The North­eastern field hockey team begins 2014 play on Friday with an exhi­bi­tion match game at Albany. The reg­ular season begins a week later. Here are five things you should know about the Huskies before the season kicks off:

• Before we get to this year, here’s a quick look back at last season. The Huskies fin­ished fifth in the Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion in the 2013 cam­paign, going 8–13 overall and 3–3 in con­fer­ence play. The Huskies advanced to the cham­pi­onship game of the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment for the third straight season, but fell to the Uni­ver­sity of Delaware.

• The Huskies were picked to finish third this season in the CAA fol­lowing a pre­season vote by the conference’s head coaches last week. North­eastern col­lected 28 points overall, including one first-​​place vote.

• Mid­fielders Jes­sica Unger and Natalie Stewart were named to the pre­season All-​​CAA team, while sopho­more goal­keeper Becky Garner received an hon­or­able men­tion, the con­fer­ence announced last week. Unger, one of five sopho­mores named to the team, is coming off a season where she dom­i­nated defen­sively and helped sure up the Huskies’ backend. She was one of only eight CAA players with more than one defen­sive save last season. Stewart, a member of the 2013 All-​​CAA First team, emerged as an offen­sive threat last season, scoring four goals and assisting on four others. Her four assists were a team-​​high and she was named to the NFHCA All-​​Northeast Region Second Team. Garner, for her part, was one of only two goal­keepers to receive the dis­tinc­tion. She was second in the CAA with 111 saves in 2013, and boasted a goals-​​against average of just 2.18 over a 20-​​game span.

• North­eastern kicks off the reg­ular season with the Con­fer­ence Cup at the Nook in Lan­caster, Penn­syl­vania. The Huskies will face Temple on Aug. 29 and then play the Uni­ver­sity of Maryland—a 2013 national semi­fi­nalist and eight-​​time national champion—on Aug. 31. The Huskies’ home opener is set for Sept. 5, when North­eastern wel­comes Prov­i­dence to Dedham Field.

• The Huskies will host nine games on Dedham Field and take on five teams from last season’s NCAA tour­na­ment field in 2014. Their 18-​​game schedule also fea­tures six con­fer­ence con­tests as North­eastern looks to return to the national tour­na­ment for the third time in four seasons.