CCBC Essex Athletics Releases 2016 Fall Sports Schedules
Jul 15, 2016 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)CCBC Sports Information contact: Rocco Geppi
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Rosedale, MD – The Community College of Baltimore County Essex Athletics today released its 2016 fall sports schedules. The composite team schedules are available on the CCBC Essex team website at http://www.ccbcessexknights.com/composite.
The four-time defending NJCAA Region XX champions start the 2016 season with four home games, beginning with the 3rd Annual CCBC Essex Knights Men’s Soccer Classic and take on ASA College (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Aug. 27, followed by Monroe College (Bronx, N.Y.) Aug. 28. ASA and Monroe were ranked No. 16 and No. 14, respectively, in last season’s final NJCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Rankings.
Seven of the Knights’ next nine games will be on the road, starting with the defending Division I national champions, Louisburg College (Louisburg, N.C.), on Sept. 10. CCBC Essex will stay in the Louisburg area, to take on Patrick Henry CC the next day to finish up its Carolina road trip.
“The schedule is tough, as usual,” said head coach Joe Fiedler. “We want to play the best to be the best. The early part of the schedule can’t be any harder, having to play ASA and Monroe, and then going to [defending] national champions Louisburg.”
Regional play kicks into high gear when the Knights play three straight Division I regional contests away against College of Southern Maryland (Sept. 20), Harford CC (Sept. 23) and Hagerstown CC (Sept. 27).
On Oct. 14, CCBC Essex travels to Chesapeake College, then back home for two games against Mercer County CC (West Windsor Township, N.J.) Oct. 15 and Howard CC on Oct. 18 in the season finale.
The Knights will open the 2016 season with back-to-back home games against Lewis and Clark CC (Godfrey, Ill.) and Community College of Rhode Island (Warwick, R.I.), Aug. 26 and Aug. 28, respectively.
CCBC Essex will then head north for a pair of weekend road games at Mercyhurst North East (Northeast, Pa.) on Sept. 3 and Niagara County CC (Sanborn, N.Y.) on Sept. 4. When the Knights return, it will play nine of its final 12 games at CCBC Essex Stadium.
A huge six game home stand, with four games holding regional and/or conference implications, kicks off on Sept. 28 against Harcum College (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) and continues two days later as they welcome Patrick Henry (Martinsville, Va.).
“This season, we want to win the NJCAA Region XX and advance to nationals,” said head coach Geoffrey Holland. “[The number of home games to end the season] will help us to balance our commitments to the game and our classes.”
Intra-campus rival CCBC Catonsville (Oct. 4), Montgomery College (Oct. 6), Cecil College (Oct. 11) and Monroe College (Oct. 13) finish off the Knights home stretch.
The Knights final road game will be at Cumberland CC (Vineland, N.J.) Oct. 15 and the home finale against Howard CC on Oct. 18.
The Knights’ season begins on Sept. 1 against conference and regional foe Cecil CC, then it’s the 14th Annual Dragon Invitational hosted by Howard CC Sept. 3-4, where CCBC Essex is scheduled in pool play against Howard, CC of Rhode Island and Brookdale CC
On Sept. 10, the Knights host its Inaugural CCBC Essex Volleyball Mixer, welcoming Christendom College (Front Royal, Va.), Central Penn College (Summerdale, Pa.) and Delaware Technical CC (Dover, Del.).
The Knights could play more than nine games in the first two weeks of the season. But for head coach Geoffrey Koger, it’s a necessary grind, if they hope to meet this season’s goals.
“We want to end the season as a top five team in our conference,” Koger said. “We want to beat Hagerstown, Northern Virginia Community College and win at least one round at the Region XX Tournament.”
The Knights will head Wilmington, N.C. for the Cape Fear tournament Sept. 23-25 and will remain on the road to face Anne Arundel CC (Sept. 27), before returning home Sept. 28 to host Howard.
CCBC Essex will play its home finale against College of Southern Maryland on Oct. 19 and then go back on the road to end the regular season on Oct. 21 at Central Penn College (Harrisburg, Pa.).
For more CCBC Essex Athletics information, visit http://www.ccbcessexknights.com.
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