EVANSTON, Ill. – The Miami University field hockey team continues its difficult early season schedule when it travels to Evanston, Ill. this weekend to take on a pair of nationally ranked teams. On Sunday, the RedHawks face 16th-ranked Boston University at 1 p.m. (EDT). On Monday, Miami takes on the host, 11th-ranked Northwestern, at 1 p.m. (EDT).

It was a successful opening week for the ‘Hawks (2-1 overall). The Red and White led 17th-ranked Wake Forest twice in the season opener last Friday, but a late goal allowed the Demon Deacons to escape with a 3-2 win. Miami recovered to earn a dominating, 6-1, victory over Radford on Sunday and a 4-1 win over Longwood on Monday. After helping a defense that allowed only five goals in three games, junior back Ali Froede was honored as the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Boston University is 2-0 on the season. Last weekend it hosted a pair of home games, defeating Ohio, 5-1, and Delaware, 2-1 in overtime. Freshman forward Amanda Cassera has had a strong debut for BU, scoring three goals in its first two games.

Northwestern is 2-1 on the season. After falling to Providence, 2-1, in their opener on Friday, the Wildcats defeated Northeastern, 4-2, on Sunday and UMass-Lowell, 3-0, on Monday. Sophomore midfielder Caroline Troncelliti has been the star for the team in the first week, with four goals in Northwestern’s first three games.

The challenging non-conference schedule continues for the RedHawks next weekend when it heads to College Park, Md. for the Terp Invitational. On Saturday, Sept. 14, Miami takes on American at 1 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 15, the RedHawks face the host, second-ranked Maryland, at 2 p.m.