WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first day of summer is next week but it is not too early to start filling your fall calendar out with Gallaudet University athletic games. The GU Athletics Department officially released the 2011 fall schedules Wednesday for its four varsity teams: football, men's and women's soccer and volleyball.
The 2010-11 season marked the first year for Gallaudet in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) for all sports but football and track and field. GU fared well in its NEAC debut as the program, as a whole, finished fourth overall out of 11 schools in the final President’s Cup standings for best athletic program in the conference. The Bison finished third overall in the women’s standings and was fourth in the men’s standings. The 2011 season is the third year for the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) where Gallaudet has been a founding member.
Here are the schedule highlights for each sport:
2010 Record: 5-5, 3-4 ECFC
Can't Miss Home Game: Gallaudet vs. Becker (Homecoming – October 22, 1:30 p.m.)
Overview: Gallaudet football was in every single game last season but came up short on five separate occasions as the Bison went 5-5. All five losses were by eight or less points so GU looks to make adjustments and fine tune things under head coach Chuck Goldstein, who will enter his second season at the helm and third with the program. GU opens the season with two back-to-back home games against non-conference foes. The Bison welcome Otterbein from Westerville, Ohio, on September 3 for the season opener followed by a Friday night contest against cross-town rival Catholic University of America on September 9 at 7 p.m. This is the first of two night games for the Buff and Blue at Hotchkiss Field in 2011. Gallaudet has the following week off before travel down to Newport News, Va., on September 24 to face Apprentice School. GU will begin conference play on the road in Paxton, Mass., against Anna Maria College on October 1. The AMCATS have not won a game in the two years the program has been in existence. Gallaudet will return home after being on the road for a month and host Husson University on October 8 before hitting the road a week later to take on Norwich University on October 15. The Bison are home October 22 as they host Becker College for Homecoming at a special kick-off time of 1:30 p.m. Gallaudet has a tough three-game stretch to end the regular-season as the Bison face three teams that finished ahead of them in last year’s conference standings. GU will travel to Castleton, Vt., to face the Spartans from Castleton State College on October 29. The following week finds the Bison in Newton, Mass., as they square up against Mount Ida College on November 5. GU will closeout the regular-season, much like it did in 2010, with a home night game against SUNY Maritime College at 7 p.m. Last year, Maritime escaped Washington, D.C., with a 21-14 victory to preserve its undefeated regular-season and celebrate its conference championship. Maritime went to the NCAA tournament while Mount Ida and Norwich secured ECAC bowl games. Gallaudet hopes with a few changes last year’s losses will turn into wins this season and end with a postseason game.
2010 Record: 1-18, 1-8 NEAC
Can't Miss Home Game: Gallaudet vs. SUNY Cobleskill (October 2, TBA)
Overview: The Gallaudet University men’s soccer team tasted victory for the first time since October 21, 2006, when the Bison defeated SUNY Cobleskill 1-0 on October 2. The win ended a 63-game losing streak and marked the bright spot in yet another tough losing season for the Buff and Blue. The win was the lone tally for the Bison under the direction of Luis Gendive, who was the last coach to guide the Bison to a win in ’06. Gendive coached the Bison in 2005 and ’06 then returning in 2010. Gallaudet begins the 2011 season at home on September 2 against Washington Adventist. GU then hits the road on September 5 at Christendom College before returning home to face Potomac State on September 7. That is the last home game for GU in September. The Bison will begin conference play on the road September 17 against Penn St.-Harrisburg then three straight road games before returning home on October 1 to face reigning NEAC champion SUNYIT. The following day the Bison will host SUNY Cobleskill in a rematch of last year’s 1-0 game. The Fighting Tigers finished 1-7-1 in conference play last season. The next three games are on the road for the Buff and Blue including a trip to Southern Virginia on October 7 before two conference games on October 15 and 16. The Bison host Penn St.-Berks on Friday, October 21, during Homecoming Weekend and then host conference newcomer Lancaster Bible on October 25. The following day the Bison travel to Salem International before ending the regular-season at home against Penn St.-Abington. The NEAC tournament begins the first week of November.
2010 Record: 24-15, 7-1 NEAC
Postseason: NCAA tournament, NEAC champions
Can't Miss Home Game: Gallaudet vs. Penn St.-Harrisburg (Dig Pink Night – October 13, 7 p.m.)
Overview: The Gallaudet University volleyball team returned to the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years as it won the NEAC championship in its first season in the conference. GU received a tough draw in the NCAA tournament as it traveled to Newport News, Va., to face top-seed Christopher Newport University. The Bison went 7-1 in conference play last season before winning two in the NEAC tournament to claim the championship. With a wealth of experience and key recruits the Bison will aim to go perfect in the conference in their defense of the NEAC title. Gallaudet will crisscross the country during the first three weekends in September as the Bison participate in the Battlefield Classic hosted by Gettysburg College on September 2-3 before heading to Seguin, Texas, to play in the Bulldog Classic hosted by Texas Lutheran (September 9-10). GU will make the short trip to Towson, Md., to play Goucher College (September 14) before heading north to Utica, N.Y., to play three conference games against Morrisville St., SUNYIT and Wells. Gallaudet finally makes its home debut on September 22 when it plays host to non-conference foe Johns Hopkins University. The following two weeks features trips to Owings Mills, Md., Westminster, Md., and Reading, Pa., for non-conference and conference matches. GU will host former Capital Athletic Conference foe St. Mary’s (Md.) College on October 4 before playing host to the 5th annual Worthington Classic on October 7-8 as the Bison welcome Allegheny, Salem and Shenandoah to town. Gallaudet plays hosts to Gettysburg College (October 12) and Penn St.-Harrisburg (October 13) on back-to-back nights at the Field House. The home contest against Harrisburg marks the annual AVCA Dig Pink Night for the Bison as fans are encouraged to wear something pink to show support for Breast Cancer awareness. GU then goes to Harrisburg, Pa., for three more conference matches before hosting University of Mary Washington (October 20) on Senior Night. Gallaudet makes the quick trip to Catholic University of America on October 26 before completing the regular-season in Scranton, Pa., against Lebanon Valley College and University of Scranton. Gallaudet will defend its conference title during the first week in November in the NEAC tournament. The NCAA or ECAC tournaments will follow later in November if the Bison qualify.
2010 Record: 7-11, 4-7 NEAC
Can't Miss Home Game: Gallaudet vs. Penn St.-Berks (Homecoming – October 21, TBA)
Overview: The Gallaudet University women’s soccer is looking to take the next step in 2011 in elevating the program to new heights. Last year, the Bison went 4-7 in their first season in the NEAC as they just missed a playoff berth in the conference tournament. In 2010, Gallaudet lost seven of its 11 games by one goal. GU’s season begins under the lights on Thursday, September 1, at 7:30 p.m. against cross-town rival Catholic University of America. That is the only home game for the Bison during the month of September. GU will hit the road on September 6 and head to Baltimore to take on College of Notre Dame and then participate in a weekend tournament at nearby Trinity (D.C.) College on September 10 and 11. The next two weeks feature tough road games against Penn St.-Harrisburg (September 17) in the conference opener. Gallaudet then makes the short trip to Arlington, Va., to face former Capital Athletic Conference foe Marymount (Va.) University (September 21) before hitting the road for a key conference weekend against defending NEAC champion Keuka and at Wells on September 24 and 25, respectively. The Bison begin the month of October with four consecutive homes games starting against SUNYIT and SUNY Cobleskill on October 1 and 2, respectively, followed by a conference game against Wilson (October 5) and St. Elizabeth (October 8). GU is back on the road October 15 and 16 for two conference games before returning home for a big NEAC game against Penn St.-Berks (October 21) on Homecoming Weekend. The Bison close out the regular-season schedule with home games against Lancaster Bible (October 25) and Penn St.-Abington (October 29) with a road game at Salem International (October 26) squeezed in. The NEAC tournament begins the first week of November.