Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's basketball team has released its 2018-19 schedule. The Hornets will play a challenging 25 game regular season slate, including 14 North Atlantic Conference contests and 12 home tilts in Stannard Gymnasium. Veteran head coach David Pasiak enters his second season in charge of the Hornets and his 20th as a college head coach.
The complete 2018-19 schedule can be found HERE.
The Hornets open their season with an exhibition game at Division I University of Vermont on November 6th. The Catamounts have established themselves as one of the premier mid-major programs in the nation. They have won at least 20 games for ten consecutive seasons and have appeared in six NCAA Division I National Tournaments since 2003.
Lyndon will open the regular season by hosting the first annual Northern Vermont University Classic on November 8th and 9th. The Hornets will face Vermont Techincal College on opening night, and will take on the College of St. Joseph the next evening. Northern Vermont University-Johnson will take on the same two opponents on opposite evenings.
The Hornets will host New England College on November 12th. The Pilgrims are coming off of their best season ever, which culminated with a NAC championship, a 21-7 record, and their first appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. They left the NAC after last season and will begin play in the New England Collegiate Conference this year.
Lyndon hosts its fourth consecutive home game when they face Plymouth State University on November 17th. The Hornets are members of the Little East Conference and finished 10-16 last season.
Next up, the Hornets will play in the Sig Makofski Invitational at Union College on November 24th and 25th. They will face the host Dutchmen in the opening round, before facing either Castleton University or Westfield State University in either the championship or consolation game. Union is the defending Liberty League champion and was an NCAA Tournament participant a year ago. Castleton has left the NAC, and will compete in teh Little East this season, while Westfield State is a member of the Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference.
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. Husson finished 19-7 a year ago, and finished in a first place tie with NEC for the regular season title. Maine Maritime finished 5-20 last season and ended up tied for 8th in the conference.
The Hornets will travel to Maine for a pair of games against 2018 NAC Tournament teams the following weekend. On December 7th they face Thomas College. The following day they take on the University of Maine at Farmington. The Terriers and Beavers both finished 11-7 in the NAC last season, tied for fourth place. Thomas downed Lyndon twice, while the Hornets and Beavers split a pair of games.
Lyndon closes out the fall semester with a game at Colby-Sawyer College on December 11th. The Chargers were the NAC runner-up a year ago, but have joined the Great Northeast Athletic Conference for this season.
The Hornets will resume play following the holiday season when they host Eastern Nazarene College on January 3rd. The Lions are coming off of a 9-16 season, and have joined the NECC this season after competing in the Commonwealth Coast Conference a year ago.
Lyndon will then travel to Upstate New York for a pair of non-conference tilts. They will play at Cazenovia College on January 6th, and at SUNY Delhi the following day. The Wildcats, members of the North Eastern Athletic Conference, are coming off of an 8-18 campaign which saw them reach the NEAC quarterfinals. The Broncos finished 15-15 last season.
The Hornets return to NAC play on January 11th and 12th, when they host Maine-Farmington and Thomas.
Lyndon plays its final non-conference game of the season on January 16th, when they travel to former NAC member Green Mountain College. Green Mountain has left the NCAA, and is now competing as an NAIA school. The Hornets and Eagles split a pair of games last season, with each team winning on the other's home court.
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.
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. Competing in the American Collegiate Athletic Association a year ago, the Owls finished 13-14 and reached the conference championship game.
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 7-18 competing in the ACAA last season.
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 will be looking to rebound from a 2-22 campaign a year ago. The Hornets finished 2-16 in NAC play.