NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College head women’s soccer coach Linda Hathorn announced the Gaels’ 2013 schedule, consisting of 22 games, including eight on the friendly confines of Mazzella Field.
The Gaels kick off the 2013 season Aug. 12 with an exhibition game at Lafayette before another exhibition game at Hofstra (Aug. 17).
The regular season begins at Fairleigh Dickinson on Aug. 23. Following another road test against Towson (Aug. 25), Iona opens up its home slate against Hartford on Aug. 29.
The Gaels continue an early season homestand with home games against Binghamton (Sep. 1) and Albany (Sep. 6) before a weekend trip to Fordham on Sep. 8.
Iona will then travel south for a pair of games in Maryland, beginning Sep. 13 at Mount St. Mary's. Two days later, the Gaels take on Navy at 1:00 pm in their non-conference finale.
Conference action begins Sep. 21 when Iona hosts Canisius at Mazzella Field. The MAAC opener is followed by an away game at Manhattan on Sep. 25.
Iona returns to New Rochelle Oct. 2 for a three-game homestand, beginning with a matchup against Saint Peter's. The Maroon & Gold then faces off with its newest conference rivals, welcoming in Quinnipiac (Oct. 5), and Monmouth (Oct. 9).
The Gaels then cross paths with Rider on the road on Oct. 12 before another road test at Fairfield on Oct. 16.
The home schedule is highlighted by the Gaels' matchup with Siena on Oct. 19, which will be apart of homecoming weekend and serve as Senior Day.
Iona then wraps up the regular season on the road, beginning at Marist (Oct. 23) and ending up north at Niagara (Oct. 26).
The 2013 MAAC Championship will be held at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 with all 11 MAAC squads participating.
The squad enters the 2013 season with high hopes after securing a bid to the MAAC Championship last year. Leading the defensive side of the field is rising senior goalkeeper Trista Rivera. Rivera started all 19 games in net for the Gaels in 2012, posting four shutouts along the way. Offensively, the team will be led by rising junior Melissa Frederick, who found the net three times a season ago and rising senior Sofia Sanchez who had two goals in 2012.