SEWANEE, Tenn. - Entering her 12th year at the helm of the women's lacrosse program, head coach Michele Dombrowski has announced her 2019 schedule. The schedule includes 12 contests at Puett Field, and there will be five teams that the Tigers will play for the first time in program history.
Three contests (FDU-Florham, Stevens and Rhodes) will be teams that competed in the 2018 NCAA Championships.
Sewanee's first five contests of the season will be on the road. The team's season opener will be the Southern Athletic Association as well, as they square off with Oglethorpe on Feb. 16.
The Tigers have defeated the Stormy Petrels in each of their first seven head-to-head contests.
The Tigers will wrap up the weekend with a doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 17, as they will travel to Birmingham-Southern before playing at Huntingdon (Ala.) in Montgomery for the nightcap.
BSC and Sewanee will square off for the 13th time in the program's 11-year history. The Tigers are 11-1 all-time against the Panthers.
Sewanee and Huntingdon will meet for the fifth time in program history, and this will be the first meeting since 2017. The Tigers have won the previous four contests over the Hawks.
The next weekend, Sewanee will travel to Minneapolis for two contests. On Feb. 23, the Tigers will face Augsburg (Minn.) before playing a neutral site contest with Wisconsin-River Falls the next day.
These two matchups in Minnesota will be the first time Sewanee has faced off between these schools. The 2019 season for River Falls will be its inaugural season.
After a February on the road, Sewanee will spend the month of March, 11 games in total, at home.
The Tigers will play Piedmont (Ga.) on March 1. The Purple and Gold will meet the Lions for the sixth time, and Sewanee holds a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series.
On March 5, Sewanee will host Redlands (Calif.) for a midweek contest. The teams met for the first time since 2014 last season out in California, and the Bulldogs will play at Sewanee for the first time since 2013.
The Tigers will next host Kenyon (Ohio) on March 8. The two teams will meet on the field for the first time in three years.
The next week, the Tigers will play five games in eight days: Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham (N.J.) on March 11, Ursinus (Pa.) on March 13, North Central (Ill.) on March 15, Stevens (N.J.) on March 16 and McDaniel (Md.) on March 18.
FDU-Florham and Sewanee will meet for the second time in program history, and the first meeting came in 2013 when the Tigers won, 9-7.
Ursinus, Stevens and McDaniel join Augsburg and River Falls as first-time opponents in 2019.
North Central will play Sewanee for the first time since 2010, and this will be the third meeting all-time. The Tigers have taken the previous two matchups.
The Tigers will step back into conference play on March 23 when the Lynx of Rhodes comes to the Domain. Sewanee will look to snap a four-game losing skid to its in-state rival and four-time SAA Tournament Champions in 2019. The Lynx advanced to the regional semifinals a year ago in the NCAA Championships.
DePauw (Ind.) will be Sewanee's final non-conference foe in the 2019 schedule. The teams will meet for just the third time, and it will be the first time since 2017. Each team has taken home a win in the all-time series.
The month-long, 11-game homestand will conclude on March 31 against Berry. The Tigers defeated the Vikings twice last season, including a win in the first round of the SAA Championship. With Sewanee leading the all-time series, 9-3, the two teams have met in the SAA Championship in each of the last three seasons.
Hendrix will be the first road contest in over a month for the women's lacrosse team, as they head to Conway, Ark. on April 6. The teams will meet for the seventh time, and Sewanee has won the previous six.
The final contest of the regular season will come at Puett Field on April 13, when Centre makes the trek to the Domain. The teams met twice last season, once in the postseason, but it was the Colonels who defeated the Tigers in both games. However, Sewanee holds an 8-5 advantage in the all-time series.
The 2019 SAA Championships will take place over two weekends. The first round and semifinals will be played at the top-two seeds April 19 and 20, with the finals on Sunday, April 28, at the highest remaining seed.
The Tigers finished with a 12-6 record in the 2018 campaign.