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The Syracuse Orange field hockey schedule will be quite the test for the defending National Champions this fall. They will be traveling all over the northeast on a victory tour, in a sense, as they will play six home games, seven road games and three neutral site games.

They will open their 2016 campaign on the road against Temple on August 26 at St. Joseph's (Penn.) and face Maryland two days later on the same field. The ladies will then travel to Long Island to face Liberty University on September 3 followed by Hofstra on the 4th, both at Hofstra.

In their home opener on September 9, they will face Boston College and unveil their 2015 National Championship banner before the first whistle. September 11 is Military and First Responders Day where they face Stanford. ACC play begins when they travel to Wake Forest to face the Demon Deacons on September 17. Six days later, they'll play in Chapel Hill against UNC in a rematch of both the ACC and NCAA Championship games. The month of September rounds out with two home games against Penn on September 25, Carnival Day, and Louisville on September 30, Syracuse University Employee Appreciation Day and SAAC Day.

On October 2, the team will take another trip to Pennsylvania to face Bucknell. Duke comes to Syracuse on October 7 for the annual "Pink Game" to support breast cancer awareness and raise funds for research. It's also Girl Scout Day and Kids' Club Day and both groups will be honored at halftime. From October 9 through October 23, the Orange will travel to face Cornell, Virginia (October 15), and Boston University for their final road trip of the regular season. They will wrap up their schedule when Indiana comes to town on October 30th for Senior Day.

This year's ACC Tournament will be held in Winston-Salem, NC from November 3-6 with the NCAA Tournament to follow.

Admission is free for all six home games, so don't hesitate to go out and support these fantastic young women!