PHILADELPHIA – The defending Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference champion Philadelphia University women's lacrosse team has announced its 17-match 2017 schedule Thursday.
Philadelphia's schedule consists of eight non-conference opponents, including four teams that won at least 10 matches a season ago and two teams that qualified for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Four of the non-conference foes are from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) while the other four compete in the East Coast Conference (ECC).
After opening the season on March 3 at Bloomsburg, Philadelphia will head to Long Island for a showdown with ECC champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier LIU Post on March 8. The Rams and Huskies are squaring off for the first time since 2009, while they are facing the Pioneers for the third time in the last five years.
The Rams open their home schedule with back-to-back home matches against West Chester and Mercy on March 10 and 11. West Chester made the NCAA Tournament and was the runner-up in the PSAC Tournament. The Mavericks were a 12-win team last year.
On March 15, Philadelphia will travel to Shippensburg to take on the Raiders for the first time since the 2007 season. The trip to Shippensburg is followed up by a visit to New York on March 18 for a showdown with first-year program NYIT.
The non-conference schedule is closed out with home matches against St. Thomas Aquinas on March 22 and Kutztown on April 14. The Rams are facing the Spartans for the second straight season, while they are taking on the Bears for the seventh consecutive year.
In addition to the eight non-conference matches, Philadelphia had nine CACC matches lined up, starting on March 21 at Felician. The match-up with the Golden Falcons is one of five conference matches that will be played away from home. Philadelphia will also visit Holy Family (March 28), Georgian Court (April 4), Nyack (April 8), and Chestnut Hill (April 18).
Dominican (N.Y.) (March 25), Post (April 1), Wilmington (Del.) (April 12), and Caldwell (April 22) will come to Ravenhill Field to face the Rams.
Last season, Philadelphia put together a 14-5 campaign, which included a 9-0 record against the CACC, and defeated Chestnut Hill 18-11 to win the conference title for the second time in the last three seasons.