HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Hofstra men’s coach Richard Nuttall again has assembled an impressive slate opponents for the Pride this fall as the University released its schedule Wednesday.
The PRide is coming off its second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association regular-season championship and a 9-8-1 record.
“I am very excited about the level of competition on our schedule,” Nuttall said. “Strength of schedule is important, and we look forward to the challenge.”
Hofstra opens the season with four consecutive road games, playing the season opener Aug. 25 Penn State Aug. 25. The Pride heads to Maryland Aug. 28. The Terrapins entered the 2016 NCAA Tournament as the top seed, finishing fourth in the RPI. When Hofstra and Maryland met last season, the Terps entered the game ranked No. 1, marking the first time in program history the Pride had taken on the nation’s top team. Maryland came away with a 2-1 win.
Hofstra then takes on Virginia Aug. 28, the No. 12 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and 19th in the RPI. The Pride also squared off with the Cavaliers last season, with Virginia escaping with a 1-0 win on a late goal.
Hofstra plays two games against local rivals, concluding its season-opening road trip at St. John’s Sept. 5 before opening the home schedule Sept. 9 against Stony Brook. The Seawolves finished the 2016 season 9-6-3, ranking 58th in the RPI. The Pride took a 3-1 season-opening victory against Stony Brook last season.
Hofstra travels to another top-60 RPI opponent, heading to Connecticut Sept. 12 to take on the Huskies, who finished 11-7-1 last season.
CAA play begins Sept. 16 when Elon makes the trip to Hempstead. The Pride then hosts non-conference foe Columbia Sept. 19. The Lions also had a strong 2016 season, ranking 50th in the RPI and going 13-3-1.
Hofstra travels to Charleston on Sept. 23 for a conference clash with the Cougars before returning to Hofstra Soccer Stadium to host Northeastern Sept. 27. The Pride treks to James Madison Sept. 30, then returns home to face Ivy League foe Dartmouth Oct. 3.
Defending CAA Tournament champion Delaware returns to Hofstra Soccer Stadium Oct. 7. The Pride then will play two conference road games, heading to Drexel Oct. 11 and William & Mary Oct. 14. Hofstra closes CAA play at home against UNCW Oct. 21.
The Pride will matchup with a two non-conference foes to close the season, heading to Binghamton on Oct. 25 before honoring the senior class in the finale against Brown at home on Oct. 31.
The CAA quarterfinals will take place on Nov. 4, with the regular-season champion hosting the semifinals and championship on Nov. 10 and 12, respectively.