Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's basketball team has released its 2018-19 schedule. The Hornets will play 25 game regular season games, including 14 North Atlantic Conference contests and 11 home tilts in Stannard Gymnasium. Third year head coach Sean Lynch returns to lead the Hornets.
The complete 2018-19 schedule can be found HERE.
Lyndon will open the season at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, competing in the first annual Northern Vermont University Classic on November 8th and 10th. The two campuses will face Vermont Technical College and the College of Saint Joseph. The pairings and game order are still to be determined.
The Hornets will open the home campaign against Castleton University on November 13th. The Spartans were the NAC regular season champions a year ago, posting a stellar 21-5 record. They left the NAC at the end of the academic year and will be competing in the Little East Conference this season.
Lyndon hosts Plymouth State University on November 17th. Plymouth is also a member of the Little East. The Hornets defeated the Panthers at Plymouth last season.
Following the Thanksgiving Break, Lyndon will open NAC play with a pair of home contests on November 30th and December 1st, when they face Husson University and Maine Maritime Academy. The Eagles and Mariners played in last season's NAC championship game, with Husson emerging victorious and advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Hornets split a pair of games against Husson last year, while the Mariners defeated the Hornets three times.
Lyndon will travel to Norwich University for a non-conference matchup on December 4th. The Cadets, members of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, reached the GNAC quarter-finals a year ago and posted a 10-16 overall record.
The Hornets will travel to Maine for a pair of games the following weekend. On December 7th they face Thomas College and the following day they take on the University of Maine at Farmington. Lyndon swept both teams a year ago.
Lyndon closes out the fall semester with a pair of non-conference games at Colby-Sawyer College on December 11th and at Lasell College on December 15th. Colby-Sawyer posted a 20-6 record and finished second during the NAC regular season last year, but have joined the GNAC for this season. Lasell is also a GNAC member, and is looking to rebound from a 5-20 campaign.
The Hornets will resume play following the holiday season with a non-conference game at the University of St. Joseph on January 5th. The Blue Jays, members of the GNAC, finished 9-16 a year ago.
The Hornets return to NAC play on January 11th and 12th, when they host Maine-Farmington and Thomas.
Lyndon then plays a non-conference game at former NAC member Green Mountain College on January 16th. Green Mountain has left the NCAA, and is now competing as an NAIA school. The Hornets swept both games against the Eagles last season.
The Hornets will travel to NVU-Johnson on January 19th. Besides being a NAC contest, that game will also earn points towards the Northern Vermont University President's Challenge Cup. The Cup will be awarded to the NVU campus that demonstrates athletic superiority over the 2018-2019 academic year.
Lyndon will host another NAIA school, Fisher College, on Janaury 22nd. The Falcons finished 17-12 last season and reached the Association of Independent Institutions quarterfinals.
On January 25th and 26th the Hornets will host a NAC newcomer, the University of Maine at Presque Isle, for back to back conference games. The Owls finished 3-19 last season.
Lyndon hosts Pine Manor College in its final non-conference game of the season on January 29th. Pine Manor finished 10-17 in 2017-18 and reached the championship game of the American Collegiate Athletic Association.
Lyndon makes a return trip to Maine on the first weekend in February, when they will face Maine Maritime and Husson.
On February 8th and 9th the Hornets travel to SUNY Canton, another NAC newcomer, for another pair of back to back conference tilts. The Roos finished 12-14 competing in the ACAA last season, and reached the conference semi-finals.
Lyndon closes out the regular season with a Senior Night contest against NVU-Johnson on February 12th.
The top six finishers in the NAC conference standings will qualify for the conference championship tournament. Two quarterfinal games will be held at the home courts of the #3 and #4 seeds on February 16th, with the semifinals and championship game taking place the following weekend on the court of the regular season champion.
Lyndon is coming off of its most successful season since returning to the NCAA in 2008. The Hornets finished 14-12, including a 10-8 mark in NAC play. The Hornets also reached the NAC quarterfinals, where they fell to Maine Maritime.