Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's soccer team has released its 2018 schedule. The Hornets, under the direction of fourth year head coach Rob Carey, will face a challenging 15 game regular season slate, with only five matches at home on Varsity Field.
The complete 2018 schedule can be found HERE.
Lyndon opens play on Saturday, September 1st, when they travel to Norwich University for a 7:00 pm kickoff. The Cadets are coming off of a strong 2017 campaign which saw them reach the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship game.
The Hornets will follow that contest with a match at Castleton University on September 4th. The Spartans captured the North Atlantic Conference championship a year ago but are making a move to the Little East Conference this season. The Hornets will be looking to avenge a 1-0 loss to the Spartans last season, in which Castleton made an early goal stand up.
Lyndon will compete in the Southern Vermont College LINAO Mountaineer Classic on September 8th and 9th. The Hornets will face the host team in the opening round, with Northern Vermont University-Johnson and Curry College squaring off in the other semi-final. The two winners will then square off for the Classic championship, while the losing sides will meet in a consolation game.
Lyndon will follow with another non-conference road game at Dean College on September 12th. Dean is coming off of an outstanding season as an NCAA provisional member in 2017 in which they posted a 16-1-3 record and reached the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national championship game.
The Hornets will open their home campaign and NAC play when Thomas College comes to Varsity Field on September 15th. The Terriers finished third in the NAC a year ago.
The following Saturday, September 22nd, the Hornets will host the University of Maine at Presque Isle in a Homecoming Weekend contest. This season will be the inaugural one in the NAC for the Owls.
Two days later Lyndon will travel to New England College for a non-conference matchup. The Pilgrims departed the NAC after last year and are now members of the New England Collegiate Conference.
The Hornets return to NAC play on September 29th when they travel to Maine Maritime Academy for an evenign tilt. The Hornets and Mariners have unfinished business from 2017, when the two teams battled to a 1-1 overtime tie.
Lyndon will host NVU-Johnson on October 3rd. In addition to this being a pivotal NAC contest, this match will be a part of the President's Challenge Cup, an annual competition for athletic supremacy between the two Northern Vermint University campuses.
Another former NAC member, Green Mountain College, travels to Varsity Field on October 6th. The Eagles have left the NCAA and are no competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Lyndon posted a 3-0 vistory over Green Mountain in Poultney last year.
The Hornets will go on the road to face another NAC newcomer, SUNY Canton, on Saturday, October 13th. Last season the two teams met in a non-conference matchup, with the Roos escaping with a 1-0 overtime win.
The home campaign comes to a close on October 17th, when Lyndon hosts Plymouth State University. The Panthers, members of the Little East, finished 6-10 a year ago.
Two NAC road games in Maine round out the schedule. On October 20th the Hornets will play at Husson University, and three days later they will travel to the University of Maine at Farmington. The Eagles qualified for the NAC Tournament a year ago, while the Beavers missed out by only two points.
The top six finishers in the NAC conference standings will qualify for the conference championship tournament. The quarter-finals will be played on October 27th or 28th, with the Final Four played the following weekend on the home pitch of the regular season champion.
Lyndon will be looking to improve on their 2017 campaign, which saw the Hornets finish with a 5-9-1 overall record. They posted a 1-7-1 mark in NAC play to finish in ninth place.