NEW YORK - Columbia head women's lacrosse coach Liz Kittleman Jackson has announced the schedule for the 2013 season. The Lions will play 16 games this season, with seven against non-conference opponents, including three teams from the America East Conference and one from the BIG EAST Conference. The team has a total of eight home matches this season to be played on Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence Wien Stadium.
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Columbia opens the 2013 campaign on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. hosting Mount St. Mary's. The Northeast Conference runner-ups were one of Columbia's big wins last year, defeating them 14-5 in the season opener.
For the second consecutive season, Columbia will host a BIG EAST Conference opponent with Villanova coming into Lawrence Wien Stadium on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. The Lions non-conference slate in March also includes two America East Conference teams, with trips to Vermont and New Hampshire.
On Saturday, March 23 the Lions will return to New York as they host reigning Ivy League Tournament champion Dartmouth at 1 p.m. According to the preseason rankings issued by InsideLacrosse.com, the Big Green holds the No. 11 spot.
To cap the month of March, Columbia will host Fresno State for the first time in program history on Sunday, March 31 at 7 p.m. The match-up against the Bulldogs begins a four game home stand for Columbia.
Up next, the Lions will welcome pre-season No. 10 Penn to Robert K. Kraft Field in possibly the toughest match on the season. Columbia will look to take down the reigning regular season Ivy League winners on Saturday, Apr. 6 at 1 p.m.
The home stretch ends on Wednesday, Apr. 17, as Columbia will have another tough match-up against No. 20 Albany. The America East Conference champions will meet the Lions on the field for the first time in program history in the 5 p.m. contest.
To finish up regular season Ivy League play, Columbia will face its fourth pre-season top-20 opponent when they head to No. 15 Harvard on Saturday, Apr. 20 at 1 p.m. The Lions will complete the 2013 regular season at home when they take on neighborhood rival Manhattan on Saturday, Apr. 27 at 1 p.m.