Worcester, Mass. – The 40th season of Clark University field hockey will feature eight home contests, including five in September as head coach Callie Lekas returns for her second season at the helm of the program in 2017.
"We are excited about the competitive schedule," said Lekas who's squad will return five student-athletes who started 17 games or more in 2016. "With a new group of incoming first-years, I'm excited to build on where we left off last year and continue to grow Clark Field Hockey."
Clark will open up its season on the road at Anna Maria on Saturday, September 2 before returning to Worcester to host Nichols College in the home opener on Tuesday, September 5.
Four straight road games dot the middle of September beginning with Western New England (September 9) and UMass-Dartmouth (September 12) and followed by the league opener at Mount Holyoke (September 16) and then a visit to Lasell College (September 19).
The Scarlet and White return to their friendly confines on September 23 with an early start against Wheaton College and then play host to Elms College a few days later (September 26). Home games continue with a visit from Becker on September 28 and then Senior Day takes place on September 30 against traditional power Wellesley College – a team the Cougars took to overtime a season ago.
Clark wraps up its five-game homestand with a visit from crosstown rival WPI as the calendar turns (October 3) and then hits the road for two more challenging matchups – Babson (October 7) and Husson University (October 10).
Three of the Cougars five final contests are on the road as well but first they welcome Worcester State on October 12 before a three-game stretch featuring Springfield (October 17), MIT (October 21) and Johnson & Wales (October 25).
The regular season comes to a close on October 28 when the program celebrates 40 seasons of field hockey at Clark as the Cougars welcome league rival Smith College.
Of the 31 goals scored by the Scarlet and White in 2016, 19 of them return led by rising junior Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) as well as rising seniors Liz Grady (Worcester, Mass.) and Haley Mahan (Bedford, N.H.).