For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary's City, Md. – Eight home matches at Seahawk Stadium highlight the 2017 St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer schedule as released by seventh-year head coach Alun Oliver '04.
This year's competitive lineup features 17 regular-season contests, including a conference matchup with Christopher Newport University who advanced to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship Tournament and finished ranked 21st in the final postseason rankings released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Eight opponents will be making the trek to Seahawk Stadium this season, including Oglethorpe University (Sept. 9) and Bridgewater (Va.) College (Sept. 10) for the annual Seahawk Classic and defending Capital Athletic Conference champion, Christopher Newport, on October 11.
The season opens up on the road at the Elmer Lord Memorial Classic (Sept. 1-2) hosted by Salisbury University, facing Gettysburg College and Capital (Ohio) University. Gettysburg was ranked No. 9 in the final NSCAA Mid-Atlantic regional poll while Capital received votes in the final Great Lakes regional poll.
After taking on Washington College (Sept. 5) in its home-opener, St. Mary's hosts the Seahawk Classic before traveling south to battle The Catholic University of America (Sept. 14) and Randolph-Macon College (Sept. 16). The Seahawks will then welcome former Seahawk men's soccer head coach and Oliver's mentor, Eric Wagner, to Seahawk Stadium when Swarthmore College (Sept. 17) comes to town.
The Seahawks kick off league action at home on September 23 against Penn State Harrisburg before closing out the month of September at Frostburg State University (Sept. 30).
A two-match road trip opens up October at Salisbury (Oct. 4) and Marymount (Va.) University (Oct. 7) before coming back home to square off against CNU on the 11th. After visiting Buena Vista, Va. for a contest at Southern Virginia University (Oct. 14), St. Mary's hosts University of Mary Washington (Oct. 18) and Wesley College (Oct. 21) in a two-game home-stand.
Their regular-season finale will be at York College of Pennsylvania on October 25.
The CAC Tournament begins October 28 with first round action followed by the semifinals on November 1 and the championship game on November 4.
The Seahawks finished the 2016 campaign with a 12-4-2 (6-2-1 CAC) overall record, marking the third-most wins in program history. It's just the second-time ever St. Mary's has notched a dozen victories. Third-seeded St. Mary's dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to sixth-seeded York College of Pennsylvania in the first round of the CAC Tournament.
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