Emmitsburg, MD -- Mount St. Mary's men's soccer head coach Rob Ryerson has announced his 2012 schedule. The schedule is highlighted by nine matches at Waldron Family Stadium and a game at the University of Virginia.
"We have a very competitive non-conference schedule that I hope will prepare us for the demands of NEC play," said Ryerson.
The Mount begins its 60th season in program history against in-state rival Towson on Aug. 28 at Waldron Family Stadium. Opening a campaign against the Tigers for the fourth time and the first since falling 2-0 in 2010 at home, Towson holds a 21-13-3 lead in the all-time series. The two teams will be playing for the fourth time in the last six years and the two teams are coming off a 1-all standstill last season in Towson.
Mount St. Mary's will remain home for its second game of the season when the Mount hosts VMI on Aug. 31. The Mountaineers lead the series 3-2 after opening the 2008 and 2009 seasons with shutout victories against the Keydets.
The squad hits the road for the first time in 2012 at La Salle on Sept. 2. It will be the second meeting between the two teams after the Mount defeated the Explorers 5-0 on Sept. 24, 2011 thanks to Zoncher Dennis (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) tying the single-game program record with four goals in the match.
UMBC will come to Emmitsburg on Sept. 7. The Retrievers lead the matchup 23-10-2 and holds a 14-game unbeaten streak in the series.
Mount St. Mary's will then travel to Charlottesville, Va., to battle Virginia on Sept. 11. The Atlantic Coast Conference program holds a 7-0 advantage in the all-time series, including a 1-0 decision in the last tilt in 2009.
The Mount will host Lafayette on Sept. 15 in the squad's final non-conference home game. The Leopards edged the Mountaineers 1-0 in the first meeting between the two programs last year in Easton.
Mount St. Mary's starts a three-game road trip by heading to the nation's capital to face Howard in the final non-conference match of the year on Sept. 18. Despite the Bison holding a 9-5-5 edge in the series, the Mount has won the last two tilts in the series by a score of 2-0.
The squad then kicks off Northeast Conference (NEC) play in Brooklyn, N.Y., against St. Francis (N.Y.) (Sept. 28) and LIU Brooklyn (Sept. 30). The Terriers have won the last three meetings to take an 11-10-2 edge in the all-time series while the Blackbirds hold a 10-9-4 margin in the series against the Mountaineers. The Mount defeated LIU Brooklyn 3-2 last season in Emmitsburg.
Returning home from a three-game road trip, Mount St. Mary's will play its next three games at home. Bryant (Oct. 5) and Fairleigh Dickinson (Oct. 7) open the month of October at Waldron Family Stadium before Monmouth (Oct. 14) wraps up the three-game stretch. The Mount has won all three meeting against the Bulldogs since the series started in 2009. The Knights hold a 14-8-3 margin in the series, but the Mount has won four of the last seven games in the matchup. After playing the final game of the regular season against the Hawks in the last three years, the Mount will hit the midway point of the league schedule against Monmouth with the West Long Branch program riding a nine-game unbeaten streak against the Mountaineers in the contest and a 14-6-5 advantage in the all-time series.
Mount St. Mary's then heads to Connecticut to face Central Connecticut State on Oct. 19 and Quinnipiac two days later. The Blue Devils lead the series 8-6, but the Mount has won the last three in the series. The Mountaineers are 9-4-1 against the Bobcats, but the series is even 3-3-1 in Hamden.
The squad returns to Waldron Family Stadium for its final two home games on Oct. 26 against Robert Morris and Nov. 2 against Sacred Heart. Despite riding a six-game unbeaten streak against the Colonials, Robert Morris leads the series 12-8-5 while the Pioneers have won the last five meetings in the series to take a 5-4-4 edge in the match.
Mount St. Mary's concludes the regular season on Nov. 4 at Saint Francis (Pa.). The Mount holds an 11-8-3 advantage in the series against the Red Flash, but the two teams ended last year with a scoreless stalemate.
The top four teams in the standings will advance to the NEC Tournament on Nov. 9 and 11 at the home of the regular season champion. The Mount will look to advance to the postseason for the sixth time in team history and the first since 2008.