PROGRAM SCHEDULE PROPAGANDA: PRESS RELEASE
THIS IS WHY WE FIGHT: THE SCHEDULE
This has nothing to do with Robert Morris, but it does have something important to do with Colonials, so that's a thing.
Here are some schedule highlights and games of note:
Hate Your Friends
March 21: at Sacred Heart; March 28: Hobart; April 4: at St. Joseph's; April 8: Mount St. Mary's; April 11: at Bryant; April 25: Wagner
The Northeast Conference has held four championship tournament events and Robert Morris has failed to participate only once -- last season, a year in which Bobby Mo went a surprising 2-4 in conference play and failed to beat any team that progressed to the league's postseason adventure. The Colonials have provided a lot of coding to the conference's DNA, and with a league that now features Hobart and a surging St. Joseph's program, Robert Morris is under some pressure to maintain its identifying features within the league. The Northeast Conference -- from top to bottom -- is as strong as it has ever been, and the Colonials have some work to do to return to a prominent position in the league.
Luckily, the team's conference slate sets up fairly well for Bobby Mo: The team starts with Sacred Heart, a manageable opening opponent in mid-March; things accelerate with Hobart and St. Joe's in succession, but pulling those two teams with three leagues games to play is enviable; and finishing with Mount St. Mary's and Wagner as part of the team's last three games provide opportunities to grab a win or two to potentially push the program through to the league's postseason. Very nice.
Butts in Seats
March 24: Maryland
Good on the Terrapins for making the trip to Moon Township. Power programs aren't always inclined to run with the Proletariat on their home fields. That game should provide a special moment for a program that doesn't exactly pack 'em in from all around.
February 14: Bellarmine; February 28: at High Point; March 11: at Jacksonville
The Northeast Conference went 5-4 against members of the Atlantic Sun last season, the progenitor of the Southern Conference (for lacrosse purposes, of course). Robert Morris will get three cracks at members of the NEC's mirror, three opportunities to shift power among Division I's newest and developing leagues. These aren't dates that scream importance, but these are meetings that establish relative strength at the point of genesis (or close to it). Even if Bryant has carried the Northeast Conference's flag, Robert Morris has an important role in the league's fight for whateverconferencesfightforagainsteachother in 2015.