WASHINGTON, D.C. – Summer hasn’t officially begun yet but it is not too early to start planning your fall calendar out with Gallaudet University athletic games. The GU Athletics Department officially released the 2010 fall schedules Friday for its six varsity teams; men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's soccer and volleyball.
The 2010 season marks the start of a new era in athletics for Gallaudet as the Bison officially compete in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) this year. Gallaudet played 20 years in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) and was one of the charter members that helped to form the CAC in 1989. The Bison have filled their schedules with NEAC, Eastern Collegiate Football Conference games and many regional non-conference games that even include some old familiar foes from the CAC.
Here are the schedule highlights for each sport:
Can't Miss Local Meet: Gallaudet at Marymount (Va.) Dual Meet (September 1, 1 p.m.)
Overview: The Gallaudet men’s and women’s cross country schedule for 2010 is still being finalized but the bulk of their meets have been set. The Bison start the season on September 1 in Arlington, Va., with a mid-week race against Marymount (Va.) University. Several days later the Bison hit the road to Salisbury, Md., to participate in the annual Sea Gull Opener at Winter Place Park. On September 11, Gallaudet will make its NEAC debut at the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers Invitational in New York. A week later, GU heads back north to York, Pa., to run in the invitational hosted by the York (Pa.) College Spartans of the CAC. The month of October starts off with another NEAC meet hosted by Penn St.-Harrisburg on October 2. The following weeks take the Bison to Goucher College in Towson, Md., and Hood College in Frederick, Md. Gallaudet will then run in its first NEAC cross country championship at the end of the month.
2009 Record: 6-4, 4-2 ECFC
Can't Miss Home Game: Gallaudet vs. Anna Maria (Homecoming – October 30, 1:30 p.m.)
Overview: Gallaudet’s football team was so close to playing in the ECFC championship game as the Bison finished tied for second in the conference. GU will look to build off the 4-2 conference mark in 2010 and finish the mission of making it to the conference title game. GU opens the season with three non-conference games against Merchant Marine and two club teams in Williamson Trade and George Mason University. The latter is the home opener for the Bison on September 18 at Noon. The ECFC slate begins the following week on September 18 as the Bison welcome Castleton State to Hotchkiss Field. Gallaudet will then face the toughest stretch of the season with three consecutive games against the top of the conference. On October 2, the Bison travel to Husson University, which is located in Bangor, Maine, and is 12 hour plus bus ride. The following week Gallaudet needs make another long trek up to conference champion Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Gallaudet finally returns home on October 16 as the Bison host Mount Ida, the team that made the ECFC championship game and was tied with the Bison in the final standings but held the head-to-head advantage as the Mustangs beat Gallaudet 23-6. GU hits the road once more and will venture to Worcester, Mass., to face conference foe Becker College on October 23. The Bison return home for the final two games of the regular-season. GU will host Anna Maria for Homecoming on October 30 and then close out the regular-season schedule against Maritime (N.Y.) the first weekend on November on the fifth. If Gallaudet qualifies the ECFC championship game and/or a possible Eastern College Athletic Conference bowl or NCAA tournament bid would follow later in November.
2009 Record: 0-18, 0-8 CAC
Can't Miss Home Game: Gallaudet vs. Cazenovia (October 17, TBA)
Overview: It was another winless season for the Gallaudet men’s soccer team last season as the Bison lost all 18 games and were outscored 139-6. GU carries a 54-game losing streak, one of the top losing streaks in Division III, into the 2010 season. Coach Luis Gendive returns to the sideline for the Bison where he coached the team in 2005 and ’06 and managed a 4-34-1 record in two seasons. GU will have four good opportunities to stop that losing streak early in the season as the Bison host Washington Adventist University, Potomac State College and then travel to WAU and Southern Virginia University, the last team GU beat back in October 2006. GU will begin NEAC play a home against Penn St.-Harrisburg on September 18. This begins a five-game homestand for the Buff and Blue. The month of October begins on the road against new conference foes SUNY Cobleskill and SUNYIT before playing former CAC opponent Marymount (Va.) on October 5. The current three home games in October for Gallaudet include Lancaster Bible (October 7), SUNY Morrisville (October 16) and defending NEAC champion Cazenovia (October 17). The NEAC tournament begins the first week of November.
2009 Record: 27-14, 6-2 CAC
Postseason: ECAC Division III South Region champions, CAC tournament finalist
Can't Miss Home Game: Gallaudet vs. Catholic (Dig Pink Night – October 20, 7 p.m.)
Overview: The start of the 2010 season for the Gallaudet University volleyball team will have a different feel then in 2009, when the Bison were without their coach and four starters for the first two weeks because of the Deaflympics in Taipei. GU will need to replace three key seniors but the Bison are up to the challenge and ready to make their NEAC debut. Gallaudet left the CAC where it won five conference championships but left its mark as the Bison hold all 15 individual career records in the conference record book. The Bison will be a force in the NEAC like they were in the CAC and will make their NEAC debut at the end of September. GU starts the 2010 season on the road for the first three weeks playing in the Battlefield Classic in Gettysburg, Pa., the Frostburg State Invitational in Western Maryland, and the Salisbury University Invitational on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The home opener for Gallaudet will take place September 22 against Goucher College. GU will then hit the road for a two-day NEAC tournament hosted by Penn St.-Abington. The month of October begins with the Worthington Classic at the Field House as Gallaudet welcomes Meredith, Emerson and Sweet Briar to Kendall Green. The Bison then hit the road for a tough non-conference match against Gettysburg College before hosting a NEAC two-day tournament on October 15 and 16. The annual AVCA Dig Pink Night will be October 20 at home against cross-town rivals Catholic University of America. GU then hits the road to face Lebanon Valley and Scranton on October 23 and nationally ranked Christopher Newport on October 27. The regular-season comes to a close on October 29, Homecoming Weekend, as the Bison host Rowan and Stevenson. The NEAC tournament is slated for the first week of November. Gallaudet won the ECAC South Region championship last year will hope to make a return trip to the NCAA tournament in November or defend its crown in the ECAC.
2009 Record: 6-12-1, 0-8 CAC
Can't Miss Home Game: Gallaudet vs. Penn St.-Harrisburg (September 18, 4 p.m.)
Overview: The Bison women’s soccer program will look to build off the success it had in 2009 as Gallaudet won six games, all at home, with a fairly young team. GU starts the season the road against Washington Adventist University on September 5 and plays four of the next five games against non-conference foes. The home opener for the Bison will take place on September 10 against College of Notre Dame (Md.). The NEAC opener for Buff and Blue will be at Hotchkiss Field on September 18 against defending conference champion Penn St.-Harrisburg. GU closes out the month of September with back-to-back NEAC home games against Wells and Keuka. In October, Gallaudet hits the road and will play four straight away from home and seven of 10 games on the road. The Bison home games are SUNY Morrisville (October 16), Cazenovia (October 17) and Salem International (October 29). The latter of which is on Homecoming Weekend. The NEAC tournament begins the first week of November.