St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer team announced their 2014 schedule Thursday morning. The fall slate is highlighted by the annual Seahawk Classic and includes three opponents that competed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Three of St. Mary's 17 regular-season opponents finished ranked in the NSCAA final national rankings while the Seahawks will be at home at Seahawk Stadium for nine matches.
St. Mary's will make the annual trek to the Maryland Eastern Shore to open up the fall campaign at the Elmer Lord Memorial Classic hosted by Salisbury University on Aug. 29-30. The College at Brockport will also be at the Classic. The team remains on the road, traveling to Chestertown for an in-state contest at Washington College on Sept. 3.
The Seahawks then begin a four-game home stand on Sept. 6-7 with the Seahawk Classic, a four-team tournament featuring Baldwin-Wallace College, Bridgewater (Va.) College, and Salisbury. Salisbury advanced to the NCAA Second Round and finished 19th in the final poll.
Following the tournament, St. Mary's hosts McDaniel College (Sept. 13), 2013 NCAA Tournament participant, The Catholic University of America (Sept. 16), and Randolph-Macon College (Sept. 23) before kicking off its nine-match Capital Athletic Conference schedule at Penn State Harrisburg on Sept. 27. St. Mary's plays its final non-conference contest on Sept. 30 at Goucher College and then gets to work again against its league foes.
The Seahawks begin October by alternating home and away conference games for their first five matches of the month, first welcoming Frostburg State University to Seahawk Stadium on the 4th during the Hawktoberfest at Family Weekend festivities before visiting Salisbury on Oct. 8. The squad then hosts Marymount (Va.) University on Oct. 12 before heading out to Christopher Newport University on Oct. 15.
St. Mary's celebrates Senior Day on Oct. 18 against Wesley College before hitting the road for contests at the University of Mary Washington on Oct. 22 and at Southern Virginia University on Oct. 25. The Seahawks wrap up the regular-season against the defending CAC champion, York College of Pennsylvania. York advanced to the NCAA Sectionals to finish 10th in the final rankings.
The Seahawks completed last year's action with a 5-10-2 (2-6-0 CAC) record, posting a team 1.85 GAA and collecting six shutouts for the season.
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