NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College lacrosse head coach Michelle Mason has announced a 16-game slate which features seven home games and a trip to the west coast.
Prior to the start of training camp, Mason also announced that seniors Kylie Gregory and Lauren Henwood will be this seasons co-captains. Gregory was named to the All-MAAC First Team last season after scoring a team-high 42 goals, finishing with 58 points overall. Henwood started 11 games last season and won 13 draw controls.
The Gaels will begin the season at Northeast Conference foe Sacred Heart on Feb. 20 before making their home debut three days later to take on the Huskies of the University of Connecticut on Feb. 23 to close out the opening month of play.
Continuing with the early season New England regional trend, Iona makes a trip to NCAA Tournament participant Massachusetts on Mar. 2 and then hosts Quinnipiac on Mar 6. The Bobcats will join the MAAC next season as a full sport member.
Big East member Cincinnati travels to Mazzella Field on Mar. 9, as the Bearcats return the series to New Rochelle. Last season, the Gaels came away with the road win 21-13.
The squad will play their next two games on the west coast, beginning with California on Mar. 13 and then UC Davis on Mar. 15. The next road match will be played at the site of the 2012 NCAA Division I National Championship game – Stony Brook on Mar. 20.
Iona will conclude the non-conference portion of the schedule with a home game against St. Bonaventure on Mar. 23 and a road contest at New Hampshire on Mar. 27.
The six-game MAAC schedule will see Iona play host to three of the six dates, beginning with Manhattan (Apr. 3), followed by Niagara (Apr. 13) and wrapping up with Siena (Apr. 20) on Senior Day. The Gaels' road conference slate includes games with Canisius (Mar. 30), Fairfield (Apr. 10) and Marist (Apr. 17).
The 2013 MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship will be held the weekend of May 3-5 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The semifinals will be played on Friday and the Championship game on Sunday.