July 15, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - Matchups against seven teams that participated in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including a pair of national seeds and a total of four squads that reached the Round of 16, as well as nine home games at Belson Stadium highlight a 17-game regular season schedule in 2014 for the St. John's men's soccer team.
St. John's will take to the field for three exhibition games before the regular season begins. After hosting Drexel (Aug. 16), the Red Storm will head to Charlottesville to take on Virginia (Aug. 19) before concluding the preseason portion of the season in New Jersey with a neutral-site meeting against Northwestern (Aug. 22).
"It has always been our goal as a program to build one of the more challenging schedules in the country in order to give our student-athletes the opportunity to compete against some of the best teams out there," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "With that goal in mind, we have once again put together a difficult schedule of non-conference games to complement an always demanding BIG EAST schedule."
The regular season opens with a pair of road games as St. John's takes on former BIG EAST foe West Virginia (Aug. 29) before taking on Penn State (Aug. 31), a squad that reached the 2013 NCAA Tournament Round of 16.
The Red Storm then returns to Queens to host a pair of in-state rivals. After welcoming Hofstra (Sept. 4) to Belson Stadium, St. John's will host former BIG EAST rival Syracuse (Sept. 6).
Back-to-back games against Ivy League schools are next on the schedule as St. John's heads to Princeton (Sept. 10) before returning home to host Harvard (Sept. 13).
The schedule continues with back-to-back games against 2013 NCAA Tournament squads. The Red Storm first travels to face Wisconsin (Sept. 19) before returning home to host former BIG EAST foe Connecticut (Sept. 23), which reached the NCAA Quarterfinals last season.
Conference play is next on the schedule as the regular season concludes with nine-straight BIG EAST games.
"The BIG EAST showed its continued strength as a conference last season as half of our 10-team league advanced to the NCAA Tournament," Masur added.
St. John's opens its conference slate on the road against Xavier (Sept. 27) before returning home to open the month of October against Butler (Oct. 4).
Three-consecutive games against 2013 NCAA Tournament teams follow as St. John's travels to face Marquette (Oct. 11), which earned the No. 9 national seed and reached the Round of 16, before hosting Creighton (Oct. 15). The three-game stretch concludes on the road at Providence (Oct. 18).
The Red Storm then returns to Belson for back-to-back home games DePaul (Oct. 25) and Villanova (Oct. 29).
The month of November opens with St. John's heading to our nation's capital to face Georgetown (Nov. 1), which earned the No. 6 national seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Round of 16.
Regular season play concludes at home as the Red Storm hosts Seton Hall (Nov. 6) in a Senior Night matchup at Belson Stadium.
Six of the 10 conference schools will qualify for the BIG EAST Championship, which begins with the Quarterfinals (Nov. 11) at campus sites. The Semifinals (Nov. 14) and Finals (Nov. 16) will take place in Chester, Pa., at PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union.
The NCAA Tournament First Round (Nov. 20), Second Round (Nov. 23), Third Round (Nov. 30) and Quarterfinals (Dec. 5-7) will be played at campus sites. The College Cup Semifinals (Dec. 12) and Finals (Dec. 14) will be played in Cary, N.C., at WakeMed Soccer Park.