Links: 2019 Season Schedule
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer program and head coach Gabe Mejail have revealed the 18-game schedule that will comprise its 2019 campaign, which is its inaugural season as a member of the Northeast Conference (NEC).
The Warriors, who wrapped up their incredibly successful Northeast-10 Conference era as a six-time league tournament champion, will look to build on an eight-win season from a year ago. Merrimack, which features the return of rising junior forward Izzy McDonnell, a CoSIDA Academic All-District and NE10 All-Conference selection, will embark on its first year of reclassification toward full Division I status.
“There obviously is a tremendous deal of excitement with the start of a new era as a member of the NEC playing a full Division I schedule,” remarked Mejail, who enters his 36th season at the helm of the program. “We feel very fortunate to have put together such a strong schedule with a variety of regional opponents and to have the opportunity to play eight games at home. We look forward to kicking things off against Hartford on August 25th.”
Eight of Merrimack’s 18 matches will be played at Martone-Mejail Field, where the Warriors played to a 5-4-1 mark last fall. The 2019 fixture also features bouts with four members of America East, two from the Ivy League and one each against schools from the Atlantic 10 and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
The women’s soccer program’s inaugural Division I game will see them host Hartford at Martone-Mejail Field on Sunday, August 25.
Merrimack’s next five games will be played on the road starting with a two-match stint in the TD Bank Classic hosted by the University of Vermont. The Warriors face the University of New Hampshire in the tournament opener on Aug. 30 before taking on the host Catamounts two days later.
Following road trips to Maine (Sept. 7), its NEC opener at Bryant (Sept. 9) and another trek to Saint Bonaventure (Sept. 15), the Warriors return to North Andover to play four out of their next five games at home against Sacred Heart (Sept. 19), Manhattan (Sept. 22), Mont Saint Mary’s (Oct. 4) and Dartmouth (Oct. 8), with a trip to Fairleigh Dickinson (Sept. 29) sandwiched between them.
Merrimack begins its final seven-game stretch down in Brooklyn against St. Francis College (Oct. 11) before traveling to Long Island University (Oct. 13). A bout against the reigning NEC Tournament champions, Central Connecticut State, kicks off the final three-game homestand of the season on Oct. 20. The Warriors then take on Saint Francis University (Oct. 25) and Robert Morris (Oct. 27) to conclude their home slate.
The Warriors’ historic first season in the NEC ends with a Sunday afternoon matchup on Staten Island against Wagner on Nov. 3 before rounding things out with a non-conference matchup at Brown in Providence on Nov. 5.