NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida College is excited to announce that the 2015-16 athletic seasons will kick off on Tuesday, September 1st, when five Mustang teams will be in action for their season openers.
The first team to hit the home turf at Alumni Field will be the second-year field hockey program, who play host to Salve Regina at 3:00 PM on the 1st, while men’s soccer will follow with a primetime game against Roger Williams at 7:00 pm in another Newton vs. Rhode Island affair. Meanwhile, women’s tennis will start their season that same afternoon when they host Eastern Nazarene at 3:00 pm.
Women’s soccer will be on the road at Pine Manor to start their season at the same time, and women’s volleyball has a nighttime match at Becker for their opening game.
Football gets their 2015 slate kicked off on Friday, September 4th when they play under the lights on the road against UMass Dartmouth before coming home for three straight games against Plymouth State (9/12), Springfield, (9/19), and their Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) opener against Gallaudet (10/3). Football, coming off of a 5-2 conference record a season ago, will host rival Norwich on Halloween in their home finale, and then finish their season with games at Maritime (NY) and a rematch of last year’s de-facto championship game against Husson on November 14th in Bangor.
Fresh off of their 2014 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) semifinals appearance, men’s soccer will open their GNAC home schedule on September 26th with a rematch of that contest against Johnson & Wales, who would go on to win the conference a year ago. A pair of intriguing home games come back to back for the Mustangs when they host Norwich on October 21st and rivals Lasell College on October 24th in what will be pivotal conference affairs.
Other highlights of the opening week for 2015 include the women’s soccer home opener on Thursday, September 3rd against Curry, under the lights at Alumni Field. The Mustangs will play five of their first seven games on the road, including their GNAC opener at Norwich on September 12th. The first GNAC home game for women’s soccer will be part of a doubleheader on September 26th, when they host Johnson & Wales at 3:00 pm, and the Mustangs close their season with four of their final five games at Alumni Field, all of them conference affairs.
Women’s volleyball will also be road warriors early in the season, playing 9 of their first 11 and 15 of their first 19 games away from Newton. They will feature in their home opener on September 10th against UMass Dartmouth, but will not play a GNAC match in Mustang City until Friday, October 9th when they host an evening tri-match with Johnson & Wales and Saint Joseph (CT). Down the stretch the Mustangs will play host to Suffolk (10/21) and another tri-match against Saint Joseph’s (ME) and Rivier, two-time defending conference champions, on October 24th.
On the flip side, the Mount Ida field hockey team will be home for their opening five games of their sophomore year, and will play ten of their 16 games at Alumni Field. They will have the opportunity to get victories against Nichols (9/3) and Becker (9/8), who dealt them tough early losses last year, before matching up with Daniel Webster (9/10), who the Mustangs defeated 4-0 to earn the program’s first ever victory in splendid fashion. The opening home stand will end with their GNAC opener against Saint Joseph’s (ME) on September 12th, with conference games at home also coming on October 10th against rivals Lasell and October 23rd when defending conference champions Simmons comes to town.
Looking for back to back trips to the GNAC tournament, women’s tennis will start their season with five consecutive home matches, culminating in their conference opener against Anna Maria on September 26th. The Mustangs beat the Amcats 8-1 last year for their first conference victory since 2011, which sent them into the first round of the GNAC postseason. They will get a rematch of their playoff defeat from a year ago in their next match of 2015, as they travel to Suffolk on October 3rd at 1:00 pm.
The opening weekend of the season will also see the Mount Ida Cross Country teams get back to work, returning to Massachusetts Maritime Academy for the Travis Fuller Invitational, where the men’s squad secured a third place finish a year ago. The 2015 schedule sees Mount Ida return to invitational meets at UNE (9/12), Elms (9/26), CCRI (10/3), and Emmanuel (10/15) before traveling to Standish, Maine on October 31st for the GNAC Championships.