NEWTON, Mass. – An action-packed fall will kick off on September 1st in Mustang City, and six different teams will be in action that day to open their 2017-18 campaigns.
Alumni Field will play host to a double-header on that Friday, with the field hockey team, fresh off of their first winning season as a program, hosting Nichols at 3:00 pm. That game will be followed by women's soccer vs Mitchell at 6:00 pm, as Brigi Palatino makes her head coaching debut for the Mustangs.
Here are some of the highlights of the fall schedules for each of Mount Ida's teams:
As has become tradition, the Mustangs and UMass Dartmouth Corsairs will start the season in primetime, with a 7:00 PM game in Dartmouth on Friday night, September 1st. Mount Ida has a string of three straight home games next on the slate, concluding with their Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) opener against Gallaudet on September 30th.
The Mustangs will travel to both of the new additions to the conference this year, Dean (Oct. 14th) and Alfred State (Oct. 28), and will host conference foes Maritime (Oct. 21) and Anna Maria (Nov. 4) before finishing the year with a trip to Husson on November 11th.
The Mustangs will play five of their first seven games at home, following their opener against Nichols with home games against Becker (Sep. 5) and their Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opener on September 9th against Simmons.
Other marquee games include a September 23rd showdown with Saint Joseph's (ME) and a rematch of last year's GNAC quarterfinals game on October 1st against Lasell.
Colby-Sawyer will come to town on October 11th for their final non-conference meeting, as the Chargers will join the GNAC next year. The home regular season slate will conclude on October 19th with Elms College, two days before the Mustang's head to Regis for their first-time clashing with the Pride as GNAC members.
After a trip to Drew University in New Jersey to open the season, the Mustangs begin the first of two four-game home-stands with their home opener against Lesley on September 3,rd preceding home games versus Roger Williams, Wheelock and Becker.
After opening the GNAC schedule on the road at Suffolk on September 16th and heading to Weston to play new GNAC member Regis on September 20th, Mount Ida will host rivals Lasell College on September 23rd, and will also entertain Albertus Magnus, Rivier, and Johnson & Wales at Alumni Field over the next week and a half. Home games against Norwich (Oct. 18) and defending champions Saint Joseph's (ME) (Oct. 21) are sure to be crucial in the Mustang's playoff push, as they look to return to the conference tournament for the seventh straight year.
GNAC quarterfinalists each of the last three seasons, women's tennis plays at Lesley on September 1st and then hosts Becker the next day as part of their opening weekend. UMass Dartmouth (Sep. 7), Eastern Nazarene (Sep. 25) and Curry (Sep. 29) will also come to town for non-conference contests, while the Mustangs will host Simmons on October 4th and Saint Joseph (CT) on October 11th in GNAC games.
Under new head coach Brigi Palatino, Mount Ida gets into GNAC play in just their third game of the year, hosting new GNAC members Regis on September 6th. Rivier comes to Alumni Field on September 13th before the Mustangs head off on a Connecticut swing to play at Albertus Magnus (Sep. 16) and Saint Joseph (CT) (Sep. 20).
The Mustangs will also entertain Suffolk, Johnson & Wales and Saint Joseph's (ME), go toe to toe with defending conference champions Lasell on October 11th, and end the regular season with home games against Simmons (Oct. 21) and Pine Manor (Oct. 26).
Men's and Women's Cross Country
The Mustang runners will take their first crack at the course on September 9th at the UNE Invitational in Biddeford, Maine. The next weeks will see Mount Ida run at UMass Dartmouth, Elms College and Mass. Maritime on the first of October. Mount Ida will head to two fellow GNAC members, as they compete at the Saint Joseph's (ME) Invitational on October 8th and the Emmanuel Saints Invitational on October 14th, all leading up to the GNAC Championships on October 31st.
Mount Ida will already have several games under their belt before their home opener on September 12th against Curry. The Mustangs are participants at the Eastern Nazarene Invitational on September 1st and 2nd, and will also play at Becker and in a tri-match with Wentworth on WPI in the first week of September. They will then head to NY to play in the two-day Sage College Tournament on September 15th and 16th.
Returning from New York, Mount Ida kicks off GNAC play on September 20th against Rivier, beginning a string of six straight home games that includes a September 22nd tri-match with Lesley and New England College and a September 27th GNAC contest against Simmons. Saint Joseph (CT) heads to Newton on October 11th for a conference game, and the Mustangs also host Johnson & Wales and Saint Joseph's (ME) in a tri-match on October 28th to end the regular season.
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu