The Mack Report

Merrimack Releases 2014 Men’s Soccer Schedule

Men;s Soccer

Highlighted by two in-season tournaments, including the season-opening Marriott Kickoff Classic on campus and the Bridgeport Tournament hosted by the University of Bridgeport, 33rd-year head coach Tony Martone is pleased to officially announce the 2014 schedule for the Merrimack College men’s soccer team.

2014 Men’s Soccer Schedule

The 18-game regular season slate includes 10 home games, highlighted by a rematch of last year’s Northeast-10 Conference Final against reigning league and national champion Southern New Hampshire, as well as road trips to Bentley and Franklin Pierce, both of which the Warriors defeated in last year’s NE-10 Quarterfinals and Semifinals, respectively.

For yet another season, Merrimack will play host to a season-opening, four-team, two-day tournament of its own and for the second straight season the invitational will be sponsored by Marriott.

Merrimack and Bentley will each alternate games against two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opponents in Caldwell and Dominican. Merrimack will take on the Cougars on Thursday (Sept. 4) night at 7 p.m. before battling the Chargers, who handed Merrimack one of its only four losses from 2013, on Saturday (Sept. 6) at 4 p.m.

Following a home tilt against East Coast Conference (ECC) foe Molloy the following Monday night, the Warriors will travel to Bridgeport to participate in another two-team tournament against regional competition before turning their sights exclusively to NE-10 action the rest of the way.

Merrimack’s first conference tilt falls on the road in an NE-10 Quarterfinal rematch at Bentley on Sept. 16 before hosting Saint Michael’s the following Saturday (Sept. 20) evening.

Following a trip to Southern Connecticut, the Warriors open up another three-game homestand starting with Assumption on Sept. 30, then turn the calendar to October to face Saint Rose (Oct. 4) before the most-anticipated match of the year against the Penmen on Wednesday, Oct. 8, under the lights at Martone-Mejail Field.

Merrimack’s remaining schedule features a road trip to Franklin Pierce (Oct. 28), which is a rematch of last year’s NE-10 Semifinals that the Warriors won in penalty kicks, running their current unbeaten streak against the Ravens to five games, before hosting Adelphi on Halloween afternoon (Oct. 31).

The last eight teams standing at the end of the regular season will fight for the 2014 NE-10 Championship starting Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the league’s quarterfinal round. The highest seeds left will host semifinal matchups on Friday, Nov. 5, before the NE-10 Final falls on Sunday, Nov. 9.