Niagara 2013 Schedule Features Two NCAA Tournament Teams

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. Niagara , led by first-year coach Wendy Stone, has released its 2013 schedule. The 16-game docket, complete with six conference games, is highlighted by two matches against 2012 NCAA Tournament participants.

"We're very excited to have put together such a competitive 16-game schedule," Stone said. "We're playing teams from several strong conferences including the Big East, America East and Atlantic-10 to prepare for conference play in the later stages of the season. We're looking forward to playing in our strongest schedule in program history."

The Purple Eagles start the season on the road for three-straight games, their longest stretch of the season, starting with Temple on Feb. 16. Niagara travels to Philadelphia, Pa. for a game against St. Joseph's (Feb. 17), before battling the first of two 2012 NCAA participants, the Albany Great Danes on Feb. 27. The team then travels back to Monteagle Ridge for its home opener on March 2 against Robert Morris.

Niagara hits the road once more for a pair of contests against Cincinnati (March 5) and the Detroit Mercy Titans (March 7). Niagara Field will then see action for two straight games, when the team welcomes St. Bonaventure on March 12 and Long Island University on March 16.

After a game against Duquesne on March 22 in Pittsburgh, Pa., the Purple Eagles play four of the next seven games at Niagara, starting with Delaware State (March 24). The Marist Red Foxes welcome the Purple Eagles to Tenney Stadium on March 30 for NU's first conference game of the season.

The Purple Eagles return home for two consecutive games, beginning with a Battle of the Bridge contest against Canisius on April 3, who also took part in the NCAA Tournament last season. Niagara plays defending conference champions, the Fairfield Stags, on April 6 before it takes on MAAC opponent Iona on April 27.

Niagara meets up with Siena on April 27, before wrapping up its regular season schedule when Manhattan comes to town on April 20.

The 2013 MAAC Championship Tournament will be from May 3-5 at Marist University.

Date    Time          Opponent                 Location
2/16 1:00 PM Temple Philadelphia, PA
2/17 1:00 PM St. Joseph's Philadelphia, PA
2/27 TBD Albany Albany, NY
3/2 3:00 PM Robert Morris Niagara Univ., NY
3/5 TBD Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
3/7 2:00 PM Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
3/12 TBD St. Bonaventure Niagara Univ., NY
3/16 1:00 PM Long Island University Niagara Univ., NY
3/22 TBD Duquense Pittsburgh, PA
3/24 1:00 PM Delaware State Niagara Univ., NY
3/30 TBD * Marist Poughkeepsie, NY
4/3 TBD * Canisius Niagara Univ., NY
4/6 TBD * Fairfield Niagara Univ., NY
4/13 TBD * Iona New Rochelle, NY
4/20 TBD * Manhattan Niagara Univ., NY
4/27 TBD * Siena Loudonville, NY
5/3-5 TBD * MAAC Playoffs Poughkeepsie, NY


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