RICHMOND, Va. – It's been a hectic first few weeks on the job for Lindsey Vanderspiegel, who took over the reins of the VCU women's soccer program on May 30.
On Tuesday, Vanderspiegel announced the Rams' 2013 schedule which is highlighted by six home dates at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium, a showdown with defending national champion North Carolina and a total of four NCAA Tournament teams from last season.
The Black & Gold kick off their campaign with a home exhibition on Aug. 16 against in-state foe James Madison, before hitting the road for six straight contests to start the regular season.
VCU heads to Charlottesville, Va. to open the regular season. First up is NCAA Tournament qualifier UVA on August 23, followed by defending national champion North Carolina two days later.
The road swing continues with the Georgetown Tournament, as the Black and Gold square off with Saint Francis (Aug. 30) and 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Georgetown (Sept. 1).
The six-game road trip concludes in Charleston, S.C. at the College of Charleston Tournament. VCU opens the tournament with host Charleston (Sept. 6), before playing Coastal Carolina on Sept. 8.
VCU opens its home slate with the annual VCU Tournament. VCU plays host to Maine at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, before hosting Campbell on Sept.15.
The Black and Gold concludes its non-conference slate on the road with George Mason on Sept. 20.
VCU opens its second season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference at UMASS on Oct. 5. The Rams have road matches at Duquesne (Oct. 18), St. Bonaventure (Oct. 20), and George Washington (Oct. 27).
VCU's home Atlantic 10 schedule will feature Fordham on Oct. 11 at 5 p.m., before the a conference title rematch with La Salle on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. The Rams will also have home dates with cross-town rival Richmond (Nov. 1) and conclude the season with Saint Louis on Nov. 3.
In addition to the regular season, VCU will host the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament at Sports Backers Stadium Nov. 7-10. It will be the first-time as a member of the Atlantic 10, that VCU has hosted a conference tournament.
VCU made a splash during its first season in the Atlantic 10 last fall, posting 12 victories and advanced to the conference championship match for the second straight season.