Mount St. Mary’s has released its schedule for the 2018 season. Here is a breakdown of the games that await the Mountaineers, who went 4-10 last year and finished in a tie for sixth place in the Northeast Conference.
10: Mount St. Mary’s has won the past 10 meetings with Virginia Military Institute, which will visit Emmitsburg on March 3. The Mount has a 20-2 advantage in its series with the Keydets.
9: The Mountaineers had only four players with nine or more assists last spring. Three of them — junior midfielder Jack Mangan (11 assists), sophomore attackman Brenden McCarthy (10) and junior attackman Chris DiPretoro (nine) — are expected to return.
8: The Mount will open the season on the road for the seventh time in the past eight years. The team will play at Delaware on Feb. 10.
7: The Mountaineers will play three games at Waldron Family Stadium for the seventh time in the past eight years. They will welcome VMI on March 3, Mercer on March 10 and Robert Morris on March 24 to Emmitsburg.
6: The Mount is scheduled to host only six games for the second time in the past three years. That’s the fewest at Waldron Family Stadium in a regular season since the 2006 squad played just four times in Emmitsburg.
5: The Mountaineers’ longest homestand of two consecutive games is their shortest in the past five years. The 2013 team also played no more than two straight games at home.
4: Among the six players who graduated from last spring’s team, Bubba Johnson was the lone four-year starter. The attackman left with 102 career points, 23rd in program history.
3: The Mountaineers are scheduled to begin the season with three consecutive away games for the third time in the past five years. In addition to making a trip to Delaware, they will visit Towson on Feb. 17 and Richmond on Feb. 20.
2: The Mount will take on two opponents that qualified for last spring’s NCAA tournament for the fourth year in a row. The team will travel to Colonial Athletic Association champion Towson and Northeast Conference titlist Bryant on March 17.
1: For the first time in their program’s history, the Mountaineers are scheduled to play four of five games in February on the road. After the games at Delaware, Towson, Richmond, they will wrap up the month at Georgetown on Feb. 27.