BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Fourth-year head coach Tucker Durkin has announced the 13-match 2019 schedule, that includes one of the top eight teams in Division III, Tuesday afternoon.
Bryn Athyn's 2019 has a very similar feel to 2018 as the Lions open this season against Gwynedd Mercy, Mount St. Mary (N.Y.), and Immaculata—the same three teams the Lions played to start 2018.
The Lions begin 2019 on General Ronald K. Nelson Field—where they went 5-4 last season—against Gwynedd Mercy on Feb. 27. Then, Bryn Athyn hits the road on consecutive Saturdays to take on Mount St. Mary on March 2 and Immaculata on March 9.
After facing the Mighty Macs, Bryn Athyn will have a quick turnaround to prepare for a home match against FDU-Florham, who is on the Bryn Athyn schedule for the first time, on March 11. On March 16, the Lions face the University of New England for the first time since the 2017 season on General Nelson Field.
Non-conference play ends with back-to-back road contests against a pair of new opponents for the Lions. Bryn Athyn heads to Lebanon Valley to take on the Dutchmen in Annville on March 20. The Lions will then face their biggest test of the season when they face 2018 NCAA Tournament quarterfinalist and United States Intercollegiate Coaches Association preseason number seven York (Pa.) on March 23.
Bryn Athyn makes its Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) debut on March 30 with a road contest at Centenary (N.J.). The Lions' string of four consecutive road matches—the longest of the season—comes to an end on April 6 at Kean.
The Lions close out the season with three of its final four matches being played on General Nelson Field: Keystone (April 9), Montclair State (April 13), and the regular-season finale against Stockton (April 20). The lone road trip during that stretch comes on April 17 at Rosemont.
Bryn Athyn went 9-7 a season ago, finished second in the North Eastern Athletic Conference standings with a 7-1 record, and reached the championship match in the NEAC Tournament.