Emmitsburg, Md. (January 4, 2017) -- The Mount St. Mary's University women's lacrosse team announced its schedule for the 2017 season on Wednesday. The Mountaineers' 15-game slate includes nine home games in Emmitsburg and eight total non-conference tilts.
The Mount opens the 2017 campaign with a matchup against Longwood on February 26 in Emmitsburg, before hitting the road to take on UMBC on March 1 for the first road test of the season.
The Mount returns home to battle Niagara (March 4) and follows with a pair of road matches at Furman (March 11) and Binghamton (March 15). The matchups with Furman and Binghamton will be just the second in series history for the Mount against both opponents.
Mount St. Mary's closes out the month of March with their final three non-conference games against Saint Joseph's (March 19), Radford (March 25) and UC Davis (March 30), all taking place on the Mountaineers' home turf in Emmitsburg.
Northeast Conference play begins with a home game versus Robert Morris on April 7, followed by a road tilt at Saint Francis U on April 9. The Mount owns a combined 22-5 record against the pair of opponents, including a perfect 14-0 mark all-time against Saint Francis U.
The Mountaineers open a three-game home stand with a battle against reigning NEC Champion Wagner (April 14), and follow it up with contests versus LIU Brooklyn (April 21) and Sacred Heart (April 23). The Mount edged LIU a season ago in Brooklyn, 15-14, in an overtime thriller capped by Kelly Maloney's game winner.
The Mount closes out the regular season with a pair of road matchups, beginning with a bout at last year's NEC regular season champs and conference runner-up Bryant on April 28, and concluding at Central Connecticut on April 30.
The Northeast Conference playoffs are set for May 5 and 7 at the home of the tournament's highest seed.
The Mountaineers finished the 2016 campaign at 5-12 overall and 3-4 in league play while narrowly missing out on the conference playoffs. They return 15 letterwinners from last year's squad, including three of their top four scorers in seniors Kelly Maloney (30g, 9a in 2016), Sammie Knapp (27g, 6a) and junior Nicole Lantuh (26g, 7a).